Sweetwater Creek State Park

 
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» Mill Ruins Notice:
› To protect the historic mill ruins and maintain safety, access to the interior is closed to all visitors, including school trips, guided hikes and special events. 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. However, there is no beach and swimming in the Reservoir is not allowed. 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 Paddlers 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 renovated gift shop. A window-lined meeting room that seats 40 can be rented for gatherings.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

N 33.753783 | W -084.639000
Take I-20 west from Atlanta, exit #44 at Thornton Road, turn left and go ¼ mile. Turn right on Blairs Bridge Road. After 2 miles, turn left on Mount Vernon Road and proceed to the park.


Address
1750 Mount Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Douglas County
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Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mount Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122 View Details


  33.753783
Sweetwater Creek State Park

 


Phone
770-732-5871

Photographer's Morning Out
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger who will take you to their favorite photogenic areas to catch the morning light on the magnificent rapids and rocks of Sweetwater Creek as well as the spectacular New Manchester mill (as seen in the film "Hunger Games:Mockingjay").  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 12:30 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 PM
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Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a 2 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.
Trails Work Day
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia
"Hidden Gem" New Manchester Daily Life Hike
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This "Hidden Gem" hike will focus on the everyday life of the New Manchester residents and will visit sites not normally visited to see where they lived, where they got their drinking water, the 1850's roads they used, etc.  $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Hidden Gem
"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Monday, Dec 12, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is rated "moderate" and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek to the Civil War-era mill ruins of New Manchester (as seen in "Hunger Games: Mockingjay"). Hike will be cancelled if it is raining. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Lower Creek/Alexander's Mill Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 12 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This ranger-led, four hour hike will cover the area downstream of our designated trail system including the Civil War era Alexander's Mill area and the area downstream most impacted by the "1000 year flood" of September 2009...  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Eastside Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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.
Stargazer Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This moderate two-mile night hike will take us to a remote area where we will search the night sky for wonders like planets, constellations and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight required. Meet at the Visitor's Center...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
First Day Of Winter Hike
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Celebrate the first day of Winter with a hike guided by a park ranger to the most scenic areas of Sweetwater Creek. Along the way we will discuss the winter traditions of the settlers of the town of New Manchester, along with winter tree identification. (meet at the Visitor Center)  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ridge to Rapids Eastside Hike
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 12 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger for a four hour strenuous hike on the beautiful East Side where we will walk through impressive forests and drop down to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek (including the Class IV rapid). Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Meet at the Visitor Center.  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Bring your four-legged hiking companion and join a ranger on our 1 and a half mile Red Trail and White Trail Combo. Dogs must be leashed at all times. We’ll explore areas of whitewater rapids (up to class IV) and see the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill, as seen in Hunger Games...  $5+ plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park"- First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor Center...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage: First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Celebrate the new year by joining 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 includes a trip to the "Indian Cave."  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Historic New Manchester History- First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Contacts
Joseph Bello
770-732-5880  Assistant Manager, Sweetwater Creek State Park

Vince Taylor
770-732-5879  Park Manager, Sweetwater Creek State Park