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Sweetwater Creek State Park

Atlanta Metro Area, Georgia

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  • Peaceful forest in Sweetwater Creek State Park.- Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Sun poking through the trees in Sweetwater Creek State Park.- Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Clearing on the Orange Trail.- Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • View from the bridge.- Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Old Mill ruins in Sweetwater Creek State Park.- Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Rocky cascades in the creek.- Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • More rocky cascades.- Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Scenic waterside trail.- Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Boardwalks over the tricky areas in Sweetwater Creek State Park.- Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Side creek along the White Trail in Sweetwater Creek State Park.- Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • White Trail back to the parking lot.- Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Open fields near the end of the trail.- Sweetwater Creek State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Close to downtown. Occasional solitude. Scenic.
Cons: 
Main trail can get crowded.
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Region:
Atlanta Metro Area, GA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
879.00 ft (267.92 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
8.00 mi (12.87 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
951.00 ft (289.86 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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A lesser known park around Georgia, Sweetwater Creek State Park has served as a lush wooded escape from Atlanta since 1972. Spearheaded by the Georgia Conservancy, Sweetwater Creek state park lies just 15 miles from downtown, but it houses over 2,500 acres of protected land and wilderness. The park also houses the ruins of the New Manchester Mill, which was burned down during the Civil War and which has been featured in The Hunger Games and other films.

The hike begins at the visitor center, where it’s good to grab a free map and take a look inside. Over 9 miles of trails exist in the park, and these are great for running or hiking alike. Head over the bridge across the creek to see the more secluded section of the park. You’ll appreciate this when you’re back on the west side and walking around the old mill ruins. The Red Trail along the creek is quite rocky, with the White Trail offers a worthy alternative.

Once the Red Trail terminates, follow the White Trail around the southern end of the park and back through several clearings and the campground. Sweetwater Creek is a park that will keep you coming back with it’s easy escape from the city.

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