Sweetwater Creek Red, White, and Yellow Trails

MODERATE 232 reviews

Sweetwater Creek Red, White, and Yellow Trails is a 7.3 mile 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.

7.3 miles
807 feet

dogs on leash


nature trips

trail running







wild flowers




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. 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.

2 months ago

Love this place

3 months ago

Beautiful trail to hike but like others have said I would consider this more moderate. I did the red trail and took the white trail connection back to the welcome center so was about 5 miles total. It’s pretty rocky and tons of tree roots so make sure you have good shoes. I did see a copperhead snake and a sign saying rattlesnakes are prevalent in the area so keep your eyes peeled and be cautious if you leave the trail. Parking fee was $5.

4 months ago

Great trail. Gets crowded but worth it.

5 months ago

awesome trail. had a great time with my gf and dog.

5 months ago

It was a Sunday after some rainy days so the parking lot was pretty packed. But I wouldn't let that deter you. I don't really think it should be rated as difficult though. There were a lot of families and kids going the red trail so I took the yellow. It was ok. Only two inclines that got my heart rate up a little. I finished the yellow and took the orange. That one was nice. Gradual inclines and gradual declines. I saw only 2 people on the way out so it was much less trafficked than the yellow or red.

5 months ago

Cool hiking place. End of the red trail was a little challenging because of the steep hills. However, it really worth it. After taking a lunch break, we also went for the yellow trail. Less crowded and have an awesome bridge to take a good photo.

6 months ago

loved this park and trail for a day hike while in town for work

7 months ago

Beautiful hike with easy to follow trails, and not too many other people. I'm not sure I would call this a "Hard" trail as advertised. Although there were some steep parts, it was a very small part of this 7.5 mile trail. So don't let that designation scare you off! If I can do it, so can you!

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

10 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.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Great trail!!!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Nice trail with great scenery just outside Atlanta.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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

Saturday, September 09, 2017

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

Monday, September 04, 2017

Awesome trail lots of history!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

good trail. very challenging. like the water rapid

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

One of my favorite trails. Such a beautiful hike

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Great trail

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lovely trail, great for dogs!

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