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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.  

Begining November 30, 2014, the Bait Shop will be closed for the season and no longer offering live bait or boat rentals. 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
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
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Hayride and S'mores
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
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Backcountry Geology Hike
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

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