Roswell Mill: Hiking & running the Vickery Creek Trail

Hike the Vickery Creek trail network at Roswell Mill to two historic mills, a covered bridge, and a spillway waterfall near in Roswell, Georgia.

 


The Vickery Creek Trail explores the historic Roswell Mill and the surrounding rolling forest on the banks of Big Creek, also known as Vickery Creek, near Roswell, Georgia. It’s one of the many Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area parks near Atlanta, though its trails don’t follow the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Instead, this hike explores several historic mills at Roswell Mill and a spillway dam waterfall on a Chattahoochee River tributary. The three-mile Vickery Creek trail network hikes through beautiful, rolling forest forest and catches views of the rushing dam waterfall from a steep rock bluff.

The Vickery Creek Trail is an all-around must-visit: rolling trails make for a great trail run, Roswell Mill’s historic mill ruins are a must-see for southern history buffs, and the park’s wooden covered bridge and spillway waterfall make for some exceptional photos. It’s also a great, family-friendly hike!

Big Creek - also known as Vickery Creek - flows over a historic dam, under a covered bridge and past Civil War mill ruins near Atlanta

Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill: The Hike

The trail departs a trailhead on Riverside Road in Roswell (view driving directions), hiking upstream along Vickery Creek and truning right at the first trail intersection. The trail switches back, passing through a series well-marked intersections and rolling elevation, following the outer loop trail at each intersection. The Vickery Creek Trail passes the Grimes Bridge Road trailhead, hiking .5 mile to a junction on trail right, turning here to explore the modern dam on Big Creek.

The modern Big Creek dam at the Vickery Creek Chattahoochee River hiking trails in Roswell, Georgia

Historic Vickery Creek Dam at Roswell Mill

The trail departs the modern dam, retracing steps to the Vickery Creek loop trail and turning right at the intersection to continue the loop. The hike continues straight at the next trail intersection, following the flow of Big Creek downstream as it slices through the terrain. A side trail departs trail right after a short descent, and the hike turns here to explore the massive, historic Vickery Creek dam from a tall bluff alongside its rushing, tumbling waters. This spillway dam was a valuable asset to the South during the Civil War, having powered the Roswell Mill wheel that was located downstream.

The historic Roswell mill dam as seen from a bluff on the Vickery Creek hiking trail loop

The hike returns from the dam on the side trail, hiking right at the trail junction to continue the outer loop. The trail follows Vickery Creek as it flows through the sharply carved, steep walls of the canyon, the sounds of the rushing water audible throughout this stretch of the trail. The hike turns right at the next trail junction, crossing a wooden covered bridge spanning Vickery Creek. The hike explores the ruins of Roswell Mill’s two historic mills on the opposite bank.

The historic mill ruins on Big Creek are accessed by hiking the covered bridge at Vickery Creek park in Roswell

From the covered bridge and Roswell Mill, the hike retraces its steps to the Vickery Creek loop trail, following signs to return to the Riverside Road trailhead and parking area. The hike completes at just over 3 miles.

Parking

$3 day pass, or included with a Chattahoochee River NRA annual pass

GPS Coordinates

34.007758,-84.351185 (N34 00.465 W84 21.071)

Driving Directions

 
     

Vickery Creek Trail Map

 
This map is for general reference, and is not a substitute for park maps, official trail maps or topographical maps.
 

Vickery Creek Trail Elevation Profile

Vickery Creek Trail Elevation Profile

Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails.

Eric also freelances as a writer and photographer for publications covering travel, events and outdoor adventures.