Fall Hiking Spots: Sweetwater Creek State Park

Monday, September 22, 2014

Last week the weather was absolutely beautiful. A chill was in the air in the mornings, the sun was shining and it seemed like the perfect time to check out some cool hiking spots around Atlanta. Monday I headed over to Lithia Springs to walk the trails at Sweetwater Creek State Park. I found this gem, near Six Flags, almost on accident around three years ago. The wooded trails (the red one in particular) meander near the banks of Sweetwater Creek as it eventually passes by the New Manchester Mill ruins. New Manchester Mill was a textile mill that was destroyed during the Civil War. As of now, the interior of the remaining structure is protected by fencing but there are a few opportunities throughout the year to go on a ranger guided hike that will let you into the interior. There were some other hikers along the trail on Monday and all of them were in the same good spirits I was. It was a great way to start the week!   Want to see some other spots for hiking around Atlanta? Check out Amicalola Falls

Water flows past rocks and the ruins of the New Manchester Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Water flows past rocks and the ruins of the New Manchester Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Elisa Kodish (left) hikes the trails at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs with Jennifer Leibowitz and her Australian shepherd  Cocoa on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Elisa Kodish (left) hikes the trails at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs with Jennifer Leibowitz and her Australian shepherd Cocoa on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Water flows past rocks at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Water flows past rocks at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Luke Pilato hikes past the ruins of the New Manchester Mill with his golden retriever Dug at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Luke Pilato hikes past the ruins of the New Manchester Mill with his golden retriever Dug at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Water flows past rocks at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Water flows past rocks at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

The ruins of New Manchester Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

The ruins of New Manchester Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Water flows past rocks and the ruins of the New Manchester Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Water flows past rocks and the ruins of the New Manchester Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Charles Scott hikes near the water and the ruins of the New Manchester Mill with his golden retriever Rosebud at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Charles Scott hikes near the water and the ruins of the New Manchester Mill with his golden retriever Rosebud at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

The ruins of New Manchester Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

The ruins of New Manchester Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Water flows past rocks at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Water flows past rocks at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Water flows through rocks at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Water flows through rocks at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

The ruins of New Manchester Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

The ruins of New Manchester Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Charles Scott hikes near the water and the ruins of the New Manchester Mill with his golden retriever Rosebud at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Charles Scott hikes near the water and the ruins of the New Manchester Mill with his golden retriever Rosebud at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs on Monday, September 22, 2014.

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