Heritage Park Trail is a 1.9 mile point-to-point trail located near Mableton, GA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
Enjoyed a lazy walk from the SCT to the bottom where the old mill structures are located. so nice to have the peacefulness of a creek in the area. Accessed the creek in several places. People do have their dogs unleashed in the area to let them go in and out of the creek.
We started from the Concord trail head on the SCT which was very busy on a Saturday August morning. We quickly got onto the Heritage park trail that does not allow bikes, so was quieter but still many walkers and dog walkers. The paved switchbacks lead down to the creek and the mill ruins. Then the trail turns to a wide easy dirt path that follows the creek. There are multiple areas that you can access the creek and we allowed our dog to wade on leash and spash around. We walked east towards the Fontaine road trailhead. Wear bug spray! I was eaten alive! But it was a beautiful hike.
Perfect trail for an easy walk or jog. No bikes allowed. The path is gravel with some tree roots poking up. Park at the Heritage Park lot on Fontaine Rd. and you'll have access to a pavilion and bathrooms. The trail is about 3.5 miles round trip so if you stop to take in the scenery of the foliage and creek, it could take you 1.5 to 2 hrs to return. What I like to do is start at Heritage Park and once you get about 1.5 miles in, you will come to some abandoned mill ruins and paved access to the Silver Comet Trail. If you head uphill to access the SCT, you can go left to reach the Concord Rd parking lot a couple tenths of a mile. If you go right, you'll get to travel about 1.5 miles to reach the Fontaine Rd parking lot access point and Heritage Park is just down the road a few more minutes on the sidewalk. It makes a nice loop. I expect most people stop at the mill ruins and turn back or move onto the SCT. However, if you stay on the path along the creek, you can walk another 15 minutes. There are some great views of the creek and rapids below (best view in the Winter when the leaves are gone). You will end up at the covered bridge on Concord Rd. There is a plaque for the Battle of Ruff's Mill on July 4,1864.
As of December 2013, I noticed For Sale signs along the side of where the trails should be according to my GPS.
All in all it's a nice trail great for family hike for couple to 3 hours getaway. You don't get completely way they are drainage culverts lighting the path and some houses in the distance but it was nice.
Had a great hike with the kids
A nice place to walk and take the kids. The creek is chilly enough to swim in and have fun. Look for the rope swing into the creek. The waterfalls are also a treat. If you're up for an adventure walk under the East West Connector in the drainage tunnel. Spooky, but fun.