SWEETWATER FALLS

LOCATION: Central Georgia
HIKE STARTS: Visitors Center
HIKE ENDS: Visitors Center
TOTAL DISTANCE: 3.0 Miles
HIKE TYPE: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
HIKE DIFFICULTY: Easy to Moderate
TRAILS USED: Red, Blue Trails
TRAIL TRAFFIC: Moderate to Heavy
TRIP TYPE: Day Hike

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Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
(770) 732-5871

HIGHLIGHTS: 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’s troops in 1864. Along the creek (which looks more like a river than a stream), there are numerous overlooks including one of Sweetwater Falls located at the junction of the red, white and blue trails.

This loop hike at Sweetwater Creek State Park combines the red and blue trails to make a nice loop through the park. To start, follow the red trail down to the water, then continue along Sweetwater Creek over a series of bridges and boardwalks for about a mile. There are outstanding views of the creek and Sweetwater Falls from platforms positioned along the red trail. At Sweetwater Falls, the route then loops back to the parking area via the blue blazed trail which after two additional miles passes the visitor’s center and returns to the trailhead. Stop at the visitor’s center to see a replica of the mill and articles of clothing that date to the late 1800’s. The blue blazed route runs mostly along the ridge and through a heavily wooded area with limited views. Sweetwater Creek State Park is a day-use facility, and there are not currently any overnight facilities for hikers and backpackers. Eleven picnic shelters and one group shelter are available for day-use, however.

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