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PUBLIC NOTICES:
• The park's roads and parking lots are in the process of being repaved. Some parking areas will be closed during April of 2014. All trails and facilities remain open for use. For further information, please contact the park office at 770-732-5871.
• The Bait Shop is open for business from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. Boat rentals and bait sales are available. During the week of April 7-11, 2014, the Bait Shop will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and then will resume regular hours.


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 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
Art in the Park
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Twilight Lake Paddle
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Geology Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 PM
"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
All About Reptiles and Amphibians
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Spring Wildflower Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM

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