Sweetwater Creek Red, White, and Yellow Trails is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lithia Springs, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Civil War Ruins, Secluded Ponds, Waterfalls; listed as "difficult" due to rocky and steep terrain for short sections of RED trail. WHITE trail is mostly roadbed. Changed name from Woody's Gap which is an AT trailhead in Suches, GA on HWY60. 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 in 1864. Along the creek (which looks more like a river), there are numerous overlooks including one of Sweetwater Falls located at the junction of the red and white trails.
Hiked the white trail on a rainy afternoon. We started right (counter clockwise). The first half of the trail is pretty uneventful, mostly a wide gravel path with little to see. The second half follows the creek and is a tougher trail with lots of great water views. Total is about 5 miles and was right at the edge of endurance for my 9 and 7 year olds. We will definitely return on a nicer day. Only negative is the visitor's center uses no-water, recycling toilets with a compost under the building, so it smelled like a sewer around the building.