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Sweetwater Orange Off Trail Ramble

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sweetwater State Park   Hike: Sweetwater  Orange Off Trail Ramble  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Dec 12 2021  9:00 am >> Sun, Dec 12 2021 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Dec 10 2021 8:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Dec 12 2021 8:00 am
Event Duration:3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Allen D
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


After a rainy Saturday, this Sunday should be nice and clear, a great day for a ramble.

Now that the leaves are down, we are getting a tour with Allan Wadsworth of some territory south of the Orange loop on the East side of the Creek. This is an exploration hike that he says is fun, so I don't want to miss it, and you will love it.  We will have a brisk walk over and back, but once we are off trail the pace will slow down for caution and Nature viewing.  If that sounds fun or you want to practice your terrain navigation skills, please sign up! 

We'll start out at the Nature Center and take the yellow trail to the Orange Loop at the top of the hill. Along the way, our "Guest Guide" Allan Wadsworth will take over for parts unknown, and I'm pretty sure he will find a way back to the orange trail. We may get a really nice view of the factory ruins from across the river, or just see a lot of rarely visited woods. 

This will be a D3 event that will involve some tricky footing and brush, loose leaves and some wandering and reckoning.  If you want a focused hike with reliable footing, this is NOT the event for you. 

We will shoot to complete in 3 hours or less, whatever the distance. Please come 10-15 min early for introductions, and we head out at 9.

Map, terrain and vegetation reading will be encouraged, and instructed for those interested along the trail. 

Required Items to Bring:

Water, 1-2 Liters 

A light snack

Hiking Shoes 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles

First Aid Tape for blisters

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 (you'll go over two small spillways) and make a left on Factory Shoals Road.

$5 Entrance fee unless you have an annual pass. Drive about half a mile to the parking lot just before the visitor's center. The lot may be full, so you will need to park on the [pavillion loop ]. Give yourself time to walk to the Nature Center from parking ~1/3 mile away.

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


Will hike rain or shine, though not in severe weather. Cancellation by 7:30 am on the day of the event

There is a $5.00 parking fee at the park.

We also will share a little bit of Geology, learned on the State Park Naturalist Series.

Trail Map,    D escriptions


* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

If light drizzle, we will hike anyways.  Steady rain cancels.