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
BLUE-A-1
Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mount Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122 View Details


  33.753783
Sweetwater Creek State Park

 


Phone
770-732-5871

Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Aug 5, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016 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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"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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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 1:30 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 5 PM to 7:30 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 w/adult...  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Monday, Oct 10, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
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.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 1 PM to 3 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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Full Moon Paddle
Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 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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"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Friday, Aug 19, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for an evening of enchantment as we paddle the lake at night under the light of the moon. You will have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Limited to 12 people who can swim and are 18 yrs. or older. A flashlight is required. Call for reservations.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
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" 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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Trails Work Day
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. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $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