Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Sweetwater Creek State Park




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PUBLIC NOTICE: The Bait Shop is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Live bait and boat rentals are available every day.

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.


   School Programs at Sweetwater Creek

   Sweetwater Creek State Park Business Plan


Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 11 AM - 1 PM

Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Friday, Aug 1, 2014 9 AM - 2 PM
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 11 AM - 12:30 PM
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 11 AM - 1 PM
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 7 PM - 8:30 PM
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 9:30 AM - 11 AM
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Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 10 AM - 1 PM
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Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 2 PM - 5 PM
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 5 PM - 6:30 PM
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Geology Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 10 AM - 12 PM
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A Walk in the Woods Through the Eyes of a Native American
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 10 AM - 1 PM
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"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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Keeping it Beautiful
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 9 AM - 12:30 PM
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Full Moon Paddle
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 8 PM - 10 PM
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Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM - 12 PM

Snakes Alive
Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 2 PM - 3 PM
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Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 8 AM - 10 AM

Art in the Park
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 10 AM - 12 PM
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Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 8 PM - 10 PM
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Eastside Evening Hike
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 7 PM - 9 PM

Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 11 AM - 1 PM
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 11 AM - 1 PM
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Sweetwater Creek Cleanup -- Your State Park Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM - 1 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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