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Old 08-31-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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Lower Sweetwater near Canton Georgia

Looking for some help on the trails near Canton Georgia.

New guy here, I normally hang out at the Earlycj5 forums since I have a '74 CJ5.

I've wheeled a few times at Lower Sweetwater and it's a pretty cool trail. The problem is that it also looks like a dump. Lot's of folks dumping garbage, and more than a few tires litter the trail almost down to the lake.

I thought it might be a good idea to try and get a trail clean up for early 2013. Thinking about contacting property owners and hunting club there to get them involved too. I'm really afraid that someone is going to get sick and tired of all the garbage and put a cattle gate at the start of that trail and we'll be all done at Sweetwater.

If you local guys think this is a good thing and want to dedicate a day in the spring for this then let me know in the thread here. This is only in the planning stages, but I really believe we could do some good here.

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Old 03-16-2013, 11:43 PM   #2
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We live in Canton, Ga and would like to find some places and people to ride with as well. Where is Sweetwater at?

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Old 03-19-2013, 12:13 PM   #3
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I saw a post on this the other day and looked it up. If you go to google maps and follow Hwy 20 to the west of Canton, you'll see Hwy 108 intersect it. The south part of that intersection looks like its Upper Sweetwater. If you keep following it down you will see lower sweetwater. I've never been there, well I've never actually been down a trail yet. I may head over there and check it out.

Here's a link to some pictures someone took: Sweetwater GA
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I saw a post on this the other day and looked it up. If you go to google maps and follow Hwy 20 to the west of Canton, you'll see Hwy 108 intersect it. The south part of that intersection looks like its Upper Sweetwater. If you keep following it down you will see lower sweetwater. I've never been there, well I've never actually been down a trail yet. I may head over there and check it out.

Here's a link to some pictures someone took: Sweetwater GA
Great trail!!! Ran it a few weeks ago. Don't go by yourself. Out of about 10 jeeps, 4 of us got stuck at one time or another. Someone with a winch would be a good idea. FUN trail.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:14 AM   #5
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Great trail!!! Ran it a few weeks ago. Don't go by yourself. Out of about 10 jeeps, 4 of us got stuck at one time or another. Someone with a winch would be a good idea. FUN trail.
Haha, thanks for the heads up! I was going to go look at it today by myself. I'd hate my first time on a trail to be getting stuck out in the middle of nowhere
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Haha, thanks for the heads up! I was going to go look at it today by myself. I'd hate my first time on a trail to be getting stuck out in the middle of nowhere
Go ahead and check it out. Stop before you get to the first long puddle (after you cross the pipe) and throw a rock in. You'll see and you can still get out

PM me your deets (ride and where you live) and I'll let you know the next time our crew heads out there.
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Haha, thanks for the heads up! I was going to go look at it today by myself. I'd hate my first time on a trail to be getting stuck out in the middle of nowhere
Here's me by myself. I walked all the way out.
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Haha, thanks for the heads up! I was going to go look at it today by myself. I'd hate my first time on a trail to be getting stuck out in the middle of nowhere
Actually that's the SECOND big puddle I think you can go around the first .... Anyway...
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I ended up taking the wrong trail and didn't get to go back. Think I'll check it out tomorrow. I ended up riding down Hardin Bridge Trail, which is right next to Sweetwater. Still got a tiny bit dirty and was yee hawing through the puddles.
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I ended up taking the wrong trail and didn't get to go back. Think I'll check it out tomorrow. I ended up riding down Hardin Bridge Trail, which is right next to Sweetwater. Still got a tiny bit dirty and was yee hawing through the puddles.
Somebody told me that was a fun trail top. Any day in the mud is a good day. We are going to Cashes Valley in Blue Ridge on march 30 if you want to join us. Here's a couple more Sweetwater pics
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Guys, make no mistake, there is private property all around that area and some debate as to whether Sweetwater itself is private. When you use mud hole bypasses you are likely on private property at that time. If you go past any trees marked with 3 red stripes of paint you are going on to Corp of Engineer property, and if caught, you run the risk of tickets and having your vehicle impounded. If you are at the lake shore, you are definitely on Corp property.

Just a friendly word of advice from someone who's already had the discussion with one property owner.

Wheel at your own risk.
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The bluffs parkway off riverstone is fun although its not really trails, but once you find your way there's alot if swimming holes and most if its on the lake,

I go to upper sweet water...I haven't been to llower, that I know of...is it really that good?

I also drive up to hawasse, and there's a few trails up there, and a bunch of river crossings
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The bluffs parkway off riverstone is fun although its not really trails, but once you find your way there's alot if swimming holes and most if its on the lake,

I go to upper sweet water...I haven't been to llower, that I know of...is it really that good?

I also drive up to hawasse, and there's a few trails up there, and a bunch of river crossings
Where do you go in hawasse? we are headed up that way this weekend.
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Where do you go in hawasse? we are headed up that way this weekend.
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