MAY 20

East Palisades Day Hike w/ Mark Warren
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

The Georgia Conservancy and Mark Warren, author of Secrets of the Forest Volume I, are excited to welcome you to the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area East Palisades Day Hike on May 20!

This section of the National Recreation Area is within the perimeter but feels like it might be in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You'll walk along the riverbank, stop at overlooks, pass mountain laurel thickets, see the largest paw paw tree in Atlanta, stroll along meandering streams, and visit an amazing riverside bamboo grove that will make you feel like you've left the United States. 

The hike will view the forest through the eyes of the Cherokee, as a living resource of foods, medicines, tools, and crafts. Mark Warren will discuss aspects of this book, Secrets of the Forest Volume I, during the hike.

  • When: Saturday, May 20th, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Where: East Palisades Trail / Whitewater Creek Unit- Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

  • Cost: $10 per person

  • About the author: Mark Warren is a lifelong student of nature and primitive lore. Growing up in the piedmont of Georgia, he was in love with the forest. After being graduated from the University of Georgia in art and chemistry/ pre-med, he served 10 years as naturalist / environmental educator for The Georgia Conservancy and 17 years as wilderness director for High Meadows Camp. Mark is also the director of Medicine Bow, a ”primitive school of earthlore” in Dahlonega, GA

  • Tour Details: Enjoy a guided hike and learn about the natural history and ecology of this incredible forest within the city of Atlanta.

  • What to bring: Please bring plenty of water, appropriate walking shoes and attire that can get dirty, sunscreen, sense of adventure and many questions.

  • Parking: Limited parking. Biking and carpooling encouraged. We will offer more details as the event date nears.

  • Weather: RAIN or SHINE. We will provide updates as the event date nears.

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From the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area:

"The river is the Chattahoochee; the city is Atlanta. The park is a series of parklands long a 48-mile stretch of the river - a place rich in natural and human history, each influenced by the river's pervasive force. Usually clear, cold and slow moving, the river sometimes plunges as a muddy torrent through its rockbound shoals...

In its role as an outdoor classroom, the park promises to expand your horizons through nature walks exploring its plants and birds and the river...

A solitary walk enjoying nature's display, rafting leisurely with friends, fishing on the misty waters as the sun comes up, picknicking on a Sunday afternoon - this is the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area."

Photos of Chattahoochee River from East Palisades courtesy of Atlanta Trails.

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The Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips program is excited to offer our Day Trips for the second year in a row. Sponsored by SCANA Energy, a Georgia Conservancy Natural Partner, our Day Trips help to supplement and enhance our already robust statewide trips schedule and aims to highlight and acknowledge the diverse array of green spaces, natural resources, individuals and organizations that are putting metro Atlanta on the map for environmental stewardship and sustainable growth.

If you have any questions about our Stewardship Trips Program or about any upcoming trip, please contact Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Clark Harrison at