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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. 

Yurt Village Opens September 1

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

Upcoming Events
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Sep 18, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Twilight Lake Paddle
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
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Introduction to Kayaking
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Geology Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Stargazer Paddle
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 8 AM to 10 AM
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 9 AM to 10 AM
Snakes Alive
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 3 PM to 4 PM
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 1 PM to 6 PM
"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM

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