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We can’t always schedule time off when we want it, but try to hike during the week and avoid the traditional holidays, if possible. Trails that are packed in the spring and fall are often clear during the hotter or colder months. If you are hiking on a busy day, go early in the morning; it’ll enhance your chances of seeing wildlife. The trails really clear out during rainy times; however, don’t hike during a thunderstorm. After a storm, hike a trail with a waterfall to enjoy the falls at full volume.
DESCRIPTION This hike begins in the parking lot opposite Turner Field, at the site of the original Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium. From the parking lot is a great view of downtown Atlanta and the Olympic flame. Turner Field was built to house the Olympics and then converted into a baseball field to replace the aging Fulton County Stadium. A plaque commemorates the most historic moment that occurred at the original structure, Henry (Hank) Aaron’s 715th home run, which he hit on April 6, 1974, breaking Babe Ruth’s long-standing record.
Most importantly, though, be sure to visually check yourself at the end of the hike. If it’s prime tick season, you may want to perform a quick check every hour or so. During your post-hike shower, take a moment to do a more complete body check. For ticks that are already embedded, it is best to remove them with tweezers. SNAKES Spend some time hiking in Atlanta and you may be surprised by the variety of snakes in the area. Most encounters will be with nonvenomous specimens, like the Eastern garter and king snake.