Sweetwater Creek State Park

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.

Promoting Pollination

Pollination is a keystone process in our ecosystems and is critical for our food production. We depend on our pollinators to keep our parks beautiful! Unfortunately, our country has seen a significant decline in pollinator populations so we decided to join the solution. 

Recently, Friends constructed over 50 pollinator gardens at Georgia’s state parks and historic sites and now we’re ready to celebrate our pollinators! Thanks to our partners at the North American...

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Upcoming Events

Jul 16 Jul 16 July Friends of Sweetwater Meeting

We hope you will join us for our July Friends of Sweetwater meeting on Saturday, July 16th at 9AM in Classroom B of the Visitors Center.

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd. Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122
July 16, 2022, 9:00 am July 16, 2022, 10:30 am
Aug 20 Aug 20 August Friends of Sweetwater Meeting

We hope you will join us for our August Friends of Sweetwater meeting on Saturday, August 20th at 9AM in Classroom B of the Visitors Center.

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd. Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122
August 20, 2022, 9:00 am August 20, 2022, 10:30 am
Sep 17 Sep 17 September Friends of Sweetwater Meeting

We hope you will join us for our September Friends of Sweetwater meeting on Saturday, September 17th at 9AM in Classroom B of the Visitors Center.

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd. Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122
September 17, 2022, 9:00 am September 17, 2022, 10:30 am
Oct 15 Oct 15 October Friends of Sweetwater Meeting

We hope you will join us for our October Friends of Sweetwater meeting on Saturday, October 15th at 9AM in Classroom B of the Visitors Center.

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd. Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122
October 15, 2022, 9:00 am October 15, 2022, 10:30 am
Oct 15 Oct 15 October Candlelight Hike at Sweetwater Creek State Park

Join us for a night hike as we explore Sweetwater by candlelight. We'll take a mile-long guided hike to the New Manchester mill ruins.

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd. Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122
October 15, 2022, 3:00 pm October 15, 2022, 9:00 pm
Nov 19 Nov 19 November Friends of Sweetwater Meeting

We hope you will join us on Saturday, November 19th at 9AM in Classroom B of the Visitors Center for the November Friends of Sweetwater meeting. This will be the last meeting of the 2022 calendar year.

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd. Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122
November 19, 2022, 9:00 am November 19, 2022, 10:30 am
Nov 19 Nov 19 November Candlelight Hike at Sweetwater Creek State Park

Join us on a night hike as we explore Sweetwater by candlelight. We'll take a mile-long guided hike to the New Manchester mill ruins.

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd. Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122
November 19, 2022, 6:00 pm November 19, 2022, 8:00 pm
Dec 10 Dec 10 December Candlelight Hike at Sweetwater Creek State Park

Join us for a night hike as we explore Sweetwater by candlelight. We'll take a mile-long guided hike to the New Manchester mill ruins.

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd. Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122
December 10, 2022, 6:00 pm December 10, 2022, 8:00 pm

Sweetwater Creek State Park Volunteer Mailing List

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