Atlanta Metro / Lithia Springs

Sweetwater Creek State Park

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Lithia Springs, GA 30122

770-732-5871 | 800-864-7275
  • Sweetwater Creek Ruins

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  • Sweetwater Creek

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  • Sweetwater Creek Boat Rental

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  • Sweetwater Creek Boat Dock

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  • Sweetwater Creek Bait Shop

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  • Sweetwater Creek Lake

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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

    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


    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    02/13/2016 - 10/10/2016

    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.

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  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    02/13/2016 - 02/28/2016

    Closed-toe sturdy shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Winter Splendor West Side Hike

    Winter Splendor West Side Hike

    02/14/2016 - 02/14/2016

    This will be a three-mile moderately strenuous hike to a beautiful, little known area off the main trails. This ranger-led hike will focus on the splendor of nature in winter. Meet in the Visitor Center.

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  • Introduction to Birdwatching Hike

    Introduction to Birdwatching Hike

    02/19/2016 - 02/19/2016

    This field trip is designed for anyone 11 years or older who is interested in learning more about birds, the important habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the park's Interpretive Center.

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  • Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)

    Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)

    02/20/2016 - 03/19/2016

    This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects. Registration is necessary. Meet at the Visitor's Center.


    Saturday, February 20, 2016
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Saturday, March 19, 2016
    9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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  • Backcountry Geology Hike

    Backcountry Geology Hike

    02/21/2016 - 03/20/2016

    Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center.

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  • "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike

    02/22/2016 - 02/22/2016

    This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Reservations required.

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  • "Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike

    02/26/2016 - 02/26/2016

    Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. No dogs please.

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  • Snakes Alive

    Snakes Alive

    02/27/2016 - 02/27/2016

    Join Park Manager David Jordan in this up-close hour featuring live, non-venomous snakes. We will learn all about our local snakes, including the venomous ones, as well as the natural history of snakes and all about their behavior and senses. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    03/05/2016 - 03/05/2016

    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. Meet and pay (exact change, $5, cash only) at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Trails Work Day

    Trails Work Day

    03/06/2016 - 12/11/2016

    Join us for a volunteer work day performing general trail maintenance on the beautiful trails of the park. Bring gloves, water, comfortable work clothes, and closed-toe, sturdy shoes. Recommended for age 12 and up. Registration encouraged at 770-732-5871. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    03/19/2016 - 03/27/2016

    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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  • Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup

    Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup

    03/27/2016 - 09/11/2016

    Join us in beautifying Sweetwater Creek as we pick up trash from the water by canoe and along the banks. Pre-registration is required and previous canoe experience is required for those in canoes. Meet at the Visitor's Center.


    Sunday, March 27, 2016
    1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Sunday, May 8, 2016
    1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Sunday, June 19, 2016
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Sunday, July 17, 2016
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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  • Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience

    Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience

    04/23/2016 - 04/23/2016

    Bats are a necessary and cool part of our ecosystem. Help us build bat habitats to strengthen their population. Spaces are limited; call to pre-register. Questions? Email

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  • Earth Day Service Project

    Earth Day Service Project

    04/24/2016 - 04/24/2016

    Join us for a cleanup of Sweetwater Creek State Park on this 42nd annual Earth Day celebration.

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  • National Trails Day

    National Trails Day

    06/04/2016 - 06/04/2016

    Join park staff, Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park, and other volunteers as we work on cleaning up and maintaining Sweetwater's beautiful trails. Gloves, hand tools, and water recommended.

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  • National Public Lands Day

    National Public Lands Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    The statewide celebration of National Public Lands Day showcases how parks enrich communities and the importance of local volunteerism. Join us at Sweetwater Creek State Park on September 24, 2016. Volunteers do not pay a parking fee for this event.

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  • Hidden Gem History Hike

    Hidden Gem History Hike

    10/02/2016 - 10/02/2016

    This "Hidden Gem" hike will take us to several interesting Civil War era historic sites and ruins in the Ferguson's Crossing area of the park. This hike is rated moderate. Closed toe, sturdy shoes are required.

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