Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Sweetwater Creek State Park

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NOTICES:  Due to structural issues and in order to maintain the integrity of this historic resource, the interior of the Mill Ruins at Sweetwater Creek State Park is completely closed to the public for school trips, guided hikes, special events,and other requests until further notice.  Hikes and trips to the exterior of the ruins are still available and encouraged.  

Begining November 30, 2014, the Bait Shop will be closed for the season and no longer offering live bait or boat rentals. The Visitor’s Center will continue operating seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Christmas. The park gates will be open on these dates as scheduled. 

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

Sweetwater Creek State Park

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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
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Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required.  $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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.
Winter Splendor East Ridge Hike
Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This ranger-led hike to the remote and beautiful East Ridge will focus on the splendor of nature in winter. Hike four miles with an emphasis on tree identification in winter, topography, and the vistas high above the mile-long stretch of whitewater rapids (up to class IV)...  $1-$2 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.
Trails Work Day
Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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. Registration encouraged at 770-732-5871. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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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