Nature Hikes & Tours

    • August 16, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
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    FOCUS

    The 4-hour motor coach tour will focus on transit-oriented development that is taking place along the recently acquired Southside Trail corridor, the newly acquired "Kudzu Line," the recently opened Westside Trail and the Proctor Creek Greenway, which is currently under development. These include sub-areas 10, 1, 2, 3 and 4. We will visit and discuss the following:

    • Proposed Beltline transit stops
    • Proposed transit connections (Beltline + MARTA)
    • Transformative Redevelopment Projects (game-changers)
    • Transit-oriented development (MARTA)
    • Beltline-oriented development (current & proposed)
    • Brewery-based development
    • Parks (current & proposed)
    • There is an optional tasting & tour at Monday Night Garage after the tour

    GUIDE

    This tour will be led by Steve Saenz, founder of Urban Explorers of Atlanta and ExploreATL Tours.

    PRICE*

    • Members, $30
    • Non-member Guests, $40 (must be accompanied by member)
    • Non-members, $100 (join and save)
    NOTE: If you want to save some money, join UXATL and use promo code UXATL25 to get 25% off of any of our Adventure or Friends & Family Memberships. Then you can register for this event as a member for $30.
      Tour price includes the 4-hour tour + a beer tasting and tour at the Monday Night Garage after the tour. Tickets are non-refundable but they are transferable. 

      PLEASE NOTE: Urban Explorers of Atlanta is not affiliated with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. or the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. We are an independent tour company that has been leading tours throughout the Atlanta area since 2014. We highly recommend the excellent tours offered by the Atlanta Beltline and its partner organizations. We also encourage everyone to support the Beltline by volunteering and/or becoming a member. Thank you.
      • August 21, 2018
      • 5:30 PM
      • Ashby MARTA Station, 65 Joseph E Lowery Blvd, Atlanta, 30314
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      Envisioning the Westside Trail Sunset Tour

      This walking tour is designed for those who would like to get an update on the Westside Trail (opened in Sept 2017) and ENVISION what it will look like in the future. Our "Envisioning Tours" (offered throughout ATL) focus mainly on the physical elements of Atlanta's largest infrastructure project. We discuss current and future trails, green spaces, access points, vertical connections, transit plans and transit-oriented developments. Guests will learn 10 techniques they can use to envision what ATL will look like 5, 10 and 20 years from now. We also offer these as a Private Tour

      This tour repeats on Sept 27 and Oct 24

        PLEASE NOTE: Urban Explorers of Atlanta is not affiliated with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. or the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. We are an independent tour company that has been leading tours throughout the Atlanta area since 2014. We highly recommend the excellent tours offered by the Atlanta Beltline and its partner organizations. We also encourage everyone to support the Beltline by volunteering and/or becoming a member. Thank you.

        ABOUT THIS TOUR

        Envisioning the Westside Trail Sunset Tour starts at the Ashby MARTA station and ends at Monday Night Brewing (see tips for getting here below). The entire route is about 4 miles long, which includes the 3-mile WST  + one mile of streets that connect to the WST. There is an optional get-together after the tour at the Monday Night Garage

        This tour is ideal for those who are interested in the future of the Atlanta Beltline and surrounding neighborhoods. This includes anyone interested buying or investing in Atlanta real estate. Real estate professionals from any and all companies are also welcome to attend.

        Due to the distance and potentially high temperatures, you should be in excellent physical condition to participate. 

        GETTING THERE & BACK

        Your best bet is to take MARTA to the Ashby station to join the tour. After the tour you can either walk to the West End MARTA station or take a ride-sharing service back to your final destination. See this multi-media map for videos on how to get around the WST.

        ITINERARY*

        • 5:15, Meet at the Ashby MARTA station
        • 5:30, Tour begins
        • 5:45, Washington Park
        • 6:15, MLK bridge / access point
        • 6:30, Lucile Ave tunnel
        • 6:45, RDA tunnel / Kroger access point
        • 7:00, Lawton St bridge / Lee + White Development
        • 7:15, Lee/Murphy tunnel / Murphy's Crossing
        • 7:30, Allene Ave access point 
        • 8:00, Tour ends at Monday Night Brewing (optional get-together)
        • 8:16, Sunset on the MNG patio overlooking the Westside Trail
        * Times, route and stops are all subject to change. We will be stopping at key locations such as bridges and proposed transit stops. You may join the tour at any of the alternative entry points described above but you MUST pre-register online. We cannot accommodate walk-ups. 

        SEE ALSO

        • August 23, 2018
        • 5:30 PM
        • TBA
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        PLEASE REGISTER ASAP. SPACE FOR THIS TOUR IS LIMITED. DINNER SEATS AND RE EVEN MORE LIMITED. THANK YOU.

        The Plan

        • 5:15, Meet at TBA location
        • 5:30, Guided Tour led by Dennis Lovello (see below)
        • 8:00, Optional dinner at the Polaris (I have a table for 12; Dennis will be joining us)
        • Registration fee for this event is non-refundable but you may transfer it to another UXATL member

        Interior Urbanism: Exploring John Portman’s Hotel Atriums, Office Complexes & Sky Bridges

        We will explore the hotels, office plazas and sky bridges that put Atlanta on the architectural map. Join us for a tour of select Downtown Atlanta buildings designed by architect-developer John Portman. Led by Portman aficionado Dennis Lovello, the tour includes unique offices, vibrant public spaces and the ground-breaking atrium design of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Guests will also tour the innovative designs of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel and Sun Trust Plaza.

        Our Tour Guide

        Dennis Lovello - Historic Preservationist and Journalist  -  is the Program Coordinator with Cobb Landmarks Historical Society. 

        Dennis graduated from Georgia State University in December of 2017 with a Masters Degree in Heritage Preservation.  

        While pursuing his master's, Dennis served as a graduate research assistant with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, dividing his time between the Historic Preservation and Development Departments. 

        Dennis also holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Hawaii and was a producer-writer at CNN for 17 years.

        He not only has a passion for John Portman, but has written about Portman extensively for his final directed readings project at GSU.  Dennis has been asked to speak as a guest lecture at Georgia State University, teaching budding and young preservationists about the architect-developer's projects around downtown Atlanta.  Dennis was also a guest panelist and speaker about Portman at the National Planning Association Convention in New Orleans in April of this year.

        • August 25, 2018
        • 9:00 AM
        • August 26, 2018
        • 6:00 PM
        • Columbus, GA
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        Columbus Adventure Trip

        Act quickly, this event will sell out. Please read carefully...

        1. If you are going to participate in the whitewater portion, order your tickets ASAP
        2. Then, register here if you want to meet up with other UXATL members
        3. Once we know who is going we will make car-pooling and (optionally) lodging arrangements, etc.
        4. I (Steve) have signed up for the 4:00PM Challenge Whitewater trip described on this page
        5. I am planning to drive down Friday morning and stay 2 nights*. I also plan to do some biking along the Chattahoochee Riverwalk as well as zip-lining.
        6. You will see these options when you register
        * I booked an AirBnB in the historic district at 624 1st Ave

          Tentative Itinerary

          Friday, Aug 24 (optional early departure date)

          • 10:00, Drive to Columbus
          • 12:00, Lunch in columbus (location TBD)
          • Afternoon activities TBD
          • 7:00, Dinner (TBD)

          Saturday, Aug 25

          • 09:00, Drive to Columbus (departure location TBD)
          • 11:30, Early lunch in Columbus (location TBD)
          • 1:00, Walk around Columbus
          • 4:00, Whitewater adventure (2 hours)
          • 6:00, Powerhouse Paddler Party by Sweetwater Brewing (live music and cold brews overlooking Waveshaper Island)
          • 8:00, Dinner in Columbus (location TBD)
          • Remain overnight in Columbus (optional)
          Sunday, Aug 26
          • 09:00, Brunch (location TBD)
          • 10:00, Bike or Walk along Chattahoochee Riverwalk and/or do some ziplining
          • 12:00, Lunch (location TBD)
          • 4:00 - 5:00, Drive back to Atlanta

          About the whitewater portion of this trip...

          Record breaking whitewater rafting, zip-lining, live music and cold beer - The 2018 Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle on August 25 is better and wetter than ever. The Grand is the largest weekend of whitewater rafting in Columbus history hosting more than 1,200 paddlers on the Chattahoochee River and featuring a Saturday afternoon riverside party celebrating Columbus - the best adventure city in Georgia!

          On Saturday morning, rafters will begin to hit the river for a day of whitewater paddling with our friends at Whitewater Express! Their team of paddle guides will lead groups on two-hour long rafting adventures down the 'hooch every hour of the day!

          In the afternoon, join in us on for the Powerhouse Paddle Party at overlooking Waveshaper Island for live music and cold brews with our friends from Sweetwater Brewing Company!

          The big splash: “The Grand” features a weekend of discounted whitewater rafting starting at $25 per person - every paddler gets a free drink ticket for a beer or soft drink.

          The Powerhouse Paddler Party is free and open to the public.

          For non-paddlers, 21+ up wristbands cost $8 and include a Grand souvenir cup and a drink ticket (good for a soft drink or a SweetWater beer). Additional individual beers cost $4 (cash only).

          To receive your complementary beverage, pick-up your wristband and ticket starting at 3:00 PM at The Powerhouse.




          • August 30, 2018
          • 9:00 AM
          • Picnic Area at the Jimmy Carter Library (see event description)
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          TMT = Thursday Morning Treks

          Join us for a new series of urban adventures designed for all age groups and fitness levels. Initially, these walks will begin and end at the Carter Center and they focus on the Freedom Park Trail. We will be offering them about every three weeks and the routes will be different each time (see tour calendar for more dates). You can choose from several routes depending on your fitness level. The objectives of these walks are three-fold:

          1. Exploring the built and natural environments of Atlanta's most beautiful and historic neighborhoods 
          2. Getting exercise
          3. Making new friends

          Route Options Based on Fitness Levels*

          • EASY > You must be able to walk 1 - 2 miles at a leisurely pace
          • MODERATE > You must be able to walk 3 - 4 miles at a brisk pace
          • STRENUOUS > You must be able to talk 5 - 6 miles at a brisk pace

          Itinerary

          • 0845, Meet at picnic tables (watch this video to find meeting location)
          • 0900, Coffee and muffins (included in registration fee)
          • 0930, Treks begin (these will range from 1 - 2 hours depending on your fitness level)

          * The number of route options will depend  on the number of participants who register. The EASY option will always be available but, if we don't have enough participants to create all three groups, you may be asked to participate in a less strenuous level.

          • August 31, 2018
          • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
          • Private Tour


          For information about our private tours and consulting services please visit ExploreATL.com/private-tours

          • September 02, 2018
          • 9:00 AM
          • Carter Center (see event description)
          • 3
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          Biking Adventure: Decatur-Avondale-East Lake Loop

          IMPORTANT

          This tour is for experienced bike riders only. You should be able to ride 20+ miles in extreme heat. You should also be comfortable and confident riding in traffic and on on some unpaved surfaces.  If you are uncertain about your ability to complete this ride please do not register. Thank you.

          THE PLAN

          This 20-mile bike adventure will take us through some of Atlanta's most beautiful and historic neighborhoods. The ride begins and ends at the Carter Center. We will head east along the Stone Mountain Trail which runs through Freedom Park and Historic Olmsted Linear Park. Continuing east, we will ride through downtown Decatur on our way to Avondale Estates. From there, we head south and west through the neighborhoods of Midway Woods and College Heights. We will take a turn to the north as we ride through Winona Park and the McDonugh-Adams-King Historic (MAK) District. That segment will take us through the gorgeous campus of Agnes Scott College. From there, we head south down to East Lake Country Club before heading west thorough Kirkwod, Edgewood and Little Five Points on our way back to the Carter Center.

          There will be an optional lunch at Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park after the ride. You can expect to have fun and meet some nice people. You will also learn some interesting things and get some exercise.

          PRICE

          IMPORTANT

          • Each participant must register separately.
          • All riders must wear helmets.
          • This ride is NOT suitable for beginning riders due to the distance and amount of in-street riding.
          • The tour begins and ends at the Carter Center
          • This video shows the exact meeting location
          • September 04, 2018
          • 6:30 PM
          • Publix Parking Lot at Ansley Mall
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          Envisioning the Eastside Trail Sunset Tour, Part I

          This tour is designed for those who would like to get an update on the Eastside Trail and ENVISION what it will look like in the future. Our "Envisioning Tours" (offered throughout ATL) focus mainly on the physical elements of Atlanta's largest infrastructure project. We discuss current and future trails, green spaces, access points, vertical connections, transit plans and transit-oriented developments. Guests will learn 10 techniques they can use to envision what ATL will look like 5, 10 and 20 years from now. We also offer these as a Private Tour

            PLEASE NOTE: Urban Explorers of Atlanta is not affiliated with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. or the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. We are an independent tour company that has been leading tours throughout the Atlanta area since 2014. We highly recommend the excellent tours offered by the Atlanta Beltline and its partner organizations. We also encourage everyone to support the Beltline by volunteering and/or becoming a member. Thank you.

            ABOUT THIS TOUR

            Our Envisioning the Eastside Trail Walking Tour is offered in two parts. Each covers about 2.5 miles and takes about two hours to complete. Part 1 begins in the parking lot of the Publix at Ansley Mall and ends at New Real Brewing. Part 2 begins at New Realm Brewing and ends at Golden Eagle.

            This tour is ideal for those who are interested in the future of the Atlanta Beltline and surrounding neighborhoods. This includes anyone interested buying or investing in Atlanta real estate. Real estate professionals from any and all companies are also welcome to attend.

            Due to the distances and high temperatures, you should be in excellent physical condition to participate. Most of Part 1 will be take us on unpaved trails so you should wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes.

            ITINERARY*

            • 6:15, Meet in the parking lot behind Public Ansley Mall 
            • 6:30, Tour begins (we will hike north on the interim hiking trail to Montgomery Ferry Road and discuss the current activity that is currently taking place in that section of the corridor)
            • 7:15, Piedmont Park (interim hiking trail runs along the eastern edge)
            • 8:00, Quick tour of Historic Fourth Ward Park 
            • 8:30, Tour ends at the Angier Springs Rd access point (between 955 North Apts and New Realm Brewing)
            • Optional dinner & drinks at New Realm Brewing
            * Times, route and stops are all subject to change. We will be stopping at key locations such as bridges and proposed transit stops. You may join the tour at any of the alternative entry points described above but you MUST pre-register online. We cannot accommodate walk-ups. 

            SEE ALSO

            • September 09, 2018
            • 10:00 AM
            • King Center, 449 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta Georgia 30312
            Register


            This a very special private tour just for UXATL members and up to (2) guests. Due to the advanced payment requirements we are asking everyone to register now.  Please limit non-member guest registrations to two guests per member. Couples and Friends & Family members should register separately. Please do not use the guest option to register another UXATL member. Tickets are non-refundable but they are transferable.

            Price

            • Early Registration, $50 (before 8/6/18)
            • Regular Registration, $65 (after 8/6/18)

            SEE ALSO: UFT: Center for Civil and Human Rights on 8/24

            The Plan

            * Parking is very limited in this area. Your best bet is to take MARTA to the King Memorial station and/or use a ride-sharing service

            About this Tour

            Atlanta is a city of heroes. A city steeped with block after block of historic buildings and places where Black people struggled and prospered to make Atlanta the citadel for Black America & the cradle of the Civil Rights movement. From the first Black millionaire Alonzo Herndon who build Atlanta Life Insurance Company to famous college presidents, like Morehouse’s Benjamin Mays, to the incredible Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta was always ahead of its time.

            Civil Rights Tours Atlanta is about you — taking you to the places where history was made by those who made history. Our tour will launch from in front of the grave of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the King Center, 449 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta Georgia 30312 (MAP) and transform for our guests on a comfortable video equipped bus — displaying a city where every step throughout the last century was significant in changing the face of America.

            You will hear from and see Civil Rights icons Andrew Young, John Lewis  and Julian Bond – giving their first hand eyewitness account of historic places and how events shaped the evolution of this city “Too Busy to Hate.”

            This will be the only Atlanta Civil Rights tour that will take you to the site of the famous Atlanta Student Movement Rush Memorial Church, to the graves at South-View Cemetery of Daddy King & John Wesley Dobbs. On stops you will view up close the house Dr. King lived at the time of his assassination and Coretta raised her four children.

            You will witness the birth house of Dr. King, the Ebenezer Baptist church he co-pastored with his father and the Old 4th Ward where he grew up. Also a chance to stand in front of the crypt of MLK & Coretta Scott King. You will see the old Paschal’s Restaurant where in the front dining room the morning politicos helped elect Atlanta first black mayor Maynard Jackson.

            For three hours you will be on a tour like no other. Every location will evoke a time and period of Civil Rights, including Ralph Abernathy’s West Hunter Street Church, the mural of John Lewis on Auburn Avenue and the office on Auburn Avenue where MLK, Abernathy, Andrew Young and Hosea Williams made decisions that changed the world.

            Tours leave from in front of the grave of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the King Center, 449 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta Georgia 30312 (MAP) every Saturday at 11 am. and you will be treated by tour guides that were part of the Civil Rights movement. Sunday thru Thursday we offer custom tours to schools, corporations, various conventions, to be able to include something special for each group.

            Plug in now to our site and share the bounty of what Civil Rights Tour Atlanta is all about.

            Some of the locations on the tour

            • King’s last house 234 Sunset Ave NW
            • Magnolia Ballroom
            • Hunter Street (MLK now) Historic street anchored by the old Paschal’s Restaurant
            • Morehouse College
            • Rush Memorial Church
            • South View Cemetery
            • SCLC & SNCC Freedom house and King’s old house
            • Auburn Avenue
            • King Center & King Crypt
            • King Memorial (US Parks Service)
            • Ebenezer Baptist Church
            • King Birthplace
            • Edgewood Avenue – Sweet Auburn Market
            • State Capitol & City Hall

            Meet Tom Houck

            Expelled from high school in 1965 for marching in the Selma – Montgomery march, Tom committed himself to the Civil Rights movement. From 1965-1971 Houck worked with the NAACP, SCLC and VEP in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Washington DC, New York and Chicago. During this time Houck was arrested on numerous occasions while participating in non-violent civil disobedient demonstrations to secure civil and voting rights for all Americans. In 1966 he filed suit against Jefferson County, Alabama jails resulting in a landmark US Supreme Court decision desegregating prisons across America.

            From 1966 until his assassination in 1968 Tom was an aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During this time he served as a driver and personal assistant to Dr. King and his family. Houck also became the youngest member of the SCLC executive staff working with organizations to end the Vietnam War and mobilizing for the “Poor People Campaign”. Houck helped organize Hispanics, Asians, Native American and poor whites for the long crusade across America culminating in the first truly rainbow community at “Resurrection City” on the Mall in Washington, DC. He was a speaker representing poor whites at the kick off of the Poor Peoples campaign in Memphis.

            In 1968 and 1969 as a member of the SCLC staff, Tom participated in organizing anti war campaigns in DC and Atlanta, get out the vote efforts in New York and Georgia, the hospital workers strike in Charleston, SC.

            From 1970 until 1972 Houck worked as field director for The Voter Education Project (VEP) and with John Lewis and Julian Bond – mobilizing, registering and encourage minority voter’s participation across 11 southern states of the old Confederacy. During this time the number of Black elected officials increased 100 fold. He also lobbied extensively for the historic passage of the 26th Amendment, granting 18 year olds the right to vote.

            In 1972 as a result of his efforts in lowering of the voting rights age, he was named deputy director of the Washington based Youth Citizenship Fund, heading up efforts to maximize first time 18-21 year old voter registration/education in 26 states.

            Returning to Georgia in 1973 Houck has worked extensively on various political campaigns including Andrew Young successful bid for Congress, Maynard Jackson’s election as Atlanta’s first black mayor and the campaigns of John Lewis and Zell Miller.

            In 1977 his involvement in politics and long standing interest in journalism led to a new career in radio, TV and print journalism. For the next 25 years Houck was a presence in Atlanta and national media.

            From 1980 until 1991 he hosted a radio show on Newsradio WGST. From 1981 until 2001,Houck was a regular panelist on Sunday News Conference and Georgia Gang on WSB TV and Fox 5. Houck was a contributor to “Atlanta Magazine” and from 1986 until 2001 a columnist for Creative Loafing.

            Leaving journalism in the early 2000’s, Houck went on to start a public affairs company and maintained his strong passion for politics working with various local and state and national candidates.

            A strong advocate for civil and human rights, over the last decade Houck has been in demand as a speaker, especially on the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

            Now, with a vast number of years of being a part of the Atlanta civil rights scene, I feel it’s time to share my knowledge with the public. Please join me on a 3 hour bus tour of famous moments, places and people who made Atlanta the hub of the Civil Rights movement.

            I look forward to seeing you on the next tour. This new chapter in my life will allow me to share my Atlanta and it’s great people who make our town what it is today.

            Source: Civil Rights Tours


            • September 13, 2018
            • 6:30 PM
            • Angier Springs Rd Access Point on the Eastside Trail
            Register


            Envisioning the Eastside Trail Sunset Tour, Part II

            This tour is designed for those who would like to get an update on the Eastside Trail and ENVISION what it will look like in the future. Our "Envisioning Tours" (offered throughout ATL) focus mainly on the physical elements of Atlanta's largest infrastructure project. We discuss current and future trails, green spaces, access points, vertical connections, transit plans and transit-oriented developments. Guests will learn 10 techniques they can use to envision what ATL will look like 5, 10 and 20 years from now. We also offer these as a Private Tour

            PLEASE NOTE: Urban Explorers of Atlanta is not affiliated with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. or the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. We are an independent tour company that has been leading tours throughout the Atlanta area since 2014. We highly recommend the excellent tours offered by the Atlanta Beltline and its partner organizations. We also encourage everyone to support the Beltline by volunteering and/or becoming a member. Thank you.

            ABOUT THIS TOUR

            Our Envisioning the Eastside Trail Walking Tour is offered in two parts. Each covers about 2.5 miles and takes about two hours to complete. Part 1 begins in the parking lot of the Publix at Ansley Mall and ends at New Real Brewing. Part 2 begins at New Realm Brewing and ends at Golden Eagle.

            This tour is ideal for those who are interested in the future of the Atlanta Beltline and surrounding neighborhoods. This includes anyone interested buying or investing in Atlanta real estate. Real estate professionals from any and all companies are also welcome to attend.

            Due to the distances and high temperatures, you should be in excellent physical condition to participate. Most of Part 1 will be take us on unpaved trails so you should wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes.

            ITINERARY*

            • 6:15, Meet on the Eastside Trail at the Angier Springs Road access point (between 755 North Apts & New Realm Brewing)
            • 6:30, Tour begins
            • 7:00, Pass Irwin St
            • 7:30, Pass through Krog Tunnel
            • 8:00, Pass Stein Steel
            • 8:30, Tour ends where Beltline corridor ends at Memorial Dr (Golden Eagle)
            • 8:45, Optional dinner & drinks at Grindhouse Killer Burgers on Memorial Drive
            * Times, route and stops are all subject to change. We will be stopping at key locations such as bridges and proposed transit stops. You may join the tour at any of the alternative entry points described above but you MUST pre-register online. We cannot accommodate walk-ups. 

            SEE ALSO

            • September 15, 2018
            • 10:00 AM
            • Sweetwater State Park
            Register


            The Plan

            Sweetwater Creek State Park is stunning! See these photos from our last visit. I have rented a picnic pavilion (Shelter #11 on this map) that can accommodate 50 people. We have it from 10:00am to 7:00pm so that will be our base of operation. In addition to a picnic lunch at noon, we will be doing morning and afternoon hikes. We likely break into 2-3 groups based on fitness level. You can participate in any or all activities. We are asking everyone to bring their own lunch. Light snacks (chips, etc. ), desserts and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the $10 registration fee. This is going to be a lot of fun!

            Itinerary

            • 0945, Meet at the UXATL pavilion (see this map)
            • 1000, Morning hike (optional)
            • 12:00, Picnic lunch at the pavilion
            • 13:00, Afternoon hike (optional)
            Hiking Levels (you will be asked during registration)
            • Easy - I will probably stay close to the Picnic Pavilion / Visitor's Center and maybe do some flat trails through the woods
            • Moderate - I am in very good condition and can easily handle 3-5 mile hikes in high temperatures that have steep hills and uneven terrain
            • Advanced - I am in excellent condition and can easily handle long distance hikes that require high endurance in high temperatures
            About Sweetwater Creek State Park

            Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful rapids below. Additional trails wind through fields and forest, showcasing ferns, magnolias, wild azaleas and hardwoods. Park rangers lead informative hikes to these areas throughout the year.

            The 215-acre George Sparks Reservoir is popular for fishing and provides a pretty setting for feeding ducks and picnicking. Fishing supplies are available in the adjacent bait shop. During warmer months, the park rents fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and pedal boats. Visitors can join the Park Paddlers Club, which challenges them to explore waterways in six state parks. An award-winning Visitor Center -- one of the most environmentally responsible buildings in the country -- features exhibits on the area’s history, wildlife displays, trail maps, snacks and a gift shop. A window-lined meeting room that seats 40 can be rented for gatherings.

            Hiking Related


            • September 16, 2018
            • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
            • The Beacon, 1039 Grant St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
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            Envisioning the Southside Trail

            This special tour is for those who would like to learn more about the neighborhoods that are located along the Southside Trail. Our focus will be on future development that is coming to this area. We will discuss and visit proposed access points, transit stops, transit connections and key development nodes.  The tour is ideally suited for those who are interested in purchasing a home or investing in real property. The tour begins and ends at the The Beacon, a new development in Grant Park that is coming online right now.  Your registration fee includes lunch at and a tour of The Beacon.

            • 0930, Meet at Buteco for coffee and pastries
            • 1000, Guided Tour in an  Executive Vanterra
            • 1300, Tour of The Beacon and lunch at a nearby restaurant
            Read guest commends from our last tour of this area

            TOUR GUIDES

            Steve Saenz is the founder of Urban Explorers of Atlanta & ExploreATL Tours. Since 2014, he has led over 200 tours throughout the City of Atlanta.


            PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE

            If you would like to schedule a private tour for your group, please contact member support for pricing and scheduling. Thank you.

            Urban Explorers of Atlanta is not affiliated with the Atlanta Beltline, Inc. or the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. We are an independent tour company that has been leading bike, bus and walking tours throughout Atlanta since 2014. We are huge supporters of the Beltline project and highly recommend the excellent tours offered by the Atlanta Beltline and its partner organizations. We also encourage everyone to support the Atlanta Beltline by volunteering and/or becoming a member.

            • September 18, 2018
            • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
            • Vanuni Napoli, 1540 Monroe Drive, NE Atlanta, GA, 30324
            Register


            If you like to explore and eat really good pizza, this unique tour is for you! We combined the highlights of our Eastside Trail Walking Tour with the best pizza in Atlanta to provide you with a fun, informative and delicious experience. Here's what you can expect...

            • First, you will get to eat at three of the top (artisan) pizzarias in Atlanta!
            • You will get an insider's look at the Atlanta Betline, an exciting rails-to-trails project that is transforming the City of Atlanta on many levels.
            • We can't promise that you will burn off all of the calories but you will get some exercise as we walk about 3 miles miles at a leisurely pace.
            • You will meet some fun and interesting people.
            • You will experience a beautiful sunset.
            Please Note: Due to the nature of this tour (you will share pizzas with several people) we are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions. 
            TOUR ROUTE
            • Our first pizza stop is Varuni Napoli Midtown, which makes what Zaggats calls “real deal” Neapolitan pizzas fired in wood-burning ovens.
            • After we leave Varuni Napoli,  we will head south along the SAtlanta Beltline Eastside Trail, which hugs the eastern boundary of the Piedmont Park.
            • During this part of the tour, you will be walking on the oldest of four "belt lines" (railroad tracks) that were built around the City of Atlanta between 1871 and 1908.
            • The interim hiking trail turns into the Eastside Trail where the Beltline corridor crosses Monroe Street.
            • Our second pizza stop is Brezza Cucina & Pizzeria, a stunning reataurant that is located in Ponce City Market.
            • We could spend all day in PCM but we have places to go and pizza to eat! While we are there you will learn about the fascinating history of this former Sears Roebuck & Co. distribution center and the surrounding area.
            • After Brezza we will walk off some more calories as we continue southward past Historic Fourth Ward Park. You will learn how this amazing Beltline project transformed acres of asphalt into an award-winning park.
            • After a 2-mile walk on the Eastside Trail we arrive at our third and final pizzaria which is Fritti. This gorgeous restaurant is in the heart of Historic Inman Park's business district.
            • Eating on Fritti's patio, which features a giant red umbrella, is al fresco dining at its best. 
            At this point, you will have several options...
            • Walk back to Varuni Napoli (2 1/2 miles) or your final destination.
            • Take a ride sharing service back to Varuni Napoli or your final destination.

            REGISTRATION FEE

            • Your registration fee includes the guided tour and at least six slices of pizza (2 different pies at each restaurant. It also includes tax and gratuity on your food.
            • Beverages are not included so you can order whatever you want to drink at each restaurant.
            • If you would like to save some money please consider joining Urban Explorers.

            ABOUT YOUR TOUR GUIDE

            Steve Saenz is the founder of Urban Explorers of Atlanta and ExploreATL Tours. 

            • September 20, 2018
            • 9:00 AM
            • Picnic Area at the Jimmy Carter Library (see event description)
            Register


            TMT = Thursday Morning Treks

            Join us for a new series of urban adventures designed for all age groups and fitness levels. Initially, these walks will begin and end at the Carter Center and they focus on the Freedom Park Trail. We will be offering them about every three weeks and the routes will be different each time (see tour calendar for more dates). You can choose from several routes depending on your fitness level. The objectives of these walks are three-fold:

            1. Exploring the built and natural environments of Atlanta's most beautiful and historic neighborhoods 
            2. Getting exercise
            3. Making new friends

            Route Options Based on Fitness Levels*

            • EASY > You must be able to walk 1 - 2 miles at a leisurely pace
            • MODERATE > You must be able to walk 3 - 4 miles at a brisk pace
            • STRENUOUS > You must be able to talk 5 - 6 miles at a brisk pace

            Itinerary

            • 0845, Meet at picnic tables (watch this video to find meeting location)
            • 0900, Coffee and muffins (included in registration fee)
            • 0930, Treks begin (these will range from 1 - 2 hours depending on your fitness level)

            * The number of route options will depend  on the number of participants who register. The EASY option will always be available but, if we don't have enough participants to create all three groups, you may be asked to participate in a less strenuous level.

            • September 22, 2018
            • 9:00 AM
            • Green Market @ Piedmont Park
            Register


            If you the type of person who marvels at the changing skyline of Midtown every time you drive along the connector (or loves to visit large scale construction projects) this one's for you! This unique walking tour was inspired by this map that was created by the Midtown Alliance. Here's the plan...

            Itinerary
            • 0900, Meet at the Green Market in Piedmont Park (coffee and pastries included)
            • 0945, Tour begins (we will visit as many sites as time allows)
            • 1:00, Optional lunch at a secret location (not included in tour price)

            Tour Price

            • Members, FREE
            • Non-members, $20 -- non-members receive a $60 membership credit that they can apply to our Adventure Membership if they join within 72 hours
            • Tickets are non-refundable but you may apply them to a future tour if you cancel at least 48 hours before the tour

            Tour Sponsor

            This tour is sponsored by Environs Real Estate. Although this is not a real estate tour, Midtown real estate expert Dawn Landau will be on hand to answer questions for those who are interested in learning about real estate opportunities.

            • September 23, 2018
            • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
            • Olmsted Linear Park (exact location TBA)
            Register


            This event is being posted as a service for friends and members of UXATL and to support founding member, Sandy Kruger, who has supported our club in many ways over the years. Please attend if you can and bring some friends. Register online first and then RSVP on this event listing to let other UXATL member know you are coming. Non-member guests are welcome. Thank you.

            PICNIC IN THE PARK

            On September 23, OLPA and DHCA team up once again for the 2nd Annual Picnic in the Park!  There will be food, music and fun family games. So, mark your calendars - you do not want to miss this event.

            • September 27, 2018
            • 5:30 PM
            • Ashby MARTA Station, 65 Joseph E Lowery Blvd, Atlanta, 30314
            Register


            Envisioning the Westside Trail Sunset Tour

            This walking tour is designed for those who would like to get an update on the Westside Trail (opened in Sept 2017) and ENVISION what it will look like in the future. Our "Envisioning Tours" (offered throughout ATL) focus mainly on the physical elements of Atlanta's largest infrastructure project. We discuss current and future trails, green spaces, access points, vertical connections, transit plans and transit-oriented developments. Guests will learn 10 techniques they can use to envision what ATL will look like 5, 10 and 20 years from now. We also offer these as a Private Tour

            This tour repeats on Oct 24

              PLEASE NOTE: Urban Explorers of Atlanta is not affiliated with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. or the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. We are an independent tour company that has been leading tours throughout the Atlanta area since 2014. We highly recommend the excellent tours offered by the Atlanta Beltline and its partner organizations. We also encourage everyone to support the Beltline by volunteering and/or becoming a member. Thank you.

              ABOUT THIS TOUR

              Envisioning the Westside Trail Sunset Tour starts at the Ashby MARTA station and ends at Monday Night Brewing (see tips for getting here below). The entire route is about 4 miles long, which includes the 3-mile WST  + one mile of streets that connect to the WST. There is an optional get-together after the tour at the Monday Night Garage

              This tour is ideal for those who are interested in the future of the Atlanta Beltline and surrounding neighborhoods. This includes anyone interested buying or investing in Atlanta real estate. Real estate professionals from any and all companies are also welcome to attend.

              Due to the distance and potentially high temperatures, you should be in excellent physical condition to participate. 

              GETTING THERE & BACK

              Your best bet is to take MARTA to the Ashby station to join the tour. After the tour you can either walk to the West End MARTA station or take a ride-sharing service back to your final destination. See this multi-media map for videos on how to get around the WST.

              ITINERARY*

              • 5:15, Meet at the Ashby MARTA station
              • 5:30, Tour begins
              • 5:45, Washington Park
              • 6:15, MLK bridge / access point
              • 6:30, Lucile Ave tunnel
              • 6:45, RDA tunnel / Kroger access point
              • 7:00, Lawton St bridge / Lee + White Development
              • 7:15, Lee/Murphy tunnel / Murphy's Crossing
              • 7:27, Sunset over the Lee/Murphy tunnel on the Westside Trail
              • 7:30, Allene Ave access point (the WST has lighting) )
              • 8:00, Tour ends at Monday Night Brewing (optional get-together)
              * Times, route and stops are all subject to change. We will be stopping at key locations such as bridges and proposed transit stops. You may join the tour at any of the alternative entry points described above but you MUST pre-register online. We cannot accommodate walk-ups. 

              SEE ALSO

              • September 29, 2018
              • 3:00 PM
              • Monday Night Garage


              MARK YOUR CALENDAR

              We will be hosting a Meet & Greet + Fundraiser at the Monday Night Garage on Saturday, Sept 29. There will be an optional walking tour before the Meet & Greet that will focus on transit-oriented development in the area.

              Details will be posted here soon.

              • September 30, 2018
              • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
              • Private Tour


              For information about our private tours and consulting services please visit ExploreATL.com/private-tours

              • October 02, 2018
              • 6:00 PM
              • Publix Parking Lot at Ansley Mall
              Register


              Envisioning the Eastside Trail Sunset Tour, Part I

              This tour is designed for those who would like to get an update on the Eastside Trail and ENVISION what it will look like in the future. Our "Envisioning Tours" (offered throughout ATL) focus mainly on the physical elements of Atlanta's largest infrastructure project. We discuss current and future trails, green spaces, access points, vertical connections, transit plans and transit-oriented developments. Guests will learn 10 techniques they can use to envision what ATL will look like 5, 10 and 20 years from now. We also offer these as a Private Tour

                PLEASE NOTE: Urban Explorers of Atlanta is not affiliated with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. or the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. We are an independent tour company that has been leading tours throughout the Atlanta area since 2014. We highly recommend the excellent tours offered by the Atlanta Beltline and its partner organizations. We also encourage everyone to support the Beltline by volunteering and/or becoming a member. Thank you.

                ABOUT THIS TOUR

                Our Envisioning the Eastside Trail Walking Tour is offered in two parts. Each covers about 2.5 miles and takes about two hours to complete. Part 1 begins in the parking lot of the Publix at Ansley Mall and ends at New Real Brewing. Part 2 begins at New Realm Brewing and ends at Golden Eagle.

                This tour is ideal for those who are interested in the future of the Atlanta Beltline and surrounding neighborhoods. This includes anyone interested buying or investing in Atlanta real estate. Real estate professionals from any and all companies are also welcome to attend.

                Due to the distances and high temperatures, you should be in excellent physical condition to participate. Most of Part 1 will be take us on unpaved trails so you should wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes.

                ITINERARY*

                • 5:45, Meet in the parking lot behind Public Ansley Mall 
                • 6:00, Tour begins (we will hike north on the interim hiking trail to Montgomery Ferry Road and discuss the current activity that is currently taking place in that section of the corridor)
                • 6:45, Piedmont Park (interim hiking trail runs along the eastern edge)
                • 7:30, Quick tour of Historic Fourth Ward Park 
                • 8:00, Tour ends at the Angier Springs Rd access point (between 955 North Apts and New Realm Brewing)
                • Optional dinner & drinks at New Realm Brewing
                * Times, route and stops are all subject to change. We will be stopping at key locations such as bridges and proposed transit stops. You may join the tour at any of the alternative entry points described above but you MUST pre-register online. We cannot accommodate walk-ups. 

                SEE ALSO

                • October 04, 2018
                • 6:00 PM
                • Historic Oakland Cemetery
                Register


                On 6/16/18, several UXATL members went on the Malts & Vaults Tour at Historic Oakland Cemetery. Our tour guide was a man named, "Buzz." Suffice to say, Buzz made a favorable impression on us. So much so that I have hired him to lead a private tour for UXATL members. Please do not miss this one! Here's the plan:

                • 5:45, Meet at Visitor's Center (see map)
                • 6:00, Tour begins
                • 7:21, Sunset (over the ATL skyline)
                • 7:30, Tour ends
                • 7:45, Optional dinner w/ Buzz at Firepit

                About Buzz

                Buzz Weiss’ professional career has spanned more than four decades in media relations, state government, and broadcast and print journalism.

                Buzz spent 34 years with the State of Georgia, the last 16 years as public affairs officer and spokesman for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), where he was responsible for media relations, legislative liaison, and radio/tv/video projects. He was also a regular contributor to GEMA’s Emergency Manager magazine and a frequent instructor in media relations at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at Forsyth.

                During his years with GEMA, he served as the agency’s spokesman for a wide range of disasters and incidents across the state, including the 1994 Tropical Storm Alberto floods, the 1996 Olympics, the 1998 tornado outbreaks across metro Atlanta and northeast Georgia, the 1999 Heritage High School shooting, the 2002 Tri-State Crematory incident, the record-breaking tornado outbreak in west and southwest Georgia and the southeast Georgia wildfires of 2007, the Atlanta tornado of 2008, and the epic floods of 2009 that inundated the Atlanta area and parts of north Georgia.

                He drafted and successfully worked for passage of Georgia’s school safety law, the K-9/handler certification law, and the law that requires the use of unified incident command in disaster response. He collaborated with public health officials, funeral directors and coroners to pass legislation to expedite the issuance of death certificates during states of emergency.

                He also worked to establish strong, productive partnerships between GEMA and the news media; state, local and federal agencies; the private sector; and the volunteer community.

                Prior to joining GEMA, he was public information officer for the Georgia State Senate for nearly 20 years. He is also a former radio news director, and newspaper reporter and editor. His background and expertise made him a sought after interview subject for local, regional and national media outlets.

                Since his retirement, he has been actively involved in a number of public safety projects, as well as service with the Georgia Radio Reading Service for the Blind.


                • October 06, 2018
                • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
                • Private Tour


                For information about our private tours and consulting services please visit ExploreATL.com/private-tours

                • October 07, 2018
                • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
                • Jimmy Carter Library, 441 Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
                Register


                BATTLE OF ATLANTA WALKING TOUR: BATTLEFIELD WEST

                This walking tour, which covers the western sector of the battlefield, begins at Sherman's Headquarters (Carter Center) and ends at Historic Oakland Cemetery. When we arrive at HOC, we will be joined by a docent who will give us a 45-minute private tour of the Civil War section of Historic Oakland Cemetery. There will be an optional lunch get-together after the tour.

                SEE ALSO: 7/22, Battle of Atlanta Walking Tour, EAST

                ITINERARY*
                • 0845, Please arrive at the Jimmy Carter Library by 0845

                • 0900, Tour Begins w/ 20-minute Battle Briefing

                • 0930, Stop 1: Gen Sherman's Headquarters (Carter Center)

                • 1000, Stop 2: Degress Battery (Degress St)

                • 1015, Stop 3: Troup Hurt House (Degress St)

                • 1030, Stop 4: Railroad Cut / Widow Pope House (Inman Park MARTA station)

                • 1045, Stop 5: Manigault's Brigade (Springvale Park)

                • 1100, Stop 6: Confederate Line Stop (Delta Park)

                • 1145, Stop 7: Gen Hood's Post (Oakland Cemetery)

                • 1215, Stop 8: Lion of Atlanta (Oakland Cemetery) + Private Civil War Tour by a Historic Oakland Cemetery docent

                • 1230, Tour Ends

                • 1245, Optional lunch at Firepit Pizza Tavern

                * Route and times subject to change based on group, weather, road conditions, etc.

                WHAT TO EXPECT

                Participating on this tour** is a powerful experience. On July 22, 1864 over 70,000 soldiers engaged in an 8-hour battle that began on the corner of Clay St and Memorial Dr in modern-day Kirkwood. The fighting spread westward and northward. The battlefront stretched from modern-day DeKalb Ave in Inman Park to Glenwood Ave in East Atlanta Village; essentially today's Moreland Ave.

                This event is known as the Battle of Atlanta. The battlefield encompassed what are now the neighborhoods of East Atlanta, Edgewood, Kirkwood, Inman Park and Reynoldstown. The eastern boundary of the city's inner fortifications ran through modern-day Grant Park.

                By the end of the day over 12,000 men had been killed or wounded. After the war, eye-witnesses reported that, by the end of that day, a river of blood was running down Leggett's Hill, which was located where the I-20 / Moreland Ave interchange is today.

                When you consider that this occurred where tens of thousands of Atlantans live, work, eat and play every day you begin to understand why this is such a powerful experience for those who participate. The reason many people don't know about this major battle is that the battlefield was not preserved like we see at Kennesaw and Gettysburgh. The battlefield for the Battle of Atlanta is now covered by a freeway (I-20), busy streets (DeKalb and Moreland Aves), a shopping center (Edgewood) and transit station (Inman Park-Reynoldstown).

                Just so you know, we do not advocate for either side of the Civil War, nor do we honor those who fought or what they fought for. Our purpose in offering these tours is simply to help those who are interested better understand what happened in this part of Atlanta on July 22, 1864.

                Our tour stops range from 5 - 15 minutes in duration and their purpose is to discuss and reflect on what happened at that location. The minimum age to participate is 15.

                GETTING THERE & BACK

                • The tour begins at the Carter Center and ends at Historic Oakland Cemetery.
                • You can walk, bike or drive to the Carter Center. There is plenty of parking there.
                • The closest MARTA station to the Carter Center is Inman Park-Reynoldstown, which is about one mile away.
                • The closest MARTA station to Oakland Cemetery is King Memorial which is less than 1/2 mile away.

                ** The inspiration for this tour series was The Battle of Atlanta: History and Remembrance by Daniel A. Pollock


                • October 11, 2018
                • 6:00 PM
                • Angier Springs Rd Access Point on the Eastside Trail
                Register


                Envisioning the Eastside Trail Sunset Tour, Part II

                This tour is designed for those who would like to get an update on the Eastside Trail and ENVISION what it will look like in the future. Our "Envisioning Tours" (offered throughout ATL) focus mainly on the physical elements of Atlanta's largest infrastructure project. We discuss current and future trails, green spaces, access points, vertical connections, transit plans and transit-oriented developments. Guests will learn 10 techniques they can use to envision what ATL will look like 5, 10 and 20 years from now. We also offer these as a Private Tour

                PLEASE NOTE: Urban Explorers of Atlanta is not affiliated with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. or the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. We are an independent tour company that has been leading tours throughout the Atlanta area since 2014. We highly recommend the excellent tours offered by the Atlanta Beltline and its partner organizations. We also encourage everyone to support the Beltline by volunteering and/or becoming a member. Thank you.

                ABOUT THIS TOUR

                Our Envisioning the Eastside Trail Walking Tour is offered in two parts. Each covers about 2.5 miles and takes about two hours to complete. Part 1 begins in the parking lot of the Publix at Ansley Mall and ends at New Real Brewing. Part 2 begins at New Realm Brewing and ends at Golden Eagle.

                This tour is ideal for those who are interested in the future of the Atlanta Beltline and surrounding neighborhoods. This includes anyone interested buying or investing in Atlanta real estate. Real estate professionals from any and all companies are also welcome to attend.

                Due to the distances and high temperatures, you should be in excellent physical condition to participate. Most of Part 1 will be take us on unpaved trails so you should wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes.

                ITINERARY*

                • 5:45, Meet on the Eastside Trail at the Angier Springs Road access point (between 755 North Apts & New Realm Brewing)
                • 6:00, Tour begins
                • 6:30, Pass Irwin St
                • 7:00, Pass through Krog Tunnel
                • 7:30, Pass Stein Steel
                • 8:00, Tour ends where Beltline corridor ends at Memorial Dr (Golden Eagle)
                • 8:45, Optional dinner & drinks at TBA location
                * Times, route and stops are all subject to change. We will be stopping at key locations such as bridges and proposed transit stops. You may join the tour at any of the alternative entry points described above but you MUST pre-register online. We cannot accommodate walk-ups. 

                SEE ALSO

                • October 14, 2018
                • 10:00 AM
                • Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve, 3787 Klondike Rd. Lithonia, GA 30038 United States
                Register


                Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve is a surreal place! See these photos from our last visit. We are asking everyone to bring their own lunch. Light snacks (chips, etc. ), desserts and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the $10 registration fee. This is going to be a lot of fun!

                Itinerary

                Hiking Levels (you will be asked during registration)
                • Easy - I will probably stay close to the picnic area and maybe do some flat trails through the woods
                • Moderate - I am in very good condition and can easily handle 3-5 mile hikes in high temperatures that have steep hills and uneven terrain
                • Advanced - I am in excellent condition and can easily handle long distance hikes that require high endurance in high temperatures
                About Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve

                The seemingly barren landscape of Arabia Mountain is the most easily identified landscape of the Heritage Area. The mountain itself is part of the 2,550 acre DeKalb County park called the Davidson – Arabia Nature Preserve. The Preserve also includes other large formations of exposed granite, wetlands, pine and oak forests, multiple streams, and two lakes.The rare, native plant species, such as the signature red diamorpha in the winter and fall’s yellow daisies, make it seem as though the rock is in constant metamorphosis. 

                While the Preserve is considered an exceptional ecological wonder the area is also very much influenced by the hand of man. The evidence of quarrying activities are apparent in the industrial debris left on the mountain and of the abandoned structures once used by workers for storage, offices and shelter.  The ruins of quarry buildings are found interspersed throughout the park and metal spikes that were used to split the granite are still embedded in the rock.

                Visitors can navigate the preserve through miles of hiking trails and a multi-use PATH bike trail. The trails of the Nature Preserve and Arabia Mountain are open to the public from dawn to dusk. There is no fee for parking or for use of the trails. Leashed dogs are welcome. Fishing is permitted, with a valid state license, at Arabia Lake. Special groups tours and education programs also available. Please contact the Preserve offices at 770-484-3060 for more information and scheduling.

                Parking facilities are located at the nature center at 3787 Klondike Road and at the base of Arabia Mountain and AWARE at 4158 Klondike Road. Rangers offer guided hikes at 8am on Friday, and Sunday.  Check our events schedule here for more details.

                • October 17, 2018
                • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
                • Private Tour


                For information about our private tours and consulting services please visit ExploreATL.com/private-tours

                • October 18, 2018
                • 9:00 AM
                • Picnic Area at the Jimmy Carter Library (see event description)
                Register


                TMT = Thursday Morning Treks

                Join us for a new series of urban adventures designed for all age groups and fitness levels. Initially, these walks will begin and end at the Carter Center and focus on the Freedom Park Trail. We will be offering them about every three weeks and the routes will be different each time (see tour calendar for more dates). You can choose from several routes depending on your fitness level. The objectives of these walks are three-fold:

                1. Exploring the built and natural environments of Atlanta's most beautiful and historic neighborhoods 
                2. Getting exercise
                3. Making new friends

                Route Options Based on Fitness Levels*

                • EASY > You must be able to walk 1 - 2 miles at a leisurely pace
                • MODERATE > You must be able to walk 3 - 4 miles at a brisk pace
                • STRENUOUS > You must be able to talk 5 - 6 miles at a brisk pace

                Itinerary

                • 0845, Meet at picnic tables (watch this video to find meeting location)
                • 0900, Coffee and muffins (included in registration fee)
                • 0930, Treks begin (these will range from 1 - 2 hours depending on your fitness level)

                * The number of route options will depend  on the number of participants who register. The EASY option will always be available but, if we don't have enough participants to create all three groups, you may be asked to participate in a less strenuous level.

                • October 20, 2018
                • 5:00 PM
                • Historic Oakland Cemetery
                • 0
                Join waitlist

                If this event is full, please add your name to the wait list ASAP. I will do my best go obtain more tickets. There is also a very good chance that we may have some cancellations. Thank you. 

                Join us as we take part in one of Atlanta's most coveted events of the year -- Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour at Historic Oakland Cemetery (HOC).

                THE PLAN

                • 5:00, Optional get-together / early dinner at local restaurant that is walking distance to HOC
                • 6:30, Walk to HOC
                • 6:45, Watch sunset in HOC
                • 7:00, Go on tour (lasts about one hour)
                • 8:15, Optional get-together after the tour at restaurant that is within walking distance of HOC

                IMPORTANT

                • Tickets are non-refundable but they are transferable
                • It will not be possible to change the date or time for these tickets. If you cannot make this date/time you will need to find someone else to use your tickets. No exceptions to this, sorry.
                • You can try to re-sell your ticket to another UXATL member but it will be up to you to handle that transaction and then let me know the name of the person who will be using your ticket.
                • Tickets cannot be sent out in advance. To get your ticket, you must either attend the optional get-together before the tour (recommended) or meet our group at the HOC Visitor's Center at 6:45. No exceptions to this, sorry.
                • NEW: Use the "I already have my ticket" option if you already have a ticket and would like to TRY to meet up with the UXATL group. No guarantees!

                ABOUT

                Enjoy historic Oakland Cemetery after dark at the award-winning Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours, an autumn tradition in Atlanta! One of the only times to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark, Capturing the Spirit brings to life the stories of some of the cemetery’s noted residents. A costumed docent guides you through the cemetery’s beautifully-lit Victorian gardens as you hear the stories of Atlanta’s sons and daughters come to life. Designed to “enlighten, not frighten,” Capturing the Spirit of Oakland is family-friendly, but is recommended for children 8 and up. Capturing the Spirit of Oakland is a sell-out event, with tickets selling out within weeks of release in July.

                • October 21, 2018
                • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
                • Joe's Coffee, 510 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta 30316
                • 17
                Register


                BATTLE OF ATLANTA WALKING TOUR: BATTLEFIELD EAST

                This walking tour, which covers the eastern sector of the battlefield, begins and ends in East Atlanta Village. The tour route is about four miles in length and takes about 3.5 hours to complete. There is an optional lunch after the tour at Argosy in EAV..

                We also offer private tours

                ITINERARY*
                • 0845, Meet at Joe's Coffee in East Atlanta Village (EAV)
                • 0900, 20-minute battle briefing (EAV)
                • 0945, Stop 1: Cleburne's & Maney's March (EAV)
                • 1015, Stop 2: Gen Walker Monument (Glenwood Triangle)
                • 1045, Stop 3:  Rice's Brigade Initial Position (Memorial Dr)
                • 1100, Stop 4: Battle Began Here (Clay St @ Memorial Dr)
                • 1115, Stop 5: Unexpected Clash (Alonso Crim HS)
                • 1145, Stop 6: Gen McPherson Monument (East Atlanta)
                • 1215, Stop 7: Legget's Hill (Moreland Ave & I-20)
                • 12:30, Tour Ends / Optional Lunch at Argosy

                * Route and times subject to change based on group, weather, road conditions, etc.

                  WHAT TO EXPECT

                  Participating on this tour** is a powerful experience. On July 22, 1864 over 70,000 soldiers engaged in an 8-hour battle that began on the corner of Clay St and Memorial Dr in modern-day Kirkwood. The fighting spread westward and northward. The battlefront stretched from modern-day DeKalb Ave in Inman Park to Glenwood Ave in East Atlanta Village; essentially today's Moreland Ave.

                  This event is known as the Battle of Atlanta. The battlefield encompassed what are now the neighborhoods of East Atlanta, Edgewood, Kirkwood, Inman Park and Reynoldstown. The eastern boundary of the city's inner fortifications ran through modern-day Grant Park.

                  By the end of the day over 12,000 men had been killed or wounded. After the war, eye-witnesses reported that, by the end of that day, a river of blood was running down Leggett's Hill, which was located where the I-20 / Moreland Ave interchange is today.

                  When you consider that this occurred where tens of thousands of Atlantans live, work, eat and play every day you begin to understand why this is such a powerful experience for those who participate. The reason many people don't know about this major battle is that the battlefield was not preserved like we see at Kennesaw and Gettysburgh. The battlefield for the Battle of Atlanta is now covered by a freeway (I-20), busy streets (DeKalb and Moreland Aves), a shopping center (Edgewood) and transit station (Inman Park-Reynoldstown).

                  Just so you know, we do not advocate for either side of the Civil War, nor do we honor those who fought or what they fought for. Our purpose in offering these tours is simply to help those who are interested better understand what happened in this part of Atlanta on July 22, 1864.

                  Our tour stops range from 5 - 15 minutes in duration and their purpose is to discuss and reflect on what happened at that location. The minimum age to participate is 15.

                  GETTING THERE

                  • This tour begins and ends in East Atlanta Village. Joe's is a few blocks from The Argosy.
                  • You can walk, bike or drive to Joe's in East Atlanta Village. There is some parking along Flat Shoals and Glenwood but it is limited.
                  • The closest MARTA station is Inman Park-Reynoldstown, which is about 2 miles.

                  ** The inspiration for this tour series was The Battle of Atlanta: History and Remembrance by Daniel A. Pollock


                  • October 24, 2018
                  • 5:30 PM
                  • Ashby MARTA Station, 65 Joseph E Lowery Blvd, Atlanta, 30314
                  Register


                  Envisioning the Westside Trail Sunset Tour

                  This walking tour is designed for those who would like to get an update on the Westside Trail (opened in Sept 2017) and ENVISION what it will look like in the future. Our "Envisioning Tours" (offered throughout ATL) focus mainly on the physical elements of Atlanta's largest infrastructure project. We discuss current and future trails, green spaces, access points, vertical connections, transit plans and transit-oriented developments. Guests will learn 10 techniques they can use to envision what ATL will look like 5, 10 and 20 years from now. We also offer these as a Private Tour

                    PLEASE NOTE: Urban Explorers of Atlanta is not affiliated with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. or the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. We are an independent tour company that has been leading tours throughout the Atlanta area since 2014. We highly recommend the excellent tours offered by the Atlanta Beltline and its partner organizations. We also encourage everyone to support the Beltline by volunteering and/or becoming a member. Thank you.

                    ABOUT THIS TOUR

                    Envisioning the Westside Trail Sunset Tour starts at the Ashby MARTA station and ends at Monday Night Brewing (see tips for getting here below). The entire route is about 4 miles long, which includes the 3-mile WST  + one mile of streets that connect to the WST. There is an optional get-together after the tour at the Monday Night Garage

                    This tour is ideal for those who are interested in the future of the Atlanta Beltline and surrounding neighborhoods. This includes anyone interested buying or investing in Atlanta real estate. Real estate professionals from any and all companies are also welcome to attend.

                    Due to the distance and potentially high temperatures, you should be in excellent physical condition to participate. 

                    GETTING THERE & BACK

                    Your best bet is to take MARTA to the Ashby station to join the tour. After the tour you can either walk to the West End MARTA station or take a ride-sharing service back to your final destination. See this multi-media map for videos on how to get around the WST.

                    ITINERARY*

                    • 5:15, Meet at the Ashby MARTA station
                    • 5:30, Tour begins
                    • 5:45, Washington Park
                    • 6:15, MLK bridge / access point
                    • 6:30, Lucile Ave tunnel
                    • 6:45, RDA tunnel / Kroger access point
                    • 6:53, Sunset on the WST (the WST has lighting)
                    • 7:00, Lawton St bridge / Lee + White Development
                    • 7:15, Lee/Murphy tunnel / Murphy's Crossing
                    • 7:30, Allene Ave access point 
                    • 8:00, Tour ends at Monday Night Brewing (optional get-together)
                    * Times, route and stops are all subject to change. We will be stopping at key locations such as bridges and proposed transit stops. You may join the tour at any of the alternative entry points described above but you MUST pre-register online. We cannot accommodate walk-ups. 

                    SEE ALSO

                    • November 06, 2018
                    • 6:00 PM
                    • Publix Parking Lot at Ansley Mall
                    Register


                    Envisioning the Eastside Trail Sunset Tour, Part I

                    This tour is designed for those who would like to get an update on the Eastside Trail and ENVISION what it will look like in the future. Our "Envisioning Tours" (offered throughout ATL) focus mainly on the physical elements of Atlanta's largest infrastructure project. We discuss current and future trails, green spaces, access points, vertical connections, transit plans and transit-oriented developments. Guests will learn 10 techniques they can use to envision what ATL will look like 5, 10 and 20 years from now. We also offer these as a Private Tour

                      PLEASE NOTE: Urban Explorers of Atlanta is not affiliated with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. or the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. We are an independent tour company that has been leading tours throughout the Atlanta area since 2014. We highly recommend the excellent tours offered by the Atlanta Beltline and its partner organizations. We also encourage everyone to support the Beltline by volunteering and/or becoming a member. Thank you.

                      ABOUT THIS TOUR

                      Our Envisioning the Eastside Trail Walking Tour is offered in two parts. Each covers about 2.5 miles and takes about two hours to complete. Part 1 begins in the parking lot of the Publix at Ansley Mall and ends at New Real Brewing. Part 2 begins at New Realm Brewing and ends at Golden Eagle.

                      This tour is ideal for those who are interested in the future of the Atlanta Beltline and surrounding neighborhoods. This includes anyone interested buying or investing in Atlanta real estate. Real estate professionals from any and all companies are also welcome to attend.

                      Due to the distances and high temperatures, you should be in excellent physical condition to participate. Most of Part 1 will be take us on unpaved trails so you should wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes.

                      ITINERARY*

                      • 5:45, Meet in the parking lot behind Public Ansley Mall 
                      • 6:00, Tour begins (we will hike north on the interim hiking trail to Montgomery Ferry Road and discuss the current activity that is currently taking place in that section of the corridor)
                      • 6:45, Piedmont Park (interim hiking trail runs along the eastern edge)
                      • 7:30, Quick tour of Historic Fourth Ward Park 
                      • 8:00, Tour ends at the Angier Springs Rd access point (between 955 North Apts and New Realm Brewing)
                      • Optional dinner & drinks at New Realm Brewing
                      * Times, route and stops are all subject to change. We will be stopping at key locations such as bridges and proposed transit stops. You may join the tour at any of the alternative entry points described above but you MUST pre-register online. We cannot accommodate walk-ups. 

                      SEE ALSO

                      • November 15, 2018
                      • 6:00 PM
                      • Angier Springs Rd Access Point on the Eastside Trail
                      Register


                      Envisioning the Eastside Trail Sunset Tour, Part II

                      This tour is designed for those who would like to get an update on the Eastside Trail and ENVISION what it will look like in the future. Our "Envisioning Tours" (offered throughout ATL) focus mainly on the physical elements of Atlanta's largest infrastructure project. We discuss current and future trails, green spaces, access points, vertical connections, transit plans and transit-oriented developments. Guests will learn 10 techniques they can use to envision what ATL will look like 5, 10 and 20 years from now. We also offer these as a Private Tour

                      PLEASE NOTE: Urban Explorers of Atlanta is not affiliated with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. or the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. We are an independent tour company that has been leading tours throughout the Atlanta area since 2014. We highly recommend the excellent tours offered by the Atlanta Beltline and its partner organizations. We also encourage everyone to support the Beltline by volunteering and/or becoming a member. Thank you.

                      ABOUT THIS TOUR

                      Our Envisioning the Eastside Trail Walking Tour is offered in two parts. Each covers about 2.5 miles and takes about two hours to complete. Part 1 begins in the parking lot of the Publix at Ansley Mall and ends at New Real Brewing. Part 2 begins at New Realm Brewing and ends at Golden Eagle.

                      This tour is ideal for those who are interested in the future of the Atlanta Beltline and surrounding neighborhoods. This includes anyone interested buying or investing in Atlanta real estate. Real estate professionals from any and all companies are also welcome to attend.

                      Due to the distances and high temperatures, you should be in excellent physical condition to participate. Most of Part 1 will be take us on unpaved trails so you should wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes.

                      ITINERARY*

                      • 5:45, Meet on the Eastside Trail at the Angier Springs Road access point (between 755 North Apts & New Realm Brewing)
                      • 6:00, Tour begins
                      • 6:30, Pass Irwin St
                      • 7:00, Pass through Krog Tunnel
                      • 7:30, Pass Stein Steel
                      • 8:00, Tour ends where Beltline corridor ends at Memorial Dr (Golden Eagle)
                      • 8:45, Optional dinner & drinks at TBA location
                      * Times, route and stops are all subject to change. We will be stopping at key locations such as bridges and proposed transit stops. You may join the tour at any of the alternative entry points described above but you MUST pre-register online. We cannot accommodate walk-ups. 

                      SEE ALSO