Stone Mtn Echoes: Hop to it LbNA # 49479
|Placed Date||Jul 31 2009|
|Location||Stone Mountain, GA|
|Found By||Diamond Stars|
|Last Found||Apr 1 2012|
On August 7, 2004, letterboxing in Georgia became something more than a little-known hobby. On that day, an article appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The Game's Afoot" featured interviews with Mark and Red's Bunch. On that same day, the first-ever Southeast Gathering was held at Stone Mountain Park.
At the end of that day there were 14 letterboxes inside the gates. Five years later, there are more than 250 active boxes -- THE greatest concentration of letterboxes per acre ANYWHERE.
The Stone Mountain Echoes letterboxes have been planted to commemorate those first 14 boxes, to honor what the pioneers started at Stone Mountain. The locals visit these old haunts regularly on our hikes through the park, as some of the original boxes are still active. And yes, some of those old boxes have been lost forever. Even so, while the locations and trails are much more familiar, those spots still retain a sense of mystique and wonder, as if the amazement some of us felt seeped out of us and became part of the mountain. We hope these new reprointerprecreations can help bring those same feelings to the folks who are just starting out, or who just haven't been there yet.
The original Hop To It letterbox was carved by Amanda from Seattle and planted by Mark on August 4, 2004. It has been retired (lost).
Enter the park and proceed right. Watch your speed, the fuzz is bad in this park. Continue until you pass the children's playground area. Turn at the next right that's a road. Follow this road for a ways. Pass the Evergreen center on your left. Soon you'll see downhill turn into a levee with a lake on your right. After the roadway/bridge there will be a wide shoulder turn-off on your right. Park in here. If you see the campgrounds, you've gone to far. Park uphill in the parking area, aiming for the beginning of the stone and iron fence. If you're a wise old toad you'll back in so you can check out the view.
Find a steep trail heading downhill. Be careful down there, this is more of a drain than a trail. When you reach the creek, stop, turn back the way you came and shine a flashlight along the fence. Keep going until you find a single reflective trail marker. The Stone Mountain Echoes: Hop To It! letterbox is behind the tree.
Daylight clues to follow soon. Happy Anniversary, Georgia letterboxers!