The South is filled with ancient artifacts and history, most that are hidden in the deep depths of the forests of Georgia. North Georgia's 2500 acre state park, Sweetwater Creek, featured in the movie The Hunger Games, has multiple hiking trails and ancient Civil War ruins you can explore.
Sweetwater Creek's Red Trail is one of the park's most popular treks. It is only 2.3-miles round trip, and according to Atlanta Trails, it is a relatively moderate hiking effort.
There is a whitewater creek (hence the name) that runs inside of the park, and as you walk through this trail, you will be relaxed by the sounds and the smell of the rushing creek.
That is not the only beautiful aspect this trail has to offer. After about half a mile into your hike, you will come upon an abandoned structure that is too cool not to explore.
These ruins are those of New Manchester Mill. The mill is made completely out of red brick, which is four whole stories tall.
This actual site was destroyed during the Civil War by Union troops. The fact that this thing is still standing and we can still explore it...is pretty incredible.
Not to mention, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay features this mill in the movie so that practically means this ruin is famous, right?
In Mockingjay, the ruins are supposed to be apart of the 13th District, which is said to be destroyed during a civil war in the movie.
Jennifer Lawrence walked through New Manchester Mill, aka, you can be in the same place as she was.
We think you will be encompassed by the beauty and history, also this is a good break point to take out your camera and snap some shots on your journey.
You will feel like you are actually in a movie when you enter the ruins. Again, the sound of the rushing water and the architecture, it does not get much better than that.
As you adventure on, you will come across the actual creek that is, Sweetwater Creek.
You will have to climb over rocks and boulders, but be careful of slippery rocks and be aware of your surroundings as this is one of the steepest parts of the trail.
You can sit and watch the flowing river before you end your hike.
Sweetwater Creek State Park is located at 1750 Mt Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122 and is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is $5 for a daily pass.
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