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Sunny Afternoon Hike at Mason Mill Park & adjoining Emory & Medlock Trails
|Event Location:||NE metro Atlanta near I-85 Clairmont exit & VA Hospital|
|Date(s) & Time:||Thu, Mar 3 2022 1:00 pm >> Thu, Mar 3 2022 3:30 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, Feb 28 2022 10:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Thu, Mar 3 2022 11:30 am|
|Event Duration:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||10|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
EVENT PLAN: Hope you can join us for this adventurous afternoon hike! Ideal weather is expected - in the mid-70s with lots of sunshine & no chance of rain. We'll explore about 6 miles of the vast network of shady trails & boardwalks at DeKalb County's Mason Mill Park, Medlock Park and the interconnecting Lullwater Preserve parklands at Emory University.
OPTIONAL EXTRA INFO about the PARKS, TRAILS etc: The hundreds of acres of beautifully wooded parklands at Mason Mill, Medlock and Emory conveniently interconnect with one another. The "PATH" South Peachtree Creek Trail (see interactive map link below) is the main artery through this multi-park region, and like the Silver Comet Trail was built to high design & construction standards. In about the year 2000 the PATH Foundation built the original mile of paved trail & boardwalk between Mason Mill and Medlock Parks and in the years since have invested additional millions to build a 3/4-mile "double-wide" spur through Mason Mill Park to North Druid Hills Rd and a newer convenient spur to Emory University underneath Clairmont Rd. Emory's awesome Lullwater Preserve trail network features a wide variety of lakeside & creekside trails, an exciting suspension footbridge (above photo), and the historic grounds of the Emory president's mansion, built in 1925. Crossing the RR track at Mason Mill is a high wooden deck of the main PATH Trail that overlooks the old "Decatur Waterworks" ruins and has become a favorite dark spot for urban "skygazing" - i.e, viewing sunsets, moonrises, the stars & planets, eclipses, meteor showers, comets, etc. Just across the creek below the high deck is Ira Melton Park, with a convenient set of massive flat stepping stones that allow hikers easy access to its trails at normal water levels. Another fun option is to walk eastward beyond Medlock Park a few blocks to lovely Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve and enjoy its trails, including a ~mile-long "bird-habitat & wetlands loop" that one of the Audubon Society's favorites for birding field trips.
For an INTERACTIVE TRAIL MAP of the MASON MILL, MEDLOCK & EMORY PARKLANDS, click: https://www.pathfoundation.org/south-peachtree-creek-trail
|How to Get There:|
DIRECTIONS to our GATHERING SPOT in the MASON MILL PARKING LOT, just inside the main Park Entrance by the stone Restroom Building & Playground:
ROUTE to our Gathering Spot from the I-85 CLAIRMONT ROAD EXIT in NE METRO ATLANTA:
1. From this I-85 Exit (#91) take Clairmont Rd southeastward (toward Decatur) about 2.3 miles to the traffic light at McConnell Drive. (This is the next light south of the much busier Clairmont/ North Druid Hills traffic light, and is a half mile north of the huge VA Medical Center.)
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