Sope Creek

Sope Creek Mill Ruins

Atlanta Metro Area, Georgia

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Sope Creek


  • The trail starts on the Cochran Shoals gravel running loop.- Sope Creek
  • Turn right into the woods here.- Sope Creek
  • Grave of Arthur Scribner.- Sope Creek
  • Flat forested path for much of the way.- Sope Creek
  • Keep an eye out for mountain bikers.- Sope Creek
  • Evening reflection on the lake.- Sope Creek
  • Bridge at the head of the lake.- Sope Creek
  • The old mill.- Sope Creek
  • Many rooms and windows are still visble.- Sope Creek
  • The mill ruins are over two stories in some places.- Sope Creek
  • Please respect the mill ruins so they can last for many more generations.- Sope Creek
  • Sope Creek makes an excellent lunch spot.- Sope Creek
Overview + Weather
Accessible. Peaceful forest. Old ruins.
Limited parking. Crowded at the creek.
Atlanta Metro Area, GA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
215.00 ft (65.53 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.80 mi (7.72 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
801.00 ft (244.14 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Nestled between Sope Creek and Paper Mill Road, Sope Creek Paper Mill’s ruins make an excellent escape from the suburban labyrinth of East Cobb and Northwest Sandy Springs. The park has over 3 miles of trails that are great places to go running, mountain biking, or hiking. The mill ruins themselves are the remains of the Sope Creek Paper Mill that was burned by Union Soldiers during the Civil War. Today it stands in the middle of upscale neighborhoods as a reminder of what Atlanta has bounced back from over the past 150 years.

The trail itself can be started in several places because the trail network connects to many more miles of trails at Cochran Shoals, which has access points along Columns Drive, Powers Ferry, and almost a dozen other access points from the neighborhoods surrounding the recreation area. Keep an eye out for which trails allow mountain bikers, and pay attention to what direction they are coming from because a downhill biker may not have a lot of time to slow down if you don’t notice them and step aside.

The tree canopy, a small lake, and a winding creek make for a peaceful getaway from city life, which is less than a 15-minute drive from much of Northern Atlanta. There are a multitude of connecting trails to allow you to make any kind of varied loop you want, depending on the distance.

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