Atlanta is a busy place. Everyone seems to be going 24/7 and sometimes it seems hard to slow down. However, right outside the city is a sanctuary perfect for slowing down, Sweetwater Creek State Park.
The park is full of beautiful hiking trails and a large creek that flows near the ruins of an old mill! We started out walking the Red History trail. This trail runs right down the creek and goes to the mill.
The creek has many rapids along the way. There are lots of big rocks scattered around that are perfect for crossing from one side of the creek to the other. We enjoyed sitting on the rocks and watching the beauty of the area (also watching people slip off the rocks and fall into the water! Hah!)
New Manchester Manufacturing Company was a textile mill that burned during the Civil War. The remains are in the park today! You might recognize the exterior from “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” Katniss and Gale are out hunting in District 13, and they show the remains of the old mill!
Sweetwater is such a beautiful park and we can’t wait to go explore more in the future!