Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Sweetwater Creek State Park

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NOTICE:  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.  

NOTICE: The Bait Shop will be open 9 am to 5 pm Thursday through Tuesday during October (closed on Wednesday).  Live bait and boat rentals are available.  The Visitor’s Center will continue operating seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NOTICE: The Park Office/Visitor's Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The park gates will be open on these dates as scheduled. 

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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Get Outdoors Georgia Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 5:30 PM - 7 PM
Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 5:30 PM - 7 PM
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 11 AM - 1 PM
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 1 PM - 2:30 PM
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 7 PM - 9 PM

Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 11 AM - 1 PM
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Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 2 PM - 3:30 PM

Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 5:30 PM - 7 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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