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Columns aka Cochran Shoals to Sope Creek Hike - Starting at Columns Drive
|Event Location:||Columns Drive Entrance: Cochran Shoals parking area on Columns Drive|
|Date(s) & Time:||Fri, Jul 12 2013 6:00 pm >> Fri, Jul 12 2013 8:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, May 20 2013 7:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Thu, Jul 11 2013 7:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||2 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D3: Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Libby G|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||12|
|Minimum Group Size:||3|
|Number Registered So Far:||11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
PLEASE READ DIRECTIONS WELL to meet in the correct place.
We will meet at the satellite parking area on Columns Drive at the north end of the Cochran Shoals unit. There are restrooms available. We will meet by the gate entrance to the gravel path just past the restrooms.
Beginning from the Cochran Shoals parking lot, we will pass the information board and walk along the wide, gravel Fitness Trail, then head into the woods, going from Cochran Shoals up to Sope Creek pond, and return back. There are several forks in the trail and as a group we can elect which path to take (they end up at the same final destination) but we will go group decisions, for fun.
Elevation gain / loss is 117 feet. We will be walking over fine gravel, wooden boardwalks, compact dirt, and sandy floodplain. Some of the trails we will be taking will be shared with bikers.
I have allowed 2 hours, but we will likely finish early in 1.5 hours, depending on the speed of the group.
|How to Get There:|
Take I-285 to Riverside Drive - Exit 24.
Travel north for 2.4 miles to Johnson Ferry Road.
Turn left (north), crossing the Chattahoochee River past the CRNRA Johnson Ferry Unit.
Turn left (south) on Columns Drive at 1.0 mile.
The road winds through the Johnson Ferry Unit before reaching a parking area for Cochran Shoals at 2.6 miles.
$3 parking daily pass is needed, unless you have an annual Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area.
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