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Friday Morning Peachtree Corners Mini Hike Around Simpsonwood Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Peachtree Corners   Hike: Friday Morning Peachtree Corners Mini Hike Around Simpsonwood Park  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Sep 9 2022  8:30 am >> Fri, Sep 9 2022 10:00 am
Registration Opens: Mon, Sep 5 2022 1:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 9 2022 8:15 am
Event Duration:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:4 Miles
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Member Cost:None

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Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:9
Minimum Group Size:5
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Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.



Join us for a Friday morning exploratory hike in the winding forest footpaths of Simpsonwood Park!  We will explore and hike around the park for approximately 3 - 4 miles and take a break next to the river. Overall hiking pace will be dependent on group. Feel free to bring your dog, if you have one, but must be kept on a leash :)

Simpsonwood Park is located and hidden in the peaceful residential neighborhood of beautiful Peachtree Corners - not too many people are aware of its existence. From the edge of Simpsonwood forest, you can view Jones Bridge Park (NRA) across the sparkling Chattahoochee River and also catch a view of animal life on the river. The park is also home to a large deer population so you're most likely to see them near the winding trails and open grassy fields.

We'll plan to meet in the Simpsonwood Park parking lot on the left side, in front of the restrooms, near the beginning of the park entrance. There is additional parking near the open field. Parking is free.

(This is an exploratory hike so hiking distance and finish time is only an approximate estimate.  Enjoy the adventure as we explore and learn about Simpsonwood together!)


- Notes -

1. Itinerary is subject to change.

2. Restrooms are available.
3. If you're a Garmin user, please join our 'Atlanta Outdoor Club (AOC) Garmin Users' group to connect with other AOC Garmin users and track your activity.  Join us at: 


About Simpsonwood Park

Thanks to the request of Miss Ludie Simpson, the most recent of the Simpson family to own the land, folks will forever enjoy nature in its preserved state. First an Indian trading post, the retreat has seen decades of change but, luckily, remains mostly untouched by developers...For centuries, Cherokees and Creeks roamed this section of forest that borders the Chattahoochee River, carrying furs, animal skins, beaded head dresses adorned with feathers and even gold to trade with one another. By the early 1800s, the Natives were friendly traders with the first "white" settlers as well.  

Near the entrance of today's United Methodist Retreat Center, an informed eye may spot a tree shaped like the letter "Y" and an elbow-like bent hardwood near the creek that seems to point towards the mouth of the river. Both are suspiciously similar to bent "marker" trees that are being studied today by stewards wanting to prove or disprove their existence.

Some tree huggers and historians believe Natives tenderly bent saplings in various shapes to mark trails, likely around 1820, when the federal government took over massive land expanses. The markers are said to indicate the presence of water, guard buried gold and lead the tribes back to their God-given lands.

During the early years, before the removal of the 1840s, Natives may have cooked group meals on the embers smoldering in a large stone fire pit still standing next to the chapel on the property.  Did they play an early form of La Crosse there on the open field?  History notes the game, often played to the death, was used as a way to resolve territorial disputes or a chance for a brave to capture the heart (and the teepee) of a woman.

Another point of interest to ponder over while walking the trail is the possibility of a fish trap which may still be in the waters of the river and visible today. A trap was a formation of rocks stacked one on top of another to form a "V" shape, leaving just a small opening and the point where the woman would use baskets to capture fish moving down stream. Carried one at a time to the formation by the women, the rocks, stacked high enough to avert nature's natural flow, still appear to be in the notoriously Native shape.

After a hiker passes over the wooden bridge of the trail, they should look back northward, up stream, allowing their imagination to stir a vision of the leather clad ladies knee deep in the icy waters capturing an evening meal through this invention, a well-recorded form of fishing.  Was a corn mush the preferred side dish of these early feasts? Could it be that tribes sat crossed-legged feasting on the pristine rainbow trout anglers still seek to snag today?

Settlers, like the Simpson family, began rolling into this part of Georgia to claim their land lots, won during the lottery of 1820. A stage coach stop along the route from Augusta westward, complete with a post office and an inn, was established on the current day retreat property. Stories of the Hunnicutt imply that a secret room deep within the two story hotel hid gold and perhaps Confederate soldiers who had become separated from their regiment during the Civil War. 

Although the Native Americans cut single-file trails, running barefoot often 60 miles in a day, today's well-marked two mile route rounds through the retreat center allowing visitors an escape not only into nature but go back time.

What's next on the Simpsonwood series? Here's a hint in the form of a question: "Do moonshine stills still exists?"

About this column: Sally Toole is a local author and historian who runs History Walks of Norcross. She will tell a tale about our town each week--weaving in history and stories of people who once lived here.


Required Items to Bring:

-Bottle of water
-Appropriate clothing for weather
-Walking shoes or boots (Running shoes will work too!)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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-Snack and beverage(s)

How to Get There:
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Address:  4511 Jones Bridge Cir, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092-1406

(Park entrance across the street from the Simpsonwood United Methodist Church)


DRIVING DIRECTIONS (From the 400 Hwy - exit Holcomb Bridge, heading east)

1. Start out going southeast on Holcomb Bridge Rd NW/GA-140 E toward Market Way. (go 5.58 miles)
2. Turn left onto Spalding Dr NW.
- Spalding Dr NW is 0.2 miles past Station Mill Dr
- Chevron Food Mart is on the left
- If you are on Holcomb Bridge Rd NW and reach Wetherburn Way you've gone about 0.1 miles too far
(go 1.19 miles)
3. Turn left onto Peachtree Corners Cir NW.
- Peachtree Corners Cir NW is 0.1 miles past Gunnin Rd NW
- If you reach Orchard St NW you've gone about 0.1 miles too far
(go 0.92 miles)
4. Turn left onto W Jones Bridge Rd NW.
- W Jones Bridge Rd NW is 0.1 miles past High Shoals Dr
- Peachtree Corners Baptist Chr is on the corner
- If you reach Triangle Pky NW you've gone about 0.1 miles too far
(go 0.56 miles)
5. Take the 3rd left onto Jones Bridge Cir NW.
- Jones Bridge Cir NW is 0.1 miles past Clinchfield Trl NW
- If you reach Amhurst Dr you've gone a little too far
(go 0.21 miles)
6. Take the 1st left to stay on Jones Bridge Cir NW.
- Jones Bridge Cir NW is 0.1 miles past Stilson Cir NW
- If you are on Fitzpatrick Way NW and reach Fitzpatrick Trce NW you've gone about 0.1 miles too far
(go 0.47 miles)
7. 4511 JONES BRIDGE CIR is on the left.
- Your destination is 0.1 miles past Walden Trce NW
- If you reach Revington Dr NW you've gone about 0.1 miles too far
(go 0 miles)
8. You will see a brown Simpsonwood Park sign on the left side of the road, make a left at the sign and into Simpsonwood.  Within a few hundred yards, you will see restrooms and parking lot.  We will meet at the parking lot.  Parking is free.


Parking is free

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