Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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. 

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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.

    • 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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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Oct 9, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 11, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 5:30 PM to 7 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.
Coffee with a Ranger
Saturday 9 AM - 10 AM – Oct 10, 2015 until Oct 24, 2015 
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 9 AM to 9:45 AM
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 9 AM to 9:45 AM
Meet us at the Visitor’s Center for a chat with an AmeriCorps Ranger. Coffee provided, come tell us about your plans for the day. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 11 AM to 1:30 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 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.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 1 PM to 3 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.
Microscope Mysteries
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Meet an AmeriCorps Ranger at the Visitor’s Center for an exploration under the microscope. We will be collecting water samples and observing the fascinating world of microorganisms.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Basics of Fishing with AmeriCorps
Saturday 2 PM - 3 PM – Oct 10, 2015 until Oct 24, 2015 
Meet at the Bait Shop parking lot for an introductory course to freshwater lake fishing from an experienced AmeriCorps fishermen.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible Green Building Tour
Saturday, Oct 10, 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.
Native Inspired Stretch and Flex Workout
Sunday, Oct 11, 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.
Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Oct 11, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Thursday, Oct 15, 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.
Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Oct 16, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 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.
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.
"Rivers Alive" Cleanup
Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaRivers Alive is Georgia's annual waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in GA. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. We will be cleaning up around Sweetwater Creek and Sparks Reservoir as well as from kayaks and canoes if possible. Register in advance. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Friday, Oct 23, 2015 9 AM to 11 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.
Eastside Night Hike
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 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.
Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 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.  $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full Moon Paddle
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Trails Work Day
Sunday, Nov 1, 2015 1 PM to 4 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.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Nov 15, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 6, 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.
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

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