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Sunday at Cochran Shoals Interstate North from Wildwood Center

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Marietta   Hike: Sunday at Cochran Shoals Interstate North from Wildwood Center  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Apr 10 2022  10:00 am >> Sun, Apr 10 2022 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Apr 7 2022 6:05 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Apr 10 2022 10:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance: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:15
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Today's hike is a special one - - to honor Dawn B. as she reaches her first milestone AOC event - - her 100th! Dawn has become a special friend to many during her hikes, and we're so happy she's allowing us to share in her celebration.  

About the hike:  It is NOT recommended  for beginners because of the challenging terrain in some places.  

This is a unique take on a familiar park.  We'll be hiking through the Interstate North section of Cochran Shoals and continuing into the Columns Drive section, but starting from a different trailhead.  Please pay careful attention for the address and directions to get to the right parking place.

The Interstate North section is the most challenging of the three sections of the Cochran Shoals trails because of the number of steep hills that criss-cross the area.  We'll be starting in a free parking deck at the Wildwood Center (2300 Windy Ridge Parkway SE) and entering the unit from a trail that starts there.

We'll hike through some of the trails in this unit, eventually crossing Gunby Creek into the middle section of Cochran Shoals.  We'll access the gravel path for a short distance and then return to the woods, entering via the crosswalk across the swamp, the usual way we enter the unit.  We'll tackle the trails throughout that area before returning to the Wildwood Center parking deck.

Hiking poles are recommended for some of the hills we'll encounter. 

Required Items to Bring:


Sturdy hiking boots/shoes

Plenty of water for the summer heat

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

Insect repellant


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Coordinates to the parking deck are 33.9059932,  -84.4601722

The entrance to the Wildwood Center is off Powers Ferry Road in Marietta.  The entrance to the parking deck is 2300 Windy Ridge Parkway, SE, Marietta 

Turn EAST at the light at Windy Hill Road, toward the Orient Chinese Restaurant (the Hilton Garden Inn is on the other corner).   At the first street, turn right onto Windy Ridge Parkway SE.  Turn left into the Wildwood Center, 2300 Windy Ridge Pkwy.  Turn left into the free retail parking deck, parking on Level 5 (street level).  We'll gather close to the entrance to the parking deck.


The total route might be a little more or less than the listed 5 miles.

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