NOTICE: Within the next month, Sweetwater Creek State Park will conduct a prescribed burn in a controlled area of the park. This burn will not impact park operations but will instead encourage the land to start healthy regrowth.
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› 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
Stargazer Hike
Friday, Feb 24, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Macro-invertebrate Investigation
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 1:30 PM to 3 PM
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Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hikes
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 4 PM to 6 PM
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Art in the Park
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 3:30 PM to 5 PM
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Homeschool Wednesdays
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, Mar 10, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Introduction to Fly Fishing
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Trails Work Day
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 2 PM to 5 PM
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10 AM to 1 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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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Home-school Junior Ranger Camp
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 11 AM to 4 PM
Twilight Lake Paddle
Soak It In
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Snake Awareness
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 3:30 PM to 4 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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Sun Salutations Yoga
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Kiwanis Club Triathlon-Duathlon-5K Fun Run
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Jun 4, 2017 8 AM to 2 PM