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15th Annual Dauset Trails Fall Camping, Hiking and R&R Retreat w/free use of Kayaks, Canoes and 20+ miles of Trails
|Event Location:||~50 miles south of Atlanta, near I-75 Exit #198.|
|Date(s) & Time:||Fri, Sep 29 2023 7:00 pm >> Sun, Oct 1 2023 3:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Fri, Aug 4 2023 9:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Sep 15 2023 4:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||All Weekend! Come & go as you please, from midday Fri thru ~3pm Sunday.|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
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|Member Cost:||$25.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)|
|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||25|
|Minimum Group Size:||15|
|Number Registered So Far:||22 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
IN a NUTSHELL: Ask any of the hundreds of AOCers who've enjoyed this multi-sport adventure trip with us over the years. It's always a blast! As usual we'll have exclusive reserved use of Dauset Trails' lakeside group campsite & spacious dining pavilion with restrooms, hot showers, electric power and its panoramic view of the lake. You're welcome to arrive, depart & return at your convenience from midday Friday thru Sunday afternoon - see detailed Directions below. Included at no extra charge are many amazing extras: Use of Dauset Trails' fleet of kayaks & canoes (+ paddles & PFDs, on the lake by our campsite). Also easy access to miles of scenic biking & hiking Trails - where we can enjoy group hikes and explore the Nature Center's wonderful free Zoo! If you prefer, feel free at any time just to "chillax" by the lake - the perfect place for rest & relaxation. Camping not your thing? Since our site is so conveniently close to Atlanta, feel free to do your sleeping at home and as your time permits join our friendly group for whatever appeals most to you. See more below about our "potluck-family-style" group meals and other weekend extras & options! Our miniscule $25 event fee is the same regardless of whether you prefer being a "day tripper" or spending either or both nights with us at the group site.
"C TO THE 10TH" EVENT! This semiannual AOC adventure and R & R getaway can aptly be described as "C to the 10th Power." Conveniently close to Atlanta and cost-conscious, this quality carside camping & adventure experience includes group hikes, cookouts & campfires and even optional "Turkey Roost" covered camping - see details below). We’ll enjoy FREE canoeing & kayaking all weekend, using our group site's fleet of boats (+ paddles & lifejackets). For the benefit of newcomers, we'll have experienced AOC volunteers on hand to offer free counseling in the basic skills of camping, hiking, cycling, paddling and the lore of GA's beautiful native plants and animals. Another amazing free bonus of the trip is the Nature Center's famous 15-acre “critter corral” a.k.a. "Wildlife Trail," This shady open-air zoo with its adjoining lakeside Visitor Center, Museum & Botanical Garden display dozens of GA's native wild mammals, birds, reptiles & fish and native plants in a picturesque setting. On each trip we offer a guided ~2-hour Saturday Orientation Hike from our campsite (~10:00am - 12:30pm) to enjoy all that and more! You newcomers will quickly see why we Dauset "veterans" love this In-Credible place!
MORE about CAMPING and optional "Covered-Camping" in our TURKEY ROOSTS: There's plenty of level shady campsite space around our dining pavilion and lake, and for any who prefer more privacy it's fine to pitch your tent (or hang your hammock) in any of the many clearings in the surrounding forest. From our group site parking area it's just a 2- or 3- minute walk to any of the dozens of beautiful tent or hammock sites. Esp. if the weather happens to be unusually wet or cool, feel free to sleep inside your own vehicle or compact RV, as I (Charlie) often do! The three open-sided roofed Turkey Roosts are available at no extra charge and adjoin our lakeside tent sites. Each can sleep up to about six and has two "stories" of wooden decks (each deck ~12 feet wide x ~10 feet front-to-back) with stairs and surrounding safety railings. To sleep in one without a tent simply lay your pad and sleeping bag directly on the deck and perhaps pat a little insect repellent on your face and neck as you go to bed. If it's rainy and you have a small- to medium-sized self-supporting dome-style tent (and there's available space) feel free to pitch it directly on one of the covered decks—no rain fly necessary!
GROUP MEALS OVERVIEW: Our spacious lakeside Dining Pavilion conveniently adjoins the group campsite's large free parking area. It's well-equipped for preparing & serving family-style group meals - also ideal for getting together to socialize, play games, etc. and the overhanging roof helps assure that we always enjoy the trip "rain-or-shine." There are eight large picnic tables, clean restrooms, safe running water, hot showers, and electric lights & outlets. The king-sized raised charcoal grill is ideal for roasting burgers, brats, steak, fish, chicken, foil-wrapped items, etc. It's appropriate to bring our own food & beverage coolers with plenty of ice, and the roof-shaded perimeter of the pavilion is a convenient place to consolidate them over the weekend along with our other meals-related things. Extra bagged ice is usually available for purchase about a 5-mile drive away. The Club will provide a limited supply of napkins, paper towels, steel silverware, cooking utensils, etc. for group use at the Pavilion all weekend. Our AOC policy is to minimize the amount of disposables, so to "Be Green" please bring your own personal insulated and covered drinking mug and your own personal washable plate and bowl, plus personal knife, fork & spoon. We’ll provide a hot-water dishwashing station, "camp suds," scrubbing pads, & towels, and recruit small crews to wash & dry dishes after each group meal.
GROUP MEALS DETAILS for all who'd like to participate:
- Sat & Lun informal Lunches : For those who wish to join us around midday at the shady dining pavilion we enjoy putting out various tasty "potluck" items to share, but don't bother trying to plan specific contributions. If you expect to be away from the site hiking, biking, exploring, etc. consider carrying a light daypack or fanny pack with a few snack items such as fruit, a sandwich, trail mix, cookies, etc.— plus water, smartphone, camera, etc.
MORE about DAUSET TRAILS NATURE CENTER: Check out their excellent website: https://www.dausettrails.com/ Their Visitor Center Phone Number is 770-775-6798. Founded in 1977 and just 50 miles south of Atlanta, the ~2000-acre preserve focuses on environmental education and outdoor activities for nature lovers of all ages. Most of the beautiful property and initial funding for the Nature Center's long-term management were privately endowed by two highly esteemed local citizens, Hamp Daughtry and David Settle - hence the coined name, Dau-set." Friendly hard-working staffers managed by the "Daughtry Foundation" do a wonderful job overseeing the Visitor Center & Museum, Antique Barnyard, Botanical Gardens, Zoo and other free attractions discussed above. For a set of handy color Maps, including the ~30-mile network of hiking & biking trails click here: https://www.dausettrails.com/trails- 2/ Our lakeside group camping area surrounds "Pavilion 2" which adjoins Junction #18 in the center of the linked Bike & Hike map.
An big plus of Dauset Trails is that it adjoins historic Indian Springs State Park and also lovely High Falls State Park. Like Dauset Trails these "sister parks" also boast fabulous hiking trails, forests and lakes - plus waterfalls, botanical gardens, & nearby country stores, ice cream shops, etc. Click here for the Indian Springs State Park map: https://gastateparks.or g/sites/default/files/parks/pdf/trailmaps/IndianSprings_Map2 019.pdf
FOR hundreds of colorful DAUSET TRAILS PHOTOS: Google on "Dauset Trails Photos" and then click "View all" below the first block of images that appears.
Thanks to Angela Nelson for the above beautiful group "beach & boats" shot taken on our May 2009 Dauset Trails trip.
|How to Get There:|
IMPORTANT: Please pay close attention to the numbered verbal Directions below. They give the precise mileages between turns and explain the special entrance & exit procedures for reaching our remote AOC Group Site. Don't try to rely solely on GPS! (As an adjunct to these directions you GPS users can enter Lat/Lon 33.2321,-83.9489 as coordinates of our special AOC entrance gate discussed in detail below.)
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|Cost & Payment:|
Our $25 Event Fee covers:
• Weekend-long optional Camping in shady tent or hammock sites and in "Turkey Roost" open-sided roofed structures.
Big shady lakeside group site is reserved exclusively for AOC - Just ~50 mi. from Atlanta so sleep at home if you prefer!
• Spacious lakeside group Dining Pavilion with clean Restrooms, Hot Showers, Flush Toilets,
+ potable hot & cold running Water, electric Outlets and adjoining free Parking,
• Saturday evening Cookout & Dinner Party (A convenient Dishwashing Station and limited Disposables
& Utensils will be provided at the Pavilion all weekend.)
• Sunday AM Hot Group Breakfast (+ hot brewed Coffee for group both mornings),
• Exclusive use of fleet of Kayaks & Canoes (~15 of various styles + paddles & lifejackets) in pretty lake at our group site.
• Free enjoyment of ~20 miles of Hiking & Mountain Biking Trails + amazing Zoo, Botanical Gardens,1920's-era Farm,
...and more - including optional guided AOC hikes, etc. for enjoying the trails & attractions together.
• 'Round-the-Campfire Fun & Fellowship + dark-sky stargazing both nights, weather permitting.
|Payment Cut Off:||Payment must be received by the AOC on Fri, Sep 15 2023.|
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