Day Trip: Hidden Lake’s LGBT open house

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imageThe folks at Hidden Lake at Lookout Mountain are throwing open the gates of the LGBT community and inviting you to take a peek inside.

Better than just a peek, they’ve put together a day of activities on Saturday to experience the serene community being developed on Lookout Mountain in Alabama, about a two-hour drive from the ATL.

The event on Saturday kicks off at 10 a.m. with lunch at 1 p.m., but organizers say visitors are welcome at any point throughout the day. Ask nicely and they’ll even let you camp on the 80-acre site. Fewer than 30 home sites are left on the property, but there’s still plenty of room to pitch a tent around the 14-acre lake.

We took a look at Hidden Lake in a story earlier this month:

Nestled atop Lookout Mountain in Alabama, about a two-hour drive from Atlanta and Birmingham and less than an hour from Chattanooga and Rome, Ga., Hidden Lake offers both the beauty of unspoiled nature and the privacy of a gated community. Some of the 61 home sites wrap around a 14-acre lake, while the overall development sits adjacent to the Little River Canyon National Park and its 45-foot waterfall. The Alabama Park System also adjoins the community.

The nearby waterfalls and natural beauty helped convince Jim and Tina McDonald to purchase the property in 2005 with the idea of developing it into an LGBT community and a family business. One of their four daughters is a lesbian and their son, who died in 1988, was gay.

So, pack up the Subarus and Land Rovers for a day trip to Hidden Lake on Saturday. Detailed directions and a map are on their site.

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