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


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    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


    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    10/04/2015 - 10/30/2015

    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 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, October 2, 2015
    6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Sunday, October 4, 2015
    6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, October 9, 2015
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  • Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

    Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

    10/04/2015 - 10/04/2015

    Join instructors on the George H. Sparks Reservoir for an afternoon of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). This program is intended for anyone 16 and over who can swim and is interested in SUP, and will include an introduction to the sport, as well as a recreational tour. Includes board, PFD, and paddle. Meet at the Bait Shop. Limited to 10.

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  • Geology Hike

    Geology Hike

    10/10/2015 - 10/10/2015

    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 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

    10/10/2015 - 10/17/2015

    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 with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance.


    Saturday, October 3, 2015
    11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Saturday, October 10, 2015
    11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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  • Introduction to Kayaking

    Introduction to Kayaking

    10/11/2015 - 10/11/2015

    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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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    10/15/2015 - 10/15/2015

    Join a Park Ranger and bring your four-legged companion on this moderate mile long hike to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and to the five-story Civil War era New Manchester Mill ruins. Ages 6 years and older. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Reservations recommended.

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  • Stargazer Paddle

    Stargazer Paddle

    10/16/2015 - 10/16/2015

    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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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    10/17/2015 - 12/12/2015

    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.


    Saturday, October 17, 2015
    7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

    Saturday, November 21, 2015
    7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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  • "Rivers Alive" Cleanup

    10/18/2015 - 10/18/2015

    Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the state. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. We will be cleaning up around Sweetwater Creek and Sparks Reservoir. A limited number of Rivers Alive t-shirts will be available.

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  • Introduction to Birdwatching Hike

    Introduction to Birdwatching Hike

    10/23/2015 - 10/23/2015

    This field trip is designed for anyone 10 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. Meet at the park's Interpretive Center.

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  • Eastside Night Hike

    Eastside Night Hike

    10/24/2015 - 10/24/2015

    Join us for a strenuous, 3-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. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs not permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Fall Color Lake Paddle

    Fall Color Lake Paddle

    10/25/2015 - 10/25/2015

    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.

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  • Full Moon Paddle

    Full Moon Paddle

    10/27/2015 - 10/27/2015

    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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  • Trails Work Day

    Trails Work Day

    11/01/2015 - 11/01/2015

    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. Volunteers are encouraged to register by calling 770-732-5871. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Backcountry Geology Hike

    Backcountry Geology Hike

    11/15/2015 - 12/06/2015

    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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