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

    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

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages, Tweens (9-12)

Events

  • Native American Heritage Hike - National Trails Day Hike

    Native American Heritage Hike - National Trails Day Hike

    09/25/2016 - 10/09/2016

    Join us for a 2 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.

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  • Twilight Lake Paddle

    Twilight Lake Paddle

    09/25/2016 - 10/30/2016

    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.

     

    Friday, September 23, 2016
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Sunday, September 25, 2016
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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  • Geology Hike

    Geology Hike

    10/01/2016 - 10/01/2016

    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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  • 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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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    10/07/2016 - 10/21/2016

    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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  • Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

    10/08/2016 - 10/29/2016

    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.

     

    Saturday, September 24, 2016
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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  • Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)

    Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)

    10/10/2016 - 10/10/2016

    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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  • Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)

    Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)

    10/11/2016 - 10/11/2016

    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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  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    10/14/2016 - 10/16/2016

    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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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    10/15/2016 - 10/15/2016

    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 Center.

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  • "Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle

    10/15/2016 - 10/15/2016

    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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  • Full Moon Paddle

    Full Moon Paddle

    10/16/2016 - 10/16/2016

    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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  • "John Muir Inspired" Identification Hike

    10/22/2016 - 10/22/2016

    This hike will be an educational program geared toward identifying native and non-native animal and plant species. No cameras or search engines, only pencil and paper. Later at the lab, we will identify with the help of field guides what we had earlier sketched. Pencil and sketch pad recommended. 16 yrs. and older. Reservations required.

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  • Fall Color Lake Paddle

    Fall Color Lake Paddle

    10/23/2016 - 10/30/2016

    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 18 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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  • 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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