Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021
Time: 10 – 2:30 pm
Leader(s): Bill Witherspoon | Read more about Bill HERE
Making it possible: Roadside Geology of Georgia
Keown Falls, Johns Mountain, and Pilcher Pond (NW GA near Resaca)

Roadside Geology of Georgia co-author Bill Witherspoon leads this foray into the Valley and Ridge of northwest Georgia. Observe the topography and vegetation that develop differently on the limestone, chert-rich dolostone, shale, or sandstone strata that typify this area. After the 1.6 mile round-trip walk to Pilcher Pond to see karst topography, we will drive 0.73 miles to the Keown Falls Trailhead, to begin the ascent to the overlook atop 1866′ Johns Mountain, visiting Keown Falls along the way.

Meeting Place Directions:
Pilcher Pond Parking Area, Pocket Road. From Atlanta, head north on I-75 for about 73 miles to Exit 320 for GA-136. From the exit, go west on GA 136 W (later GA 136) for 12.6 miles to Furnace Creek Road. Turn left. Continue 2 miles to Pocket Road. Turn left and continue 2.3 miles to “Pilchers Pond Trail Head Pinhoti” on your left. We will meet at the small parking lot about 250 feet off Pocket Road, but if this lot is full, there is additional parking next to Pocket Road. If you reach the Keown Falls turnoff on your right, you have gone about 0.1 mile too far.

See meeting place on Google Maps

Distance and Difficulty: 
4.8 miles round trip, with 1100 feet elevation gain; moderate

What to Bring and Wear:
Dress in layers; pack lunch and a water bottle. No wading is anticipated.

Cancellation: If Outing is cancelled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, we will notify you via email by 6:00 pm on the evening before.

Pet Policy: No pets this time.

Participation Limit: 15


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