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Hiking Smithgall Woods Conservation Area
|Event Location:||Smithgall Woods Conservation Area|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, May 28 2005 9:00 am >> N/A|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Thu, May 26 2005 11:59 pm|
|Event Duration:||per itinerary|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||20|
|Minimum Group Size:||8|
|Number Registered So Far:||21 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
|Moderate approx 8 Mile Hike with short strenuous patches|
Good scenic hike for intermediate beginners with rivers, covered bridge, mine, etc. This hike has many photo opportunities, the river is so clear you can see the bottom, one of my many favorite parks to visit.
After we sign in and get a permit, well hike laurel ridge trail, the trail head is right next to the visitor center, its a 2 mile loop trail, 1 mile up hill and 1 mile down hill (Its scenic at the top where we can see other mountains), after the loop trail, it will bring us back to the main trail, which is a paved road, some areas are going to be a steep hill, well hike along a very clear and beautiful Dukes Creek, and a very green trees, and a small covered bridge over Dukes Creek... to Martin Mine (A Gold Mine), its another 1.5 mile loop trail to the mine and back, well have lunch at the mine (its shady and has wodden platform), from here will start back, after we go back under the covered bridge, well go in to the wetland loop, its quite nice... and from here well go back to the parking lot. After the hike Im planning on going to Helen for snack, since its only 3 miles from the park, Ive been going to Helen for many years, and tried all the restaurants, there are only 2 good restaurants in Helen, Well go to my favorite one, Ive made a reservation there, very tatsy German food at a reasonable price.
|How to Get There:|
|Event Directions:||Helen, GA 30545; 1-800-318-5248 11:00 am Smithgall Woods Conservation Area Visitor Center, everyone needs to sign in and get a permit please. From Park & Ride, go North on GA-400, few miles after you pass the outlet mall, GA-400 ends, at the light go straight on 115, stay on 115 to city of Cleveland, take 129 North to ALT-75 (not 75), after few miles turn right into Smithgall woods conservation area. (if you have the annual State park pass you dont need to pay for parking, but you still need to sign in at the visitor center to get a permit.)|
Are Dogs Permitted? Yes (All dogs must be kept on leash all time. Leash cant be any longer than 6 feet)
Will this event occur rain or shine? No hiking in the rain.
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|Cost Includes:||Please share gas fare with your driver ($6 - $7).|
Parking fee is $2.00
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.