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 Atlanta, Georgia.
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 meadows.
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.