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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).

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail. Easy to follow. Beautiful river side sections & some good hills.

Great trail. Easy to follow. Beautiful river side sections & some good hills.

Great trail. Easy to follow. Beautiful river side sections & some good hills.

The trail is very straightforward and just follow the direction and trail. It has some good elevation but I would rate this as hard if you are in even okay shape. Make sure you bring enough water especially in the summer.

Great hike of the red and white trail! Really pretty and a nice 5 miles. Definitely a moderate hike

One of my favorite places to go in the Atlanta area.

I wouldn't call the whole red trail easy, it gets moderate to hard in some places depending upon your skill level. Steep steps and narrow slippery rocks. Besides that, it was a beautiful trail! Loved hearing the water close by and it was well shaded. We didn't have any issues with bugs or ticks. It was pretty busy, must be a popular trail. People were in the water on the shoals. People did leave their trash along the trail, that was upsetting. Great place overall and we plan on coming back.