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)


  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    03/24/2017 - 04/28/2017

    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.

    Friday, March 24, 2017
    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, April 7, 2017
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Friday, April 14, 2017
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  • Snake Awareness

    Snake Awareness

    03/25/2017 - 03/25/2017

    Join a Park Ranger and several snakes in this educational program as we learn about reptiles of Sweetwater Creek State Park. This will be an up-close experience as everyone will have the opportunity to touch the snakes. Reservations recommended. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    03/25/2017 - 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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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    03/25/2017 - 04/02/2017

    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.

    Saturday, March 25, 2017
    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Sunday, March 26, 2017
    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    03/25/2017 - 04/23/2017

    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.

    Saturday, March 25, 2017
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Sunday, April 16, 2017
    5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Thursday, April 20, 2017
    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Sunday, April 23, 2017
    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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  • Macro-invertebrate Investigation

    Macro-invertebrate Investigation

    03/25/2017 - 03/25/2017

    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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  • Native American Heritage Hike

    Native American Heritage Hike

    03/26/2017 - 04/09/2017

    Join us for a 2 hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave." Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older.

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  • Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hikes

    Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hikes

    03/26/2017 - 04/06/2017

    This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we may see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 25 to 30 species on a hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center.

    Sunday, March 26, 2017
    3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Sunday, April 2, 2017
    1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

    Thursday, April 6, 2017
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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  • Georgia Conservancy 5k/10k

    Georgia Conservancy 5k/10k

    04/01/2017 - 04/01/2017

    REI and Georgia Conservancy 5k / 10k "Back in time" race celebrates our 50th Anniversary thanks to REI Outdoor School. Join REI and the Georgia Conservancy for a unique trail race held at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Whether you're looking to run your first trail race or hoping to hit a personal best, this fun, light-hearted race will help you set your pace! Here's how it works: submit your finish time in advance, and the winner is determined by the runner who is "Back in Time" closest to the... read more

  • Georgia Conservancy's 50th Anniversary Family Reunion

    Georgia Conservancy's 50th Anniversary Family Reunion

    04/01/2017 - 04/01/2017

    Join us for a day of outdoor recreation and education for Georgia Conservancy members, friends and those interested in their work. The day includes a light-hearted spin on 5k/10k trail races sponsored by REI, plus free hourly afternoon hikes. read more

  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    04/02/2017 - 04/29/2017

    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.

    Sunday, April 2, 2017
    4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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  • Sun Salutations Yoga

    Sun Salutations Yoga

    04/02/2017 - 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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  • Homeschool Wednesdays

    Homeschool Wednesdays

    04/05/2017 - 04/05/2017

    Home-school students of all ages are welcomed to come join park rangers on a educational nature/ history hike to the historic five story New Manchester Manufacturing Mill and class IV rapids. This hike meets the GPS standards. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservation recommended.

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  • "Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike

    04/10/2017 - 04/10/2017

    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

    04/11/2017 - 04/11/2017

    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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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    04/15/2017 - 04/15/2017

    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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  • Geology Hike

    Geology Hike

    04/22/2017 - 04/22/2017

    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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  • Introduction to Wilderness Survival

    Introduction to Wilderness Survival

    04/22/2017 - 04/22/2017

    This ranger-led class covers basic and some advanced survival techniques. For ages 12 and up. Learn general skills such as fire making, emergency shelters, and navigation. Registration is required. Space limited.

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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

    06/16/2017 - 06/17/2017

    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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