Looking for a great trail in Sweetwater Creek State Park, Georgia? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Sweetwater Creek State Park ranging from 1.9 to 7.3 miles and from 915 to 1,171 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


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Sweetwater Creek is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from bustling downtown Atlanta. The most popular trail (red) follows the free-flowing stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful mile-long stretch of white-water rapids below. The 215-acre George Sparks Reservoir is popular with anglers and provides a pretty setting for feeding ducks and canoeing. Fishing supplies are available in the parks bait shop, while wildlife and history displays, trail maps, snacks and gift items may be found in the Visitor Center -- the most environmentally responsible building in Georgia (LEED plantinum status).

Fun hike with some good up and downs! Trail ran it and got a great workout in

I think the easy rating for this isn’t quite accurate. I’d say more intermediate unless you’re a regular hiker. Pretty big shifts in elevation.

Beautiful views and shady trails! Be prepared for rocky areas that are somewhat difficult to maneuver around, but the challenge is well worth the effort and views! Trails are well marked and as we went during the week, very few people on the trail!

This trail combined with the orange loop is my favorite trail at Sweetwater. Good ups and downs to get your heart rate going, and it keeps changing elevation to stay interesting. Not the most scenic views, though there are some beautiful spots. Trails are well marked and well maintained.

This was a pleasant surprise of a trail. It is not strenuous, but it can be a little difficult especially if you spend a lot of time tiring yourself out in the water. If you plan on just hiking this, it might not be the best trail, because there aren’t a lot of views. The best part for me was definitely hiking along the river and looking at the rapids. The best part for my girlfriend was the huge amount of dogs that people bring on the trail. The trail was moderately trafficked, but we did go on a Sunday. Most people were hanging out in the water and picnicking. There was a surprising amount of trash on the trail though — blue confetti from someone’s party that they neglected to pick up, dog poop in a bag, beer cans — we tried to pick up as much as we could and I would implore others to do the same. Overall a really-great-not-TOO-strenuous-hike through a couple different ecosystems. We vacationed in Midtown Atlanta but made the trip and it was very worth it to get away from the city.

2 miles crossing several trails. No one was on the trail we were on. We went on a Thursday morning and we had a great time. We saw the ruins and took a right - loves these trails.


27 days ago

We brought our dogs. It was crowded. Bad combo. Go on a weekday.

1 month ago

Nice hike with great scenery and views. Definitely go early if crowds and sunbathers are not your idea of a nature hike.

Great hike! Well kept with plenty of colored trail markers. Shady and wide enough for two people for most of it. A couple of boulders to climb over, but manageable. We also started out going west/to the right at the trail head and I prefer it. Ending near the creek is really nice and during the last mile or two you have several options of venturing down to the red trail that runs closer to the water. Loved the views - waterfall, creek side, and forest. Many trail options in this park - check out the maps in their very nice welcome center.

The White trail is relatively easy. There is a couple of nice views including a small water fall. The Red trail is treacherous at times, but it has a lot of pretty views of the rapids.

always a great hike.

Great trail to start on if you are a just getting into Hiking.

Wonderful hike! My dog Cody and I did the red and white trail. He loved the river♥️

I love this place. I’ve been here numerous times, and, love just walking around and spending the day there. Scenery is beautiful, and, it’s very animal, child friendly. If you are looking to take good photographs, I strongly recommend waiting until sunset and going to the bridge. There aren’t any set backs from here unless you’re not aware that you have to pay to park.

Awesome hike. Very enjoyable with a nice variety of views and terrains. Went with our dog and couldn’t be happier!

great hike. some rock climbing, but not hard

Perfect park that is as challenging as you want. I hike here about 2 days a week. Beautiful park rich in history. Many trail route to choose from but I mostly stick to the white loop trail as it's a good moderatly challenging 5 miles. I wouldn't recomend going on the weekends as its crowded and hard to find a spot to park. Weekday mornings are the best and it's your own personal paradise of wilderness. However, you will walk into cobwebs as I do just about every time I hike. It's just the nature of the beast. The Manchester Mill ruins is a sight to behold and is a sobering reminder of the consequences of the Civil War. The museum is very interesting and the Rangers are very helpful in answer questions.

Theresa and I hiked 3.3 miles

Best getaway for a early morning river side trail and walk and relaxation.

well marked. there are parts where you're climbing rocks and then stairs. it's a good hike though.

My favorite local getaway!

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