Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Sweetwater Creek State Park


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NOTICES: Due to structural issues and to maintain integrity of this historic resource, the mill ruins interior is closed to all visitors, including school trips, guided hikes and special events, until further notice.  Hikes to the exterior of the ruins are still available and encouraged. 

Yurt Village Opening Soon -- Join us August 29 for an Open House

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.
 
   School Programs at Sweetwater Creek
   Sweetwater Creek State Park Business Plan

Yurt Village Grand Opening
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Native American Eastside Hike
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 10 AM - 1 PM
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 12 PM - 3 PM
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Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 1 PM - 4 PM

Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 1 PM - 6 PM
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 6:30 PM - 8 PM
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 6 PM - 7:30 PM
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 9 AM - 10:30 AM
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Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 3:30 PM - 5 PM

Introduction to Kayaking
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 2 PM - 3:30 PM

Getting back to your senses: Nature Journaling
Friday, Sep 11, 2015 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Native Inspired Stretch and Flex Workout
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Get Outdoors Georgia
Geology Hike
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 10 AM - 12 PM

Green Building Tour
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 4 PM - 5 PM
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Stargazer Paddle
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 8 AM - 10 AM

"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 9 AM - 10 AM
Monday, Nov 30, 2015 9 AM - 10 AM

Snakes Alive
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 3 PM - 4 PM
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 3 PM - 4 PM

Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 1 PM - 6 PM

Sweetwater Creek Cleanup -- Your State Parks Volunteer Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM - 1 PM

"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 8 PM - 10 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia
Introduction to Canoeing
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 3:30 PM - 5 PM
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 7 PM - 9 PM




Address
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122


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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Phone
(770) 732-5871

 
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