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 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

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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

  • Historic New Manchester History Hike

    Historic New Manchester History Hike

    11/01/2014 - 11/29/2014

    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 to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities.

     

    Saturday, November 1, 2014
    3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Saturday, November 8, 2014
    3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    11/01/2014 - 11/08/2014

    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 years and older) who can swim and those aged 12-17 years with a parent. Kayak, PFD and paddle included. Register in advance.

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  • Eastside Evening Hike

    Eastside Evening Hike

    11/01/2014 - 11/01/2014

    Join us for a strenuous, three mile evening hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave" and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. Closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs are not permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations are required.

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  • Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)

    Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)

    11/02/2014 - 11/30/2014

    Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, as we learn about lighting. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual.

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  • Fall Color Lake Paddle

    Fall Color Lake Paddle

    11/02/2014 - 11/16/2014

    This peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 16 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required.

     

    Sunday, November 2, 2014
    4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Sunday, November 9, 2014
    2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Sunday, November 16, 2014
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  • "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike

    11/07/2014 - 11/07/2014

    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 six or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center.

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  • Hayride and S'mores

    Hayride and S'mores

    11/08/2014 - 11/29/2014

    Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required.

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  • For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking

    For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking

    11/08/2014 - 11/08/2014

    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.

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  • Backcountry Geology Hike

    Backcountry Geology Hike

    11/09/2014 - 12/07/2014

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

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

    11/09/2014 - 11/23/2014

    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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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    11/15/2014 - 11/15/2014

    This mile-long guided night hike is easy to 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 will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center.

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  • Native American Heritage Hike

    Native American Heritage Hike

    11/23/2014 - 11/30/2014

    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 to the "Indian Cave." Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.

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