Welcome Visitors!   

Welcome from the Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park!

You are about to discover Sweetwater Creek State Park, a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from bustling downtown Atlanta.

Explore with us... Wooded trails that follow the free-flowing stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful shoals below. Discover hundreds of species of wildflowers, mosses and ferns or watch a deer leap through the bushes and out of sight. It's all part of the wonder that we know as Sweetwater Creek State Park.

The 215-acre George Sparks Reservoir is popular with anglers and provides a pretty setting for feeding ducks and canoeing. Fishing supplies and snacks are available in the park’s bait shop, while maps and park information may be found in the new Interpretive Center.

THE NEW MANCHESTER MANUFACTURING MILL

 

SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK
LITHIA SPRINGS, GEORGIA


 

                          The New Manchester Manufacturing Mill

Completed in 1849, the 5-story New Manchester Manufacturing Mill was the tallest building in north Georgia. This state-of-the-art textile mill operated for 13 years providing Georgia with high quality cotton yarns and cloth. Then in July 1864 Union cavalry arrived and occupied the town of New Manchester without firing a shot. One week later, on July 9, 1864, Union soldiers set fire to the factory, associated buildings and the company store. Neither the town of New Manchester nor the mill was rebuilt. Today, only the ruins of the mill remain.

The New Manchester Manufacturing Mill has stood for over 160 years but time has not been kind to this historic building. Prior to the area becoming a State Park in 1978, people used the mill for target practice and as a source of bricks. Flooding of Sweetwater Creek has also taken its toll, the most recent being the devastating flood in September 2009.

                                     

The Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park, Inc., is incorporated as a non-profit organization with the purpose of protecting, preserving, and carefully developing the nature and history of Sweetwater Creek State Park in Douglas County, GA.

All donations are tax deductible under the provisions of the federal tax code section 501(c)(3).




Park Hours: (7:00am - Dark)

Visitor Center/Office Hours: (9:00am - 5:00pm)
$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Bait Shop Hours: (8:00am - 5:00pm)
Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Accommodations & Facilities:
• 2,549 Acres
• 215-Acre Lake
• 10 Yurts
• 5 Tent Campsites
• Visitor Center/Museum/Gift Shop
• Meeting Room (seats 40)
• 8 Picnic Shelters
• Group Shelter & BBQ Pit (seats 150)
• 2 Fishing Docks
• 1 Boat Ramp
• Bait Shop — seasonal

ACTIVITIES:
Hiking — 12 miles of trails
• Fishing — electric motors only
• Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard, & Aquacycle Rental — seasonal
• Park Paddlers Club
• Boat Rental — seasonal
• Picnicking
• Geocaching
• Interpretive Programs
• Birding
• Playgrounds
• Weddings — park approval required
• Family Reunions — park approval required


Note: For Forms & applications see: Applications & Forms
 

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