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Sweetwater Creek State Park
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Native American Eastside Hike
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a three hour, 3.5 mile strenuous hike as we explore the eastside of the park focusing on American Indian history. We will visit the "Indian Cave" rock overhang used by Native Americans for many years. This hike will be led by a local historian or park ranger. Closed-toed shoes and water required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join park staff for an introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and a tour of the lovely Sparks Reservoir. This program is for anyone 12 years or older who can swim and are new to SUP. Limited to 8 participants. Paddleboard, PFD, and SUP paddle included. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Early Morning Lake Paddle
Monday, Jul 6, 2015 7:30 AM to 9 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful early morning paddle on the Sparks Reservoir (canoe or kayak) as we watch for birds and paddle past the new Yurt Village and campground. Open to anyone 18 or over who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Includes boat, PFD, and paddle. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Group Run Fitness Program
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 7:15 AM to 8:15 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger on a group run on the White Trail in the cool of the early morning. Meet at the Visitor's Center parking lot. On 7/15/15, we will have a similar group run on the Yellow Trail. Walking is fine. Bring water and snacks. Bring $5 cash for parking as the Visitor's Center does not open until 9AM. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Friday, July 10, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Geocaching 101
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Learn all about geocaching in this introductory course. Classroom instruction as well as out in the field as we will all find the official Sweetwater Creek State Park geocache. You will need a GPS or a smartphone that has geocaching app capabilities. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Hike
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater creek. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Eastside Hike
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a three hour, 3.5 mile strenuous hike as we explore the eastside of the park focusing on American Indian history. We will visit the "Indian Cave" rock overhang used by Native Americans for many years. This hike will be led by a local historian or park ranger. Closed-toed shoes and water required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 7 AM to 8:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Group Run Fitness Program
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 7:15 AM to 8:15 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger on a group run on the White Trail in the cool of the early morning. Meet at the Visitor's Center parking lot. On 7/15/15, we will have a similar group run on the Yellow Trail. Walking is fine. Bring water and snacks. Bring $5 cash for parking as the Visitor's Center does not open until 9AM. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 8 AM to 10 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, the important habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the park's Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 9 AM to 10 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger and bring your four-legged companion on this moderate mile long hike to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and to the five-story Civil War era New Manchester Mill ruins. Ages 6 years and older. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Friday, July 17, 2015
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This day camp is for Jr. Rangers ages 6-12 years old who have already attained their deer badge and are wishing to advance to the fox badge. There will be various nature and history related activities including a pedal boat program, a hike to the 5-story New Manchester Mill ruins, a reptile show, a green building tour,and arts and craft projects. $25 includes Junior Ranger book and fox patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geocaching 101
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Learn all about geocaching in this introductory course. Classroom instruction as well as out in the field as we will all find the official Sweetwater Creek State Park geocache. You will need a GPS or a smartphone that has geocaching app capabilities. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for this evening paddle on the Sparks Reservoir. We will watch the sun set and then search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars as night arrives. This program is for anyone over 17 who can swim. Binoculars recommended. Includes choice of canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. Meet at the Bait Shop. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Women's Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding
Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join park staff for an introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and a tour of the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir. This program is intended for women 18 years and older who can swim and are new to SUP. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects. Registration is necessary. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Native American Eastside Hike
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a three hour, 3.5 mile strenuous hike as we explore the eastside of the park focusing on American Indian history. We will visit the "Indian Cave" rock overhang used by Native Americans for many years. This hike will be led by a local historian or park ranger. Closed-toed shoes and water required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Green Building Tour
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 4 PM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
The Park's Visitor Center/Museum is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings anywhere. It has received the highest LEED certification (Platinum) from the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn about sustainability, green buildings and what makes this one so special. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects. Registration is necessary. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Monday, August 3, 2015
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Monday, Aug 3, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This day camp is for Jr. Rangers ages 6-12 years old who have already attained their deer badge and are wishing to advance to the fox badge. There will be various nature and history related activities including a pedal boat program, a hike to the 5-story New Manchester Mill ruins, a reptile show, a green building tour,and arts and craft projects. $25 includes Junior Ranger book and fox patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
 

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