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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 to maintain integrity of this historic resource, the mill ruins interior is closed to all visitors, including school trips, guided hikes and special events, until further notice.  Hikes to the exterior of the ruins are still available and encouraged. 

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
July 3-July 6 Bait Shop Hours: Thursday-Monday 9AM-7PM
Bait Shop Hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM, Saturday-Sunday 9AM-7PM
$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, limited hours)


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)
    • Aquacycle (Pedal Pontoon 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
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jul 3, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 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 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.
Native American Eastside Hike
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Join us for a three hour, 3.5 mile strenuous hike as we explore the eastside of the park focusing on American Indian history. We will visit the "Indian Cave" rock overhang used by Native Americans for many years. This hike will be led by a local historian or park ranger. Closed-toed shoes and water required.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
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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 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 with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Join park staff for an introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and a tour of the lovely Sparks Reservoir. This program is for anyone 12 years or older who can swim and are new to SUP. Limited to 8 participants. Paddleboard, PFD, and SUP paddle included.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Early Morning Lake Paddle
Monday, Jul 6, 2015 7:30 AM to 9 AM
Join us for a peaceful early morning paddle on the Sparks Reservoir (canoe or kayak) as we watch for birds and paddle past the new Yurt Village and campground. Open to anyone 18 or over who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Includes boat, PFD, and paddle.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Group Run Fitness Program
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 7:15 AM to 8:15 AM
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 7:15 AM to 8:15 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin a Park Ranger on a group run on the White Trail in the cool of the early morning. Meet at the Visitor's Center parking lot. On 7/15/15, we will have a similar group run on the Yellow Trail. Walking is fine. Bring water and snacks. Bring $5 cash for parking as the Visitor's Center does not open until 9AM. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 18 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Geocaching 101
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLearn all about geocaching in this introductory course. Classroom instruction as well as out in the field as we will all find the official Sweetwater Creek State Park geocache. You will need a GPS or a smartphone that has geocaching app capabilities. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 12 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 visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater creek.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 7 AM to 8:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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.
Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us in beautifying Sweetwater Creek as we pick up trash from the water by canoe and along the banks. Pre-registration is required and previous canoe experience is required for those in canoes. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 9 AM to 10 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.
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Monday, Aug 3, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
This day camp is for Jr. Rangers ages 6-12 years old who have already attained their deer badge and are wishing to advance to the fox badge. There will be various nature and history related activities including a pedal boat program, a hike to the 5-story New Manchester Mill ruins, a reptile show, a green building tour,and arts and craft projects.  $25 includes Junior Ranger book and fox patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9 PM to 11 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.
Women's Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding
Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin park staff for an introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and a tour of the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir. This program is intended for women 18 years and older who can swim and are new to SUP.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects. Registration is necessary. Meet at the Visitor's Center.  $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible Green Building Tour
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 4 PM to 5 PM
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, Oct 17, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis 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.
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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