Atlanta Metro / Lithia Springs

Sweetwater Creek State Park

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Lithia Springs, GA 30122

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

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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 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

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    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

    Yurts

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    05/06/2016 - 05/27/2016

    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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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    05/07/2016 - 06/25/2016

    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 (exact change, $5, cash only) at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Geology Hike

    Geology Hike

    05/07/2016 - 06/12/2016

    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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  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    05/07/2016 - 05/28/2016

    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 w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance.

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  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    05/07/2016 - 05/29/2016

    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.

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  • Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup

    Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup

    05/08/2016 - 09/11/2016

    Join us in beautifying Sweetwater Creek as we pick up trash from the water by canoe and along the banks. Pre-registration is required and previous canoe experience is required for those in canoes. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

     

    Sunday, May 8, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Sunday, June 19, 2016
    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Sunday, July 17, 2016
    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Sunday, August 21, 2016
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  • Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    05/15/2016 - 05/30/2016

    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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  • Snakes Alive

    Snakes Alive

    05/15/2016 - 05/15/2016

    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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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    05/15/2016 - 10/10/2016

    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.

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  • Introduction to Birdwatching Hike

    Introduction to Birdwatching Hike

    05/16/2016 - 05/16/2016

    This hike is designed for anyone 11 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 Interpretive Center.

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  • "Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike

    05/20/2016 - 05/20/2016

    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

    05/21/2016 - 05/21/2016

    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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  • Introduction to Kayaking

    Introduction to Kayaking

    05/21/2016 - 05/21/2016

    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.

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  • Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

    Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

    05/21/2016 - 05/21/2016

    Join park staff for an introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and a tour of the lovely Sparks Reservoir. This program is for anyone 12 years or older who can swim and are new to SUP. Limited to 8 participants. Paddleboard, PFD, and SUP paddle included.

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  • Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)

    Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)

    05/27/2016 - 05/27/2016

    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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  • Native American Heritage Hike

    Native American Heritage Hike

    05/28/2016 - 05/28/2016

    Join us for a two 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.

    Sunday, Apr 17, 2016
    6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    Saturday, Apr 30, 2016
    6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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  • Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)

    Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)

    05/31/2016 - 05/31/2016

    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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  • Volunteer Trail Maintenance - National Trails Day

    Volunteer Trail Maintenance - National Trails Day

    06/04/2016 - 06/04/2016

    Join park staff, Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park, and other volunteers as we work on cleaning up and maintaining Sweetwater's beautiful trails. Gloves, hand tools, and water recommended.

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  • Tails on Trails -- National Trails Day Dog Hike

    Tails on Trails -- National Trails Day Dog Hike

    06/04/2016 - 06/04/2016

    Bring your four-legged hiking companion and join a ranger on our 3-mile Red Trail and White Trail Combo. Dogs must be leashed at all times. We'll explore areas of whitewater rapids (up to class IV) and see the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill, as seen in Hunger Games. Two people per dog max. Register in advance.

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  • "Hidden Gem" Eastside Hike

    07/09/2016 - 07/09/2016

    This "Hidden Gem" hike to a beautiful, seldom-explored area will take us to a remote and gorgeous area on the eastside of Sweetwater Creek. You'll enjoy great views of Class IV rapids. This three mile hike is rated strenuous. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. 12 years and older. Meet at the Visitors Center.

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  • National Public Lands Day

    National Public Lands Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    The statewide celebration of National Public Lands Day showcases how parks enrich communities and the importance of local volunteerism. Join us at Sweetwater Creek State Park on September 24, 2016. Volunteers do not pay a parking fee for this event.

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  • Hidden Gem History Hike

    Hidden Gem History Hike

    10/02/2016 - 10/02/2016

    This "Hidden Gem" hike will take us to several interesting Civil War era historic sites and ruins in the Ferguson's Crossing area of the park. This hike is rated moderate. Closed toe, sturdy shoes are required.

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  • Trails Work Day

    Trails Work Day

    11/13/2016 - 12/11/2016

    Join us for a volunteer work day performing general trail maintenance on the beautiful trails of the park. Bring gloves, water, comfortable work clothes, and closed-toe, sturdy shoes. Recommended age 12 and up. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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