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Amicalola Falls Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Amicalola State Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 15 2005  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 13 2005 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Steven Koonce
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
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 3 miles

No hiking shoes or backpack: no problem. We will hike approximately 3 miles at one Georgia most scenic parks; a definite must see if you have never been. After gathering by the Visitors Center parking lot we will hike the Creek and Mt. Laurel Loop trial, stopping a couple of times at trail intersections. These trails are hilly but have no extended climbs. After this warm up we will come to the highlight of trip, the Base of Fall Trail. This trail runs along the 729 feet Amicalola Falls, the tallest drop east of the Mississippi River, with a bridge crossing the falls at the middle of trail. This trail has 600 steps with the rest of the heavily traveled path paved. Although it is a steep climb, every one can go at their own pace and we will likely encounter many families hiking up the trail with their children. Hiking right alongside Amicalola Falls in truly one of the most spectacular sights any near Atlanta. Once everyone makes it to the top we will gather and rest for a few minutes. Restrooms and drink machines are available here, but no water fountains. We will then hike downhill about one mile on the Appalachian Approach Trail back to the Visitors Center. We should finish sometime around 12:30 PM and we may stop in Dawsonville for an optional late lunch. There are very few rocky or naturally muddy spots on the trail so any type of athletic shoes should be OK. If there are heavy rains preceding the hike conditions will likely be somewhat muddy as most of the trails are dirt. Participants should bring a water bottle but packs are optional because of the relatively short overall distance.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Good hiking shoes
Plenty of water

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Dawsonville, GA 10:00 AM Inside Amicalola State Park, park visitor center From the Park & Ride we will go north on Georgia 400 past the outlet Mall to GA 136. Left on 136 till GA 52. Right until the park entrance. We will gather at the Visitor Center parking lot near the entrance.


Are Dogs Permitted? Yes, but they will have to be on a 6 ft leash at all times. Owner is reponsible for feeding and watering. Owner is also responsible for dogs behavior. If the dog can not be controlled, trip leader may ask the dog to be removed from the trip. Finally, there are 600 steps of metal grates so your dog will need to be able to do this.

Will this event occur rain or shine? No, not if heavy thunderstorms are forecast.

NOTE: Please be considerate of others. If you sign-up and cannot attend, please e-mail the trip leader, so others that may be on a waiting list may attend.

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Cost Includes:Please share gas expenses. $3.00 State Park Fee unless you have an annual park pass

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.