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




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PUBLIC NOTICE: The Bait Shop is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Live bait and boat rentals are available every day.

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.  Fishing supplies are available in the adjacent bait shop.  During warmer months, the park rents fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats.  Visitors can join the Park Paddler’s 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 gift shop. A window-lined meeting room can be rented for small gatherings.


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Park Hours: 7AM-Sunset
Visitor Center/Office Hours: 9AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/SweetwaterCreek


FACILITIES:
    • 2,549 Acres
    • 215-Acre Lake
    • Visitor Center/Musuem/Gift Shop
    Conference Room (seats 40 / weekday $85, weekend $100)
    • 8 Picnic Shelters ($70)
    • Group Shelter (seats 150, weekday $175, weekend $225) and BBQ Pit
    • 2 Fishing Docks
    • Bait Shop (seasonal)


THINGS TO DO & SEE:
    Hiking 9 miles of trails, closed at dark
    • Lake and Creek Fishing boat ramp, electric motors only
    • Canoe and Kayak Rental (seasonal)
    • SUP (Stand Up Paddle) board rental (seasonal)
    • Fishing Boat Rental (seasonal)
    • Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
    • Picnicking
    GeoCaching
    • Ranger Guided Interpretive Programs
    Birding
    • Playgrounds
    Weddings (park approval required)
    Family Reunions (park approval required)


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Visit our Trading Post Gift Shop!

While visiting the park, be sure stop in at our Trading Post gift shop. You'll find gifts, books, apparel, toys for children, and much more to please nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Open daily between 9AM to 5PM, located inside the Interpretive Center.


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Events
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
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Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis 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 historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Jul 11, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required.  $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Join 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 will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
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Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional 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. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance.  $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance.  $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Art in the Park
Friday, Jul 11, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 3 PM to 5 PM
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the warmth of summer. Reservations required.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaGeologist 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 short visit inside the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
A Walk in the Woods Through the Eyes of a Native American
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Join naturalist Jeremy Reeme on this walk through the woods as we look at plants and trees and other resources the Native Americans would have used. We will learn about edibles, medicinals, cordage, pottery, shelter, clothing, and firemaking. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations necessary at 770-732-5871.  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 16 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 9 PM to 11 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin 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.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for a peaceful paddle on the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir as the sun sets and we refresh ourselves in preparation for the end of the work week. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this program. Open to anyone 16 or older who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Register in advance.  $20 includes boat, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 2 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin instructors on the George H. Sparks Reservoir for an afternoon of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). This program is intended for anyone 16 and over who can swim and is interested in SUP, and will include an introduction to the sport as well as a recreational tour. Includes board, PFD, and paddle Meet at the Bait Shop. Limited to 6.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Address/Directions
Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 816
Lithia Springs, GA 30122


GPS Coordinates:
N 33.753783 | W -084.639000

Do not rely on GPS units for directions to this park. Take I-20 west from Atlanta, exit #44 at Thornton Road, turn left and go 1/4 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 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122 View Details


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Sweetwater Creek State Park


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