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Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, West Palisades Harbinger of Spring Discovery Hike, Akers Mill to Paces Mill, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 pm
Trip Leader: Jerry Hightower
Description: Join the Georgia Botanical Society and 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.
Location: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, West Palisades Unit: We will meet at Paces Mill parking area; 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. For directions see www.nps.gov/chat
Facilities: Restrooms are located at Paces Mill.
Difficulty: This hike will be moderately strenuous.
Bring: A lunch and water to carry along and we will picnic in the forest. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, and camera. $3.00 daily parking fee or annual parking pass needed.
Please contact Jerry Hightower at 404-953-9331 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning on joining this trip.