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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).

Great workout and very scenic. Boots recommended lots of tree roots and rocks on this combo.

Well worth the short drive from ATL. You can hike all day in this state park and the water is gorgeous. This particular trail gets a little rough in some spots but it's well marked and very hard to get lost. Highly recommend:)