The Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill is scenic, shady, and makes a great post-work hike. It’s a moderate trail with more than 5 miles of paths to choose from.
We always start our hike at the Old Roswell Mill. The hike begins at the covered bridge across Big Creek connecting Old Mill Park to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. We usually start by going down by the water to try our hand at skipping rocks before taking the trail and heading into the trees.
As you can see by the National Parks map, the trails are a maze of connecting loops, but there are markers at each intersection. Our typical route consists of 15, 14, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, and from there our route depends on how long we want to hike. But we always hike counter clockwise to end at the mill. Taking the large outer loop will be about a 3 mile hike.
The hike meanders through ferny forest that is home to a few curious deer. At marker 16 near the end of the hike, a trail hangs off to the right leading to the Roswell Mill Dam. This waterfall powered Roswell Mill downstream during the Civil War. The mill was burned by Union forces in 1864 then rebuilt and used until it was destroyed by fire again in 1926.
The trail then heads back the way it came and ends again at the covered bridge, which provides a great view of the mill ruins and the creek.
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