Recommended Photography Location:
Sweet Water Creek State Park: 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs, GA 30122
- Park: 770-732-5871
- Hours: 7am.- Dark
- Cost: $5.00 per vehicle
This location features several trails on its 2,549 acre property, whitewater rapids, picnic areas, and the New Manchester mill ruins. The property also has an adjoining gift shop and museum. The shop provides visitors with trail snacks, key chains, postcards, field guides, Civil War toys for children, and an assortment of outdoor and indoor display items. If you are interested in staying at this location overnight, you can make a reservation at one of the park’s five campsites or ten yurts.
The mill was used during the Civil War to produce cotton and muslin cloth for the Confederate Army. The structure was burned on July 9, 1864, and the workers taken prisoner. As prisoners of war, the ninety men, women, and children who had worked there were transported to Kentucky. Some remained captive until the end of the war, while others were released after they pledged allegiance to the Northern cause.
*For more information concerning the history of the Sweet Water Creek property, visit: http://www.GeorgiaStateParks.com. The onsite museum also provides dozens of brochures and information.
My favorite trail is the “Red History Trail”. It is a mile long (counting both ways, it is not a loop trail), and is therefore the shortest option. Although the path includes a couple dozen wooden stairs, it also provides the alternative choice of a gravel path. The main trail is gravel rock. It is pretty flat and easy to travel. In fact, I witnessed a few baby strollers and dozens of children walking the trail. Despite its shortened length, it takes you past both the mill and the rapids. The view along this road is beautiful.
There are dozens of things to photograph at this location. I could literally visit this park every week.