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




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NOTICES:  The comfort station in the bait shop parking lot is closed until repairs can be made to frozen pipes that burst due to cold weather conditions.

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.  

The Bait Shop will open February 27 for the 2015 season.  Boat rentals and bait sales will be available from 9 am to 5 pm Friday through Sunday.
 

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.
 
   School Programs at Sweetwater Creek
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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 ($75)
    • Group Shelter (seats 150, weekday $175, weekend $225) and BBQ Pit
    • 2 Fishing Docks
    • Bait Shop (seasonal)


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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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Events
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 11 AM to 12:30 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 to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Winter Nature Hike
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 2 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis will be a three-mile moderately strenuous hike to a beautiful, litttle known area off the main trails. This ranger-led hike will focus on the splendor of nature in winter. Meet in the Visitor Center.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Stargazer Hike
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 21, 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.
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Friday, Mar 6, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 11 AM to 1 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
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.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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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.
Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required.  $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunGeologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Mar 15, 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.
"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Friday, Mar 20, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 12 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. No dogs please.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible Green Building Tour
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 9:30 AM to 11 AM
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.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 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 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.
Trails Work Day
Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a volunteer work day performing general trail maintenance on the beautiful trails of the park. Bring gloves, water, comfortable work clothes, and closed-toe, sturdy shoes. Registration encouraged at 770-732-5871. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Eastside Night Hike
Friday, Mar 27, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 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.
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.
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.
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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Sweetwater Creek State Park


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