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.
Sweetwater Creek has rolling hills, flowing shoals, and forest that come alive as you explore by kayak or on foot.
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)
Weddings (park approval required)
2,549 Acre Park
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)
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Parkpass is required for all vehicles.
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