Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Sweetwater Creek State Park

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NOTICES: 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. 

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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Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Thursday, May 28, 2015 9 AM - 2 PM
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Friday, May 29, 2015 5 PM - 6:30 PM
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 29, 2015 7 PM - 8:30 PM
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Eastside Night Hike
Friday, May 29, 2015 8 PM - 10 PM
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 30, 2015 11 AM - 1 PM

Green Building Tour
Saturday, May 30, 2015 4 PM - 5 PM

Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, May 31, 2015 1 PM - 3 PM
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Full Moon Photography at the Park-Moonlight and Water Landscape
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 8 PM - 10 PM
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Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 7:30 PM - 9 PM
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Geology Hike
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM - 12 PM
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National Trails Day Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM - 1 PM

Native American Eastside Hike
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 10 AM - 1 PM

"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Monday, Jun 15, 2015 9 AM - 10 AM
Monday, Nov 30, 2015 9 AM - 10 AM
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Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Jun 19, 2015 9 PM - 11 PM
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Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Jun 21, 2015 10 AM - 1 PM

Snakes Alive
Sunday, Jun 21, 2015 2 PM - 3 PM
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 8 AM - 9:30 AM

Invite a Monarch Butterly to Lunch
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 10 AM - 11 AM
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 8 PM - 10 PM
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 11 AM - 12:30 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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