Hike Group: 2017 Vogel Picnic

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 29 for our 11th annual Day in the Mountains & Picnic Lunch at Vogel State Park in Blairsville. Enjoy the cooler mountain air as we gather in the shade next to Trahlyta Lake for lunch, fellowship, and outdoor fun. Located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest, with an elevation of 2,500 feet, Vogel is a great spot to spend a hot summer day.

We have reserved picnic shelter #2 adjacent to Trahlyta Lake, starting at 10:00 AM. The grill will be ready to cook lunch around 1:00 PM. Bring your own meat for the grill, a side dish to share and non-alcoholic beverages of choice. Charcoal for the grill at lunch, ice, plates, cups, napkins, and plastic utensils will be provided.

Sit in the shade and visit, take a walk around the lake, try a kayak for the first time, swim, build sand castles, bring yard games, etc…. Whatever you choose, there’s something for everyone. We will have; corn hole, a couple kayaks and a canoe available for our use, or you can rent paddle boats, aqua cycles, or stand up paddle boards from the park. Vogel offers a swimming beach, 22 acre Trahlyta Lake and waterfall, two mini golf courses, one of which is ADA accessible, several trails including the easy lake trail. However no hiking is required. We will cleanup from lunch some-time in the afternoon but the shelter is ours until the evening.

The day typically ends with an 8pm concert at the lake pavilion, bring your own chair, as the sun sets over the top of Blood Mountain. The concert this year will be by “The Mars Hill Porch Pickers” (Bluegrass). For those planning to stay for the concert, supper is on your own; pack a supper, bring charcoal & supplies to cook on your own or check out the dining in the Blairsville area. There are several picnic tables and smaller grills around the park.
There will be opportunities for short hikes Friday afternoon and evening for those spending Friday night at Vogel in cabins or campsites, reservations available online. Activities typically include a short hike to Helton Creek Falls and a Night Hike around Trahlyta Lake a favorite of the kids. Fellowship around a campfire usually follows, or replaces, the concert on Saturday. Please let Jeremy know if you are interested in either of these options when signing up.

Fees: Entry to the park is $5 per vehicle, or by an annual park pass which you can purchase in the park office. You may also check out a park pass, if available, from the library for a maximum of 7 days. To help defray our costs there is a charge of $3 person ($10 family maximum). Please see Jeremy the day of the picnic to pay. Additional fees are charged by the park for boat rentals, mini golf, etc.

Things to consider bringing besides your lunch & supplies: chairs, sunscreen, condiments, non-alcoholic beverages, towel, lifejacket, yard games, water shoes, hammocks, kayaks, paddle boards, etc.

For more information or to sign up contact Jeremy Landers by Sunday, July 23. If you’d like to come but won’t know until the last moment, let Jeremy know you are a “maybe” so we can be sure to bring enough supplies. If you need transportation assistance, let Jeremy know by July 16 and we will attempt to arrange a ride for you with someone else going for the day.

This family friendly and wheelchair accessible event is organized by the hike group at the end of each summer for all members of Grace & their friends to enjoy..

page last updated 06.07.17