» Mill Ruins Notice:
› To protect the historic mill ruins and maintain safety, access to the interior is closed to all visitors except those on guided hikes (public and private), school field trips and for special events. Hikes to the exterior of the mill ruins are still available on your own 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.
Reservations, Accommodations & Facilities
- 2,549 Acres
- 215 Acre Lake
- 10 Yurts
- 5 Tent Campsites — site specific
- 1 Event Room (seats 40) — call park to reserve
- 7 Picnic Shelters
- 1 Group Shelter (seats 150)
- 2 Fishing Docks
- 1 Boat Ramp
- Bait Shop — seasonal
- 2 Playgrounds
- Outdoor Fitness Equipment
- Visitor Center
- Gift Shop
- Wi-Fi — available in the Visitor Center & Bait Shop
Things To Do & See
- Family Reunions — park approval required
- Fishing — private boats allowed, electric motors only
- Hiking — 15 miles of trails
- Interpretive Programs
- Park Paddlers Club
- Weddings — park approval required
- Jon Boat, Kayak, Canoe, Paddleboard, & Aquacycle Rental — seasonal
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In The News
Park 7 a.m.–Dark
Office 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 8:00a.m.-7:00p.m.
These are current seasonal hours and subject to change.
Fees & Passes
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
1750 Mount Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
N 33.753783 | W -084.639000