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. 

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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 11 AM - 1 PM
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Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 2 PM - 3:30 PM
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Introduction to Canoeing
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 4:30 PM - 6 PM
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 7 PM - 8:30 PM
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Women's Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding
Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 12 PM - 1:30 PM

Getting back to your senses: Nature Journaling
Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 6 PM - 7:30 PM
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 7 PM - 8:30 PM
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Group Run Fitness Program
Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015 7:15 AM - 8:30 AM
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Parents Morning Out Lake Paddle
Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 9:30 AM - 11 AM

Native Inspired Stretch and Flex Workout
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Geology Hike
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 10 AM - 12 PM

Native American Eastside Hike
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 10 AM - 1 PM
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 10 AM - 1 PM
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 6 PM - 7:30 PM
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Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 7 PM - 8:30 PM
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Home School Friday: Geocaching 101
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 10 AM - 11:30 AM

Snakes Alive
Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 2 PM - 3 PM
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For Men by Men: Introduction to Kayaking
Monday, Aug 17, 2015 6:30 PM - 8 PM
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Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 8 AM - 10 AM
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Eastside Night Hike
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 8 PM - 10 PM
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Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 9 PM - 11 PM
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Open Water Swim Clinic for Triathletes
Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Green Building Tour
Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 4 PM - 5 PM

Home School Friday: Guided Museum Tour and New Manchester History Hike
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 10 AM - 11:45 AM

"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 8 PM - 10 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)
Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015 9 AM - 2 PM
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 1 PM - 6 PM

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