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NOTICES:  The comfort station in the bait shop parking lot is closed until repairs can be made to frozen pipes that burst due to cold weather conditions.

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 open February 27 for the 2015 season.  Boat rentals and bait sales will be available from 9 am to 5 pm Friday through Sunday.
 

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
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
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Friday, Mar 6, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Historic New Manchester History Hike
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Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 11 AM to 12:30 PM
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
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Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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Hayride and S'mores
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Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Backcountry Geology Hike
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Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
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Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Stargazer Hike
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Trails Work Day
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Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Twilight Lake Paddle
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Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Apr 3, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Apr 10, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
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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

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