Sweetwater Creek Red, White, and Yellow Trails

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Sweetwater Creek Red, White, and Yellow Trails is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lithia Springs, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

historic site

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. Changed name from Woody's Gap which is an AT trailhead in Suches, GA on HWY60. 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Long hike to clear the mind. Sweetwater Creek is a beautiful element of this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with amazing views. Hard at some areas but moderate. Definite repeat.

hiking
2 months ago

Very, very crowded, which I guess is to be expected since it was a gorgeous day with mild temperatures in the middle of winter, and the park is close to a big population center. Still we were surprised that there were just hundreds and hundreds of cars all trying to find a place to park. But there are enough trails that once you get off of the paved ones and heavily traveled ones down to the old mill, it starts to clear out and after that, it was really nice. Some moderate ups and downs, but nothing too steep. I'm not sure why this trail is rated "hard". It was definitely not hard (and we are in our 50's). We followed the track of this trail exactly, and our GPS said 7.8 miles, so almost exactly right on. a 5-star for sure and we'll be back.

5 months ago

Great trail!!!

5 months ago

Go!!! Beautiful park. Hikes are not too challenging and the scenery is wonderful.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail with great scenery just outside Atlanta.

hiking
7 months ago

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

8 months ago

Red and white trail together makes a great hike.
Nice trail close to Atlanta

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail lots of history!

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

good trail. very challenging. like the water rapid

hiking
10 months ago

One of my favorite trails. Such a beautiful hike

11 months ago

If you take the yellow trail and jump onto the orange than finish with the yellow it is about 7.5 miles with almost no traffic and good elevation. The white trail is mainly for dog walkers but still a good trail. Black berries are just starting to ripen. Makes a good snack as long as your away from the dog trail. You can think about that one. Lol

11 months ago

Great trail

backpacking
11 months ago

Great trail! Challenging in spots. The ruins and creek are very scenic.

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

It was a beautiful day. It was nice to enjoy the trail fresh air and the sound of the water.

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

AWESOME! Going back again soon. We did just the white trail but it is washed out near the mill ruins ... had to turn around. Can't wait to do the red trail. It offers all kinds of terrain - perfect! ❤

Monday, April 03, 2017

Beautiful trail if you go super early. Ran into a few runners, but they were friendly. Steep incline in the middle, so be ready!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

So serene

walking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lovely trail, great for dogs!

hiking
Monday, January 02, 2017

Hiked the white trail on a rainy afternoon. We started right (counter clockwise). The first half of the trail is pretty uneventful, mostly a wide gravel path with little to see. The second half follows the creek and is a tougher trail with lots of great water views. Total is about 5 miles and was right at the edge of endurance for my 9 and 7 year olds. We will definitely return on a nicer day. Only negative is the visitor's center uses no-water, recycling toilets with a compost under the building, so it smelled like a sewer around the building.

hiking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

nice!

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

It was fun. We took the red to the white and then finished on the yellow. We saw a lot of wildlife.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

If you do the full Yellow, Red, and White trails, this actually comes out to be about 9 miles.

Started on the Yellow trail (3 miles, 300 ft elevation gain) as a nice warmup to the longer red/white combination. The yellow trail starts to the left and climbs quickly before leveling off with a more gradual return down along a creek back to the starting point. A beautiful bridge over the creek just before the climb makes for great photo ops - otherwise there isn't much to see during the Yellow Trail. Return back to the starting point to hike the red and white trail. The red trail passes the old New Manchester Mill ruins which provides a great background with the rocks and weak rapids in the creek for photos. Pause here to climb out onto the rocks for a snack or to cool off in the water! Return back to the red trail and then link to the white trail for the 5 mile loop. The white trail has some nice views of the creek and a small "canyon" about halfway through the loop, followed by a flat trail along the creek before climbing "jack's hill" back to the top of the ridge. This hill is gradual but long, and will get your legs pumping. Otherwise, the trail is pretty easy.

Be alert as the trail has been eroded away by rainfall leaving lots of exposed roots which can be easy to trip over, along with many rocks and quick steps. At times the trail crosses over other trails, and its not blazed very well so be alert to not lose the trail. Otherwise this is a great way to spend 3-4 hours! Some great views, some elevation, a workout, and a place to cool off in the creek. You'd never know you were so close to Atlanta!

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Great hike.

Friday, June 17, 2016

hiking trails

Saturday, June 11, 2016

My family loves this park.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

I've walked this trail dozens and dozens of times. Sadly, I moved away from the area and it's no longer my go-to weekend and after-work trail!! My body shows it, too! This trail isn't for the faint of heart. It has a great balance of high intensity up-hill (almost rock climbing) areas with flat areas to balance. The views are magnificent and the nature is spectacular. bring plenty of water and prepare to feel the burn!

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