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Eight Years of our Thursday Morning Hikes at Island Ford!!
|Event Location:||Sandy Springs, GA|
|Date(s) & Time:||Thu, May 26 2022 10:00 am >> Thu, May 26 2022 12:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, May 19 2022 6:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Thu, May 26 2022 10:00 am|
|Event Duration:||2 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Joyce T.|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||15|
|Minimum Group Size:||4|
|Number Registered So Far:||3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
This week is deserving of special recognition, because it ends the 8th year that we have held our Thursday morning hikes at Island Ford. Some of the participants who joined us within the first few months of the hike in 2015 are still with us today, and we hope some of them will be able to participate on this hike: Doug H., Jeff W., Suzanne W., Susan F., Mikey H., Bill L., Michael M., and Mike Collins.
Our current "regulars" are very proud of continuing the tradition and now use this Thursday morning hike as a regular social-workout time.
If you can't make the hike, please join us at about 12:15 pm at the North River Tavern for lunch! We'd love to see you! (You can join the D-Zero hikers if you can't make the hike with us!)
Island Ford is one of the most beautiful trails along the Chattahoochee, and the Visitor Center for all of the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area parks.
This hike is fast, so it's not an appropriate hike for folks who want to enjoy the trails and take in the river views. Additionally, this is NOT a beginner's hike. Our fast pace over hills is going to be challenging, even for those of us who have been regulars on the hike for months. The trails have lots of rocks and roots to navigate, adding to the difficulty of the event. If you haven't done any hilly, faster D2 hikes yet, you should build up to this event. We don't want to slow down the group to wait for people who can't keep up the pace.
BE SURE YOU HYDRATE WELL THE DAY BEFORE THE HIKE and bring water/electrolyte drinks to the hike. Even in cooler temperatures, fluids are essential.
Please sign up as soon as registration opens, as this hike tends to fill up quickly, and we don't want you to end up on the waiting list.
We'll start at the MIDDLE parking lot, called the Hewlett Pond parking lot. This lot is NOT the first lot on the left, nor is it the Visitor Center lot; rather, it's the lot before you come to the pond, on the left side of the road. . . about .6 miles from the entrance. We've found that parking in this lot is always light, and it affords a variety of routes to hike.
We'll start the hike promptly at 10:00 am. Arrive at least 5 minutes early to meet everyone before we start, and/or to purchase a $5 parking pass if you don't own an annual pass. Passes can be purchased online in advance at https://www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/fees.htm.
If you think you might need to use the restroom before we start, give yourself an extra 15 minutes, as you'll have to drive to the Visitor Center and then drive back to the trailhead to park
LEAVE VALUABLES AT HOME OR AT LEAST WELL OUT OF SIGHT WHEN HIKING. CAR BREAK-INS HAVE OCCURRED IN ALL OF THE CNRA AREAS.
No more than 3 dogs on the hike, so if 3 dogs are already listed, please do not add yours. If you bring your dog, it must be kept on leash at all times. The reputation of the AOC is damaged when we break the leash law! Please - - no aggressive dogs who might challenge other dogs or people on the hike.
This is an example of a suitable, non-aggressive dog! :-)
For folks who are interested, let's plan to eat lunch together after the hike at the nearby North River Tavern, where the Thursday special is burgers for $7.95. It's very close to the park - - about a 5 minute drive. 8879 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30350
|How to Get There:|
1906 Island Ford Pkwy, Sandy Springs, GA
From northbound US 19 and GA 400
From southbound US 19 and GA 400
Once you enter the main gate, drive down the road about .6 miles until you see the Hewlett Pond parking lot on the left, above road level. There will be a pond on your right if you drive past the lot.
Annual Pass Purchase: https://www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/fees.htm
North River Tavern: 8879 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30350 (Optional lunch site)
Restroom facility is available down the road at the Visitor Center. Allow an extra 15 minutes to use the bathroom so that you can get back to the middle lot in time to meet your fellow hikers before we start.
Don't forget that there is a $5 non-cash fee to park at Island Ford. (An annual pass can be purchased at the Visitor Center for $40. Lifetime passes are available to seniors over 62 for $80.)
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.
Please cancel your registration yourself up to the time of the hike if you can't join us after all. It puts an unnecessary burden on the trip leaders to ask them to delete your registration before the hike starts.