Sweetwater Creek State Park - Red/Blue Loop - Member Hike

Hike Name: Sweetwater Creek State Park - Red/Blue Loop
Country: United States
State: Georgia
Nearby Town: Powder Springs
Rating: 3 stars
Directions: Take I-20 west from Atlanta, exit #44 at Thornton Road, turn left and go 1/4 mile. Turn right on Blairs Bridge Road, go 2 miles and turn left on Mount Vernon Road.
Total Hike Distance: 3.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Visitor's Center Parking Area
Trails Used: Red, Blue Trails
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams
Management: State Park Service
Contact Information: Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs , GA 30122

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 816
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike 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'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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Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Red/Blue Loop - June 1, 2008 June 1, 2008 4 stars 2 hours BirdShooter


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