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Christmas Morning Sweetwater Creek (Orange/Yellow) - Dog Friendly

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park   Hike: Christmas Morning Sweetwater Creek (Orange/Yellow) - Dog Friendly  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Dec 25 2021  8:32 am >> Sat, Dec 25 2021 10:32 am
Registration Opens: Mon, Dec 20 2021 2:32 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Dec 25 2021 7:32 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:4.3 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Chris L
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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: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes



Yes, the pandemic is REAL, so during this event: Practice your best social-distancing techniques and bring a mask for group meeting.

The plan is to de-stress on this Christmas morning, dog-friendly, moderately-paced hike at Sweetwater Creek State Park's Yellow and Orange trails. We will hike .7 mile on the Yellow Trail until we cross the bridge that crosses over Sweetwater Creek. From there we will take the 3.3 mile Orange Trail loop. The orange trail starts off with several hundred feet of elevation gain before leveling off  to mostly flat with a few rolling hills. Once we complete the orange trail loop we will reconnect with the yellow trail for the .7 mile return to our cars. While most of the trail is on level ground or down hill, there are sections of moderate elevation gain so if you have difficulty going uphill or have a medical condition, this is not the hike for you. 

Yellow/Orange Trail: Approx. 4-mile loop. Blazed orange/yellow. Rated moderately difficult for normal people.  


Required Items to Bring:

Weather-appropriate gear

Comfortable shoes


Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking poles


Snack (If not for you, then for Kiran)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Use your favorite nav to find Sweetwater Creek State Park and hit Go! Chances are, it will bring you to the main parking lot near the Visitor Center. If it does not, once you get to the Park, follow the signs to the Visitor Center, and then get a new nav! We'll meet near the walkway to the Visitor Center.

Sweetwater Creek State Park hiking trail parking lot near the visitor center: Take I-20 west from Atlanta, exit #44 at Thornton Road, turn left and go 1/4 mile. Turn right on Blairs Bridge Road, go 2 miles and turn left on Mount Vernon Road. Travel a couple more miles and into the park. Just after crossing over the lake turn left onto Factory Shoals Rd. You will see the gate with the small ticket booth. Continue straight to the end of the road to the parking area.


Park Address:

1750 Mount Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Douglas County

GPS Coordinates
N 33.753783 | W -084.639000


If you need old school directions, please call Chris at 404-725-4045.


Only AOC members who have signed their annual waiver may sign up for, and participate in, this event. Please, no guests and +Ones!

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

Cost Includes:

There is no cost to participate in this event, however there is a $5 parking fee to enter the State Park, unless you have a GA Park Pass, in which case you're in!

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

If Life happens, and you cannot participate in this event, please go to the AOC website and unregister by the registration cut of at 7:00am on the day of the event. If after the deadline, text me at  404-725-4045 and I will do it for you.