2014 John Muir Outing: Fossil Fuel Dinosaurs around the River Bend


Fossil Fuel Dinosaurs on the River Bend

Yates3.jpgWe’ll convene near Plant Yates in Coweta County, a Georgia Power facility slated for shut-down of two coal units and conversion of the other two units to natural gas in 2015. Though at press time a tour of the facility has not yet been confirmed, we’ll at least scout out the plant, its ash pond, and towering ash storage site from the public road and then caravan 10 miles over to Chattahoochee Bend State Park. This is Georgia’s newest state park, situated on a large bend of the Chattahoochee River downstream of Plant Yates. During a picnic lunch overlooking the river, friendly park staff will welcome us and then Colleen Kiernan, Sierra Club Georgia Chapter Director, will discuss the Sierra Club’s perspective on the two coal fire power plants that bracket this beautiful park on the river. We plan to hike 4 miles roundtrip on the Riverside Trail through old growth bottomland hardwood forest enjoying constant views of the river, an active Great Blue Heron rookery, and several wetland areas.

  • 10-11 AM: Plant Yates tour
  • Noon hour: Lunch and Presentation
  • 1-3 PM: Hike along the river
DATE Saturday, April 5th
TIME 10:00am - 3:00pm
LOCATION City of Zion Deliverance Tabernacle (Map:133 Dyer Road, Newnan, Georgia 30263)
TRANSPORTATION Private cars (participants are encouraged to carpool)
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY Easy 4-mile hike

Appropriate clothing 
Appropriate walking/hiking shoes

binoculars for bird sighting

Bring a Lunch and Beverage!

KID FRIENDLY Yes, youth under 18 years of age must be accompanied by adults
DOG FRIENDLY Only at the State Park portion of the outing, must be on a leash
SPECIAL NOTES A Sierra Club is working to set-up a tour of Plant Yates
OUTING LEADER Laura Breyfoyle

Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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