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

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  • Boat Rental

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  • Yurt Village

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  • Sweetwater Creek Bait Shop

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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.

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


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Boat Launch

    Gift Shop

    Parking on Site

    Picnic Area

    Picnic Shelter

    Public Restrooms

    Rentals Available

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway



    Boat Rental

    Canoe / Kayak


    Surfboard / Paddleboard

    Site Information

    Number of Sites: 5

    Tenters Welcome


    Special Tags

    Civil War Site


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

    Tweens (9-12)


  • Homeschool Wednesdays

    Homeschool Wednesdays

    03/21/2018 - 03/21/2018

    Home-school students of all ages are welcomed to come join park rangers on a educational nature/ history hike to the historic five story New Manchester Manufacturing Mill and class IV rapids. This hike meets the GPS standards. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservation recommended.

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  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    03/23/2018 - 03/23/2018

    Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led kayak outing as we paddle through the tunnel to the west end of 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.

    Sunday, October 8, 2017
    5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

    Friday, October 13, 2017
    5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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  • Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    03/24/2018 - 03/31/2018

    Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance.

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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    03/24/2018 - 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, March 24, 2018
    8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

    Saturday, April 21, 2018
    8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    03/24/2018 - 03/31/2018

    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.

    Saturday, February 10, 2018
    11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Monday, February 19, 2018
    10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    03/24/2018 - 03/31/2018

    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.

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  • Geology Hike

    Geology Hike

    04/28/2018 - 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, April 28, 2018
    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Saturday, May 26, 2018
    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 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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