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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.

Upcoming Events
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Friday, May 27, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Twilight Lake Paddle
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, May 27, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Monday, May 30, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 28, 2016 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike-National Trails Day Hike
Saturday, May 28, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sunday, May 29, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Native American Heritage Hike-National Trails Day Hike
Saturday, May 28, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, May 29, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Monday, May 30, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, May 29, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Monday, Oct 10, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Volunteer Trail Maintenance - National Trails Day
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Tails on Trails -- National Trails Day Dog Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Geology Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
"Hidden Gem" Eastside Hike
Hidden Gem
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
National Public Lands Day
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Hidden Gem History Hike
Hidden Gem
Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Trails Work Day
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM

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