Sweetwater Creek State Park

Sweetwater Creek State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 770-732-5871

NOTICE: The park will be closed on April 28 for a special event. It will reopen on April 29. 
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» Mill Ruins Notice:
› To protect the historic mill ruins and maintain safety, access to the interior is closed to all visitors, including school trips, guided hikes and special events. Hikes to the exterior of the ruins are still available and encouraged. 
"The extraordinary beauty of the rugged hills, rocky outcrops, and rolling rapids of Sweetwater Creek have shaped centuries of history engaging you to reconnect with the natural world."

Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful rapids below. Additional trails wind through fields and forest, showcasing ferns, magnolias, wild azaleas and hardwoods. Park rangers lead informative hikes to these areas throughout the year.

The 215-acre George Sparks Reservoir is popular for fishing and provides a pretty setting for feeding ducks and picnicking. However, there is no beach and swimming in the Reservoir is not allowed. Fishing supplies are available in the adjacent bait shop. During warmer months, the park rents fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and pedal boats. Visitors can join the Park Paddlers Club, which challenges them to explore waterways in six state parks. An award-winning Visitor Center—one of the most environmentally responsible buildings in the country—features exhibits on the area’s history, wildlife displays, trail maps, snacks and a renovated gift shop. A window-lined meeting room that seats 40 can be rented for gatherings.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–Dark

Office Hours:

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Bait Shop Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 2,549 Acres
• 215-Acre Lake
• 10 Yurts — read one family's review
• 5 Tent Campsites
• Visitor Center/Museum/Gift Shop
Meeting Room (seats 40)
• 8 Picnic Shelters
• Group Shelter & BBQ Pit (seats 150)
• 2 Fishing Docks
• 1 Boat Ramp
• Bait Shop — seasonal

Things To Do & See:

• Hiking — 12 miles of trails
• Fishing — electric motors only
• Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard, & Aquacycle Rental — seasonal
• Park Paddlers Club
• Boat Rental — seasonal
• Picnicking
• Geocaching
• Interpretive Programs
• Playgrounds
Weddings — park approval required
Family Reunions — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

• Atlanta, Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia
• Douglasville, Georgia
Henry County
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site
Sandy Springs, Georgia
• Six Flags Over Georgia Theme Park

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Macro-invertebrate Investigation
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Come down to the riverside, at the base of the New Manchester ruins, to look up close and personal at some of the macroscopic creatures that are essential to life in and around Georgia's waterways. This event is open to all ages. If you would like to help look for critters, please wear close toed water shoes or boots. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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.
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Archery for Beginners
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Join Americorp rangers and learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need to be hitting the bulls-eye. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must prepay to preregister. Registration required. Meet near Picnic Shelter 2. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Home School Days at Sweetwater Creek
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Join rangers for Wednesday activities including archery, water testing at the rapids, and a Macro-invertebrate hunt. These outdoor programs are designed to make exercise and ecology fun and hands-on, so wear clothes you can get messy or sweaty in. Call to reserve your space, click event for more details. Ages 8-15 only.  $3 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sweetwater Creek Kayak Cleanup
Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Join us in beautifying Sweetwater Creek as we pick up trash from the water by kayak and along the banks. Pre-registration is required and previous kayak experience is required for those in kayaks. Meet at the Bait Shop. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 3:30 PM to 6 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 4 PM to 6:30 PM
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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 and are with adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 5, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, May 7, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, May 12, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors 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.
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Kiwanis Club Triathlon-Duathlon-5K Fun Run
Sunday, Jun 4, 2017 8 AM to 2 PM
23rd annual Sweetwater Creek State Park Triathlon-Duathlon-5K Fun Run presented by the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County. Triathlon at 8:30AM, $35 Duathlon at 8:00AM, $25 5K Fun Run 8:00AM $15  $15 - $35. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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New Manchester Days
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
This living history event will bring to life the New Manchester Community that prospered up to the end of the Civil War. Visit a Civil War-era encampment, take a historical tour to the New Manchester Mill, and learn about Civil War-era uniforms and firearms during black powder demonstrations and infantry drilling. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mount Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Douglas County

GPS Coordinates:

N 33.753783 | W -084.639000
Take I-20 west from Atlanta, exit #44 at Thornton Road, turn left and go ΒΌ mile. Turn right on Blairs Bridge Road. After 2 miles, turn left on Mount Vernon Road and proceed to the park.

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Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mount Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122 View Details

Sweetwater Creek State Park