Sope Creek, Mysteries of the Mills: Historic Paper Mill Walk
Sunday; January 7, 2024
1:00 pm until 3:30 pm
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area- Sope Creek
Description: Join National Park Service Ranger, Jerry Hightower for a walk through time as you stroll through the mature oak-hickory forest down the ridge to the scenic beauty of Sope Creek. Cross over the bridge and into the nineteenth century to discover the stories behind the massive stone ruins of the once bustling Marietta Paper Manufacturing Company. Discover what it was like to work in the mills, the process of making paper, and more. Learn about the uses of plants along the trail as medicine, dyes, and more. The mysteries of the mills will be revealed as you walk through time from 1855 to1903. The remaining stone walls of the mill ruins have seen much and have many stories to tell. Learn these wonderful stories; fact, fable, and downright lie as you stroll along Sope Creek. Who was old Chief Sope, what tragedy befell poor Johnny Dickerson, why did the mills close, and what occurred during July, 1864? Join us and find out!
Location: Sope creek parking lot, Cochran Shoals Unit
3760 Paper Mill Road; Marietta, Georgia
30068. We will meet at the bulletin board.
Difficulty: Fairly leisurely hike with one moderate uphill climb from the creek. These walks are quite slow with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.
Bring: Please bring WATER. Remember to dress for the weather and wear very comfortable hiking shoes. Dress in layers so that you can adjust to changes in the temperature and your activity level. A hat, scarf, and gloves might be a good idea You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera. Note: A daily entrance fee or annual pass is required.
Limit: 30 persons
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