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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.  

The Bait Shop will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday beginning November 1, 2014.  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., except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The park gates will be open on these dates as scheduled. 


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.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/SweetwaterCreek


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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Events
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 12 PM to 2 PM
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 12 PM to 2 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Nov 15, 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 to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Eastside Evening Hike
Saturday, Nov 1, 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, Nov 2, 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.
Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Nov 16, 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.
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 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.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 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.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Sunday, Nov 9, 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.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 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.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Powerhouse Self-Defense "Strong in the Park"
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
This personal safety and empowerment workshop takes a holistic approach to personal safety by teaching emotional, verbal, and physical self-defense techniques. You will be trained in skills of prediction, recognition, observation, and intuition. PowerhouseStrong@gmail.com  $60 plus $5 parking. 470-269-2699.
"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Friday, Nov 14, 2014 7 PM to 9 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 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 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.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 6 PM to 8 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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 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.
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
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
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Sweetwater Creek State Park


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