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If you are looking for a getaway close to home, the Sope Creek Trail is a great option for hiking, biking, or running.
This hiking trail takes you to the historic ruins of a Civil War-era paper mill on the banks of a scenic creek, and then to a serene pond surrounded by wildflowers.
You can explore the towering stone walls and arches of the mill, which was built in 1855 and destroyed by Union troops in 1864.
You can also enjoy the views of the creek as it flows over rocky shoals and waterfalls.
The trail is well-marked and easy to moderate in difficulty, with some elevation changes and roots.
Leashed dogs are welcome on this trail, so bring your furry friend along for some outdoor fun.
Sope Creek Trail is part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a network of parks and trails along the river in metro Atlanta.
You can access the trail from the Sope Creek trailhead on Paper Mill Road in Marietta.
The park has a $5 parking fee or you can use an annual pass.
Sources: https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/a-getaway-close-to-home-sope-creek/ Conversation with Bing Chat