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Saturday Morning at Island Ford

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: ISLAND FORD - Sandy Springs, GA   Hike: Saturday Morning at Island Ford   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 11 2023  8:30 am >> Sat, Mar 11 2023 11:00 am
Registration Opens: Thu, Mar 9 2023 11:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Mar 11 2023 8:30 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:6 Miles
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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: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Join me for a hike at Island Ford. We will park at the first parking lot (enter through park entrance gate and make immediate left into parking lot). First we will hit the Lollipop Trail (just under 3 miles) and then head towards the trail along banks of Chattahooche, hike down to the visitor center, quick loop around pond and then back to our cars. There is a bit of elevation, not much.   Just under 6 miles in total. Time will be around 2 hr. 15 min or thereabouts.


Will be hiking at a moderate pace, not super fast but not a stroll either

$5.00 daily parking fee - best to purchase in advance.  you can purchase from Kiosk in parking lot by scanning a code that is provided, entering some data online including your credit card number.  Cash is not accepted. 

click link for purchase of daily or annual pass


There are no restrooms at this location - please plan accordingly.



Required Items to Bring:

Hiking shoes/boots



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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

1906 Island Ford Pkwy, Sandy Springs, GA

From northbound US 19 and GA 400
- Take exit #6 (Northridge Road).
- Coming off the exit, stay in the right lane, cross over GA 400, and turn right onto Dunwoody Place.
- Go 0.5 miles to Roberts Drive.
- Turn right and proceed 0.7 miles to the park entrance on your right.

From southbound US 19 and GA 400
- Take exit #6 (Northridge Road)
- Continue straight ahead at the traffic light onto Dunwoody Place.
- Go 0.5 miles to Roberts Drive.
- Turn right and proceed 0.7 miles to the park entrance on your right.


Once you enter the main gate the parking lot is immediately on your left.    

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