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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  • Boat Rental

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  • Yurt Village

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  • Sweetwater Creek Bait Shop

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  • Sweetwater Creek Boat Dock

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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.

Park Hours are 7am to Dark.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM

    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


    Surfboard / Paddleboard

    Site Information

    Number of Sites: 5

    Tenters Welcome


    Special Tags

    Civil War Site


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

    Tweens (9-12)


  • Day After Thanksgiving

    Day After Thanksgiving "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    11/24/2017 - 11/24/2017

    Join a park ranger on an enjoyable "after the feasting" hike with your four-legged companion as we walk down to the impressive five story Civil War era New Manchester Mill alongside the gorgeous rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. All dogs must be leashed and have proof of rabies vaccination.

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  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    11/24/2017 - 11/25/2017

    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.

    Friday, November 24, 2017 
    2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Saturday, November 25, 2017
    11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
    2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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  • Introduction to Wilderness Survival

    Introduction to Wilderness Survival

    11/25/2017 - 11/25/2017

    This class covers basic and advanced survival techniques. For ages 12 and up. Learn general skill such as fire making, emergency shelters, and navigation. Registration is required. Space limited.

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  • Native American Heritage Hike

    Native American Heritage Hike

    11/26/2017 - 11/26/2017

    Join us for a 2 and a half 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. This hike is for ages 6 years and older.

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  • Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    Candlelight Hike to the Mill

    12/09/2017 - 01/13/2018

    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. Cash only. Meet and pay at the Visitor Center parking lot at 5:30 p.m.

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  • Tails on Trails Dog Hike

    Tails on Trails Dog Hike

    12/09/2017 - 12/09/2017

    Come join AmeriCorps Rangers on a 2-mile long hike. The terrain is considered moderate to difficult. Four-legged friends are welcome! Meet at the White Trail. The White Trail is one of seven trails needed to complete the punch card for the Tails on Trails Club. Those interested can purchase a $15 membership online at

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  • Backcountry Geology Hike

    Backcountry Geology Hike

    12/10/2017 - 12/10/2017

    Geologist and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" president John Johnston will lead a moderately strenuous three mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom-visited quarry of the New Manchester mill. Meet in the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required.

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