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#5 of 64 state parks in Georgia

Best trails in Sweetwater Creek State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Sweetwater Creek State Park, Georgia? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest 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 7 moderate trails in Sweetwater Creek State Park ranging from 1.9 to 9.4 miles and from 905 to 1,184 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Sweetwater Creek is located 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.

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Map of trails in Sweetwater Creek State Park
Park information
Acreage:
2,549 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Contact
(800) 864-7275
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Top trails (9)
#1 - Sweetwater Creek Red Trail
Sweetwater Creek State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(685)
Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 50 m
#2 - Sweetwater Creek Red, White, and Yellow Trail
Sweetwater Creek State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(371)
Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
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. 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.Show more
#3 - Sweetwater Creek Red and White Trail Loop
Sweetwater Creek State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(282)
Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
The route starts on the White Trail and winds all the way around to Jack's Hill, then circles around to the waterfall, and back up to the Ruins on the Red Trail back to the trailhead.Show more
#4 - Sweetwater Creek Yellow Trail
Sweetwater Creek State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(367)
Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
#5 - Sweetwater Creek White Trail Loop
Sweetwater Creek State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(217)
Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
#6 - Sweetwater Creek White and Green Loop
Sweetwater Creek State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(162)
Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
This is a great route to catch the highlights of a great state park. It takes you through some of the deeper woods with great chances to see wildlife, and the last leg is along the creek itself with views of the rapids and the biggest attraction in the park, the Civil War ruins. There are some steeper hills on the Green section but nothing too strenuous.Show more
#7 - White and Red Trail Loop
Sweetwater Creek State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(182)
Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 51 m
#8 - Sweetwater Creek: Jack's Lake and Bronner Road Loop
Sweetwater Creek State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(17)
Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
#9 - George Sparks Reservoir Trail
Sweetwater Creek State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(19)
Length: 1 mi • Est. 26 m