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In search of Lady Slippers at Fort Mountain State Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, GA
Date(s) & Time:Tue, May 3 2022  9:00 am >> Tue, May 3 2022 2:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:40 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Apr 25 2022 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, May 3 2022 5:47 am
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:11.8 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Pink Lady Slippers are a member of the Orchid family and we are lucky enough that there southern range includes the North Georgia Mountains. Join me as we explore one of my favorite state parks, known to have many Lady Slippers, and enjoy a full day of fun on the trails.

We will park near the entrance to the park where the Gahuti Trail crosses the park road. We head north on the Gahuti for about a mile where we will reach the intersection with Trail #301. A right turn on 301 will take us along Mill Creek, one of my favorite sections of the park. After a mile on 301, we reverse course and head back to the Gahuti. At about the 5 mile mark we will hit the Cool Springs Overlook which is AWESOME! After enjoying the views at the overlook we will head over to the West Overlook trail which will take us to the West Overlook, which is AWESOME! Back on the Gahuti we go until we reach about the 9 mile mark on our adventure. A quick left turn on the Big Rock Trail will help us avoid the dreadful road walk and get us to the Lake Trail which leads us back to the Gahuti and our cars.  Somewhere along the way we will stop for lunch and high hilarity.

I will be averaging about 3.0 mph which is on the high side of the moderate range. With 3000 feet of gain, this hike is mid-range in the D5 spectrum and is only appropriate to experienced D4/D5 hikers. Under qualified adventurers may be move to the waitlist.

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Some ladies slippers

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):126Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:40 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $50.40 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


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