Lithia Springs, Douglasville, Ga, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Hike
Last Saturday morning we met
some friends for a hike at Sweetwater
Creek State Park in Lithia
Springs, (Douglasville), Ga. It has been years since I have walked
there and previously I had only done the red trail down to the mill
We met at the interpretive center/park office on Factory Shoals Rd and
started off on the white trail. This was a beautiful walk that went
through varied terrain and elevation changes. In the springtime I’m
sure there would be a lot wildlife and native plants.
Approximately the first 2/3 of the trail are pretty easy
although sometimes steep. As the trail headed down to Jacks
lake it became much more rugged. In the slide show you’ll see
a pic of the waterfall that drops from Jacks lake down to the creek
From this point on it was pretty rugged for novices like us.
Some of it was from the terrain and some of it was from
debris left from the September floods. This is an area that
was very hard hit by the flooding. You can see some of the
flood damage in the photos. The trail finishes along the shore of the
creek with beautiful views of the falls area.
As the white trail ended, I think we missed a trail marker for the red
trail. We connected to the blue trail which has an immediate
elevation rise of about 250 feet! Yeah we were huffing and
puffing :-). The trail loops around and meets the red trail
at the historic mill ruins. Back in the civil war days this
was a bustling manufacturing area powered by the water from Sweetwater
Creek. The mill ruins are just one reminder of what used to
be. The interpretive center has some great displays and information
about the history and archeology of the area.
At the mill ruins we could take either the remainder of the blue trail
or connect to the red trail to get back to the parking lot.
We opted for the red trail. From the ruins back to
the parking lot was about another 1/2 mile or so and not to strenuous.
All in all we covered about 4 miles of beautiful trails and history.
It was a great day and we are planning a return visit in a
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