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

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    Rentals

    Boat Rental

    Canoe / Kayak

    Paddleboat

    Surfboard / Paddleboard

    Site Information

    Number of Sites: 5

    Tenters Welcome

    Yurts

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Film

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

    Tweens (9-12)

Events

  • Introduction to Birdwatching Hike

    Introduction to Birdwatching Hike

    01/18/2018 - 01/18/2018

    This hike is designed for anyone 12 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. No pets please. Meet at the park's Visitor's Center. Bring you're own binoculars. Will reschedule in the event of inclement weather.

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  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    01/19/2018 - 01/28/2018

    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.

    Friday, January 19, 2018
    4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Sunday, January 21, 2018
    1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    Friday, January 26, 2018
    4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    01/20/2018 - 01/28/2018

    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, January 20, 2018
    10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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  • Art in the Park

    Art in the Park

    01/28/2018 - 01/28/2018

    Bring any means of arts and crafts (paints and canvas or pencils and notepads) on a ranger-led tour inside the astonishing ruins and rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views. Reservations required.

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  • "Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike

    01/30/2018 - 01/30/2018

    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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  • "Once in a Blue Moon" Full Moon Hike

    01/31/2018 - 01/31/2018

    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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