Atlanta Metro / Lithia Springs

Sweetwater Creek State Park

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Lithia Springs, GA 30122

770-732-5871 | 800-864-7275
  • Sweetwater Creek Ruins

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  • Sweetwater Creek Bait Shop

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  • Sweetwater Creek Lake

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  • Sweetwater Creek

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  • Sweetwater Creek 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


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

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

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway



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

    Site Information


    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    07/02/2016 - 07/30/2016

    Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are with an adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance.

    Saturday, July 2, 2016

    10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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  • Don't Get Lost, Get Into Orienteering

    Don't Get Lost, Get Into Orienteering

    07/02/2016 - 07/16/2016

    Want to know how to use a compass and read a topographic map? Then join us for this program and learn all about the sport of Orienteering. You'll also take home your very own map to Sweetwater's permanent orienteering course. Wear good walking shoes, bring water and a hat for this off-trail program. Meet us at the Visitor Center.

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  • Stars of Sweetwater

    Stars of Sweetwater

    07/02/2016 - 07/16/2016

    Join us at the Bait Shop for stargazing. We'll be identifying constellations and discussing the ancient tales associated with them. Bring a blanket for sitting, and a flashlight with a red lens, cover, or bulb. Binoculars and star charts provided.

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  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    07/03/2016 - 07/31/2016

    Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop.


    Friday, July 1, 2016
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Sunday, July 3, 2016
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Friday, July 8, 2016
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  • Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience

    Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience

    07/03/2016 - 07/03/2016

    Bats are a necessary and cool part of our ecosystem; help us build bat habitats to strengthen their population. Come for free just to learn about bats, or pre-register with the Visitor Center to build a bat box. We have a few spots left! Come to the Visitor Center for this program. Questions? Email

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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    07/08/2016 - 10/10/2016

    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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  • Geology Hike

    Geology Hike

    07/09/2016 - 10/01/2016

    Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater creek.


    Saturday, July 9, 2016
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Saturday, August 13, 2016
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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  • "Hidden Gem" Eastside Hike

    07/09/2016 - 07/09/2016

    This "Hidden Gem" hike to a beautiful, seldom-explored area will take us to a remote and gorgeous area on the eastside of Sweetwater Creek. You'll enjoy great views of Class IV rapids. This three mile hike is rated strenuous. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. 12 years and older. Meet at the Visitors Center.

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  • Introduction to Kayaking

    Introduction to Kayaking

    07/12/2016 - 07/12/2016

    Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for men and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are required. Meet at the Bait Shop.

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  • Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup

    Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup

    07/17/2016 - 09/11/2016

    Join us in beautifying Sweetwater Creek as we pick up trash from the water by canoe and along the banks. Pre-registration is required and previous canoe experience is required for those in canoes. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • "Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle

    07/18/2016 - 07/18/2016

    Join us for an evening of enchantment as we paddle the lake at night under the light of the moon. You will have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. This is limited to 12 people who can swim and are ages 18 or older. A flashlight is required. Call for reservations.

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  • Full Moon Paddle

    Full Moon Paddle

    07/19/2016 - 07/19/2016

    Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required.

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  • Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)

    Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)

    07/21/2016 - 07/21/2016

    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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  • Children's Nature Hike

    Children's Nature Hike

    07/28/2016 - 07/28/2016

    This hike for children (6 years and older) will focus on learning more about the beautiful Piedmont forest we live in, especially the animals and plants of this area. We will be hiking down to the five story Civil War era mill. Along the way, we will be searching the creeks with nets for salamanders, tadpoles, crawdads (crayfish), and small fish.

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  • National Public Lands Day

    National Public Lands Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    The statewide celebration of National Public Lands Day showcases how parks enrich communities and the importance of local volunteerism. Join us at Sweetwater Creek State Park on September 24, 2016. Volunteers do not pay a parking fee for this event.

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  • Hidden Gem History Hike

    Hidden Gem History Hike

    10/02/2016 - 10/02/2016

    This "Hidden Gem" hike will take us to several interesting Civil War era historic sites and ruins in the Ferguson's Crossing area of the park. This hike is rated moderate. Closed toe, sturdy shoes are required.

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  • Trails Work Day

    Trails Work Day

    11/13/2016 - 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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