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Sweetwater Creek - Both Sides

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park   Hike: Sweetwater Creek - Both Sides  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 29 2023  9:30 am >> Sun, Jan 29 2023 2:30 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Jan 24 2023 7:01 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jan 29 2023 6:00 am
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joyce B.
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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:2
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Are Dogs Permitted: No


Join me for an intown D4 hiking 12 miles (about) of trails at Sweetwater Creek. We'll try to beat the crowds by hitting the Red trail first. We'll move on to the White trail with a detour on the Brown. After a break at the Visitor Center, we'll hike the Yellow and Orange trails. I'm skipping the Blue trail. Since they've started massive construction right at the edge of the park boundary, it's just too sad to witness.

While this hike's pace is listed as "moderate", I keep a pace of 2.7-2.9 mph, so please be prepared to hike on the higher end of moderate. The Red and part of the White trails are rocky so some scrambling is involved. If you don't enjoy this type of hiking, you'll want to sit this out. Elevation gain will be around 1200-1400, so it's the miles that make this a D4. This is not a beginner hike. If I don't see D4s or some solid D3s in your history, I'll be contacting you.

Sweetwater is a beautiful park with lots of history. If time allows after the hike, I encourage you to visit the excellent history and nature center.

Sweetwater map w directions

Required Items to Bring:

Good hiking boots
GA State Parks pass (day or annual)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions to Sweetwater Creek State Park

  • 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 1.6 miles and turn left on Lynch Rd, then left on Mount Vernon Rd.
  • After approximately a mile you'll cross over the George H. Sparks reservoir, take the next left onto Factory Shoals Rd. The ticket booth is now located about half a mile down the road. Continue straight to the end of the road to the parking area.

***Do NOT use 1750 Mt. Vernon Rd for your directions. It may take you to the edge of the reservoir.



$5 day pass or $50 annual pass. Both can be purchased on site or online. Day pass can be purchased at the kiosk in the parking area. You can also check out a Georgia State Parks pass at most public libraries. (But it's a good thing to support the parks and pay for a pass).

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