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

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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 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

    Boat Launch, 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

    Number of Sites: 5

    Tenters Welcome: 1

    Yurts: 1

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site, Film

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages, Tweens (9-12)


  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    06/25/2017 - 07/30/2017

    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.

    Friday, June 23, 2017
    7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Sunday, June 25, 2017
    7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Friday, June 30, 2017
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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    06/25/2017 - 07/23/2017

    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, June 25, 2017
    2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Sunday, July 9, 2017
    6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    06/25/2017 - 07/30/2017

    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.

    Sunday, June 25, 2017
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Sunday, July 2, 2017
    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Sunday, July 16, 2017
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Sunday, July 30, 2017
    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    07/01/2017 - 07/29/2017

    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.

    Saturday, June 24, 2017
    11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, July 1, 2017
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  • Children's Nature Hike

    Children's Nature Hike

    07/06/2017 - 07/06/2017

    This hike for children (6 years and older) will focus on learning more about the beautiful Piedmont forest we live in, especially the animals and plants of this area. We will be hiking down to the five story Civil War-era mill. Along the way, we will be searching the creeks with nets for salamanders, tadpoles, crawdads (crayfish), and small fish.

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  • Geology Hike

    Geology Hike

    07/08/2017 - 07/08/2017

    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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  • "Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle

    07/08/2017 - 07/08/2017

    Join us for an evening of enchantment as we paddle the lake at night under the light of the moon. You will have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. This is limited to 12 people who can swim and are ages 18 or older. A flashlight is required. Call for reservations.

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  • Early Morning Lake Paddle

    Early Morning Lake Paddle

    07/08/2017 - 07/08/2017

    Join us for a peaceful early morning paddle on the Sparks Reservoir (canoe or kayak) as we watch for birds and paddle past the new Yurt Village and campground. Open to anyone 18 or over who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Includes boat, PFD, and paddle.

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  • Full Moon Paddle

    Full Moon Paddle

    07/09/2017 - 07/09/2017

    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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  • Macro-invertebrate Investigation

    Macro-invertebrate Investigation

    07/16/2017 - 07/16/2017

    Come down to the riverside, at the base of the New Manchester ruins, to 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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  • Archery for Beginners

    Archery for Beginners

    07/16/2017 - 07/16/2017

    Join Americorp rangers and learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need to be hitting the bulls-eye. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must prepay to preregister. Registration required. Meet near Picnic Shelter 2. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray.

    Sunday, April 23, 2017 
    3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Saturday, May 27, 2017 
    3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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  • Introduction to Kayaking

    Introduction to Kayaking

    07/20/2017 - 07/20/2017

    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. (Kayaks, PFDs, and paddles provided.)

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