Sweetwater Creek State Park

There will be a 50k race on Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m. and an Orienteering event on Sunday.
NOTICE: The park will be closed on April 28 for a special event. It will reopen on April 29. 
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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 ΒΌ 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

Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 3:30 PM to 6 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 4 PM to 6:30 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.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance.  $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 5, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, May 7, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, May 12, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we 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. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip...  $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturday, May 13, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join Americorp rangers and learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need to be hitting the bulls-eye. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must prepay to preregister. Registration required. Meet near Picnic Shelter 2...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Macro-invertebrate Investigation
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Come down to the riverside, at the base of the New Manchester ruins, to look up close and personal at some of the macroscopic creatures that are essential to life in and around Georgia's waterways. This event is open to all ages... $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Kiwanis Club Triathlon-Duathlon-5K Fun Run
Sunday, Jun 4, 2017 8 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
23rd annual Sweetwater Creek State Park Triathlon-Duathlon-5K Fun Run presented by the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County. Triathlon at 8:30AM, $35 Duathlon at 8:00AM, $25 5K Fun Run 8:00AM $15  $15 - $35. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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New Manchester Days
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This living history event will bring to life the New Manchester Community that prospered up to the end of the Civil War... $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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