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 Boat Dock

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  • Yurt Village

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  • Sweetwater Creek

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  • Sweetwater Creek Bait Shop

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  • Boat Rental

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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

    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, 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)


  • Home School Days at Sweetwater Creek

    Home School Days at Sweetwater Creek

    04/26/2017 - 04/26/2017

    Join rangers for Wednesday activities including archery, water testing at the rapids, and a Macro-invertebrate hunt. These outdoor programs are designed to make exercise and ecology fun and hands-on, so wear clothes you can get messy or sweaty in. Call to reserve your space. Ages 8-15 only.

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  • Sweetwater Creek Kayak Cleanup

    Sweetwater Creek Kayak Cleanup

    04/27/2017 - 04/27/2017

    Join us in beautifying Sweetwater Creek as we pick up trash from the water by kayak and along the banks. Pre-registration is required and previous kayak experience is required for those in kayaks. Meet at the Bait Shop.

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  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    04/29/2017 - 05/29/2017

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

    Saturday, April 29, 2017
    11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Saturday, May 6, 2017
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  • Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    04/30/2017 - 04/30/2017

    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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  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    05/05/2017 - 05/28/2017

    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.

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  • Sun Salutations Yoga

    Sun Salutations Yoga

    05/13/2017 - 05/13/2017

    Greet the day with a relaxing morning yoga session at the park. We'll be starting at the Visitor Center, then enjoy a short hike to the river where you will be guided by an AmeriCorps Interpretive Naturalist into beginner's level yoga. Call the Visitor Center 770-732-5871 to reserve your spot. Bring water and a yoga mat.

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  • Macro-invertebrate Investigation

    Macro-invertebrate Investigation

    05/27/2017 - 05/27/2017

    Come down to the riverside, at the base of the New Manchester ruins, to look up close and personal at some of the macroscopic creatures that are essential to life in and around Georgia's waterways. This event is open to all ages. If you would like to help look for critters, please wear close toed water shoes or boots.

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  • Archery for Beginners

    Archery for Beginners

    05/27/2017 - 05/27/2017

    Join Americorp rangers and learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need to be hitting the bulls-eye. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must prepay to preregister. Registration required. Meet near Picnic Shelter 2. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray.

    Sunday, April 23, 2017 
    3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Saturday, May 27, 2017 
    3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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  • Kiwanis Club Triathlon-Duathlon-5K Fun Run

    Kiwanis Club Triathlon-Duathlon-5K Fun Run

    06/04/2017 - 06/04/2017

    23rd annual Sweetwater Creek State Park Triathlon-Duathlon-5K Fun Run presented by the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County. Triathlon at 8:30AM, $35 Duathlon at 8:00AM, $25 5K Fun Run 8:00AM $15

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  • New Manchester Days

    New Manchester Days

    06/17/2017 - 06/18/2017

    This living history event will bring to life the New Manchester Community that prospered up to the end of the Civil War. Visit a Civil War-era encampment, take a historical tour to the New Manchester Mill, and learn about Civil War-era uniforms and firearms during black powder demonstrations and infantry drilling.

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