Today, I finally had the opportunity to take my whole family to hike the Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins and trails in Marietta, GA. I found this Chattahoochee National Recreation Area almost by accident a year ago while visiting a friend, but I did not have the time to explore it then. I put it on my “To Explore” list, and waited for the right time when I could go back and check it out.
In March of this year, I was able to explore it with my daughter and my friend’s daughter. I immediately fell in love with the trails and the ruins and I knew that my family would love it too. All I had to do now was to wait for the perfect time to take them!
So today, the Sunday before Memorial Day, became the perfect time to explore Sope Creek as a family. We were looking for an adventure near our home that wouldn’t be too crowded or expensive, and this beautiful area was the perfect fit! The weather was good, so we packed our lunches and water bottles…and off we went!
*The ruins are from the paper mill run by Marietta Paper Mills in 1859. That mill was part of a larger manufacturing complex which drew water power from the creek that feeds into the Chattahoochee from 1850-1940. Those businesses produced paper, twine, flour, and hydro-electric power. Facilities at this paper mill included a mill, oil room, office, mill sluice (raceway), storeroom, dam, machine shop, pulp-grinding mill, and two shelters. The ruins were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. *Info from wikipedia
We brought our dog, Luna with us and we had a lot of fun getting in our “more than seven minutes” as we hiked over 2.5 miles of trails. We found mushrooms, wildflowers, and lots of fun trees on the trails. The kids explored the Mill Pond and found dragonfly nymphs, turtles, frogs eggs, and baby fish. I really enjoyed watching my hubby explore alongside my kids!
We hope you take some time and go explore this area with your family. Remember to bring $3 cash for a daily parking pass or pre-purchase a $35 annual parking pass ahead of time online here. You can also check out more planning information here.
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