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Hike before the Feast at Sweetwater Creek

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park   Hike: Hike before the Feast at Sweetwater Creek  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Nov 28 2019  10:00 am >> Thu, Nov 28 2019 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Nov 25 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Nov 27 2019 11:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:4.68 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Nancy L
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Let's get a little hiking in before the Thanksgiving feast. We will be hiking the white trail, a portion of the red trail, then back on the white trail to finish the loop. This route is aproximately 4.5 miles and we will be hiking at a moderate pace, about 2 mph-no too fast, not too slow. There will be rocks, roots, stairs, and a short scramble up boulder. 

We will start at the visitor's center and get on the white trail that will lead us through a mixed wooded area to a forest service road. This will take us through the Jack's Hill area that was a farming community in the 1940's. The white trail then continues past meadows and back into the woods and past Jack's Lake, otherwise known as the turtle pond. We will hike downhill and parallel to Jack's Branch and meet up with Sweetwater Creek. The trail follows the creek through some rocky areas and pretty views. There will be a short scramble up a large boulder on this section. The white trail will intersect with the red which we will pick up and follow the creek to the New Manchester mill ruins. We will see more scenic views of the rapids and the creek while we hike this section of the red trail. We'll check out the ruins for a couple of minutes then pick up the white trail again. The last part of the loop takes us back into the wooded areas with some easy hills and the chance to see some wildlife. The hike will end at the visitor's center where we first started.

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking shoes or boots



Five dollars cash for park pass, unless you have a Georgia state pass

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles


Rain gear

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take I-20 west from Atlanta, exit#44 at Thornton Road, turn left and go 1/4 mile. Turn right on Blairs Bridge Road. After 2 miles, turn left on Mount Vernon Road. Drive 1.3 miles and make a left onto Factory Shoals Rd/Park entrance. Continue straight to arrive at the visitors center and main parking lot at the very end of the park road.

Below is the address to the park office if you need it, but continue past this parking lot and cross over the resevoir, then make a left onto Factory Shoals Rd

1750 Mount Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Douglas County



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