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Sunday Morning Hike: Cooper Furnace

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Laurel Ridge/Cooper Branch Trailhead off Hwy 20 Spur   Hike: Sunday Morning Hike: Cooper Furnace  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 26 2014  10:00 am >> Sun, Oct 26 2014 12:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Oct 19 2014 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Oct 26 2014 2:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:4 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


We will walk a loop consisting of the Cooper Furnace Trail and the Laurel Ridge Trail, plus a side trip to a scenic overlook, for a total walking distance of about 4 miles.

The Cooper Furnace Trail follows the route of a 19th century mining railroad bed through a mixed pine and hardwood forest. It features a vast variety of trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Wildlife is abundant here. A natural feature of interest is a pond inhabited by beaver and muskrat.

The Laurel Ridge Trail crosses the slopes of a mixed pine and hardwood ridge overlooking the Etowah River Valley. Along the way see an abundance of mountain laurel and 32 varieties of identified trees.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Water and good walking shoes.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Atlanta go to I-75 Exit 290, take a right onto GA 20 East then an immediate right onto Spur 20. Continue about 2.5 miles. Trailhead will be on your right. There is another trailhead about a mile further ahead, and the road ends at the park office after about another mile  .

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):50Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $20.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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Cost Includes:

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