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Outdoors Club

The Heritage Sandy Springs Outdoors Club (HSSOC) officially launched in June 2017. Not only does the HSSOC provide free membership, but also complimentary guide-led hikes in our 16 city parks. These hikes and activities are available to people of all ages and walks of life. We even allow pets! The Outdoors Club meets on Friday evenings (8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) and Saturday mornings (8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.) to explore and appreciate the nature around us. In addition to the regularly-scheduled weekly treks, the club also gathers for social events, day trips to mountain trails, and special holiday hikes.

The HSSOC is an excellent way to visit beautiful parks and trails in the area while meeting other outdoor enthusiasts. The club is FREE and open to the public; all ages and skill levels welcome. All participants MUST complete an online liability waiver.

Join the Heritage Sandy Springs Outdoors Club and start a new adventure today!


*Locations are subject to change. Please join our Facebook group for up-to-date information and to RSVP for individual hikes. Click here for the full third quarter schedule, or scroll down to see our upcoming events.

Date Location Address Details
9/14 Abernathy Greenway 70 Abernathy Rd, Sandy Springs Restrooms; free parking
9/15 East Palisades – Chattahoochee 1425 Indian Trail NW, Sandy Springs $5 to park; no restrooms
9/21 Abernathy Greenway 70 Abernathy Rd, Sandy Springs Restrooms; free parking
9/22 SSUMC Activities Center 6150 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs SS Lightning 5k/10k Race
9/28 Abernathy Greenway 70 Abernathy Rd, Sandy Springs Restrooms; free parking
9/29 Morgan Falls Overlook Park 200 Morgan Falls Rd, Sandy Springs Restrooms; free parking

All participants in the Heritage Sandy Springs Outdoors Club MUST sign a liability waiver, to be kept on file for a calendar year. Please click here to complete the liablity waiver.

Group Hiking Etiquette Please review this document from the American Hiking Society.

Recommended Supply List

  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Athletic Shoes (required)

City Park Rules

  • Report illegal activities to 911.
  • Place all litter in receptacles.
  • All pets must be on a leash in a City park, except in designated areas. Persons with pets must clean up after the pet.
  • No vehicles allowed off paved roads or on closed park roads.
  • No glass containers allowed.
  • No amplified music allowed (except by special permit).
  • No selling of food or other items (except by special permit).
  • No alcoholic beverages (except by special permit).
  • Absolutely no drugs or illegal substances allowed on City property.

Meet our Adventure Guide, Erica Bibbey!

I grew up in the beautiful city Chattanooga, Tennessee in which my family is third generation Tennessee natives.  I have always enjoyed the outdoors as most Tennesseans do, especially hiking, paddling on lakes and rivers, rock climbing and most outdoor adventures.  After earning one of my first higher education degrees, I decided it was time to move to a faster paced area and Atlanta seemed to be a wise choice. However, being from a much smaller area I felt that downtown or midtown would be a bit overwhelming.

Luckily, I found this wonderful city called Sandy Springs. This place has been my home for 13 years now. It is filled with outdoor adventure including parks, lakes, rivers, and great people. With this in mind, I enjoy being one of the Heritage Sandy Springs Outdoor Club (SSOCs) guides, because I want to encourage others to share in our wonderful community and outdoor adventures with a great group of people. I look forward to meeting our Sandy Springs Outdoor Adventurers as well as newcomers to the community and outdoor adventures.

Meet our Adventure Guide, Whitney Pyles!

Whitney hails from Miami, FL and has been in the Atlanta area for a little over three years. She has always enjoyed being outdoors and in nature as much as she can. From the beach and the ocean to the trees and the mountains, she has fallen in love with hiking and enjoying all of natures beauty here in Georgia – and she wants to encourage others to do the same. What she likes most about living in Georgia is experiencing all of the seasons and strolling along the Chattahoochee [and hopping in when it’s not too cold!]

Whitney has been a dancer for over 22 years and still teaches dance classes today. She also enjoys running, reading, meditating, and live music. Come join Whitney for her weekly hikes; her fun and positive energy will assure you have a wonderful time – rain OR shine!

Meet our Adventure Guide, Greg Bates!

I hail from Birmingham, Alabama and my outdoor friends call me Adventure Man Greg. I am an avid hiker, biker, and kayak/ canoe paddler. I spent 20 years in the United States Air Force as an active duty member and I now work for the Air Force as a civilian. Work brought me to this area for the first time in 1988 when I was stationed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. Now, some 30 years later I am back. I was amazed at how things have changed over the years. I am delighted with all the outdoor recreation opportunities this area has to offer. Besides my family, the two greatest joys in my life are getting outdoors and meeting new people. Being a hiking/paddling guide allows me to experience both at the same time. I have a philosophy that enthusiasm is contagious and I hope I can make others feel as good about getting outside and enjoying nature as I do!

Interested in becoming an Adventure Guide? Click here to sign up!