The Sope Creek Trail can be accessed through 3760 Paper Mill Rd SE, Marietta, GA 30067.
Reviewed as “a green oasis in the middle of the concrete ant hill that surrounds it”, the Sope Creek Trail is associated with the eponymous stream with its striking rocky creek, one of the Chattahoochee River’s significant tributaries, and loops to a Chattahoochee River Park in Atlanta. The place is picturesque, and includes the Sope Creek Ruins, named in the National Register of Historic Places, which, although a paper mill building originally, now look like a long-forgotten castle, with the Register listing its address as “restricted” back when it was put it in the 70s.
The trail is friendly for leashed dogs, considered easy to moderate by aggregated user reviews, and the round trip is around one and a half miles. The Creek courses through shoals to join the Chattaahoochee River downstream as a network of trees give it shade and cool the eyes of anyone hiking along the Trails or the Ruins (stacked-stone, Civil War-era!). The trailhead sees colorful wildflower growing along the banks of a pond, home to turtles and fish, in the months when the weather is warmer, meaning that the reverie of your tranquil views is not broken up by anything, only compounded.
It is only $3 to park, and as elevation drops through a hardwood forest, it is a stark departure from the hustle and bustle of the wider Atlanta just outside of this secluded slice of nature, but the trail network is supplemented at each major intersection by numbered signposts as well as maps to make sure you don’t get lost in the maze. There are also well-reviewed restaurants and cafes just within 5 miles of the place, meaning you have plenty of options to make a great day out of a hike here, complete with a hearty breakfast to start you off and a nice meal at the end.