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

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    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

  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    05/25/2018 - 05/27/2018

    Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led kayak outing as we paddle the lake to 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. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop.

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  • Geology Hike

    Geology Hike

    05/26/2018 - 09/08/2018

    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, May 26, 2018
    1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Saturday, June 9, 2018
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    05/26/2018 - 05/26/2018

    Join us for a beautiful paddle and hike 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 adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance.

    Saturday, May 26, 2018
    11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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  • Native American Heritage Hike - National Trails Day

    Native American Heritage Hike - National Trails Day

    05/27/2018 - 06/02/2018

    Join us for a two 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. 6 years and older.

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  • "Off the Beaten Path" Hike

    05/27/2018 - 05/27/2018

    Join us for a ranger-led, two hour moderate hike to an interesting, seldom-visited area of the park. Eight years old minimum. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes (boots preferred) are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • "Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike

    05/28/2018 - 05/28/2018

    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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  • Full Moon Paddle

    Full Moon Paddle

    05/29/2018 - 05/29/2018

    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. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required.

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  • Bark in the Park Dog Hike

    Bark in the Park Dog Hike

    06/02/2018 - 06/02/2018

    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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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    06/23/2018 - 01/12/2019

    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.

    Saturday, June 23, 2018
    9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

    Saturday, October 6, 2018
    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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  • Backcountry Geology Hike

    Backcountry Geology Hike

    11/04/2018 - 01/13/2019

    Geologist and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" president John Johnston will lead a moderately strenuous three mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom-visited quarry of the New Manchester mill. Meet in the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required.

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