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Mysteries of the Mills: Historic Paper Mill Walk @ Sope Creek

  • 28 Jul 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • CRNRA- Sope Creek 3726 Paper Mill Rd Marietta, GA 30067
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Mysteries of the Mills: Historic Paper Mill Walk @ Sope Creek

Sunday, July 28th

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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,  the uses of plants along the trail as medicine and 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: 3760 Paper Mill Road; Marietta, Georgia 30068. We will meet at the bulletin board.

Facilities: None

Difficulty: Fairly leisurely 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 ADEQUATE 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. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera. Note: A daily entrance fee or annual pass is required.

Limit: 30 persons

Heat warning: As summer temperatures soar and heat incidents increase across the park, CNPC urges attendees to stay safe by being well-prepared for high temperatures. Please bring plenty of water (often more than you think you'll need!), list a reliable emergency contact, and know your limits. Be aware of the serious signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, including heavy sweating, dizziness, nausea, and confusion. Events may be canceled if temperatures become too extreme. Your safety is our priority.


This event will take place rain or shine, however it will be rescheduled in the event of severe weather including thunderstorms or flood warnings. Participants will be notified by email the morning of the event (or sooner) should an event need to be rescheduled due to weather.

Please contact info@chattahoocheeparks.org with any questions.


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