Sweetwater Creek State Park
Sweetwater Creek State Park is a
conservation park which opened in 1976 and
encompasses 2,549 acres of land 15 miles west of
It is the most visited day-use park in the
Georgia State Parks System.
The park has no overnight facilities but does
offer a variety of natural, cultural, and
recreational resources\including hiking,
picnicking, boating, and fishing. Four
maintained trails cover over nine miles
highlighting most aspects of the park from ridge
tops to creek valleys and from many diverse
plant communities to various cultural resources.
The trails are open from 7:00 a.m. to dark and
are color- coded with blazes painted on the
trees. The trailheads for all four trails are in
the parking lot near the Interpretive Center
(open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) where you will
find more trail information as well as exhibits
on the natural and cultural resources of the
park. Water, restrooms, snacks and drinks are
also available here.
Sweetwater Creek rises in Paulding County and
has a large drainage basin of 250 square miles.
After it enters the park it begins to fill with
rapids near the mill ruins (up to
class IV at the “Falls”). The river (creek) here
drops 120 feet in elevation on its race to the
Chattahoochee River This mile-long stretch is
the favorite of whitewater kayakers after a
heavy rain. The direction of the river flow
within the park is strongly influenced by the
geology as the river changes direction often as
it encounters resistant rock.
The park offers a diverse range of plant
habitats, from river bottomlands and marsh to
hardwood, pine and mixed upland forests to open
Wildflowers are generally abundant from late
winter/early spring until late fall.
The plentiful water of Sparks Reservoir and
Sweetwater Creek, along with the many diverse
habitats of the park also make it attractive to
birds and bird watchers.