Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Sweetwater Creek State Park



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NOTICES: 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. 

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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Native American Eastside Hike
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM - 1 PM
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 11 AM - 1 PM

Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 3:30 PM - 5 PM
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 7:30 PM - 9 PM

Early Morning Lake Paddle
Monday, Jul 6, 2015 7:30 AM - 9 AM
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Group Run Fitness Program
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 7 PM - 8:30 PM
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 7 PM - 8:30 PM
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Geocaching 101
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 10 AM - 11:30 AM
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Geology Hike
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM - 12 PM
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 7 AM - 8:30 AM
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Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 10 AM - 1 PM
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Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 8 AM - 10 AM

"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Monday, Nov 30, 2015 9 AM - 10 AM
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 9 AM - 10 AM

Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 9 AM - 2 PM
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 9 AM - 2 PM
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 9 AM - 2 PM
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9 AM - 2 PM
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Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9 PM - 11 PM
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9 PM - 11 PM
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Women's Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 3:30 PM - 5 PM
Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 3:30 PM - 5 PM

Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 9 AM - 2 PM

Green Building Tour
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 4 PM - 5 PM
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 7 PM - 9 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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