Atlanta Metro / Lithia Springs

Sweetwater Creek State Park

Mt. Vernon Rd.
Lithia Springs, GA 30122

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

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  • Sweetwater Creek Bait Shop

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  • Sweetwater Creek Lake

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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 State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. 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. During warmer months, the park rents fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats. Visitors can join the Park Paddler's Club, which challenges them to explore waterways in six state parks.

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

    Gift Shop, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    20

    Rentals

    Boat Rental, Canoe / Kayak

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle

    Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle

    09/24/2014 - 10/22/2014

    Join us for a peaceful paddle on the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir as the sun sets and we refresh ourselves in preparation for the end of the work week. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this program. Open to anyone 16 or older who can swim and children six or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Register in advance.

     

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    09/26/2014 - 10/25/2014

    Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required.

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  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    09/27/2014 - 10/25/2014

    Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional 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- to 17-year-olds with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance.

     

    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Saturday, October 4, 2014
    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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  • Stargazer Paddle

    Stargazer Paddle

    09/27/2014 - 10/17/2014

    Join us for this evening paddle on the Sparks Reservoir. We will watch the sun set and then search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars as night arrives. This program is for anyone over 17 who can swim. Binoculars are recommended. Includes choice of canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. Meet at the Bait Shop.

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  • Sweetwater Creek Cleanup - Your State Park Day

    Sweetwater Creek Cleanup - Your State Park Day

    09/27/2014 - 09/27/2014

    Join park staff and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" volunteers as we clean up the Sparks reservoir and hiking trails. We will be cleaning the lake by canoe and kayak and also from the banks. You will also have an opportunity to clean the banks of lovely Sweetwater Creek. Bring gloves and pickup tools.

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  • Native American Heritage Hike

    Native American Heritage Hike

    09/28/2014 - 09/28/2014

    Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.

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  • Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)

    Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)

    09/28/2014 - 09/28/2014

    Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about composition and point of view. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot is acceptable. Bring your manual. This class offers easy instructions, classroom time and a hike in the woods.

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  • Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    09/28/2014 - 09/28/2014

    Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 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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  • For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking

    For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking

    09/28/2014 - 10/19/2014

    Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 16 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop.

     

    Sunday, September 28, 2014
    3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Sunday, October 5, 2014
    11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Sunday, October 19, 2014
    11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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  • Historic New Manchester History Hike

    Historic New Manchester History Hike

    10/04/2014 - 10/25/2014

    This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities.

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  • Geology Hike

    Geology Hike

    10/18/2014 - 10/18/2014

    Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate two-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 short visit inside the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill.

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