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

NOTICE: Announcing a makeover for the gift shop at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Beginning December 7th, access to the gift shop will be limited. The Visitor Center will continue operating regular hours, 9 am to 5 pm daily. We expect the renovations to be completed by late January and look forward to showing off our new retail space.

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NOTICE: 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. 
"The extraordinary beauty of the rugged hills, rocky outcrops, and rolling rapids of Sweetwater Creek have shaped centuries of history engaging you to reconnect with the natural world."

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: Friday-Sunday 9AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.

    • 2,549 Acres
    • 215-Acre Lake
    • 10 Yurts ($85) and 5 Tent Campsites ($25) -- Read one family's review
    • 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)

    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
    • Ranger Guided Interpretive Programs
    • Playgrounds
    Weddings (park approval required)
    Family Reunions (park approval required)


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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Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Wednesday, Nov 25, 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.
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This 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.
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Day After Thanksgiving "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 11 AM to 12 PM
Join Park Manager David Jordan on an enjoyable "after the feasting" hike with your four-legged companion as we walk down to the impressive five story Civil War era New Manchester Mill alongside the gorgeous rapids(up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. All dogs must be leashed and have proof of rabies vaccination. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Hayride and S'mores
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Join 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.
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Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Join us for a two hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Eastside Hike
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
This ranger-led hike will take us to the beautiful east side of the park and will focus on both nature and history. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required on this moderately strenuous two and a half mile hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Trails Work Day
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Join 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. Recommended age 12 and up. Registration encouraged at 770-732-5871. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
This 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.
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Stargazer Hike
Friday, Dec 4, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 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.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Geologist 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.
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
This mile-long guided night hike is 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 are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible. Meet and pay (exact change, $5, cash only) at the Visitor's Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Where did Santa Clause get his Reindeer?
Friday, Dec 18, 2015 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Join AmeriCorps Rangers to discover fun facts about the role of Reindeer in our ecosystem and craft your own to take home. Meet at the Visitor's Center, bring your coat. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? Email us at $5 parking. 770-975-4151.
Handicapped Accessible
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 9 AM to 10 PM
Get the New Year started off right in 2016 with you and your dog, we will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger along Sweetwater Creek and view the exterior of the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Mockingjay."  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Eastside Hike
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Join us on New Year's Day for a strenuous 1.5 mile hike on the beautiful East Side as we visit the "Indian Cave" and learn about the Native American history of the area.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
New Manchester History Hike
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Enjoy a New Year's Day Hike guided by a park ranger, you will view Sweetwater Creek, discuss interpretive signs along the way and see the New Manchester Mill exterior from the popular movie "Mockingjay".  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
American Frontier Days
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM from Jan 30, 2016 until Jan 31, 2016 
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. Walk through time from the mid 1700s to the late 1800s as you see living skill displays from local historians. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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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

Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9AM-5PM EST).
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