Sweetwater Creek State Park: History and Non-Game Wildlife Trails Loop Professional Review and Guide
"Sweetwater Creek State Park not only holds the remains of a historic manufacturing facility but its interpretive hiking trails lead to a set of falls as well as quiet, remote spots on Sweetwater Creek. In 1846, a mill was constructed along this stretch of the creek where the gradient changes abruptly. The mill produced thread, yarn, and fabric, including Osnaburg cloth (a rough cotton used to make uniforms for Confederate soldiers) until Union troops burned the mill in 1864.
As you hike the red-blazed History Trail, you’ll see where slaves piled stones to form the millrace, a long, narrow channel that directed water to a 16-foot-wide wheel, which, in turn, powered a series of gears to run machinery. Farther down, the History Trail overlooks Sweetwater Falls, and the Non-Game Wildlife Trail further explores the creek bank before winding through the pine and hardwood forest to the west."