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Vickery Creek Trail: Hiking & Running in Roswell

Hike the 3 mile Vickery Creek Trail to two historic mills, a covered bridge, and a spillway waterfall near Roswell, Georgia.

The Vickery Creek Trail explores the surrounding rolling forest and steep 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. Instead, this hike explores several historic mills and a dam on a Chattahoochee tributary, rolling through beautiful forest and catching views of the rushing dam waterfall from a steep, carved rock bluff.

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: The Hike

The trail departs the Riverside Road trailhead (view driving directions), hiking upstream along Vickery Creek and truning right at the first trail intersection. (The trail departing left that previously hiked Big Creek Gorge is closed due to erosion.) The trail switches back, passing through a series well-marked intersections and rolling elevation, following the outer loop trail at each intersection. The 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

The trail departs the 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 Big 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 mill wheel that was built downstream at the now abandoned mill ruins.

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 the covered bridge spanning Big Creek to explore the ruins of 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 historic mill, the hike retraces its steps to the Vickery Creek loop trail, following signs to return to the Riverside Road trailhead and parking area and completing the hike 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

 

Vickery Creek Trail Elevation Profile

Vickery Creek Trail Elevation Profile

Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, kayak and cycle Georgia’s beautiful outdoors.

Eric is the author of Atlanta Trails, an online magazine that reviews the best hiking trails, running trails and outdoor adventures throughout Georgia.
 
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