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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. 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's 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
Twilight Lake Paddle
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, May 6, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, May 13, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, May 27, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 7, 2016 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, May 21, 2016 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, May 28, 2016 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Geology Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, May 7, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, May 7, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, May 14, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sunday, May 15, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 PM
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, May 7, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, May 8, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, May 15, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, May 22, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, May 29, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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Snakes Alive
Sunday, May 15, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, May 15, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Friday, May 20, 2016 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Sunday, May 22, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
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Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Monday, May 16, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, May 20, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Introduction to Kayaking
Saturday, May 21, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Full Moon Paddle
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Friday, May 27, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, May 28, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Volunteer Trail Maintenance - National Trails Day
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Tails on Trails -- National Trails Day Dog Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
"Hidden Gem" Eastside Hike
Hidden Gem
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
National Public Lands Day
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Hidden Gem History Hike
Hidden Gem
Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Trails Work Day
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM

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