So, you finally hit the Trail and you're heading north from Georgia's Springer Mountain. It's a beautiful Saturday and there's no doubt that you'll easily make it to Gooch Gap ... when all of a sudden giant military aircraft swoop overhead about an inch above the treetops. You hear automatic gunfire and a bomb or two ... right before a bunch of Rangers in helicopters blast past.
No, they're not filming the movie Rambo 42. That's what you can expect on Saturday, April 23, 2016 when the 5th Ranger Training Battalion at Camp Frank D. Merrill have their almost-annual Ranger Open House.
No one gets hurt at this free event for the community when the Rangers display their military prowess. For visitors, it's all fun and games. For the Rangers, it's just another way to prepare for very real battles they'll face on our behalf.
There will be live shows throughout the event which are free of charge. This event is appropriate for children of all ages.
Parking is available at Camp Merrill, however, visitors must walk to the training field and concession stands where food and drink will be sold. You're advised to wear comfortable shoes and bring money for food.
Please Note: There are rumors that visitors who whine about the heat, dust, noise or having to walk will immediately be inducted into the Rangers and shipped to Afghanistan. We do not think these rumors are true. Probably.
Camp Merrill is located at 1 Camp Merrill Dr, Dahlonega, GA, 30533. Take Camp Wahsega Road directly to the Army Ranger Open House.
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