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We are now accepting applications for summer, seasonal positions at Sweetwater Creek State Park.  Please come to the Visitor Center between 9 AM and 5 PM for more information and to complete an application.


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MILL RUINS ACCESS:  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 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 that seats 40 can be rented for gatherings.
 
   School Programs at Sweetwater Creek
   Sweetwater Creek State Park Business Plan

Upcoming Events
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
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Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Winter Splendor West Side Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Backcountry Geology Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Monday, Feb 22, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 PM
"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Snakes Alive
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Trails Work Day
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 8, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
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Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience
Handicapped Accessible
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 3 PM to 4 PM
Earth Day Service Project
Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
National Trails Day
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Jun 4, 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

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