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    Grant Park Loop Includes Zoo Atlanta

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    Grant Park Loop Includes Zoo Atlanta

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    "Grant Park Loop visits the 1880s-era green space that was the centerpiece of a development of large Victorian homes. The park also houses Zoo Atlanta, whose animals live in near-native habitats."

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    Dawsonville, GA
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    We hike this trail about every 6 months as it is about 5 mins from our house. nice loop trail that starts at parking area at 53 bridge, runs parallel to creek (amicalola) then turns to the left at or near edge of world (rapids) nice place to sit on the rocks in the middle of the river. (during low flow) trail switches back several times and loops around two hills. eat lunch at boy scout picnic table approx half way. good changes in scenery and a view of springer mountain at approx 75% way thru hike. follows short portion of wider trail thru dove field area and then winds down towards 53 again just east of where you parked. ( note parks/forestry have been working on parking area for last two months (may 2012) but there is still ample parking just not off 53. note, you will have approx 300-400 yds along 53 where you should watch your kids as 53 has traffic that comes close./ if you choose to come out just a bit East. nice hike.
    Cumming, GA
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    This was an enjoyable mid-day hike for our family! The range of scenery is good, with the river and rapids at the beginning of the hike, and the forest ridges along the way during this moderate, 3-mile loop. The start of the trail is a little tricky, as there are several dead-end sub-trails that have been formed by previous hikers who missed a key turn early on. When you reach the end of the boardwalk and the trail heads uphill a little next to the river, look for a brown arrow sign pointing left. The trail takes a 90-degree turn here and heads left, up the hill, marked by a double blaze. We missed this turn two times before backtracking to finally find it. It was worth the effort, as the trail quickly ascends and becomes an interesting journey through several different types of forest cover. Toward the latter part of the hike, there is a great place to stop and take a break at a picnic bench and memorial to the Eagle Scout who created the trail as his Eagle Scout service project back in the early 90's. A descent down from the ridge to the river finds you back at the boardwalk, just a few hundred feet up from where the trail began. Enjoy!
    Dallas, GA
    Trailblazer | 906 pts
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    This was our first "spring" like hike so far this year. The trail was great. There were some area's with a steep incline but there was a decent amount of recovery time in between. The trail was maintenance well, not many downed trees. One thing I would like to mention is that they do Thin and Burn the area. We were a little surprised by this but comforted when we read the interpretive signs.
    Norcross, GA
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    For what ever reason, I never hiked in my lifetime; I am plus size woman in my late 40's , non-smoker, sometimes asthmatic and can be active on occasion:).

    The reason I'm telling you this is, if you are worried about how strenuos this trail is - it is in short spurts. Just take your time and keep a steady pace. I had to remind myself this is not a race. I took breaks probably 5-10 times on steep inclines but all in all, it's a nice scenic hike! Took 2 hrs 45 min to get to Hike Inn.

    We started out at Amicalola Park at 1pm, it was 55+ degrees and clear blue skies. I wore mid-weight jeans, shirt w/ tank underneath, Injinji socks (cushy anti-blister socks), Keen Venice Sandals, trekking poles from Target ( helped greatly).

    My 12 lb backpack (Target) contained (lightweight moisture wicking fabrics)
    LandsEnd winter jacket , thin fleece vest, extra tanktop, Long sleeve tee, sunglasses, rain poncho packet, 1 oz 45 SPF gel, 3 bottles water mixed w/ pedialyte, 8 Advil, 8 Benadryl, 1 oz bug spray, bear spray, mini tootbrush/paste, comb & lipgloss & Aspercreme.

    The Hike Inn will provide warm rooms, blankets, hot showers / towels, soap and hot meals! The hike back down is ridiculously easy - I'm going again soon!


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