Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Sweetwater Creek State Park

NOTICE: Announcing a makeover for the gift shop at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Beginning December 7th, access to the gift shop will be limited. The Visitor Center will continue operating regular hours, 9 am to 5 pm daily. We expect the renovations to be completed by late January and look forward to showing off our new retail space.

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NOTICE: Due to structural issues and to maintain integrity of this historic resource, the mill ruins interior is closed to all visitors, including school trips, guided hikes and special events, until further notice.  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 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

Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 9 AM - 2 PM

"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Day After Thanksgiving "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 11 AM - 12 PM

Hayride and S'mores
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 5 PM - 6:30 PM

Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Eastside Hike
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Trails Work Day
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 10 AM - 1 PM

Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 3:30 PM - 5 PM
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 2 PM - 3:30 PM

Stargazer Hike
Friday, Dec 4, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 1 PM - 4 PM

Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 6 PM - 8 PM

Where did Santa Clause get his Reindeer?
Friday, Dec 18, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 9 AM - 10 PM
Monday, Nov 30, 2015 9 AM - 10 AM

Native American Eastside Hike
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

New Manchester History Hike
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 3 PM - 4:30 PM

American Frontier Days
Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 10 AM - 5 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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