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

    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

  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    09/29/2017 - 10/27/2017

    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.

    Friday, September 29, 2017
    6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Sunday, October 1, 2017
    5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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  • Introduction to Fly Fishing- Your State Parks Day

    Introduction to Fly Fishing- Your State Parks Day

    09/30/2017 - 09/30/2017

    Join us for a ranger-led guide to learning the art of fly fishing. We will practice casting techniques and learn about the gear and tackle that will help in your journey for catching fish on a fly rod. Bring your own rod (some available for loan), reel, and tackle. Meet at the Visitor Center. Maximum capacity: 6. Reservations required.

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  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    09/30/2017 - 09/30/2017

    Join us for a 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, September 30, 2017
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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  • "Rivers Alive" Cleanup

    10/01/2017 - 10/01/2017

    Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in Georgia. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. We will be cleaning up around Sweetwater Creek and Sparks Reservoir as well as from kayaks if possible. Register in advance.

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  • Full Moon Paddle

    Full Moon Paddle

    10/05/2017 - 10/05/2017

    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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  • "Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle

    10/06/2017 - 10/06/2017

    Join us for an evening of enchantment as we paddle the lake at night under the light of the moon. Limited to 12 people who can swim and are 18 yrs. or older. A flashlight is required. Call for reservations.

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  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    10/07/2017 - 10/21/2017

    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 an adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance.

    Saturday, October 7, 2017
    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday, October 14, 2017
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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    10/08/2017 - 10/08/2017

    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.

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  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    10/08/2017 - 10/08/2017

    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.

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  • Geology Hike

    Geology Hike

    10/14/2017 - 10/14/2017

    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.

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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    10/21/2017 - 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 possible. Cash only. Meet and pay at the Visitor Center.

    Saturday, October 21, 2017
    7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

    Saturday, November 18, 2017
    6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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  • Fall Color Lake Paddle

    Fall Color Lake Paddle

    10/22/2017 - 11/05/2017

    This peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 18 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required. Includes tandem kayak, PFD and paddle.

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