Seems like every time my “Earth Poetry” book Wild Atlanta comes up in conversation, I hear about some new nature preserve I didn’t know about. I learned about East Point’s Connally Nature Park from one of the activists who helped save it from development two decades ago, who I met by chance at a neighbor’s birthday party.
The park is home to Atlanta’s champion white oak tree and offers a one-mile hiking, biking, and walking trail that loops around its 27 acres. It doesn’t seem to have a parking lot, but we can park right across the street at Sheltering Arms East Point Center, 2257 Mulberry St., East Point 30344 (closed on Sundays). After parking, walk across Mulberry St. and follow a U-shaped driveway with two trailheads at its far end. We’ll meet at the trailhead on the left, where you’ll see a group of benches occupied by a few poets (or at least me – unless you get there first!)
As always, bring poetry to share, your own or a favorite poet’s, or a relevant prose reading. After sharing, we’ll split up to wander, gathering observations or inspirations, or find a special spot to sit and write. Then we’ll re-converge for more sharing or just to talk. Don’t forget writing supplies, drinking water, warm clothes, good hiking boots or shoes, a blanket or camp chair (optional).
Though recent winters have not been very cold, so far this one has been an exception. Just in case things don’t warm up, as a cold-weather / rain location I have reserved the Gorilla Grill at our usual winter refuge, the Lake Claire Community Land Trust. Let me know if you plan to come and I will keep you updated on the final plan.
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