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




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NOTICE: The Bait Shop will be open 9 am to 5 pm Thursday through Tuesday during October.  Live bait and boat rentals are available.  The Visitor’s Center will continue operating seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.  Fishing supplies are available in the adjacent bait shop.  During warmer months, the park rents fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats.  Visitors can join the Park Paddler’s 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 gift shop. A window-lined meeting room can be rented for small gatherings.


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Park Hours: 7AM-Sunset
Visitor Center/Office Hours: 9AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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FACILITIES:
    • 2,549 Acres
    • 215-Acre Lake
    • Visitor Center/Musuem/Gift Shop
    Conference Room (seats 40 / weekday $85, weekend $100)
    • 8 Picnic Shelters ($70)
    • Group Shelter (seats 150, weekday $175, weekend $225) and BBQ Pit
    • 2 Fishing Docks
    • Bait Shop (seasonal)


THINGS TO DO & SEE:
    Hiking – 9 miles of trails, closed at dark
    • Lake and Creek Fishing – boat ramp, electric motors only
    • Canoe and Kayak Rental (seasonal)
    • SUP (Stand Up Paddle) board rental (seasonal)
    • Fishing Boat Rental (seasonal)
    • Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
    • Picnicking
    GeoCaching
    • Ranger Guided Interpretive Programs
    Birding
    • Playgrounds
    Weddings (park approval required)
    Family Reunions (park approval required)


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Visit our Trading Post Gift Shop!

While visiting the park, be sure stop in at our Trading Post gift shop. You'll find gifts, books, apparel, toys for children, and much more to please nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Open daily between 9AM to 5PM, located inside the Interpretive Center.


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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Sep 26, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required.  $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek Cleanup -- Your State Park Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin park staff and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" volunteers as we clean up the Sparks reservoir and hiking trails. We will be cleaning the lake by canoe and kayak and also from the banks. You will also have an opportunity to clean the banks of lovely Sweetwater Creek. Bring gloves and pickup tools. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
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Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis 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 historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional 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. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance.  $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Stargazer Paddle
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Oct 17, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 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.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. This class offers easy instructions, classroom time and a hike in the woods.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 16 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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Art in the Park
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Friday, Oct 24, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn. Reservations required.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Eastside Evening Hike
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a strenuous, 3 mile evening hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave" and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. Closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs not permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations required.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, as we learn about lighting. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is rated "moderate" and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek to the Civil War-era mill ruins of New Manchester where we will tour inside the mill. Hikes will continue if it is overcast but will be cancelled if it is raining. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs al  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Almost Full Moon" Night Paddle
Friday, Oct 10, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Join us for an evening of enchantment as we paddle the lake at night under the light of the moon. You will have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Limited to 12 people who can swim and are 18 yrs. or older. A flashlight is required. Call for reservations.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Rivers Alive" Cleanup
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunRivers Alive is Georgia's annual waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the state. The mission of Rivers alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. We will be cleaning up around Sweetwater Creek and Sparks Reservoir. A limited number of Rivers Alive t-shirts will be available. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 16 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required.  $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for a peaceful paddle on the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir as the sun sets and we refresh ourselves in preparation for the end of the work week. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this program. Open to anyone 16 or older who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Register in advance.  $20 includes boat, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 8 AM to 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis 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.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaGeologist 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 short visit inside the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Join a Park Ranger and bring your four-legged companion on this moderate mile long hike to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek with a short visit inside 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.
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Join Park Manager David Jordan in this up-close hour featuring live, non-venomous snakes. We will learn all about our local snakes, including the venomous ones, as well as the natural history of snakes and all about their behavior and senses. Meet at the Visitor's Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. 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.
Address/Directions
Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Douglas County

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 816
Lithia Springs, GA 30122


GPS Coordinates:
N 33.753783 | W -084.639000

Do not rely on GPS units for directions to this park. Take I-20 west from Atlanta, exit #44 at Thornton Road, turn left and go 1/4 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


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