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    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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Event Details

  • 04/13/2013

    Location: 3445 Cobb Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA 30339 | Map Time: 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM Fee Information: $3 Daily Park Pass or $25 Annual Park Pass Contact Name: Island Ford Visitor Contact Station Contact Phone Number: 678-538-1200

Join naturalist Jerry Hightower to celebrate spring and take a look at the mid-spring forest, signs of wildlife, and great views from atop the West Palisades Ridge. This will be an excellent opportunity to better learn this area with the leaves not yet fully obstructing the views of the rugged topography. The hike will lead us across the upper section of Trout Lily Creek, though a mature oak-hickory forest, around Blood Rock Ridge, along Rottenwood Creek to the ruins of Akers Mill, and along the river to Paces Mill. We will see the dramatic effects of the Brevard Fault, great botanical areas, and the site of "Nancy Old Towne", a Woodland Culture Village site. Please note: persons wishing a shorter hike have the option of leaving the group at Rottenwood Creek and proceeding directly to Paces Mill, which is .5 miles by multi-use trail.

Dress for the weather; wear very comfortable hiking shoes. Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the forest. Don't forget drinking water, binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera!

We will meet at Paces Mill parking lot; 3445 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339 and shuttle everyone to our starting location at Akers Drive. We will leave as many cars as possible at Paces Mill. If you drive a multi-passenger vehicle and could help with the shuttle, please let me know. We will conclude our walk at Paces Mill.

Note: The $3 Daily Park Pass is not required for vehicles displaying a current Annual Park Pass or an America the Beautiful Pass!

Reservations are required; please call 678-538-1200 to make your reservation, space is limited!

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