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West Palisades, Paces Mill Boat Ramp lot -- FAST

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: East Cobb   Hike: West Palisades, Paces Mill Boat Ramp lot -- FAST  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Apr 20 2023  10:00 am >> Thu, Apr 20 2023 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Apr 11 2023 10:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Apr 20 2023 10:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gary 'L'
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


"Snake Eats Fish"  photo courtesy of Linda Plemmons (camera) and Lynn Oelkers (snake hunter) Thanks Linda and Lynn!


This is not a hike for a beginner. 


To qualify, you must have:


1. recently kept pace with a D2 group doing 3 mph on a previous hike and be willing to keep pace at 3 mph with the group on this hike.  


2. recently kept pace with a D2 group doing a 500 foot elevation gain hike


3. not fallen twice in the same day on a D2 hike


For this hike, we will accomplish --


Terrain:  RUGGED;  slippery in places with leaves over nuts, rocks, and roots, plus extra sticks, blowdowns, mud patches, and awkward slopes. 

Average speed: FAST (3.0 - 3.2 mph on the last 3 hikes)

Elevation gain: 600 feet (there will be three 150-240 foot climbs)

One of the more challenging of the Chattahoochee River parks, the West Palisades trail system provides relaxing river-side trails along with several moderately steep inclines.

The trails either stay around 800 feet in elevation along the river or around 1000 feet in elevation on the hilltop, so navigating this park requires several 200 foot climbs and descents.


Required Items to Bring:

Appropriate clothing for the weather


$5 credit card charge at QR code sign or annual park pass

Sturdy hiking shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking poles if you like to use them

2 liters water

stylish straw hat, gym shorts, knee socks, are mighty nice

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

In Google Maps, type:  Paces Mill Boat Ramp

Here is the Google link: m aps/LuAqSyPkgTwFmAVn9


Warning: other GPS will lead you to nowhere on Cumberland Blvd.

From 75 South
Turn right onto  Cumberland Blvd SE  0.3 mi
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto  Cobb Pkwy  0.4 mi
Turn right where Cobb Pkwy crosses the Chattahoochee River at National Parks sign for Paces Mill
Go uder the Cobb Pkwy bridge and proceed to the far end near the restrooms builiding
We meet in front of the restrooms
$5 credit card charge (using QR code sign)  for a daily parking pass - OR if you have the annual CRNRA pass just display it in your vehicle and you are good to go.


$5 credit card charge for parking unless you have an annual pass, which you can apply for HERE.

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