Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Sweetwater Creek State Park

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NOTICES:  The comfort station in the bait shop parking lot is closed until repairs can be made to frozen pipes that burst due to cold weather conditions.

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.  

The Bait Shop will open February 27 for the 2015 season.  Boat rentals and bait sales will be available from 9 am to 5 pm Friday through Sunday.

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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Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 9 AM - 11 AM
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 12 PM - 1:30 PM
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Winter Nature Hike
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 2 PM - 5 PM

Stargazer Hike
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Friday, Mar 6, 2015 7:30 PM - 9 PM

Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 1 PM - 3 PM

"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 10 AM - 11 AM
Monday, Nov 30, 2015 9 AM - 10 AM
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 1 PM - 2:30 PM
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 4 PM - 5:30 PM
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Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 1 PM - 4 PM

Snakes Alive
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 2 PM - 3 PM
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"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Friday, Mar 20, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Green Building Tour
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 9:30 AM - 11 AM
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 7 PM - 9 PM
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Trails Work Day
Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 10 AM - 1 PM
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Eastside Night Hike
Friday, Mar 27, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Mar 27, 2015 7 PM - 8:30 PM
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 11 AM - 1 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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