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Candlelight Hiking at Sweetwater Creek

Guests can now venture to the Civil War-era New Manchester mill at nighttime.

Hikers can now enjoy a nighttime stroll through .

Once a month, a group hike led by John Johnston, co-vice president of the Friends of Sweetwater Creek, uses candle lanterns resembling those used in the 1800s to walk the red trail leading to the Civil War-era New Manchester mill.

The cotton mill was built in 1849 and later destroyed by Union soldiers led by William Tecumseh Sherman as he marched through Georgia during the Civil War in 1864. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the war.

The red trail starts near the park's visitors center and travels next to Sweetwater Creek for about half a mile until reaching the ruins. Hikers taking part in the event are allowed to explore the ruins by candlelight.

The pictures above are from Saturday's hike. The next candlelight hike will take place near the end of August. Check the park's website for more information.

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