I Can’t Keep a Secret.

Prompted by watching an episode of Sesame Street today on sharing, I feel an obligation to tell you about one of Atlanta’s best kept secrets. Sloshing around in the belly of Austell, just past Six Flags and less than 20 minutes from downtown, is a park called Sweetwater. It probably sounds familiar because you’ve been indulging in Sweetwater 420, Sweetwater Pale Ale or one of the other flavors offered by Atlanta’s own Sweetwater Brewery. Rumor has it that the two “sweets” are related, though I was unable to find solid proof as of this writing.

Regardless of any relatives the park may have in the world of adult beverages, Sweetwater Conservancy itself is a spectacular area and a well kept secret. I can vouch for that because during my umpteen visits over the last year an a half I have never crossed the path of more than a dozen other people during any one visit.

Boasting miles of well marked trails rated from easy to difficult, there’s something for every level of hiker. Lush and diverse flora and vegetation, well groomed paths, sweeping vistas of the river and always a bench to perch on just around the next bend.

It’s an enchanting place, ideal for the sweetheart stroll or the family walk. The temperatures are perfect now, so throw on your walkin’ shoes, go, visit, commune with nature, and indulge your inner hippie. You know you want to.

5 Comments so far

  1. Paulie {eatl/ga] (unregistered) on September 6th, 2005 @ 8:42 pm

    Before moving to its current intown location Sweetwater Brewery used to be located near that area (off Fulton Industrial and I20).

  2. Cara (unregistered) on September 7th, 2005 @ 12:12 am

    I grew up there, we used to spend long wonderful days at Sweetwater State Park, although sometimes we called the creek Stinkwater because when it ran under Thornton road a little farther down it smelled really bad.

  3. Brad (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 4:02 pm

    It’s a great park with a wonderful ending along the trail.

  4. shelbinator (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 4:27 pm

    Puppy friendly?

  5. Maigh (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 4:31 pm

    S – There are some tricky parts to a few of the trails, but nothing a pup couldn’t handle. BYOPB.

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