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 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



Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 27, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Jan 3, 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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Dec 28, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 11 AM to 1 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.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 9 AM to 10 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.
Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Jan 3, 2015 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 31, 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.
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 1 PM to 2 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
Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This moderate two mile night hike will take us to the yellow trail bridge 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.
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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