Sope Creek Ruins, GA
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A somewhat lesser known place in the metro Atlanta area, the Sope Creek Ruins is a short hike to an awesome view. From the parking lot its only about a mile. Make sure to look at the trail signs so you dont get lost. Its alot more than a mile if you go the wrong way!
The ruins are remnants of a paper mill from the civil war. Long forgotten they have been taken back by nature in the most beautiful way. They sit next to a creek off the Chattahoochee river.
There are no restrictions, just be careful. Its a pretty old structure! Its common to have find snakes in and around the low bushes and grass so watch your step.
Hard to believe its so close to the city. The surrounding area is basically a neighborhood for multi million dollar homes.
From the main area, you have to cross the bridge to get to the other side of the river. Once you do you’ll find another trail with the less crowded ruins. There is less access to the inside but they are more spread out.
This is about as close as you can get to the other side of the river spots.
Being a camera enthusiast I’ve also used this area for multiple photo shoots with my friend Leslie. The river upstream of the bridge has some great secluded spots you can jump in! The water is pretty cold most of the year, best to aim for August to do river photo shoots.
In the wintertime the ruins are much more visible and great for vintage style photos.
A little trickery with a flash, you can light the humidity up and it will look like smoke.
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