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 ¼ 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

AmeriCorps Volunteer Wilderness Cleanup
Monday, Jan 16, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Monday, Jan 16, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Call for volunteers of all ages for a Martin Luther King Day cleanup. Join AmeriCorps volunteers to clean wilderness areas within the park. Families with young children will participate in a trail cleanup while adults and children over 8 will be cleaning off-trail areas of the park... $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
AmeriCorps
Homeschool Wednesdays
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Home-school students of all ages are welcomed to come join park rangers on a educational nature/ history hike to the historic five story New Manchester Manufacturing Mill and class IV rapids. This hike meets the GPS standards. Meet at the Visitor's Center.  $3 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Friday, Jan 20, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 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 12 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Hiking 101: Introduction to Hiking
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join park staff for a brief classroom lesson on basic hiking skills followed by a very scenic hike down to Sweetwater Creek viewing the New Manchester Mill and whitewater rapids. We will learn about the equipment and techniques that can make your hikes more enjoyable and safe...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 3:30 PM to 5 PM
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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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a 2 hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017 3 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 3 PM to 4:30 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. Meet outside the Visitor's Center...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Macro-invertebrate Investigation
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 10:30 AM to 2:30 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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Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Bring your four-legged hiking companion and join a ranger on our 1 and a half mile Red Trail and White Trail Combo. Dogs must be leashed at all times. We’ll explore areas of whitewater rapids (up to class IV) and see the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill, as seen in Hunger Games...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Snake Awareness Program
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 2:30 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger and several snakes in this educational program as we learn about reptiles of Sweetwater Creek State Park. This will be an up-close experience as everyone will have the opportunity to touch the snakes. Reservations recommended. Meet at the Visitor's Center.  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 6 PM to 8 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 3 PM to 4:30 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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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
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.
Soak It In
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 15, 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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Contacts
Joseph Bello
770-732-5880  Assistant Manager, Sweetwater Creek State Park

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