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Sweetwater Creek State Park

 

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» Mill Ruins Notice:
 To protect the historic mill ruins and maintain safety, access to the interior is closed to all visitors, including school trips, guided hikes and special events. Hikes to the exterior of the ruins are still available and encouraged. 
"The extraordinary beauty of the rugged hills, rocky outcrops, and rolling rapids of Sweetwater Creek have shaped centuries of history engaging you to reconnect with the natural world."

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 Paddlers 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 renovated gift shop. A window-lined meeting room that seats 40 can be rented for gatherings.

Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Monday, May 30, 2016 9 AM - 10:30 AM

Twilight Lake Paddle
Monday, May 30, 2016 7 PM - 8:30 PM

LewDan's Character Camp (M-F)
Tuesday Every Week from May 31, 2016 until Jul. 22, 2016 8 AM - 6 PM

Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 9 AM - 2 PM

Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike-National Trails Day Hike
Friday, Jun 3, 2016 7:30 PM - 9 PM

Volunteer Trail Maintenance - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM - 12 PM

Tails on Trails -- National Trails Day Dog Hike
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM - 12 PM

Native American Heritage Hike-National Trails Day Hike
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM - 12 PM

Dragonfly Discovery
Saturday Every Week from Jun 4, 2016 until Jun. 25, 2016 10 AM - 11:45 AM

"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Geology Hike
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 10 AM - 12 PM

Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 11 AM - 2 PM

Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 1 PM - 4 PM

Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Friday, Jun 24, 2016 9 AM - 2 PM

New Manchester Days
Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 - Sunday, Jun 26, 2016 9 AM - 5 PM

Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 8 PM - 10 PM

"Hidden Gem" Kayak and Hike
Sunday, Jun 26, 2016 7 PM - 9 PM
Sunday, Jun 26, 2016 7:30 PM - 9 PM

"Hidden Gem" Eastside Hike
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM - 12 PM

Renewable Energy Summer Camp for 3rd-8th Grade Kids
Monday, Jul 11, 2016 9 AM - 1 PM
Monday, Jul 11, 2016 9 AM - 1 PM
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 9 AM - 1 PM
Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 9 AM - 1 PM
Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 9 AM - 1 PM
Friday, Jul 15, 2016 9 AM - 1 PM

"Hidden Gem" Eastside Nature and History Hike
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM - 11 AM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM - 12 PM
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 9 AM - 11:30 PM

"Hidden Gem" Lake Paddle and Hike
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 9 AM - 11 AM
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 9 AM - 12 PM

National Public Lands Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM - 12 PM

Hidden Gem History Hike
Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 1 PM - 3 PM

Trails Work Day
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 10 AM - 1 PM

"Hidden Gem" Visitor's Center/Museum Tour
Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 1 PM - 2:30 PM

"Hidden Gem" New Manchester Daily Life Hike
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 2 PM - 4 PM




Address
1750 Mount Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

N 33.753783 | W -084.639000


Take I-20 west from Atlanta, exit #44 at Thornton Road, turn left and go ΒΌ mile. Turn right on Blairs Bridge Road. After 2 miles, turn left on Mount Vernon Road and proceed to the park.



Phone
(770) 732-5871

 
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