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

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  • Sweetwater Creek Boat Rental

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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 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


  • Hayride and S'mores

    Hayride and S'mores

    11/27/2015 - 12/27/2015

    Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required.

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  • Historic New Manchester History Hike

    Historic New Manchester History Hike

    11/29/2015 - 12/26/2015

    This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Native American Heritage Hike

    Native American Heritage Hike

    11/29/2015 - 12/27/2015

    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.

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  • Trails Work Day

    Trails Work Day

    11/29/2015 - 11/29/2015

    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. Recommended for age 12 and up. Registration encouraged at 770-732-5871. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Stargazer Hike

    Stargazer Hike

    12/04/2015 - 12/04/2015

    This moderate two-mile night hike will take us to a remote area where we will search the night sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars are recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations are required. This event is for 12 years and up.

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  • Backcountry Geology Hike

    Backcountry Geology Hike

    12/06/2015 - 02/21/2016

    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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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    12/12/2015 - 02/06/2016

    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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  • Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)

    Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)

    12/30/2015 - 12/30/2015

    This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. The 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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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    01/01/2016 - 01/01/2016

    Get the New Year started off right in 2016 with you and your dog. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger along Sweetwater Creek and view the exterior of the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Mockingjay."

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  • New Manchester History Hike

    New Manchester History Hike

    01/01/2016 - 01/01/2016

    Enjoy a New Year's Day Hike guided by a park ranger. You will view Sweetwater Creek, discuss interpretive signs along the way, and see the New Manchester Mill exterior from the popular movie "Mockingjay."

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  • American Frontier Days

    American Frontier Days

    01/30/2016 - 01/31/2016

    Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. Walk through time from the mid 1700s to the late 1800s as you see living skill displays from local historians.

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