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Sweetwater Creek State Park
 
We are now accepting applications for summer, seasonal positions at Sweetwater Creek State Park.  Please come to the Visitor Center between 9 AM and 5 PM for more information and to complete an application.


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MILL RUINS ACCESS:  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.  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 gift shop. A window-lined meeting room that seats 40 can be rented for gatherings.
 
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Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 33.753783 | W -084.639000

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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Address
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Douglas County
BLUE-A-1
Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122 View Details


  33.753783
Sweetwater Creek State Park

 


Phone
770-732-5871

"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
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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.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 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.
Winter Splendor West Side Hike
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This will be a three-mile moderately strenuous hike to a beautiful, little known area off the main trails. This ranger-led hike will focus on the splendor of nature in winter. Meet in the Visitor Center.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This field trip is designed for anyone 11 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.
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Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9 AM to 2 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.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Geologist 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.
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"Hidden Gem" Nature and History Hike
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join this "Hidden Gem" hike to a little known and beautiful area of the park which will include a visit to the ruins of a 19th century homestead. This hike is rated strenuous and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitors Center.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Monday, Feb 22, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 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.
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Home School Day at Sweetwater Creek
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 11 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
You'll enjoy a guided tour of the New Manchester site, then an indoor reptilian animal encounter. You’ll enjoy a scavenger hunt with prizes, so have a camera to document the items. The scavenger hunt will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Call the Visitor's Center to register...  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Snakes Alive
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This mile-long guided night hike is 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 are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Trails Work Day
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 10 AM to 1 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. Registration encouraged at 770-732-5871. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Hidden Gem" Creekside Hike
Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join this "Hidden Gem" hike to a little-known and beautiful area alongside Sweetwater Creek and will include a visit to some seldom seen mill ruins. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitors Center.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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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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Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 8, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
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Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join 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.
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"Hidden Gem" Riverside Hike
Sunday, Apr 3, 2016 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This "Hidden Gem" hike will be to a beautiful and rarely visited area along the Chattahoochee River inside the park. This 2 mile hike is rated moderate. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitors Center.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Help Make Sweetwater's Flowers Grow
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Going green is as easy as a walk in the park. We ask you to volunteer one hour of your time to help us strengthen pollinator habitats by spreading wildflower seeds in selected areas of Sweetwater Creek. Meet at the Visitor’s Center with water, walking shoes, hats, and bug spray. Email redtop... $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Imagination Playground
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 12 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
We’re setting up the Imagination Playground, a collection of giant blue building blocks for kids to build and create with. Bring your kids ages 4-12 to share in this interactive, transformable environment while you relax and enjoy the view at Sweetwater Creek. This program is weather permitting... $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Perplexed by Pollinators
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
We’re here to help. Bring the kids for an interactive program to discover what a pollinator is and how they help improve your ecosystem. Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible
How to make the honey
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Meet the bees that make life so tasty, and discover the secrets of harvesting honey. Enjoy a Q&A with a beekeeper, view an enclosed bee hive, and participate in a bee-utiful kids craft. Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 3 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Bats are a necessary and cool part of our ecosystem; help us build bat habitats to strengthen their population. Spaces are limited, call to pre-register. Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible
Earth's Heritage of Seeds
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 4 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Dig in at Sweetwater Creek and learn how heritage seed banks are giving back worldwide. Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Earth Day Service Project
Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join park staff and other volunteers to celebrate Earth Day and improve the park. Bring gloves, water, comfortable work clothes, and closed-toe shoes. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Hidden Gem" Lakeside Hike
Sunday, May 1, 2016 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This "Hidden Gem" hike will take us to a beautiful, seldom visited area around the lake and along a rarely visited section of Sweetwater Creek. This two mile hike is rated moderate. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center.  $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join park staff, Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park, and other volunteers, as we work on cleaning up and maintaining Sweetwater's beautiful trails. Gloves, hand tools, and water recommended. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Hidden Gem" Kayak and Hike
Sunday, Jun 26, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This "hidden gem" includes both a paddle and a hike. Both will be to little visited areas and will focus on the flora and fauna of the area. Tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle included. All participants must be over 12 years and able to swim.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Hidden Gem" Eastside Hike
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This "Hidden Gem" hike to a beautiful, seldom-explored area will take us to a remote and gorgeous area on the eastside of Sweetwater Creek. This three mile hike is rated strenuous. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. 12 years and older. Meet at the Visitors Center.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Hidden Gem" Eastside Nature and History Hike
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 9 AM to 11:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This "Hidden Gem" hike will be to a little-known, beautiful area on the east side of the park and will encompass the nature and history of this area. This 2.5 mile hike is rated moderate. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center.  $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Hidden Gem" Lake Paddle and Hike
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This "Hidden Gem" program includes a lake paddle and hike to a seldom-visited area. Kayak or canoe, PFD, and paddle included. Must be able to swim and over 12 years old. The hike is rated moderate. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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National Public Lands Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join park staff and other volunteers to celebrate National Public Lands Day by improving Sweetwater Creek State Park. Water, gloves, comfortable work clothes, and closed-toe shoes recommended. 770-732-5871.
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Hidden Gem History Hike
Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This "Hidden Gem" hike will take us to several interesting Civil War era historic sites and ruins in the Ferguson's Crossing area of the park. This hike is rated moderate and closed toe, sturdy shoes are required.  $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Hidden Gem" Visitor's Center/Museum Tour
Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This "behind the scenes" tour of the LEED Platinum Visitor's Center/Museum will not only showcase the green building highlights of the building but also little-known and interesting facts about some of the exhibits.  $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"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.
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Contacts
Joseph Bello
770-732-5880  Assistant Manager, Sweetwater Creek State Park

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

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