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A walk in the park

April 19, 2010 1 comment

I took the girlfriend to the park this past weekend. We went to Sweetwater Creek State Park.

Sweetwater Creek is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from bustling downtown Atlanta. The most popular trail (red) follows the free-flowing stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful mile-long stretch of white-water rapids below. The 215-acre George Sparks Reservoir is popular with anglers and provides a pretty setting for feeding ducks and canoeing. Fishing supplies are available in the park’s bait shop, while wildlife and history displays, trail maps, snacks and gift items may be found in the Visitor Center — the most environmentally responsible building in Georgia (LEED-NC PLATINUM).

We didn’t quite make it all the way to the ruins, but it was a pretty nice park, with some good scenery. I think we will find our way back to it again in the future. I did manage to get a few pictures though, below are a couple examples:

BTW, that 2nd picture is Infrared, converted to Black & White.

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