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Sweetwater Creek - Red White Yellow and Orange

The Basics:
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Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs , GA 30122   Hike: Sweetwater Creek - Red White Yellow and Orange  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 8 2023  8:30 am >> Sun, Oct 8 2023 12:45 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Oct 1 2023 8:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 7 2023 6:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:9.3 Miles
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 1 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



Red and White Trails

We will start our hike at the Visitor’s Center, heading toward the edge of the creek on the Red Trail.  The Red Trail passes by the ruins of the Manchester Manufacturing Company, a Civil War era textile mill.  At the end of the Red Trail we will pick up the White Trail and continue along the banks of the creek. The White Trail turns uphill and loops us back to the Visitor’s Center.

If the rains continue parts of the Red Trail may be close to or slightly under water.  These areas will be easy to get around, but your feet might get a little wet.

We will take a 15-20 minute break for snacks and restroom and then start the second half of our hike.

Yellow and Orange Trails

We will take the Yellow Trail to the banks of the creek, heading in the opposite direction toward the bridge.  We cross the bridge and then walk the entire Orange Trail, which offers views of the creek and the factory ruins from the opposite side.  Orange connects again with the Yellow Trail which leads us down the hillside and along the opposite side of the creek.  We cross the bridge again and finish our hike at the Visitor’s Center.

This hike is rated as a D3. Due to the rocky terrain on the Red and White Trails, this is a challenging hike.  We would not recommend it for hikers who have limited or no previous D3 experience.  

 Please arrive at least 10 minutes early for introductions and hike instructions.


Required Items to Bring:


Good hiking shoes

$5 for parking pass (or annual pass)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles, if you use them

An energy snack to eat when we break at the Visitor's Center.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:


Directions to Sweetwater Creek Park -- 1750 Mt. Vernon Rd. Lithia Springs:  

  • 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, look for a sign that says hiking/nature trails, and take a left there (there is a small entry gate on Factory Shoals Rd).
  • Continue straight to the end of the road to the parking area.


You will need an annual Georgia State Park pass or $5 to purchase a day pass.

The day pass can be paid at the gate (cash only) or you can purchase a pass inside the Visitor Center after the hike.  

Annual pass costs are:

  • Senior (62 or older): $25
  • Non-senior: $50
  • Military (active or veteran): $37.50

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