Sweetwater Creek Red, White, and Yellow Trail

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Sweetwater Creek State Park

Sweetwater Creek Red, White, and Yellow Trail is a 11.7 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lithia Springs, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.7 km Elevation Gain: 246 m Route Type: Loop

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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.

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4 days ago

Beautiful views!! Too much people, really big

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4 days ago

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1 month ago

Excellent trail. Really enjoyed the hiking. The creek is beautiful, trails well marked but fun to navigate.

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1 month ago

Great trail. Definitely a simple stroll, but worth it. Great view of the Mill. To bad you have to schedule a tour of the Mill itself, though.

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2 months ago

I covered red, white and yellow trail which is approx 8.4 mile. Red Trail is a bit rocky but it’s riverside so it’s really beautiful. White trail is easy one compared to all and can be covered quickly. I loved the yellow trail as it’s short but has quite a good elevation. Overall sweet water park trail is good for workout but It’s heavily trafficked.

Sweetwater Creek is a beautiful park. We had never been because of the crowds that the park attracts most good weather days. Arriving at 8 am on Sunday, the parking lot was empty. The trails are well marked. The red trail along the water is difficult. It was worth it to see the views of the water and rapids up close. However, I am glad we did this portion first while we were still fresh. The rest of the red and white trails were very easy moderate. I can imagine in the summer, this entire place is full of water enthusiasts. The yellow trail takes you over a footbridge to the other side of the creek. Then circles around on an uphill away from the creek. We didn’t complete the entire circle as we were pretty spent. Upon returning to our car around 12:30, the parking lot was completely full. Will definitely be back, but will try to get there before 8 am for more “alone” time.

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6 months ago

It was long (I hardly ever hike), but beautiful. We followed the white trail only. The red trail isn't really made for dogs on a leash. If they pull to keep their balance, you could be pulled off yours and do some damage. It's super super rocky! All in all, great way to start the day before breakfast!

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

Good 8 mile loop that can be shortened if needed. Lots of different views. Probably one of the best hikes near Atlanta and not an hour away. Rocks on the red trail can be very slick in the rain, and going on the yellow trail counter clockwise makes for a very steep but fun and short climb. Marked it scramble because it’s probably the closest you’ll get to it this close to Atlanta, but it’s super easy.

It’s an amazing trail. It has multiple routes and they intervene pretty often. I did a 10k and ran on yellow, red, white and little bit of green trails

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8 months ago

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10 months ago

Emory

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10 months ago

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