Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Sweetwater Creek State Park

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• The park's roads and parking lots are in the process of being repaved. Some parking areas will be closed during April of 2014. All trails and facilities remain open for use. For further information, please contact the park office at 770-732-5871.
• The Bait Shop is open for business from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. Boat rentals and bait sales are available. During the week of April 7-11, 2014, the Bait Shop will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and then will resume regular hours.

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 Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 7 PM - 8:30 PM
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Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM - 12 PM
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM - 1 PM
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 2 PM - 3:30 PM
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8 PM - 10 PM
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, May 4, 2014 4 PM - 5:30 PM

Art in the Park
Friday, May 16, 2014 1 PM - 3 PM
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Geology Hike
Sunday, May 18, 2014 1 PM - 3 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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(770) 732-5871

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