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Sweetwater Creek: Welcome the New Parking Lot

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park   Hike: Sweetwater Creek: Welcome the New Parking Lot  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Apr 13 2014  8:00 am >> Sun, Apr 13 2014 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Apr 10 2014 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Apr 12 2014 6:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
John Stirman
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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
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


It's time to celebrate the new parking lot with a fun, but challenging 12 mile hike covering most of the trails at Sweetwater!  We'll start promptly at 8 AM with the Yellow trail (hitting the lollipop loop from BOTH directions) then hit most of the Red, White, and even a few un-blazed trails!  I'm not slowing down for many pics on this one and will hit the trails with a goal of maximizing the elevation gain.  If you can't maintain a good moderate pace uphill or you are looking for a liesurely paced hike then this is not for you.  This is NOT a hike for beginners. I did this same route in November and gained a total of almost 3,000' elevation overall!

*We will pause for a short break at the visitor's center about the halfway mark.

**You will not get credit for this hike if you do not complete the hike.

Note: there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee. No carpool for this event. 

Website for Park:

Required Items to Bring:

Water and perhaps a light snack

Hiking Shoes


Recommended Items to Bring:
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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 and make a left on Factory Shoals Road. Drive about half a mile to the parking lot near the visitor's center.

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


Here is the link to this same route from November of last year:

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