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Fitness hike: Cherokee Trail at Stone Mountain & summit

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Nov 21 2012  5:30 pm >> Wed, Nov 21 2012 8:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Oct 26 2012 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Nov 21 2012 5:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:7 Miles
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


A great way to spend an evening hiking the Cherokee Trail and then climb to the summit of Stone Mountain. 

We will meet near the start of the walk-up trail behind the large parking lot beside Confederate Hall. The hike will start promptly at 5:30 pm so plan to arrive early. There is an $10 parking fee to enter the park; however, free public parking is available in Stone Mountain Village. See directions below.

The scenic hike takes us past two lakes, an old time gristmill, an historic covered bridge, an outdoor quarry exhibit, and offers great views of the mountain. At times we will hike on exposed granite and at other times we will hike along wooded trails. We will maintain a fast pace.

After returning to our starting point, we will hike up the standard route to the summit, enjoy the sunset and then return to the parking lot. 

Required Items to Bring:

• Comfortable shoes with a good grip-the rock can be slippery.
• Head lamp as we will finish in the dark.
• 1 liter of water or sports drink.
• Trail snacks.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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• Camera
• Poncho or rain jacket in case of rain

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions: To the main entrance- From I-285 take U.S. Hwy 78 East (Snellville/Athens) exit. Travel about 7 miles and take Exit 8, the Stone Mountain Park Main Entrance. After entering the main entrance, proceed straight ahead. The road will fork at about 1 mile – stay to the right. Continue to follow the road for another mile. Confederate Hall will be on your left. The parking lot will be immediately after. We’ll meet behind Confederate Hall near the walk up trail.

If you would like to try the free public parking in Stone Mountain Village, from Hwy 78 take exit 5 and merge onto GA 10. Proceed 0.5 miles to the first exit. At the end of the ramp turn left. Drive a mile or so, past a gas station and a funeral parlor (both on your right). When you see City Hall turn left. There is a Marta park and ride on fourth street. From there it is a short walk on East Mountain Street. Enter the park through the gate and you'll be at the parking lot where we'll be meeting. The Marta parking lot is about an 8-minute walk from the park.

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