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Sweetwater Creek White and Red Trails

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sweet Water Creek State Park, Lithia Springs, GA   Hike: Sweetwater Creek White and Red Trails  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 18 2019  9:00 am >> Sat, May 18 2019 11:30 am
Registration Opens: Sun, May 12 2019 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, May 18 2019 6:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:5.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mike C
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Information About the Park: Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the 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 rapids below. Additional trails wind through fields and forest, showcasing ferns, magnolias, wild azaleas and hardwoods. 

Hike Plan: We will meet in the parking lot next to the Visitor Center. Follow the white trail north than west as it zigzags though the park. When the white trail meets the red trail, we will follow the red trail so that we may enjoy the view of the lower rapids, the view from the overlook, the view of the mill, than the view of the upper rapids. We will follow the red trail back to the Visitor Center. There are restrooms next to the parking lot.

Brief History of the Mill: In 1846, Roger and McDonald started building a water-powered mill along Sweetwater Creek and on December 21, 1849, the five-story mill was in operation. McDonald and Rogers incorporated their business as Sweetwater Manufacturing Company, which made cotton, yarn and fabric. In 1858, McDonald renamed the Sweetwater Manufacturing Company as New Manchester Manufacturing Company after the center of the British textile industry, Manchester, England.


Trail Along Sweetwater Creek

 Trail Along Sweetwater Creek


Question: Who was working at Manchester Manufacturing Company on July 2, 1864 and what was being manufactured?

Required Items to Bring:

Water, Snacks, Hiking shoes

Treking poles if you use them

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take I-20 west to exit 44 (Thornton Road). Make a left on Thornton Road (South) and then a right onto Blairs Bridge Road. Travel 2.1 miles to Mount Vernon Road and make a left. Drive about one mile to the park entrance and make a left on Factory Shoals Road. Drive about half a mile to the parking lot near the visitor's center.

Sweetwater Creek State Park 1750 Mt. Vernon Road Lithia Springs , GA 30122


  Note: there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee if you do not already have a GA Parks State pass.

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