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.


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.

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

Sweetwater Creek State Park



"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Jul 28, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, Jul 30, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led kayak outing as we paddle through the tunnel to the west end of the lake to watch for wading birds and raptors 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...  $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Soak It In
Hike through the Piedmont Forest
Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join a park ranger for a leisurely hike through our beautiful Piedmont forest as we identify the trees, shrubs, and flowers and discuss the medicinal and edible plants along the way. Meet at the Visitor’s Center  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 5 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 4 PM to 7 PM
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Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join 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 and are with adult...  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Soak It In
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Jul 30, 2017 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 4 PM to 5:30 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.