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.




                                  
"Junior Ranger Day Camp"
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
 
This day camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be nature and history hikes, a live reptile program, bird watching, a green building tour, and nature oriented arts and craft projects. Participants need to bring their own lunch and snacks. Register in advance. $20 includes Junior Ranger book and badge. 770-732-5871.

"Historic New Manchester History Hike"
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Monday, Feb 17, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
 
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking.              770-732-5871.

"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike"
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM

Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

"Art in the Park"
Friday, Feb 7, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Friday, Feb 21, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM

Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins as we enjoy the open skies of winter. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

"Valentines Day "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike"
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Bring your sweetheart out for a romantic night. This 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is moderately difficult and goes inside the five-story Civil War era ruins of the New Manchester Mill along the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight is required. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Reservations recommended. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

"Hands On" Snake Awareness Program"
Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM

Join a Park Ranger and several snakes and turtles in this educational program as we learn about reptiles of Sweetwater Creek State Park. This will be very much a "hands-on" experience as all will have an opportunity to feel and hold the snakes. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

"Hayride and S'mores"
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM

Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking.
770-732-5871.

"Home School Wednesdays"
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
 
This monthly program geared towards homeschoolers will include a classroom presentation and a fun, educational hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

"Night Sky Watch"
Friday, Jan 31, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Feb 7, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Feb 21, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM

This moderate hike will take us to Jack's Hill where we will search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars are recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight are required. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

"SweetH20 Half Marathon"
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 8 AM

This race course offers 13.1 miles of winding, moderately difficult trails in and around Sweetwater Creek State Park, following the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek, and venturing past Civil War-ear textile mill ruins. There will be aid stations every 2-4 miles with water and sports drink. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

"SweetH20 50K"
Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Sweetwater Creek State Park offers winding, moderately difficult trails with creek crossings in and around the park, following the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek, and venturing past Civil War-era textile mill ruins. No wheels of any kind nor pets allowed on the race course. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

 






Park Hours: (7:00am - 10:00pm)
Office Hours: (9:00am - 5:00pm)
Trails close at dark; other areas close at dark if not in use.

FACILITIES:
• 2,549 Acres
• 215-Acre Lake
• Visitor Center and Gift Shop
• Conference Room (seats 40 / weekday $85, weekend $100)
• 8 Picnic Shelters ($70)
• Group Shelter (seats 150, weekday $175, weekend $225) and BBQ Pit
• 2 Fishing Docks
• Bait Shop (seasonal)

 
ACTIVITIES:
Hiking - 9 miles of trails, closed at dark, ranger-led educational hikes
 • Lake and Creek Fishing – boat ramp, electric motors only
• Canoe and Kayak Rental (seasonal)
• SUP (Stand Up Paddle) board rental (seasonal)
• Fishing Boat Rental (seasonal)
• Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
• Picnicking
• Geo Caching
• Ranger Guided Interpretive Programs
• Birding
• Playgrounds
• Weddings (park approval required)
• Family Reunions (park approval required)


Note: For Forms & applications see: Applications & Forms




 
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