- Little Mulberry Park – foot trail
Fleet Fee of Johns Creek is doing a run THIS SATURDAY! The run starts at 9:00am at Little Mulberry Park. There are several different parking lots, so be sure to follow the directions provided below.
The run will be broken into both a beginner group and an advanced group. The beginner loop is going to consist of a 3 mile run along the Ravine Loop Trail. The trail is going to have decent elevation gains/losses and will force runners to focus on both running and hiking when necessary. The advanced loop extends closer to six miles and will traverse both the Ravine Loop and parts of the Fast Mulberry Trail.
There are four points that will be focused on during the run:
1. Map Reading: this is going to be necessary skill for our group runs going forward.
2.Trail Recognition: understanding how to handle different terrains as well as the ability to know where you are on the trail is essential.
3. GPS: The Fleet Feet team will spend a bit of time prior to the run discussing GPS on the trails and they will take the time after to answer any questions people have about different devices.
4. Running With a Partner: This is probably the most important thing to focus on as it instills good safety habits and makes the run more enjoyable.
Markers will be set up along the trail to inform runners of when to use their maps during the run. This is meant to be a lot of fun, but will also help reinforce necessary trail running skills.
Trail Running shoes, hydration belt or hand held water bottle, sweat wicking clothing, nutrition (i.e. gels or cliff bar), GPS device, and a phone if possible.
Address: 3855 Fence Road, Auburn,GA (note: the address listed brings you close to the park, if you use this plan on heading east on fence road once you reach the destination. The park will be on your left.
The page at Trimble Outdoors provides a bit of information about the trails at Little Mulberry including elevation, GPS coordinates, over 50 trail pictures and points of interest.
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for park patrons and fall is the perfect time to remind citizens to be safe and smart when visiting the many parks throughout the county. With the end of Daylight Savings time on November 7 comes cooler temperatures and shorter days, which means less daylight for your park adventures! In order to continue providing a safe and enjoyable environment, GCPR will be installing new Park Smart signs at various parks. The installation of these signs is in partnership with Gwinnett County Police Department, in an effort to reduce the risk of park patrons becoming victims of crime.
After attending crime prevention training and consultation with other departments around the state, members of the Gwinnett County Police department came up with the concept and design of these signs. The signs were funded with a crime prevention grant made to the police department. Eric Rooks, with the Gwinnett County Police department said: “In Gwinnett County, the majority of entering autos we investigate are the result of vehicles left unlocked. These Park Smart signs will hopefully serve as a reminder to our citizens to lock their cars and to keep valuables out of sight.”
As always, GCPR stresses the importance of planning accordingly and paying attention to basic safety guidelines. All passive community and conservation parks, such as Harbins Park are open from sunrise to sunset. It is important to remember that trails are not lit, however GCPR does offer lighted walking tracks to meet the exercise needs of its citizens at 8 locations across the county. Lighted walking tracks are available at Bay Creek Park, Bethesda Park, Duncan Creek Park, Lenora Park, Peachtree Ridge Park, Shorty Howell Park, West Gwinnett Park and Rock Springs Park. Patrons are encouraged to check the website for up to date information, and pay special attention to park rules/signs.
With the days getting shorter, it is important to avoid being caught by darkness, and exit the park or return from your walk/hike prior to closing. GCPR values its partnership with the patrons and encourages the report of any safety concerns or suspicious activity. Park patrons are asked to call 911 in case of emergency, otherwise they can call the Police non-emergency number, 770.513.5100.