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Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Southwest Atlanta (See directions below)
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 5 2022  10:00 am >> Sat, Feb 5 2022 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Feb 2 2022 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 5 2022 8:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:3.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes



The battle of Utoy Creek was fought in this area during the Civil War, and some trenches can still be seen. The Preserve is one of the oldest forests in Atlanta, and the alkaline waters from the local springs  became popular at the beginning of the 20th century. An exclusive resort was built at this site, including a hotel and a restaurant, and until the 1950s the spring water was actually bottled and sold. There are stands of beautiful beech, oak, & magnolia trees. There is abundant wildlife, including turtles, fish, deer, predatory birds and song birds. It also has some interesting ruins. The 120 acres of this park, although ensconced within the city limits and close to I 285, are remarkably clean and peaceful. After walking a few minutes you will not even realize that you are in the city.

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Required Items to Bring:

Water and good hiking shoes.

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

This park is located in Southwest Atlanta. The simplest way to get there is the following: Going South on I 285 take Exit 7. At the bottom of the ramp turn left (i.e. East) onto Cascade Road. Proceed about 1.4 miles. The park will be on your right at the traffic light. The address is: 2852 Cascade Road Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30311


 Dogs must be on leash.

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