Hiking: Sweetwater Creek

Sweetwater Creek State Park is a very beautiful 215 acre territory of wilderness that used to belong to the Cherokee, only minutes South of Atlanta.

Sweetwater Creek

A wooded trail system follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill that was burned during the Civil War.

Beyond the mill, the trail follows the river along rocky bluffs providing views of the beautiful rapids below. The park is home for several mammals such as beavers, bobcats, raccoons, coyotes, river otters, red fox, just to name a few.

Additional looping trails wind through fields and forest with southern magnolias, wild azaleas and hardwoods. Park rangers lead informative hikes to these areas throughout the year. We recommend hiking during the week due to heavy traffic on the park’s popular trails on sunny weekends and holidays.

Planning your trip
  • Trail Length: 1 – 5.2 miles
  • Type of Trail: Loop; easy, partly uphill
  • Characteristics: Mostly shaded, compact soil hiking along Sweetwater Creek and through woodland.
  • Address: Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs , GA 30122
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