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 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

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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


  • Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike

    06/19/2016 - 06/26/2016

    This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill. The mill is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. Closed-toe sturdy shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.

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  • New Manchester Days

    New Manchester Days

    06/26/2016 - 06/26/2016

    This two-day living history event will bring to life the New Manchester Community that prospered up to the Civil War. Visit an authentic Civil War-era encampment, take a historical tour to the New Manchester Mill, and learn about Civil War-era uniforms and firearms during black powder demonstrations and infantry drilling.

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  • Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

    Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

    06/29/2016 - 06/29/2016

    Join park staff for an introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and a tour of the lovely Sparks Reservoir. This program is for anyone 12 years or older who can swim and are new to SUP. Limited to 8 participants. Paddleboard, PFD, and SUP paddle included.

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  • "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

    07/01/2016 - 10/10/2016

    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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  • Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience

    Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience

    07/03/2016 - 07/03/2016

    Bats are a necessary and cool part of our ecosystem; help us build bat habitats to strengthen their population. Come for free just to learn about bats, or pre-register with the Visitor Center to build a bat box. We have a few spots left! Come to the Visitor Center for this program. Questions? Email

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  • Geology Hike

    Geology Hike

    07/09/2016 - 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.


    Saturday, July 9, 2016
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Saturday, August 13, 2016
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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  • "Hidden Gem" Eastside Hike

    07/09/2016 - 07/09/2016

    This "Hidden Gem" hike to a beautiful, seldom-explored area will take us to a remote and gorgeous area on the eastside of Sweetwater Creek. You'll enjoy great views of Class IV rapids. This three mile hike is rated strenuous. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. 12 years and older. Meet at the Visitors Center.

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  • Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup

    Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup

    07/17/2016 - 09/11/2016

    Join us in beautifying Sweetwater Creek as we pick up trash from the water by canoe and along the banks. Pre-registration is required and previous canoe experience is required for those in canoes. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • "Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle

    07/18/2016 - 07/21/2016

    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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  • National Public Lands Day

    National Public Lands Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    The statewide celebration of National Public Lands Day showcases how parks enrich communities and the importance of local volunteerism. Join us at Sweetwater Creek State Park on September 24, 2016. Volunteers do not pay a parking fee for this event.

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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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  • 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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