Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Sweetwater Creek State Park

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PUBLIC NOTICE: The Bait Shop is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Beginning Saturday, September 6th, the Bait Shop will begin closing at 6 p.m. on the weekends. Live bait and boat rentals are available every day.

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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"Almost Full Moon" Night Paddle
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 11 AM - 12:30 PM
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 11 AM - 1 PM
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 11 AM - 1 PM

Snakes Alive
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 2 PM - 3 PM
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"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 11 AM - 1 PM
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Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 2 PM - 5 PM
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Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 8 AM - 10 AM
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 8 AM - 10 AM

Art in the Park
Friday, Sep 19, 2014 1 PM - 3 PM
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Eastside Evening Hike
Friday, Sep 19, 2014 7 PM - 9 PM
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 10 AM - 11:30 AM
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Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 6 PM - 7:30 PM
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Sweetwater Creek Cleanup -- Your State Park Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM - 1 PM
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Stargazer Paddle
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 7 PM - 9 PM
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 9:30 AM - 11 AM
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 9:30 AM - 11 AM

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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