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Saturday Morning at Sope Creek

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Marietta, GA   Hike: Saturday Morning at Sope Creek  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 26 2022  10:00 am >> Sat, Feb 26 2022 12:15 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 21 2022 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 26 2022 10:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:5.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joyce T.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
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


It's celebration time!  Ann Chastain has been super-excited about reaching her 100th AOC event, and she wanted to be sure to share it with me.  I'm delighted to honor her today, so she's my guest on the hike!

This will be a moderately paced hike through the beautiful trails of Sope Creek.  The route we take will depend upon participants.  If we have members new to Sope Creek, we might have to swing by the ruins; otherwise we'll head to the Cochran Shoals section, where we can swing by the restrooms before making a loop around Cochran Shoals.   I've allowed some extra time on the hike to make sure we have time to cover the planned route.  

Though many areas are relatively flat, there are several hills that we'll encounter.  If you have hiking poles, they'll definitely be an asset to help navigate some of the rockier trails.

The Sope Creek parking lot off Paper Mill Road is a more secluded entrance to the Cochran Shoals unit of the Chattahoochee NRA than the Columns Drive entrance.  It's located among some very exclusive subdivisions, so you'll enjoy the ride!  If you're coming from Johnson Ferry Rd., it's just past the Sope Creek bridge, on your left. If you're coming from I-75 on Papermill, it will be on your right, after you pass Sope Creek Elementary School and the Sibley Forest subdivision.  If you get to the Sope Creek bridge, you've gone too far.    

Please remember to bring your smart phone to pay the $5 parking fee to the National Park Service, unless you have a Chattahoochee NRA annual pass.  Passes can be purchased in advance online at  Please allow 10 extra minutes to purchase a pass if you don't get one in advance.  We'll be starting our hike on time - - 10:00 am!

Sorry - - no bathroom facilities at the trailhead, but we'll hike to the bathrooms on Columns Drive during our hike.

Please remove your registration yourself if you can't make the hike.  You can do this up until the actual time of the event.    

And remove ourself from the waiting list if you don't wish to be added as spots open


Required Items to Bring:

Sturdy hiking shoes

Water - - or better yet, an electrolyte drink

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking poles will be helpful if you have them.  Even one pole is useful for navigating the trails.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Sope Creek Parking Lot (Paper Mill Road)

3760 Paper Mill Rd SE
Marietta, GA

GPS Coordinates:  33.939515,-84.441905

Directions: Take Interstate 75 North out of Atlanta to Windy Hill Road (exit 260). Turn right on Windy Hill Road, and then left on Powers Ferry Road. At the intersection of Powers Ferry and Terrell Mill Road, take a right on Terrell Mill. Take a right on Paper Mill Road; the park entrance is approximately 1 mile further on Paper Mill Road on the right.

From Johnson Ferry Road, cross the river going North; turn left at the Paper Mill Road intersection, past the Columns Drive light.  Stay on Paper Mill as it winds along to the Sope Creek bridge.  Once you cross the bridge, be alert for the Sope Creek sign on your left, about 1/4 mile from the bridge.  If you're traveling south on Johnson Ferry Road,  turn right at Paper Mill Road and proceed according to the directions above.


Please remove your registration yourself if you can't make the hike.  You can do this up until the actual time of the event.  

Trail Map - railMapSopeCreek.pdf

Don't forget to buy a $5 parking pass before the hike!  No bathroom facilities at this trailhead.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.