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10K Hike (6.2 miles Hike - Maybe a Run) at Sope aka Sope Creek to Cochran Shoals Hike - Starting at Paper Mill Road

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Marietta, GA   Hike: 10K Hike (6.2 miles Hike - Maybe a Run) at Sope aka Sope Creek to Cochran Shoals Hike - Starting at Paper Mill Road  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 4 2015  10:00 am >> Sun, Jan 4 2015 11:30 am
Registration Opens: Tue, Dec 23 2014 1:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jan 4 2015 9:30 am
Event Duration:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Eric P
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The plan is to keep up a steady very fast pace(4mph -4.5mph) for the entire duration of the hike with no planned rest breaks although we do double back or loop around to keep the group together at turns or tops of hills

With that being said please consider if a fast event like this is really what you want to do on your Sunday morning. The pace is essentially the fastest some people can possibly walk or a slow jog for others.  The exact route we take will vary but we should be back in 90 minutes. This event is primarily for getting a good work out in but I will try to pass by some of the more interesting parts of the park along the way.

Although the hike is only a little over 6 miles and over constant moderately sized rolling hills which would normally be a D3 it is rated as a D4 event due to the very fast pace and is most suitable for people who can comfortably complete D4 and D5 events. I would not recommend this being your first D4 or above event. I will be walking the entire way but some people have found that they may have to jog slowly to keep up.

Please try to arrive a couple of minutes early as we will be starting right on time at 10am.


There is a $3 daily parking fee payable by cash or check at the Sope Creek parking lot unless you already have a season pass.

If you bring a dog, park rules say that they must be on a leash.


Required Items to Bring:


Footware that you are comfortable hiking in

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Sope Creek Parking Lot (Paper Mill Road)

3760 Paper Mill Rd SE
Marietta, GA

GPS Coordinates: 33.939515,-84.441905

Directions: Take Interstate 75 North out of Atlanta to Windy Hill Road (exit 260). Turn right on Windy Hill Road, and then left on Powers Ferry Road. At the intersection of Powers Ferry and Terrell Mill Road, take a right on Terrell Mill. Take a right on Paper Mill Road; the park entrance is approximately 1 mile further on Paper Mill Road on the right.

From Johnson Ferry Road, cross the river going North; turn left at the light at the Powers Road intersection, this helps to avoid afternoon traffic on Paper Mill. Then turn left at the four way stop onto Woodlawn Drive. Follow it until it dead ends into Paper Mill and turn to the right.  Stay on Paper Mill as it winds along to the Sope Creek bridge.  Once you cross the bridge, be alert for the Sope Creek sign on your left, about 1/4 mile from the bridge.

If you're traveling south on Johnson Ferry Road, turn right at Powers Road and proceed according to the directions above.

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