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.  

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.
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Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 1, 2015 7 PM - 8:30 PM
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Eastside Night Hike
Friday, May 1, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Saturday, May 2, 2015 9 AM - 2 PM
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 2, 2015 11 AM - 1 PM

"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Saturday, May 2, 2015 8 PM - 10 PM
Saturday, May 2, 2015 8 PM - 10 PM

Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, May 3, 2015 1 PM - 3 PM

Photography in the Park--Full Moon on Sweetwater Creek
Sunday, May 3, 2015 7:45 PM - 10 PM
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"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Sunday, May 3, 2015 8:30 PM - 10 PM
Saturday, May 2, 2015 8:30 PM - 10 PM
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 9, 2015 3:30 PM - 5 PM
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 10, 2015 2 PM - 3:30 PM
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Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 7 PM - 8:30 PM
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14th Annual Family Fun Day - Catfish Rodeo for Elementary & Middle School Students
Saturday, May 16, 2015 9 AM - 3 PM

"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Monday, Nov 30, 2015 9 AM - 10 AM
Saturday, May 16, 2015 2 PM - 3 PM
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8 PM - 10 PM
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Geology Hike
Saturday, May 23, 2015 1 PM - 3 PM
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Monday, May 25, 2015 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Green Building Tour
Saturday, May 30, 2015 4 PM - 5 PM

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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