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Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill

Hike the Vickery Creek trail network at Roswell Mill to two historic mills, a covered bridge, and a spillway waterfall in Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

georgia hiking trails: 4-6 miles 4.7 miles
(round trip)
? Your mileage may vary! Accuracy of your GPS device, weather conditions, and stops along your route will affect your own recorded distance.
georgia hiking trails: moderaterelatively
?Our difficulty estimate, based on distance, terrain, elevation change, & ease of wayfinding. May vary daily due to weather, trail reroutes, downed trees, etc.
georgia hiking trails: dog-friendly Dog-
?Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail. We’ve loved hiking this route with our trail-loving Labrador Retrievers! Check out more of our favorite dog-friendly trails in Georgia for a great hike with your pup.

LOCATION:Chattahoochee River near Atlanta, Georgia

PACK:our Osprey day pack and our hiking gear list

A covered bridge. Civil war mill ruins. A towering waterfall that pours from a historic spillway dam. There’s just a lot to love about the Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill: it’s scenic, shady, and makes a great in-town hike or moderate trail run.

This five-mile adventure explores the historic Roswell Mill and the surrounding rolling forest in Roswell, Georgia. It’s one of the best hikes in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area parks near Atlanta, though its trails don’t follow the actual banks of the Chattahoochee River. Instead, this hike explores the historic remains of Roswell Mill and visits the mill’s spillway dam waterfall on a Chattahoochee River tributary. The 5+ mile trail network hikes through beautiful, rolling forest and catches views of the rushing dam waterfall from a steep rock bluff.

Roswell Mill: hiking the Vickery Creek Trail to a stunning waterfall

It’s one of our favorite trails in metro Atlanta: its 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 are fully photo-worthy.

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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 hanging a right at the first trail intersection. The trail switches back, passing through a series well-marked intersections and following the outer loop trail at each intersection.

The trail rolls elevation through a young, ferny forest, crossing several small creeks. The trail crosses through a number of intersections, marked by maps and numbered waypoints. For simplicity, follow the outer loop at every intersection, hiking the waypoints in the following order to the waterfall and mill: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 25, 18, 17, 16. Check out the park’s official trail map for more details.

The hike crosses a wooden bridge at 2.5 miles. The sound of falling water echoes through the forest as the trail rises high above the creek. At waypoint 16, the hike hangs a right to visit the southern bank of the Roswell Mill waterfall from a tall, rocky bluff. This spillway dam was a valuable asset to the South during the Civil War, powering Roswell Mill on the opposite creek bank.

Hike the Vickery Creek Trail to a covered bridge and waterfall near Atlanta, GA

Departing the waterfall, the hike treks to waypoint 11, reaching the covered bridge at 3 miles. The view from the bridge upstream is beautiful, as Vickery Creek cascades over a rocky creek bed.

Reaching the end of the covered bridge, the hike hangs a right, following the trail eastbound and passing a historic brick machine shop. The trail reaches the ruins of the old Roswell Mill, looping around the mill, the old rusted mill chase, and catching an up-close view of the dam waterfall and spillway waterfall from the creek’s northern bank.

Roswell Mill: explore an enormous waterfall and covered bridge on Vickery Creek

Vickery Creek flows over a rocky, grassy creek bed downstream from the waterfall. The creek’s north bank is a perfect place to relax, soak up the beauty of the falls, and watch for wildlife, including heron and geese.

Hike the Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill to a stunning spillway waterfall just north of Atlanta, GA

Departing the mill ruins and waterfall, the hike backtracks to the covered bridge and crosses the creek. On the opposite bank, the hike follows the trail back to the trailhead, hanging a left at waypoint 11, hanging a right at waypoint 18, and turning right at waypoint 4. The hike reaches the trailhead at 4.7 miles, completing the adventure.

Nearby Chattahoochee River hiking adventures

Up for some more mileage and classic beauty? Explore a tranquil, wildlife-filled lake and the river’s glassy flow on the Gold Branch Trail at Bull Sluice Lake. Grab a great hike or trail run on our top ten trails on the ‘Hooch near Atlanta. Or check out our Chattahoochee River map for even more great adventures on our city’s scenic waterway.

Note: slippery rocks and fast moving water can be extremely dangerous! Please don’t climb, stand on, swim near, or jump from any waterfall.

Leave No Trace: Atlanta Trails, Asheville Trails and Trailful are official Leave No Trace partners

Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.

Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill Map, Directions & Details

This map shows our approximate route while exploring this trail, but does not replace an official trail map. Please refer to the official trail map for the most current and accurate route.

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This trail is maintained thanks to the hard work of countless volunteers and donations from supporters of the Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy. Please support them by making a donation or joining a volunteer day. Let's work together to keep these fantastic trails maintained and open for use!

Driving Directions


$5 day pass, or included with a Chattahoochee River NRA annual pass.

GPS Coordinates

34.007600, -84.350983     //     N34 00.456 W84 21.059

Elevation Profile

Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill: Elevation Profile

Eric Champlin is a creative director and photographer who loves to explore southeast. He's the co-owner of Trailful Outdoor Co, a locally-owned hiking outfitter shop in Hiawassee in the Georgia mountains near the Appalachian Trail. He’s also the co-founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.