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Sope Creek Trail, Marietta

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Sope Creek is an 11.6mi stream located in Cobb County, Georgia, United States. It is a significant tributary of the Chattahoochee River. It was known as Soap Creek during the 19th century. A section of Sope Creek runs through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.The Sope Creek Ruins are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.GeographySope Creek starts within the city of Marietta proper, on the west side of Interstate 75, on the northeastern portion of State Route 120 Alternate (former northern half of State Route 120 Loop, now known as North Marietta Parkway. The creek begins as a spring, first evident emerging out of a culvert under Sessions Street, where it trickles southward and serves as the rear property line for the historic homes on lots facing Church Street (to the west), and Cherokee Street (to the east). The creek then travels in a culvert under the intersection of Cherokee Street and North Marietta Parkway, then under the parking lot of the Police Department/Cobb 911 Center at the southeast corner of the intersection. Thereafter, the creek travels east, parallel with SR 120 Alt., turning southeast around the same point as the road. It then separates from road, continuing southeast, as the road bends south. It crosses Roswell Road (the main Georgia 120), and travels in a sidewinder fashion to the east for the next 4mi. Along the way, Sewell Mill Creek and Bishop Creek empty into Sope Creek. At this point, the creek turns south-southeast and crosses Lower Roswell Road. It travels in this direction for the next 2mi, crossing Paper Mill Road and Columns Drive, before emptying into the Chattahoochee River. From beginning to end, Sope Creek falls nearly 300ft over the course of approximately. In the last two miles, Sope Creek cuts through the palisades that formed on both sides of the Chattahoochee, forming a small gorge based around the creek.
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  • Sope Creek is a refreshing get away amidst the hustle of Atlanta. As you walk the trail and view the remnants of the old soap factory and the beautiful cascades creating the flow of water that feeds i...  more »
  • Okay, it's been decades and two knee replacements since I last did any hiking and longer than that since climbing in the hills. And what is a ten minute drive from the mighty Chattahocee to the bridge...  more »
  • I have been taking hikes here for 20 years. Keep coming back to it as it has everything I want in a short hike. If I have one hour or 3 hours, I feel like I've had my nature fix. Trails through the wo...  more »

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