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 Bait Shop

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  • Boat Rental

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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 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

    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

    20

    Rentals

    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)

Events

  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    01/21/2017 - 02/26/2017

    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, January 21, 2017
    2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Saturday, January 28, 2017
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Sunday, January 29, 2017
    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Saturday, February 4, 2017
    2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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  • Hiking 101: Introduction to Hiking

    Hiking 101: Introduction to Hiking

    01/21/2017 - 01/21/2017

    Join park staff for a brief classroom lesson on basic hiking skills followed by a very scenic hike down to Sweetwater Creek viewing the New Manchester Mill and whitewater rapids. We will learn about the equipment and techniques that can make your hikes more enjoyable and safe. Reservations recommended. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Native American Heritage Hike

    Native American Heritage Hike

    01/22/2017 - 02/19/2017

    Join us for a strenuous 1.5 mile, 2 hour hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians. We will 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, January 22, 2017
    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Sunday, February 5, 2017
    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    01/22/2017 - 02/26/2017

    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.

    Sunday, January 22, 2017
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Sunday, January 29, 2017
    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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  • Tails on Trails Dog Hike

    Tails on Trails Dog Hike

    01/28/2017 - 02/04/2017

    Bring your four-legged hiking companion and join a ranger on our 1 and a half 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. Register in advance.

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  • Macro-invertebrate Investigation

    Macro-invertebrate Investigation

    01/28/2017 - 01/28/2017

    Come down to the riverside at the base of the New Manchester ruins. 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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  • Snake Awareness Program

    Snake Awareness Program

    01/29/2017 - 01/29/2017

    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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  • "Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike

    02/03/2017 - 02/03/2017

    Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 12 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. No dogs please.

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  • Introduction to Birdwatching Hike

    Introduction to Birdwatching Hike

    02/03/2017 - 02/03/2017

    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 Interpretive Center.

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  • "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike

    02/10/2017 - 02/10/2017

    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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  • Winter Tree Identification Walk

    Winter Tree Identification Walk

    02/11/2017 - 02/11/2017

    Ever wonder what all those incredible trees on the park trails are? This 1.5-mile ranger-led hike will cover identification by bark and habitats (what trees tend to grow near water, or on ridges, for example), and sorting out the leaves that are still left on the ground. We will also be identifying our evergreens. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    02/18/2017 - 02/18/2017

    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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  • Trails Work Day

    Trails Work Day

    02/18/2017 - 02/18/2017

    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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  • Introduction to Wilderness Survival

    Introduction to Wilderness Survival

    02/18/2017 - 02/18/2017

    This ranger-led class covers basic and 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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  • Photographer's Morning Out

    Photographer's Morning Out

    02/18/2017 - 02/18/2017

    Join a park ranger who will take you to their favorite photogenic areas to catch the morning light on the magnificent rapids and rocks of Sweetwater Creek as well as the spectacular New Manchester Mill (as seen in the film "Hunger Games:Mockingjay").

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  • Stargazer Hike

    Stargazer Hike

    02/24/2017 - 02/24/2017

    This moderate two-mile night hike will take us to a remote area where we will search the night sky for wonders like planets, constellations and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. Ages 8 and older. No dogs please.

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  • Early Spring Wildflower Hike

    Early Spring Wildflower Hike

    02/25/2017 - 02/25/2017

    This two-mile ranger-led hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through a variety of wildflower habitats and beautiful areas. Meet in the Interpretive Center.

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  • Art in the Park

    Art in the Park

    02/26/2017 - 02/26/2017

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

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  • Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    Ranger-led Lake Paddle

    03/18/2017 - 04/01/2017

    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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  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    03/24/2017 - 03/24/2017

    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.

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  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    04/01/2017 - 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.

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