Atlanta Metro / Lithia Springs

Sweetwater Creek State Park

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Lithia Springs, GA 30122

770-732-5871 | 800-864-7275
  • Mill ruins

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  • Yurt Village

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  • Sweetwater Creek

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  • Sweetwater Creek Bait Shop

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  • Boat Rental

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  • Sweetwater Creek Boat Dock

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Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. Rental yurts opened in 2015 along the lake. 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. SUPs, fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats can be rented. Five tent campsites coming September 1.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Daily ParkPass $5.00

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Boat Launch, Gift Shop, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms, Rentals Available

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    20

    Rentals

    Boat Rental, Canoe / Kayak, Paddleboat, Surfboard / Paddleboard

    Site Information

    Number of Sites: 5

    Tenters Welcome: 1

    Yurts: 1

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site, Film

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages, Tweens (9-12)

Events

  • Native American Heritage Hike

    Native American Heritage Hike

    12/10/2016 - 12/18/2016

    Join us for a 2 hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave." Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older.

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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    12/10/2016 - 12/18/2016

    Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required.

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  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    12/10/2016 - 12/24/2016

    Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA - Closed-toe sturdy shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.

    Saturday, December 10, 2016
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Sunday, December 18, 2016
    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Saturday, December 24, 2016
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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  • Trails Work Day

    Trails Work Day

    12/11/2016 - 12/11/2016

    Join us for a volunteer work day performing general trail maintenance on the beautiful trails of the park. Bring gloves, water, comfortable work clothes, and closed-toe, sturdy shoes. Recommended age 12 and up. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • "Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike

    12/12/2016 - 12/12/2016

    This 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is rated "moderate" and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek to the Civil War-era mill ruins of New Manchester (as seen in "Hunger Games: Mockingjay"). Hike will be cancelled if it is raining. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs allowed.

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  • "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike

    12/13/2016 - 12/13/2016

    This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Reservations required.

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  • Stargazer Hike

    Stargazer Hike

    12/17/2016 - 12/17/2016

    This moderate two-mile night hike will take us to a remote area where we will search the night sky for wonders like planets, constellations and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. Ages 6 and older. No dogs.

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  • Lower Creek/Alexander's Mill Hike

    Lower Creek/Alexander's Mill Hike

    12/17/2016 - 12/17/2016

    This ranger-led, four hour hike will cover the area downstream of our designated trail system including the Civil War era Alexander's Mill area and the area downstream most impacted by the "1000 year flood" of September 2009. This four mile, moderately difficult hike will take you to beautiful and rarely visited areas.

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  • Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)

    Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)

    12/20/2016 - 12/20/2016

    This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects. Registration is necessary. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Tails on Trails Dog Hike

    Tails on Trails Dog Hike

    12/31/2016 - 12/31/2016

    Bring your four-legged hiking companion and join a ranger on our 1 and a half mile Red Trail and White Trail Combo. Dogs must be leashed at all times. We’ll explore areas of whitewater rapids (up to class IV) and see the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill, as seen in Hunger Games. Register in advance.

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  • Native American Heritage: First Day Hike

    Native American Heritage: First Day Hike

    01/01/2017 - 01/01/2017

    Join us for a two hour, moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which includes a trip to the "Indian Cave."

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