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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  • Sweetwater Creek Bait Shop

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  • Sweetwater Creek Boat Dock

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  • Sweetwater Creek

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  • Boat Rental

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  • Yurt Village

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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.

Park Hours are 7am to Dark.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

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

    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

    Yurts

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Film

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

    Tweens (9-12)

Events

  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    12/16/2017 - 12/30/2017

    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.

    Saturday, December 16, 2017
    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Sunday, December 24, 2017
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    12/16/2017 - 12/31/2017

    This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill. Closed-toe sturdy shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.

    Saturday, December 16, 2017
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Saturday, December 23, 2017
    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Sunday, December 24, 2017
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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  • Introduction to Wilderness Survival

    Introduction to Wilderness Survival

    12/16/2017 - 12/16/2017

    This class covers basic and advanced survival techniques. For ages 12 and up. Learn general skill such as fire making, emergency shelters, and navigation. Registration is required. Space limited.

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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    12/17/2017 - 01/13/2018

    This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations. Cash only. Meet and pay at the Visitor Center parking lot at 5:30 p.m.

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  • New Manchester Mill Grand Reopening

    New Manchester Mill Grand Reopening

    12/17/2017 - 12/17/2017

    Join us in celebrating the restoration of the New Manchester Mill with free guided tours inside the mill. Park staff and Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park volunteers will lead trips into the mill and share their knowledge of the park.

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  • First Day Of Winter Hike

    First Day Of Winter Hike

    12/21/2017 - 12/21/2017

    Celebrate the first day of winter with a hike guided by a park ranger to the most scenic areas of Sweetwater Creek. Along the way, we will discuss the winter traditions of the settlers of the town of New Manchester, along with winter tree identification. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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  • Native American Heritage Hike

    Native American Heritage Hike

    12/23/2017 - 12/23/2017

    Join us for a 2 and a half 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. This hike is for ages 6 years and older.

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  • Winter Tree Identification Walk

    Winter Tree Identification Walk

    12/23/2017 - 12/23/2017

    Ever wonder what all those incredible trees on the park trails are? This 1.5-mile ranger-led hike will cover identification by bark and habitats (what trees tend to grow near water, or on ridges, for example), and sorting out the leaves that are still left on the ground. We will also be identifying our evergreens. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Owl Prowl

    Owl Prowl

    12/23/2017 - 12/23/2017

    Join park rangers on this nighttime excursion on the white trail, and listen and watch for Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls, and the Screech Owl. Meet at the Interpretive Center. The hike will follow the White Trail to Jack's Hill area and back, about 2 miles round trip. Wear comfortable clothes, dress for the weather, and bring a flash light. Register in advance.

    This hike is for ages 18 years and up.

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