Sweetwater Creek White and Red Trails - Dog Friendly - Sun, Jan 25 2015

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Sweetwater Creek White and Red Trails - Dog Friendly

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mt. Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs, Ga
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 25 2015  2:00 pm >> Sun, Jan 25 2015 4:30 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Jan 22 2015 9:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jan 25 2015 12:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:5 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:14
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This will be a moderately paced hike at Sweetwater Creek State Park. We will complete a 5 mile hike on the White and Red trails. This is a fun and scenic hike very close to town. 

White Trail:  Blazed white. Rated moderate to difficult. 

The White Trail passes through some of the most remote areas of the park west of Sweetwater Creek. It connects to the end of the Red and Blue trails following the rapids as they continue down the creek. The trail then turns west and follows Jack’s Branch upstream to Jack’s Lake. This stream community has a great variety of spring wildflowers. Hikers will also pass through areas covered with ferns, Bigleaf Magnolias, Wild Azaleas and Mountain Laurel. After climbing out of the lake valley the trail passes through the Jack’s Hill area, a former farming community now known for its open meadows and a favorite of bird watchers.  

Red Trail:   Blazed red. Rated easy to difficult.  

The Red Trail, after half a mile, takes you to the impressive New Manchester mill ruins alongside the white-water rapids of Sweetwater Creek and is the recommended hike for first-time visitors. New Manchester was a mid-nineteenth century mill town which met its demise during the Civil War.  The second half mile of the Red Trail, downstream of the mill, continues to follow the rapids to the Sweetwater Falls area and is considerably more strenuous because of the very rocky terrain.

There is a $5.00 parking fee at the park.



Required Items to Bring:

good walking shoes/ hiking boots


Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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


There is a $5.00 parking fee at the park.

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