Now that the 90+-degree days are over in Georgia, we can finally get out and enjoy the outdoors again. Last weekend was my first visit to Sweetwater Creek State Park, and I absolutely fell in love with it. The guy walking his leashed cat along the trail was just a bonus.
First we stopped by the George Sparks Reservoir, the spot we would later return to and finish our lunches. It’s a beautiful spot to fish, kayak, SUP or rent paddleboats. The bait shop has information on rentals.
We started out on the Red Trail, which follows the creek to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, burned in the Civil War. It’s an easy path until you reach the ruins; if you continue beyond them it becomes much more difficult over the rocky terrain. We returned via the White Trail which takes you into the remote forest areas.
The environmentally-friendly visitor center (I learned how creepy composting toilets are. A black hole to nowhere) has displays about the history of the area and how the mill functioned, as well as what life was like for employees.
For more information on camping facilities, check out this site.
Parking is $5.