Sweetwater Creek State Park Trails

Lithia Springs, Georgia

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Sweetwater Creek State Park has a wilderness feel, offering many species of wildflowers and wildlife, a beautiful forest, and cascading Sweetwater Creek—all only minutes from downtown Atlanta. Sweetwater Creek is a fast-flowing stream that winds its way through a granite-boulder streambed in a well-protected wooded valley. The 2,549-acre park features picnicking, as well as boating and fishing on 215-acre George H. Sparks Reservoir. There also are 9 miles of hiking trails within the park. The Red/History Trail offers a walk through old New Manchester down to Sweetwater Falls. The Blue Trail provides an alternate access to the falls on the overlooking ridges. The Yellow Trail crosses the creek onto the opposite ridges, and the White Trail runs through woodlands and fields from the interpretive center to the waterfall.
Hiking Georgia: Atlanta

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Hiking Georgia: Atlanta

by Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs (Falcon Guides)

Sweetwater Creek State Park has a wilderness feel, offering many species of wildflowers and wildlife, a beautiful forest, and cascading Sweetwater Creek—all only minutes from downtown Atlanta. Sweetwater Creek is a fast-flowing stream that winds its way through a granite-boulder streambed in a well-protected wooded valley.

The 2,549-acre park features picnicking, as well as boating and fishing on 215-acre George H. Sparks Reservoir. There also are 9 miles of hiking trails within the park. The Red/History Trail offers a walk through old New Manchester down to Sweetwater Falls. The Blue Trail provides an alternate access to the falls on the overlooking ridges. The Yellow Trail crosses the creek onto the opposite ridges, and the White Trail runs through woodlands and fields from the interpretive center to the waterfall.

© 2015 Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lithia Springs
Distance: 3.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Rd., Lithia Springs 30122; (770) 732-5871; www.gastateparks.org
Local Maps: USGS Austell, Campbellton, Mableton, and Ben Hill; trail map available from the park office
Driving Directions: Directions to Sweetwater Creek State Park Trails

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