The history within the state of Georgia is quite impressive and equally as fruitful. Many visitors and residents hike different trails in the state in order to experience the rich history to find what has been left behind. For example, there are quite a few trails in Georgia which feature incredible ruins, or pieces of history that have been preserved for all to see. Tackle these 8 trails in Georgia to see what we mean.
1. Sope Creek Trail
During this 1.5-mile roundtrip hike you’ll be able to see the Marietta Paper Mill ruins in all their glory. Built in the 1850s, this mill was eventually burned down by Union soldiers in 1864. But the ruins that were left behind are truly spectacular and worth checking out.
2. Arkaquah Trail to Track Rock Gap
At almost 11 miles roundtrip, the Arkaquah Trail is not for the faint of heart. However, what you'll find halfway through is something truly spectacular. Track Rock Gap features petroglyphs, still carved into the rock from inhabitants more than 1,000 years ago. These petroglyphs include stick-figures, maps, and other interesting pieces of communication for the times.
3. Fort Mountain State Park
Fort Mountain State Park remains a bit of a historical mystery for many. A few pieces of the puzzle you can see for yourself during your trail hike, including the 885-foot wall considered an ancient stone fortification by the inhabitants of the land many, many years ago.
4. Vickery Creek Trail
Hiking through Vickery Creek will give you a fascinating look into the ruins of Georgia's history. The trail at Roswell Mill will allow for a peak into Civil War ruins, plus a covered bridge, alone being worthy enough to the the hike.
5. Sweetwater Creek State Park Trail
What was once a towering textile mill now is left in shambles. By taking the Red Trail through Sweetwater Creek, you'll loop around and wind up at these ancient mill ruins, up-close-and-personal. Bring a camera, because this experience will be hauntingly beautiful and worth documenting.
6. Dungeness Ruins, Cumberland Island
One of the most popular set of ruins in the state are located on Cumberland Island. This four-story home was completed in 1884, but a fire in 1959 left it in ruins. Today visitors can see up close what remains of this impressive piece of history.
7. Big Ferry Trail - Skidaway Island
What's fascinating about the Big Ferry Trail on Skidaway Island, is that all along the route, you'll see ruins from prohibition-era days. Like the liquor sill or empty tubs that sit rusting in the tall grass, which allow a glimpse into the history of what went on hidden in the brush of the coast.
8. High Falls State Park
The trail throughout High Falls State Park allows for sweeping views of what was once a thriving industrial town. If venture closely to the water's edge, you can find the ruins of a hydroelectric power plant, which was integral to the town before it's demise.
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