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Atlanta, GA: Vickery Creek

This 3-mile loop outside Atlanta traces a steep ravine as it winds through an oak and poplar forest.

Rating

This moderate loop explores the hills and banks along Vickery Creek, which powered one of the South’s most important mills during the 1800s. With the exception of a few short steep stretches alongside the creek-ravine bluffs and gorges, the terrain is fairly level. The hike includes a stop at the spillway dam, which fed the mill wheel in a factory downstream. Supplying textiles for Confederate uniforms, the mill was a primary target for Gen. William Sherman whose troops destroyed the facility during the Civil War.

To Trailhead

From Atlanta, take I-285 to exit 25, Roswell Road. Travel north on Roswell Road for 7 miles to the intersection with Riverside Road. Turn right onto Riverside Road, cross Vickery Creek and turn left onto the road heading toward the parking area.

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