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Fall Colors at Sweetwater Creek State Park
Let's explore Sweetwater Creek State Park, a beautiful area only 26 miles from Decatur, in Douglas County. Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful rapids below. We will park near the Visitors' Center and hike the Blue Trail to the mill ruin. There is another trail loop beyond the mill to a waterfall, too. Preferred driving directions (from the book "Hiking Atlanta's Hidden Forests" ): Take I-20 to exit 41, exit for Lithia Springs, go south on Lee Road for 1.0 mile. Turn left onto Cedar Terrace Road, continue for 0.8 miles. Pass an entrance sign for the park; turn right onto Mt. Vernon Road. Continue on Mt. Vernon Road for 0.3 miles; turn Left onto Factory Shoals Road. Continue on Factory Shoals Road for 0.6 miles to circular parking area. Georgia State Parks charge a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Sunset will occur at 5:38 PM. We'l see if folks want to go into Douglasville for dinner.

Sweetwater Creek State Park

1750 Mt Vernon Rd · Lithia Springs, GA

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