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Hartfield & Friends 
August   2009
We welcomed nine newcomers to Hartfield's Hikers in July at our Providence Canyon hike.  On July 18th I hiked Red Top Mountainwith Ebenezer Baptist Church. View the photos taken by Arthur Ratliff.  They were all first timers and everyone enjoyed the experience.  A heartfelt  welcome is extended to each of them from our hiking family.
Our August hike is in the North Georgia Mountains at Black Rock Mountain. Black Rock Mountain State Park is the highest park in the state of Georgia.
Paulette and I have gone through the certification class for the Sierra Club outings, as a result, henceforth,  I will attempt to give you a more detailed description in the notice and other helpful information, on the hike.
Did you know that you can go to the public library and get a free parking pass for the day?  Contact your local branch ahead of time to reserve the pass.  Click here to find your closest branch.  Save the $5 parking fee by getting the pass.  If you don't get the pass, remember, the parking fee is $5,  cash only.
I was recently contacted by Debbie Chong out of San Francisco, CA.  She is working on a documentary 'Hikers of Color.'  She is looking to interview African Americans age 16 to late 20's who have hiked in any of the National Parks.  Please contact me if you know of anyone. Also, here is an article on the Sierra Club website I thought might be of interest...check it out.
Enjoy life, learn something new, and laugh out loud!
Carolyn Hartfield

  Sorry for the late notice, it has really been a super busy week.
Black Rock Mtn Full ViewBlack Rock Mountain

Scenic  2.5 mile Hike

Saturday, August 1, 2009
8:00 a.m.

Rated:  Moderately Strenuous
 Black Rock Mountain encompasses some of the most outstanding country in Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains.  It's claim to fame is that it is the highest park in the state of Georgia.  Is is astride the East Continental Divide and the summit is at an altitude of 3,640 feet .  Numerous scenic overlooks provide spectacular 80-mile vistas of the Southern Appalachians.
We will hike the 2.2 mile Tennessee Rock Trail which winds its way up to the summit of the mountain which is 3,640 feet (above sea level), starting at 3,240 feet giving us an altitude gain of 360 feet. It goes through some of the park's highest and very lush forests.
The trail immediately starts off with a short somewhat steep climb but pretty tapers on and off as it winds up the mountain to moderate and easy as we loop the trail. 
As we begin our descent there is one of the most breathtaking views that on a clear day offers an 80-mile view into neighboring states of both North and South Carolina, as well as Tennessee.
As always, wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, and of comfortable clothing.  Bring plenty of water and light snacks. There are picnic tables at the bottom of the trail where we will eat our lunch. 
Remember... we car pool and each rider is asked to donate at least $5 toward gas.

Our meeting place is 5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross, GA  30019-1519. We will be in the parking lot in front of the new Hong Kong Market (the old International Farmers Market).  Click here for directions.  The trailhead is a little less than a 2 hour ride from Atlanta.  We will first go to the Visitor's Center to use the facilities. 
Get more information about Black Rock Mountain,  You can contact our Hike Master Clarence at 404.343.8039 or Hike Leader Carolyn at 678.231.4973.
To RSVP for the hike, click here
September  Hike

Tallulah Gorge
Sat., September 5, 2009  
Tallulah Gorge is one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S. . It is a 2 miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. The suspension bridge is 80 feet above the rocky bottom providing great views of the river and the waterfalls.
 Providence Canyon Group Photo 2009About  Hartfield's  Hikes

Normally, we hike the first Saturday of every month unless posted otherwise, with Hike Master Clarence Wilson who has been leading hikes in the Georgia Mountains since the late 1980's, or Hike Leader Carolyn Hartfield who has been hiking since 2004.  Our hikers are all ages, from youth to seniors. 
We ask you to make note of the length of the hike and the level of difficulty rating.  We are as fast as the slowest person...no need to feel pressured.  We enjoy nature and the company of each other as we hike the trails.
Click here or on the photo , then click on slideshow to see the photos (and video) from the July hike at Providence Canyon taken by hiker Arthur Ratliff.  Click here to see photos taken by hiker Kim McCrear.  Everyone had a great time!
Here are some new photos form the June hike at Raven Cliff & Dukes Creek Falls taken by LA.