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NEW! Hiking

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Smithgull Woods Conservation Area
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 6 2006  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 5 2006 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
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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: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Easy to Moderate approx. 12 Mile Hike 4 short loop trails with connecting roads

Great scenic hike with crystal clear rivers, covered bridge, gold mine, mountain, waterfalls, and swamp area. 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 wooden 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. If you like Honey, Smithgull Woods makes their own honey. mmmm...

Required Items to Bring:
Please bring plenty of water or sports drink (If you forget it you can purchase refreshments at the park), snacks and lunch. If you have trekking pole it might come in handy.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:Helen, GA 30545; 1-800-318-5248 10:30 a.m. - Smithgull Woods Conservation Area Visitor Center, everyone needs to sign in and get a permit and parking pass inside the visitor center. From Sandy Springs MARTA Station, 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 Smithgull 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.) Well stop for short break at BP Gas Station near Dawson Outlet mall, itll be on the right side across from Kroger shopping center.


Are Dogs Permitted? Yes. (All dogs must be kept on leash at all time. Leash cant be any longer than 6 feet)

Will this event occur rain or shine? No. We will not hike if the weather forecast is extremely poor.

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Cost Includes:Please share gas fare with your carpool driver. ($6 - $8)
Parking fee is $2.00

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