Watson Mill Bridge State Park Walking Trail

Atlanta, Georgia

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The hike begins with a good view of the shoals beneath the bridge, which serves as a natural water park for visitors. You can then descend to the bottomland forest along the river, or walk along the 300-yard stone canal to reach the powerhouse ruins. From the ruins, walk southeast on the upper slope where a wood platform provides a good view of the river. You then reach an intersection with the Holly Tree Loop Trail. From here you can continue to explore the river and a nearby tributary, but only a very brief stretch of this is worth checking out. I recommend you take the Holly Tree Loop Trail, which rolls through beeches, oaks, and sweet gum trees and provides another good view of the hydroelectric powerhouse.

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"The hike begins with a good view of the shoals beneath the bridge, which serves as a natural water park for visitors. You can then descend to the bottomland forest along the river, or walk along the 300-yard stone canal to reach the powerhouse ruins. From the ruins, walk southeast on the upper slope where a wood platform provides a good view of the river. You then reach an intersection with the Holly Tree Loop Trail.

From here you can continue to explore the river and a nearby tributary, but only a very brief stretch of this is worth checking out. I recommend you take the Holly Tree Loop Trail, which rolls through beeches, oaks, and sweet gum trees and provides another good view of the hydroelectric powerhouse."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Atlanta
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 85 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Watson Mill Bridge State Park
Local Maps: A Watson Mill Bridge State Park Trail Map is available in the park office and online at gastateparks.org/WatsonMillBridge-hiking

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Jun 2018