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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. 

Yurt Village Opening Soon -- Join us August 29 for an Open House

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: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM, Saturday-Sunday 9AM-7PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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FACILITIES:
    • 2,549 Acres
    • 215-Acre Lake
    • 10 Yurts and 5 Tent Campsites (coming soon)
    • 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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  • 5 Campsites - Coming Sept 1
  • 10 Yurts - Coming Sept 1
  • 1 Conference Room - Reserve
  • 8 Picnic Shelters - Reserve
  • 1 Group Shelter - Reserve
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Events
Twilight Lake Paddle
Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 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.
Home School Friday: Guided Museum Tour and New Manchester History Hike
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 10 AM to 11:45 AM
We will begin the day with a guided tour of the museum, followed by a mile-long hike (easy to moderate) that will lead us 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 is the second in a series of home schooling events. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Join us for an evening of enchantment as we paddle the lake at night under the light of the moon. You will have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Limited to 12 people who can swim and are 18 yrs. or older. A flashlight is required. Call for reservations.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Yurt Village Grand Opening
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
This open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony includes tours of the new yurt village and camping area, a snake program, kayaking, stand-up paddleboard demos, music and a food truck. Reservations to stay overnight can be made beginning September 1. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 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.
Native American Eastside Hike
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 12 PM to 3 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 Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 1 PM to 4 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.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 1 PM to 6 PM
Monday, Sep 7, 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Sep 18, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 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.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Sep 6, 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.
Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin instructors on the George H. Sparks Reservoir for an afternoon of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). This program is intended for anyone 16 and over who can swim and is interested in SUP, and will include an introduction to the sport as well as a recreational tour. Includes board, PFD, and paddle Meet at the Bait Shop. Limited to 10.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Kayaking
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for men and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are required. Meet at the Bait Shop.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Getting back to your senses: Nature Journaling
Friday, Sep 11, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Sep 25, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Join us as we take you on a journey of your senses. As we hike along the creek we will draw and write about anything that catches our eye. This hike is designed to allow us to slow down and notice the beauty that surrounds us. Bring paper and pencil. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. Reservations recommended at 770-732-5871.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native Inspired Stretch and Flex Workout
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
This early morning workout is a pilates, meditation, and yoga blend that is great for relaxation and increased flexibility of the joints. The park is a great setting featuring the sounds of nature and Native American flutes. Whether for those new to excercise or for regular stretchers, this program will be fun and worthwhile. Bring a mat and water.  $10 plus $5 parking. 404-788-9185.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Sep 12, 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.
Handicapped Accessible Green Building Tour
Saturday, Sep 12, 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.
Stargazer Paddle
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 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.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 8 AM to 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis field trip is designed for anyone 10 years or older who is 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
Saturday, Sep 19, 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.
Snakes Alive
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 3 PM to 4 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.
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 1 PM to 6 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.
Sweetwater Creek Cleanup -- Your State Parks Volunteer Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Join us in walking and cleaning the lovely the trails of Sweetwater Creek State Park as well as picking up trash by canoe and kayak from the George H. Sparks reservoir. Six years and older. Please bring clothes that are okay to get dirty, water, and gloves. Admission to the park is free for volunteers who join the scheduled project. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Canoeing
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for an introduction to canoeing on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for men and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to canoeing. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122 View Details


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Sweetwater Creek State Park


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