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NOTICES: Due to structural issues and in order to maintain the integrity of this historic resource, the interior of the Mill Ruins at Sweetwater Creek State Park is completely closed to the public for school trips, guided hikes, special events,and other requests until further notice.  Hikes and trips to the exterior of the ruins are still available and encouraged.  

Spring Break Bait Shop Hours:
Beginning April 4, the Bait Shop will open on Saturday & Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During the week of April 6 - 10, the Bait Shop will be open everyday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beginning April 13, The Bait Shop will be open Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

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
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 5, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Twilight Lake Paddle
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, Apr 3, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Apr 10, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Sunday, Apr 5, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
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Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Apr 5, 2015 4 PM to 6 PM
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Stargazer Hike
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Geology Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 11 AM to 12:30 PM

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