Late Afternoon Hike at Sweetwater Creek

I thought I'd share some photos from a hike I went on recently at Sweetwater Creek State Park. It's a beautiful spot only about a half hour from my house.  I love being able jump in the car and almost instantly be amongst the trees and fall foliage and have a nice walk along the water.  It was one of the busier weekends, being just after Thanksgiving, so I didn't get quite the feeling of being secluded in nature. Even amongst all the other people walking along the trails, I still could lose myself in the color and beauty surrounding me. Sweetwater Creek feels different everytime I go there. I'd never been this late in the day, and the colors were so much deeper and rich.  All the photos I took were with my iPhone, but I must make a point to come back next fall with my DSLR and get some stunning shots of the foliage and the creek.

Any time of the year, the most scenic route to take is the Red Trail, which follows along the water.  I love being able to pop onto the rocks amongst the creek [and with the current drought it's become quite easy to make your way along the rocks on the creek- not necessarily a good thing, but beautiful nonetheless!]. We then took the White Trail part of the way back, which has some elevation, but is mostly a secluded walk through the woods. Since this hike, the weather in Atlanta has taken a turn and it's been quite cold and rainy! I'm likely not to go on too many hikes for a while, but these photos will stand as a reminder for me to get back to nature any chance I get [and any chance the weather allows me to!].