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Sunday Afternoon Hike: Back Trails of Sweetwater Creek

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park, at the Nature Trails Parking
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 20 2013  2:00 pm >> Sun, Oct 20 2013 5:30 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Oct 11 2013 2:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Oct 20 2013 2:00 am
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:7 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


We will go to a very little known area of Sweetwater Creek. Part of it is on public land, just outside the park.

From the parking lot we will walk a short distance on the White Trail, and then veer off onto an old dirt road. We will follow it past some abandoned houses, and follow it along the headwaters of Jack’s Lake. From a point near Jack’s lake we will climb a wooded hill until we reach a power line which we will cross and move onto a nearby pipeline easement.  After walking on this easement for about a mile we will turn onto an old forest road that will lead us to a hidden lake. We will then descend to a stream which we will follow until we reach Sweetwater Creek. This portion of the hike may require that we ford the stream, so you may want to bring sneakers. After we reach Sweetwater Creek we will walk upstream,  and then on the White and Blue trails back to the parking lot. The total walking distance is about 7 miles.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Water. Good hiking shoes.  Bring suitable footwear for fording the creek, and a towel to dry your feet.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Atlanta proceed West on I 20 to Exit 44. (From the intersection of I 20 and I 75/85 it is about 12.5 miles), and follow the signs to the park. In case you get lost here is a route description: At the top of the ramp turn left and proceed about 0.5 miles to the second traffic light. Turn right on S. Blairs Bridge Rd. and proceed 2.1 miles to Mt. Vernon Rd. Turn left and proceed about 2 miles to Factory Shoals Rd. Turn left and proceed to the parking lot.

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Cost Includes:

The parking fee is $5.00 per car.

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