Summary: Sweetwater Creek State Park has over nine miles of hiking trails and is located only a short distance from downtown Atlanta. The Sweetwater Creek Conservation Park was created to preserve the unique natural and cultural history of the area and this hike along the creek includes a trip to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company. The mill made clothing for the Confederate troops during the Civil War before it was burned by General Sherman in 1864. Along the creek (which looks more like a river), there are numerous overlooks including one of Sweetwater Falls located at the junction of the red and white trails.
Trailhead: PARKING: (Sweetwater Creek State Park): Providence Canyon State Park is located just west of Atlanta, GA off I-20. Take I-20 west from Atlanta to exit #44 at Thornton Road and turn left and drive 1/4 mile. Turn right on Blairs Bridge Road then go two miles and turn left on Mount Vernon Road. (Lat:32.0691541250962 Lon:-84.9138169938161)
Trail Guides for Sweetwater Creek:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Sweetwater Creek State Park, 770-732-5871
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by BirdShooter, who has posted 10 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by AliH on 7/18/2010
My dog and I LOVED this hike! For some serious exercise, we followed the red/blue trails down to the waterfall and looped back on the (mostly up-hill) white trail. There are many places along the river where Jacobi, my 3-year-old, pit mix, was able to get into the water and act like a retriever. For the most part, people on the trail did not seem to mind a well-behaved, unleased dog running out of the water. **There is a leash rule in effect in the park.** Beware that the creek does get up to class IV rapids under the right conditions, so there will be times you want to keep your furry friend out of the water!! She's pooped (and so am I!) All-in-all, a VERY successful hiking day!
Reviewed by JohnG on 6/27/2008
The white trail (5 miles) is a beautiful trail going through multiple ecosystems. It is my favorite hike in the Atlanta area. Trail consists of flat two-rut roads to hilly single track. The section along the river should be rated "moderate" because of the ups and downs, but hikers above the novice level will have no trouble and enjoy it. Out of shape folks will find it challenging. Try it in all four seasons.
Reviewed by Richie on 8/27/2006
All sections of this trail are not as easy as some make it out to be. The section (of the outermost loop) that goes along the creek after the mill ruins has many ups and downs, some very steep for novices. (Some earthen steps, some steep deck-like steps.) You'll go up, only to go back down and lose the height you'd just gained. Then you will repeat that process several times. I'm not trying to say this is the baddest trail or anything.. just letting you know it isn't exactly a piece of cake either. My level of fitness is high and I am used to lots of exercise. BEAUTIFUL trail, perhaps the most beautiful trail available. within 10 miles of Atlanta. Not all the trails are hard and steep, just some of them.
Reviewed by Indian on 3/8/2006
wrong link about by Birdshooter... the changed link is... http://www.n2backpacking.com/destinations/georgia/sweetwater%203_04D.htm
Reviewed by Shiroy on 3/1/2006
Beautiful hike... Love to come here to relax... It's not too far from Atlanta and it's nice and lonely. Not too many people visit it. Trail runs along the banks of the river and is really pretty, especially in spring.
Reviewed by Bill Stankiewic on 7/22/2005
A great little trail. Donna my wife and I had a good time and it was nice the see the mill and understand the history here. We lived in Roswell in the past and have hiked also around Vickery Creek. A 5 star little hike!!!!!
Reviewed by BirdShooter on 3/14/2004
For a five page trip report and trail map on this hike, follow this link: http://www.n2backpacking.com/destinations/georgia/sweetwater%203_04D.htm
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