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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
Macro-invertebrate Investigation
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 2 PM to 4:30 PM
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"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
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Snake Awareness Program
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 2:30 PM to 3 PM
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, Feb 3, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, Feb 3, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, Feb 10, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Winter Tree Identification Walk
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM
Photographer's Morning Out
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 8 AM to 10 AM
Trails Work Day
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Stargazer Hike
Friday, Feb 24, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Art in the Park
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Soak It In
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 3 PM to 4:30 PM
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Soak It In
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Soak It In
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
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