Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Sweetwater Creek State Park

GIFT SHOP: From Monday, February 1–Thursday, February 4, guests will need to access the Visitor Center using the rear entry near the employee parking lot. Construction crews will be repainting the floors in the gift shop and foyer areas, so the front doors and restrooms will be unavailable during this time. The restrooms located on the opposite side of the Visitor Center parking lot will be open for guest access for regular business hours. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We are now accepting applications for summer, seasonal positions at Sweetwater Creek State Park.  Please come to the Visitor Center between 9 AM and 5 PM for more information and to complete an application.


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MILL RUINS ACCESS:  To protect the historic mill ruins and maintain safety, access to the interior is closed to all visitors, including school trips, guided hikes and special events.  Hikes to the exterior of the ruins are still available and encouraged. 
"The extraordinary beauty of the rugged hills, rocky outcrops, and rolling rapids of Sweetwater Creek have shaped centuries of history engaging you to reconnect with the natural world."

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 Paddlers 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 that seats 40 can be rented for gatherings.
 
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Winter Tree Identification Walk
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 12 PM - 2 PM

Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 3:30 PM - 5 PM

Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 6 PM - 8 PM

Trails Work Day
Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 10 AM - 1 PM
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 10 AM - 1 PM
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 10 AM - 1 PM
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 10 AM - 1 PM

Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 1 PM - 3 PM

"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10 AM - 11 AM

Winter Splendor West Side Hike
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 1 PM - 4 PM

Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 2 PM - 4 PM

Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 10 AM - 3 PM

Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 1 PM - 4 PM

"Hidden Gem" Nature and History Hike
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 1 PM - 4 PM

"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Monday, Feb 22, 2016 6:30 PM - 8 PM

"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 6 PM - 8 PM

Snakes Alive
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 1 PM - 2 PM

"Hidden Gem" Creekside Hike
Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 1 PM - 4 PM

Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 2 PM - 3:30 PM

Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 1 PM - 4 PM

"Hidden Gem" Riverside Hike
Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 1 PM - 3:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 3, 2016 1 PM - 3:30 PM

Help Make Sweetwater's Flowers Grow
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 10 AM - 11 AM

Imagination Playground
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 12 PM - 5 PM
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 12 PM - 5 PM

Perplexed by Pollinators
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 1 PM - 2 PM

How to make the honey
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 2 PM - 3 PM

Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 3 PM - 4 PM

Earth's Heritage of Seeds
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 4 PM - 5 PM

Earth Day Service Project
Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 10 AM - 1 PM

"Hidden Gem" Lakeside Hike
Sunday, May 1, 2016 1 PM - 3:30 PM
Sunday, May 1, 2016 1 PM - 3 PM

National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM - 12 PM

"Hidden Gem" Kayak and Hike
Sunday, Jun 26, 2016 7 PM - 9 PM
Sunday, Jun 26, 2016 7:30 PM - 9 PM

"Hidden Gem" Eastside Hike
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 1 PM - 4 PM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM - 12 PM

"Hidden Gem" Eastside Nature and History Hike
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 1 PM - 4 PM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM - 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM - 11 AM
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 9 AM - 11:30 PM

"Hidden Gem" Lake Paddle and Hike
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 9 AM - 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 9 AM - 11 AM

National Public Lands Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM - 12 PM

Hidden Gem History Hike
Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 1 PM - 3 PM

"Hidden Gem" Visitor's Center/Museum Tour
Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 1 PM - 2:30 PM

"Hidden Gem" New Manchester Daily Life HIke
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 2 PM - 4 PM




Address
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122


GPS Coordinates:
N 33.753783 | W -084.639000

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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