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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.  

Spring Break Bait Shop Hours:
Beginning April 4, the Bait Shop will open on Saturday & Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During the week of April 6 - 10, the Bait Shop will be open everyday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beginning April 13, The Bait Shop will be open Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

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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Directions

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


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Sweetwater Creek State Park

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770-732-5871

Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 5, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 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.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 5, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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 16 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Apr 3, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Apr 10, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required.  $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This moderately strenuous, two mile hike along the white trail and beyond will take us through a variety of lovely habitats to view the earliest of our spring wildflowers, the beloved "ephemerals".  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Eastside Night Hike
Friday, Apr 3, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile evening hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave" and hike to other seldom-visited areas. 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.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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 an optional 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. with a parent...  $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full Moon Photography at the Park-Moonlight and Water Landscape
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 7:30 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join our Park Manager David Jordan in taking non-commercial photographs of the lovely lake and forests of the park under the full moon. Flashlights and photographic equipment are required.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Apr 5, 2015 4 PM to 6 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This 2-mile ranger-led hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through a variety of wildflower habitats and beautiful areas. Meet in the Interpretive Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Thursday, Apr 9, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 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) $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Friday, Apr 10, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This day camp is for Junior 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. 770-732-5871.
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 2 PM to 3 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.
Stargazer Hike
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This moderate two mile night hike will take us to a remote area where we will search the night sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars(weather permitting). Binoculars are recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight are required...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to 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 will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
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.
Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a peaceful paddle on the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir as the sun sets and we refresh ourselves in preparation for the end of the work week. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this program...  $20 includes boat, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Cache In Trash Out
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This event is a gathering of local geocachers that focuses on litter cleanup, removal of invasive species, trail building, and revegetative efforts. It is also a great time to swap stories and hunt for geocaches. Trash bags and water provided. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 16 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
14th Annual Family Fun Day - Catfish Rodeo for Elementary & Middle School Students
Saturday, May 16, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
State Representative Roger Bruce invites families to come enjoy the famous "Fish Fry" a day of fun. Elementary and Middle school-aged students, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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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