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Vickery Creek/Big Creek
Big Creek at entrance to Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Roswell, Georgia
Mouth Chattahoochee River

Vickery Creek (Big Creek) is a creek located in Forsyth County and Fulton County in Georgia. The creek mouth (34°00′18″N 84°20′56″W / 34.005°N 84.349°W / 34.005; -84.349) into the Chattahoochee River is located at the southern border of Roswell where State Route 9 crosses the river. Its source (34°11′24″N 84°08′31″W / 34.190°N 84.142°W / 34.190; -84.142) is located just north of the intersection of Georgia State Route 9 and Georgia State Route 20, in Forsyth County, about 1 mile directly south of downtown Cumming, Georgia.

Much of the land east of the creek and west of Grimes Bridge Road in Roswell, Georgia, forms the Vickery Creek unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Vickery Creek is named after a Cherokee woman named Sharlot Vickery that lived in present-day Roswell and owned much of the land around the creek. The creek was originally called Cedar Creek; however, the name was changed to Vickery some time after the arrival of Roswell King and family in 1834.[1]

The creek also became known as Big Creek at some point after the American Civil War.


  1. ^ Darlene M. Walsh (Editor),, ed (1994). Roswell, A Pictorial History (2nd Edition ed.). Roswell Historical Society. ISBN 0-9615854-2-0.  
  • Big Creek has a big history of flooding at local bike path: the Greenway along Big Creek in Alpharetta near Mansell Road.
  • Big Creek has one tributary: Hog Wallow Creek.
  • At The Greenway in Alpharetta this small river is known as Big Creek, and by Riverside Road, in Roswell when the major stream begins, it is known as Vickery Creek


  • Darlene M. Walsh (Editor),, ed (1994). Roswell, A Pictorial History (2nd Edition ed.). Roswell Historical Society. pp. 16,19,87. ISBN 0-9615854-2-0.  

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