Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 770-732-5871

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NOTICES: Due to structural issues and in order to maintain the integrity of this historic resource, the interior of the Mill Ruins at Sweetwater Creek State Park is completely closed to the public for school trips, guided hikes, special events,and other requests until further notice.  Hikes and trips to the exterior of the ruins are still available and encouraged.  

Spring Break Bait Shop Hours:
Beginning April 4, the Bait Shop will open on Saturday & Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During the week of April 6 - 10, the Bait Shop will be open everyday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beginning April 13, The Bait Shop will be open Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

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, stand-up paddleboards 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
Bait Shop Hours: Fri-Sun 9AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.

    • 2,549 Acres
    • 215-Acre Lake
    • Visitor Center/Musuem/Gift Shop
    Conference Room (seats 40 / weekday $85, weekend $100)
    • 8 Picnic Shelters ($75)
    • Group Shelter (seats 150, weekday $175, weekend $225) and BBQ Pit
    • 2 Fishing Docks
    • Bait Shop (seasonal)



Become a "Friend" of Sweetwater Creek State Park

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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Eastside Night Hike
Friday, Mar 27, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 7 PM to 9 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. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs not permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 11 AM to 12:30 PM
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 to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Apr 3, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Apr 10, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 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.
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
This moderately strenuous, two mile hike along the white trail and beyond will take us through a variety of lovely habitats to view the earliest of our spring wildflowers, the beloved "ephemerals".  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 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.
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 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.
Stargazer Hike
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
This moderate two mile night hike will take us to a remote area where we will search the night sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars(weather permitting). Binoculars are recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations are required.Twelve years and up.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
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.
Cache In Trash Out
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 9 AM to 11:30 AM
This event is a gathering of local geocachers that focuses on litter cleanup, removal of invasive species, trail building, and revegetative efforts. It is also a great time to swap stories and hunt for geocaches. Trash bags and water provided. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 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.
14th Annual Family Fun Day - Catfish Rodeo for Elementary & Middle School Students
Saturday, May 16, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaState Representative Roger Bruce invites families to come enjoy the famous "Fish Fry" a day of fun. Elementary and Middle school-aged students, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122 View Details

Sweetwater Creek State Park

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