Sweetwater Creek State Park

» Mill Ruins Notice:
› To protect the historic mill ruins and maintain safety, access to the interior is closed to all visitors except those on guided hikes (public and private), school field trips and for special events. Hikes to the exterior of the mill ruins are still available on your own and encouraged.

"The extraordinary beauty of the rugged hills, rocky outcrops, and rolling rapids of Sweetwater Creek have shaped centuries of history engaging you to reconnect with the natural world."

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 for fishing and provides a pretty setting for feeding ducks and picnicking. However, there is no beach and swimming in the Reservoir is not allowed. Fishing supplies are available in the adjacent bait shop. During warmer months, the park rents fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and pedal boats. Visitors can join the Park Paddlers 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 renovated gift shop. A window-lined meeting room that seats 40 can be rented for gatherings.

Reservations, Accommodations & Facilities

  • 2,549 Acres
  • 215 Acre Lake
  • 10 Yurts (no dogs allowed)
  • 5 Tent Campsites
  • 1 Event Room (seats 40. Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.) — call park to reserve
  • 7 Picnic Shelters (Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits. Picnic shelter 7 does not have electricity.)
  • 1 Group Shelter (seats 150. Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
  • 2 Fishing Docks
  • 1 Boat Ramp
  • Bait Shop — hours may vary, please call the park for times
  • 2 Playgrounds
  • Outdoor Fitness Equipment
  • Visitor Center
  • Museum
  • Gift Shop
  • Wi-Fi — available in the Visitor Center & Bait Shop

 Sweetwater Creek Museum & Visitor Center - Virtual Tour

 Sweetwater Creek Textile Mill Ruins - Virtual Tour

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