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Hike before the Feast

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Nov 25 2010  10:00 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 9:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Nov 18 2010 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Nov 24 2010 11:00 pm
Event Duration:approx 3 hrs
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Nancy L
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Anybody want go for a hike before your Thanksgiving feast? If you want to burn a few calories or are just stuck in town join me for a hike the morning of Thanksgiving Day. Sweetwater State Conservation Park is one of the treasures to be found near metro Atlanta. This park offers beauty and wildlife viewing for visitors all year long in addition to some Civil War history. The park sets atop the Brevard Fault which makes the terrain steeper than the surrounding areas. The creek itself offers many scenic spots as it tumbles over the shoals and the natural dam nearby.

We are going to start on the white trail (3miles) which will lead us past Jack's Hill and Jack's Lake, and eventually meet up with the red trail (1 mile) which runs along the creek. We'll pass by the mill ruins and then start up the blue tail which will end at the visitor's center (1mi). For an extra mile we can hike the yellow trial depending upon what the group wants to do at that point. Total distance will be 5-6 mi and pace will be moderate.

Note: there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee, which is why we are doing a carpool, even though it is only five miles away. 

Dogs are more than welcome but need to be on a 6 foot leash.

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Required Items to Bring:
water, snack, hiking shoes
Recommended Items to Bring:
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camera, rain gear

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take I-20 west to exit 44 (Thornton Road). Make a left on Thornton Road (South) and then a right onto Blairs Bridge Road. Travel 2.1 miles to Mount Vernon Road and make a left. Drive about one mile to the park entrance and make a left on Factory Shoals Road. Drive about half a mile to the parking lot near the visitor's center.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):10Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $4.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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