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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  • Sweetwater Creek Bait Shop

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  • Boat Rental

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  • Sweetwater Creek Boat Dock

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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.

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

    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

  • Introduction to Kayaking

    Introduction to Kayaking

    05/25/2017 - 05/25/2017

    Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for men and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are required. Meet at the Bait Shop. (Kayaks, PFDs, and paddles provided.)

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  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    05/26/2017 - 06/30/2017

    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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  • Snakes Alive

    Snakes Alive

    05/27/2017 - 05/27/2017

    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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  • Early Morning Lake Paddle

    Early Morning Lake Paddle

    05/27/2017 - 05/27/2017

    Join us for a peaceful early morning paddle on the Sparks Reservoir (canoe or kayak) as we watch for birds and paddle past the new Yurt Village and campground. Open to anyone 18 or over who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Includes boat, PFD, and paddle.

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  • Macro-invertebrate Investigation

    Macro-invertebrate Investigation

    05/27/2017 - 07/16/2017

    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 - 07/16/2017

    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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  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    05/29/2017 - 06/24/2017

    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.

    Monday, May 29, 2017
    11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday, June 10, 2017
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  • Photographer's Morning Out - National Trails Day

    Photographer's Morning Out - National Trails Day

    06/03/2017 - 06/03/2017

    Join a Park Ranger who will take you to their favorite photogenic areas along the trails to catch the morning light on the magnificent rapids and rocks of Sweetwater Creek as well as the spectacular New Manchester Mill (as seen in the film "Hunger Games: Mockingjay").

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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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  • Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)

    Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)

    06/06/2017 - 06/06/2017

    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.

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  • Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)

    Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)

    06/07/2017 - 06/07/2017

    This day camp is for Jr. Rangers ages 6-12 years old who have attained their deer badge and are wishing to advance to the fox badge. There will be various nature and history-related activities including a pedal boat program, a hike to the 5-story New Manchester Mill ruins, a reptile show, a green building tour, and arts and craft projects.

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  • "Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike

    06/08/2017 - 06/08/2017

    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

    06/09/2017 - 06/09/2017

    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. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required.

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  • Geology Hike

    Geology Hike

    06/10/2017 - 06/10/2017

    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

    06/17/2017 - 06/17/2017

    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 at the Visitor Center.

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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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