Sweetwater Creek State Park

Sweetwater Creek State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 770-732-5871

 
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» Mill Ruins Notice:
› To protect the historic mill ruins and maintain safety, access to the interior is closed to all visitors, including school trips, guided hikes and special events. Hikes to the exterior of the ruins are still available and encouraged. 
"The extraordinary beauty of the rugged hills, rocky outcrops, and rolling rapids of Sweetwater Creek have shaped centuries of history engaging you to reconnect with the natural world."

Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. 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. However, there is no beach and swimming in the Reservoir is not allowed. Fishing supplies are available in the adjacent bait shop. During warmer months, the park rents fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and pedal boats. Visitors can join the Park Paddlers Club, which challenges them to explore waterways in six state parks. An award-winning Visitor Center—one of the most environmentally responsible buildings in the country—features exhibits on the area’s history, wildlife displays, trail maps, snacks and a renovated gift shop. A window-lined meeting room that seats 40 can be rented for gatherings.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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Park Hours:

7 a.m.–Dark

Office Hours:

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Bait Shop Hours:

Closed for the season.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 2,549 Acres
• 215-Acre Lake
• 10 Yurts ($85) — read one family's review
• 5 Tent Campsites ($25)
• Visitor Center/Museum/Gift Shop
Meeting Room (seats 40, weekday $85/weekend $100)
• 8 Picnic Shelters ($75)
• Group Shelter & BBQ Pit (seats 150, weekday $175/weekend $225)
• 2 Fishing Docks
• 1 Boat Ramp
• Bait Shop — seasonal

Things To Do & See:

• Hiking — 12 miles of trails
• Fishing — electric motors only
• Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard, & Aquacycle Rental — seasonal
• Park Paddlers Club
• Boat Rental — seasonal
• Picnicking
• Geocaching
• Interpretive Programs
Birding
• Playgrounds
Weddings — park approval required
Family Reunions — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

• Atlanta, Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia
• Douglasville, Georgia
Henry County
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site
Sandy Springs, Georgia
• Six Flags Over Georgia Theme Park

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Photographer's Morning Out
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Join a Park Ranger who will take you to their favorite photogenic areas to catch the morning light on the magnificent rapids and rocks of Sweetwater Creek as well as the spectacular New Manchester mill (as seen in the film "Hunger Games:Mockingjay").  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 12:30 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 PM
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This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
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.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
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.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Trails Work Day
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
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. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia
"Hidden Gem" New Manchester Daily Life Hike
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
This "Hidden Gem" hike will focus on the everyday life of the New Manchester residents and will visit sites not normally visited to see where they lived, where they got their drinking water, the 1850's roads they used, etc.  $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Hidden Gem
"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Monday, Dec 12, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is rated "moderate" and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek to the Civil War-era mill ruins of New Manchester (as seen in "Hunger Games: Mockingjay"). Hike will be cancelled if it is raining. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs allowed.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Reservations required.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Lower Creek/Alexander's Mill Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 12 PM to 4 PM
This ranger-led, four hour hike will cover the area downstream of our designated trail system including the Civil War era Alexander's Mill area and the area downstream most impacted by the "1000 year flood" of September 2009. This four mile, moderately difficult hike will take you to beautiful and rarely visited areas.  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Eastside Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
This ranger-led hike will take us to the beautiful east side of the park and will focus on both nature and history. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required on this moderately strenuous two and a half mile hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Stargazer Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
This moderate two-mile night hike will take us to a remote area where we will search the night sky for wonders like planets, constellations and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. Ages 6 and older. No dogs.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
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.  $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
First Day Of Winter Hike
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Celebrate the first day of Winter with a hike guided by a park ranger to the most scenic areas of Sweetwater Creek. Along the way we will discuss the winter traditions of the settlers of the town of New Manchester, along with winter tree identification. (meet at the Visitor Center)  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ridge to Rapids Eastside Hike
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 12 PM to 4 PM
Join a Park Ranger for a four hour strenuous hike on the beautiful East Side where we will walk through impressive forests and drop down to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek (including the Class IV rapid). Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Meet at the Visitor Center.  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Bring your four-legged hiking companion and join a ranger on our 1 and a half mile Red Trail and White Trail Combo. Dogs must be leashed at all times. We’ll explore areas of whitewater rapids (up to class IV) and see the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill, as seen in Hunger Games. Register in advance.  $5+ plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park"- First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
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 Center. Sturdy, close-toed shoes are required.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage: First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Celebrate the new year by joining us for a two hour, moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which includes a trip to the "Indian Cave."  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Historic New Manchester History- First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
AmeriCorps Volunteer Wilderness Cleanup
Monday, Jan 16, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Monday, Jan 16, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Call for volunteers of all ages for a Martin Luther King Day cleanup. Join AmeriCorps volunteers to clean wilderness areas within the park. Families with young children will participate in a trail cleanup while adults and children over 8 will be cleaning off-trail areas of the park. Call the Visitor Center to RSVP. Click event for more details. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Address/Directions
Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mount Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Douglas County


GPS Coordinates:

N 33.753783 | W -084.639000
Take I-20 west from Atlanta, exit #44 at Thornton Road, turn left and go ¼ mile. Turn right on Blairs Bridge Road. After 2 miles, turn left on Mount Vernon Road and proceed to the park.


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Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mount Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122 View Details


  33.753783
Sweetwater Creek State Park