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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. However, there is no beach and swimming in the Reservoir is not allowed. 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
Sun Salutations Yoga
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hikes
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Soak It In
Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 4 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
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Homeschool Wednesdays
Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Twilight Lake Paddle
Soak It In
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Snakes Alive
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Soak It In
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Monday, Apr 10, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Full Moon Paddle
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSoak It In
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Home School Days at Sweetwater Creek
Get Outdoors Georgia
Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Introduction to Fly Fishing
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Geology Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 3 PM to 6 PM
Sweetwater Creek Kayak Cleanup
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSoak It In
Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Kiwanis Club Triathlon-Duathlon-5K Fun Run
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Jun 4, 2017 8 AM to 2 PM
New Manchester Days
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM