Sweetwater Creek Red Trail

MODERATE 277 reviews

Sweetwater Creek Red Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lithia Springs, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and horses and is best used from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

1.9 miles
111 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


horseback riding

trail running











Sweetwater Creek Trail is a 4.2 mile loop trail located near Lithia Springs, Georgia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking & trail running and is accessible from September until May.

20 days ago

Great trail , wonderful time with family and friends.

28 days ago

gets very Rocky and the trail gets narrow after rain.

1 month ago

Great trail, some difficulty but nothing major, just watch your step!

1 month ago

Amazing creekside trail with waterfalls.

2 months ago

beautiful river

4 months ago

very nice trail. Worked up a sweat! We went down some stairs and just hiked all by the side of the creek,river? Was pretty challenging going thru all the rocks and tree roots. Loved it! I was kind of upset that there was a gate and couldn't go down to the ruins. I thought you were able to go down there but it was locked. Oh well,we enjoyed this park Alot! Clean and well marked.

4 months ago

Completed red trail and part of white. Great walk along Sweetwater Creek! Go to the end of red trail to begin a more arduous walk along the white.

5 months ago

My two year old and I did a little of the Yellow Trail and Red Trail (just to the ruins) last week and it was great! Plenty easy for her, and wasn’t difficult for me to do with her on a carrier either! It’s a wonderful park!

Good place to clear your mind.

7 months ago

Nice hike. Did some of the white trail and the red trail.

8 months ago

interesting walk, with varied terrain. my dog loves the occasional opportunity to slip into the creek. once you get to the old mill the trail vecomes a little challenging. but still a great outing for the family.

8 months ago

Gorgeous in fall!! Moderate hills so you will sweat a little.

10 months ago

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:)

11 months ago

I loved this hike. It was beautiful along the creek, and has plenty of tree cover for shade. The trail map at the visitor center doesn't match the markings on the actual trails, and even as an experienced hiker, I'll admit, I did get lost on the way back and had to use my phone to determine location and direction back. However, if you back track the same way you come in on the red trail there's no confusion. There is a decent amount of scramble if you go far enough, plus history. The mill ruins are well preserved and easy to see. There are many spots where you are able to walk out into the creek on rocks too for some great photos. I look forward to going back to do some of the other trails.

11 months ago

Now this is a trail! I loved every second of it and I didn't even get to do the whole thing. Plenty of elevation with a beautiful lake. It has a river you can walk across on rocks that are smooth. Great for swimming as well. Beautiful scenery. I definitely recommend it for everyone.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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

Thursday, August 03, 2017

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

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Flat open trail for the first half with more rocky steep areas in the second half. I usually combine the red trail and white trail to create a longer loop.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

$5 parking. Plenty of parking. Theres two other trails as you can see so try and find the right one or go get lost haha. This one was cool. Different little routes within it. You get to see some water! Seen about two different kinds of snakes. Saw some history. Easy walk.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sweetwater is freaking awesome if you like anything to do with rivers or creeks. You can walk right alongside the water and climb all over rocks. Your also able to jump in anywhere if your brave enough. Definitely recommend going after heavy rainfall.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Easy and short hike on red. Cool historical stuff as well with great view of river.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Easy to get lost but in the end everything connects . I actually got lost through some type of flower field and ended up in a really sketchy secluded place with old abandoned cars and etc . So just pay attention !

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Easy to get lost but in the end everything connects . I actually got lost through some type of flower field and ended up in a really sketchy secluded place with old abandoned cars and etc . So just pay attention !

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Has some good ups and downs, plus a little rocky at the end. needs an end of trail marking.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Trail was quite busy, but it was a nice one. Easy hike, but it's fun stepping over all the rocks towards the end of the trail. The creek is nice.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

This was a great hike especially for kids. It was easy all the way to the ruins as the hike followed the shoals.

We passed the ruins and continued on down to the shoals. The trail markers were difficult to find. If your headed back on the rocks on the shoals you can follow the crowd.

On the other end of the hike is a great trail the follows alongside the river bank. This was nice because the ground was more of a soft sand. While the trail continued on we stopped at the steel covered bridge and had lunch on the river banks.


Monday, May 08, 2017

Great trail for everyone

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Beautiful views!

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