|Trail Length: 3.0 miles||Type of trail: In and out|
|County: Douglas County, GA||Our rating: Moderate|
|Features: visitors center, stream, scenic, 60hikes||Your rating:|
|Usage: Medium||Added on: December 14, 2004|
|Last hiked: October 13, 2006||Updated on: November 26, 2010|
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Hiking trails in Douglas County, GA
At 1.2 miles the trail jogs right, then almost immediately bears left into the woods. This is the high point of the footpath. The treadway dips, then rises to a four-way intersection where it turns left and climbs an easy hill to another left. As soon as you make this turn at 1.5 miles, there is a dramatic change in the trail. The roadway is older (but not historic) and rockier, and it begins a rapid descent into the Sweetwater Creek river valley as it curves around a low peak. At points the road's embankment is taller than a person, indicating the steep drop of the mountainside. From this point to the end, Sweetwater White is a moderate hike. A valley that quickly forms on your left becomes steeper as the road follows a tributary to a dam. About halfway across the dam the White Trail turns left and descends a set of wooden steps into a second-growth hardwood forest.
As you near Sweetwater Creek, the roar of the water can be deafening. The path joins the river, turns left and the churning creek is on the immediate right as Sweetwater White begins to climb. Running adjacent to the stream at times, the trail offers excellent stream-side views into the valley the river has carved. When the river is high, it is a destination for skilled kayakers.
At 3.0 miles a set of wooden steps takes hikers up a steep mountainside to the "T" intersection, where Sweetwater White ends at Sweetwater Blue. Steps down to the right go to an overlook, where both the blue and Sweetwater Historic Trail (Sweetwater Red Trail) end.