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 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

Introduction to Kayaking
Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for men and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are required. Meet at the Bait Shop. (Kayaks, PFDs, and paddles provided)  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 26, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, May 28, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Jun 2, 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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Early Morning Lake Paddle
Saturday, May 27, 2017 8 AM to 9:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a peaceful early morning paddle on the Sparks Reservoir (canoe or kayak) as we watch for birds and paddle past the new Yurt Village and campground. Open to anyone 18 or over who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Includes boat, PFD, and paddle.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Snakes Alive
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
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.
Macro-invertebrate Investigation
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Sunday, Jun 11, 2017 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Sunday, Jul 16, 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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Archery for Beginners
Saturday, May 27, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Jun 11, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Jul 16, 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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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Monday, May 29, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Monday, May 29, 2017 4 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 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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Photographer's Morning Out - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 7:30 AM to 9 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger who will take you to their favorite photogenic areas along the trails 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 History Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 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.
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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Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017 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.
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This day camp is for Jr. Rangers ages 6-12 years old who have already attained their deer badge and are wishing to advance to the fox badge...  $25 includes Junior Ranger book and fox patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 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.
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Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Geology Hike
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded...  $6 plus $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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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 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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