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SWEETWATER CREEK STATE CONSERVATION PARK, GA

Photo: SWEETWATER CREEK STATE CONSERVATION PARK
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon May 18 2015   Later Dates
 

Description

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 with anglers 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 and pedal boats. Canoeists 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.

Geography:

Sweetwater Creek has rolling hills, flowing shoals, and forest that come alive as you explore by kayak or on foot.

Recreation:

Hiking – 9 miles of trails, closed at dark
Lake and Stream Fishing – boat ramp, electric motors only
Canoe and Kayak Rental (seasonal)
Fishing Boat Rental (seasonal)
Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
Picnicking
Geocaching
Ranger Programs
Birding
Playgrounds
Weddings (park approval required)

Facilities:

2,549 Acre Park
215-Acre Lake
Visitor Center and Gift Shop
Meeting Room (seats 40, $100)
11 Picnic Shelters ($70)
Group Shelter (seats 150, $175-$225) and BBQ Pit
2 Fishing Docks
Bait Shop (seasonal)

Nearby Attractions:

Atlanta, Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia
Historic Douglasville, Georgia
John Tanner State Park
Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site
Sandy Springs, Georgia
Six Flags Over Georgia Theme Park

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Guided Canoe Programs
  • Guided Hikes
  • Hiking
  • Historic Mill Ruins
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Naturalist
  • Overlook
  • Parking
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Public Telephone
  • Restrooms
  • Trail Running
  • Visitors Center
Alerts and Important Information
Parkpass is required for all vehicles.
ParkPass fees:
1-12 passenger vehicles $5 per day or $50 annual ParkPass;
13 - 30 passenger vehicles $30 per day or $75 annual ParkPass;
31 or more passenger vehicles $70 per day or $250 annual ParkPass;
Georgia active duty military/veterans $3.75 per day or $37.50 annual ParkPass.
ParkPass is available at the park office or by calling (770) 389-7401.
Overnight guests pay only one fee for the duration of their stay.

15 MILES WEST OF ATLANTA;
LITHIA SPRINGS, GEORGIA

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
33.75833, -84.63583
33°45'30"N, 84°38'9"W

From I-20W exit #44 at Thornton Road, turn south and go 1/4 miles. Turn right on Blairs Bridge Road. After 2 miles, turn left on Mount Vernon Road. Once you pass the park entrance, Shelters # 8, 9, and 10 will be the first loop on the right, before Cedar Terrace Rd. Across from Cedar Terrace, on the left of Mt. Vernon Rd, is Shelter #1 and the Bait Shop. Just South of Cedar Terrace, on the Right Side of Mt. Vernon Rd, is Shelter #2. To access Shelters # 3 - 6, 11, and 7, the Interpretive Center, Nature Trails, and the Group Shelter, turn left on Factory Shoals Rd. from Mt. Vernon Rd., less than a quarter mile south of Cedar Terrace Rd. and follow appropriate signs.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SWEETWATER CREEK STATE CONSERVATION PARK
1750 MT. VERNON ROAD
LITHIA SPRINGS GA 30122

Phone Number:

Information: (770)732-5871