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10K Hike at Columns aka Cochran Shoals to Sope Creek Hike - Starting at Columns Drive

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Columns Drive Entrance: Cochran Shoals parking area on Columns Drive
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Aug 14 2013  6:00 pm >> Wed, Aug 14 2013 8:30 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Aug 8 2013 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Aug 14 2013 12:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:6.2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Libby G
Joyce T.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 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 (off Johnson Ferry Road) 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.

10K Hike for 6.2 miles.  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, circle around the pond and head North for a little more distance, and return back.  We will be going at a moderate to fast pace, depending on the speed of the group.

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.




Required Items to Bring:

Good hiking boots or shoes.

Wool socks.


Flashlight or head lamp.

Snacks, if needed.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Bug spray.  Mosiqutos are "out and about" due to all the rain we have had lately.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

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