Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Sweetwater Creek State Park

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PUBLIC NOTICES:
• The park's roads and parking lots are in the process of being repaved. Some parking areas will be closed during April of 2014. All trails and facilities remain open for use. For further information, please contact the park office at 770-732-5871.
• The Bait Shop is open for business from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. Boat rentals and bait sales are available. During the week of April 7-11, 2014, the Bait Shop will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and then will resume regular hours.


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


Phone
770-732-5871

Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/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.  $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
All About Reptiles and Amphibians
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger for an educational program to learn all about reptiles and amphibians. There will even be an opportunity to touch several snakes and a turtle. Reservations are recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, May 3, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, May 9, 2014 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.  $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This moderately strenuous 2-mile hike with elevation changes will visit several beautiful areas to admire our early spring woodland wildflowers.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, May 3, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, May 10, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 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.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, May 10, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, May 24, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, May 4, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Sunday, May 18, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 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 12 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Art in the Park
Friday, May 16, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins as we welcome spring. Reservations required.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Geology Hike
Sunday, May 18, 2014 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. There will be a short visit inside the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Address
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Douglas County
Contacts
Andrew Barrows
Park Manager, Magnolia Springs State Park

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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