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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.  

The Bait Shop will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday beginning November 1, 2014.  Live bait and boat rentals are available.  The Visitor’s Center will continue operating seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The park gates will be open on these dates as scheduled. 


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
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 12 PM to 2 PM
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 12 PM to 2 PM
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
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Eastside Evening Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Fall Color Lake Paddle
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Hayride and S'mores
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
More Dates...
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Backcountry Geology Hike
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM

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