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
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
American Heritage Hike"
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on
the first inhabitants of our area, the Native
Americans or American Indians, as we explore the
eastside which will include a visit to the
"Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center.
Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking.
"Historic New Manchester History Hike"
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
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
Creek by Kayak"
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a
peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem
kayak. There is an optional short hike to view
the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This
outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can
swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent.
Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in
advance. $23 plus $5 parking.
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Join us for this evening
paddle on the Sparks Reservoir. We will watch
the sun set and then search the sky for wonders
like planets, stars, constellations, and
shooting stars as night arrives. This program is
for anyone over 17 who can swim. Binoculars
recommended. Includes choice of canoe or tandem
kayak, PFD, and paddle. Meet at the Bait Shop.
$20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the
lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those
16 years or older who can swim or children 6
years or older who can swim and are accompanied
by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in
advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak,
PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking"
Monday, Sep 1, 2014 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Join us for an
introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks
Reservoir. This program is for girls and women
16 years and older who are able to swim and are
new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary.
Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking.
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch
for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This
program is open to adults and children 6 years
or older who are accompanied by an adult. You
may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip.
Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5
to Bird watching Hike"
Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 8 AM to 10 AM
trip is designed for anyone interested in
learning more about birds, the important
habitats critical to some species, and
organizations like the Audubon Society which are
dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the
park's Interpretive Center. $5 parking.
in the Park"
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
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 in the warmth of summer. Reservations
required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
for a strenuous, 3 mile evening hike to the
beautiful east side of the park where we will
climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave"
and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This
hike is open to anyone 16 years and older.
Closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs not
permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's
Center. Reservations required. $6 plus $5
101 (Class 1-Lighting)"
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd,
the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, as
we learn about lighting. You don't need an
expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple
point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. $15
plus $5 parking.
Creek Cleanup -- Your State Park Day"
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 1 PM
staff and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State
Park" volunteers as we clean up the Sparks
reservoir and hiking trails. We will be cleaning
the lake by canoe and kayak and also from the
banks. You will also have an opportunity to
clean the banks of lovely Sweetwater Creek.
Bring gloves and pickup tools. 770-732-5871.
Park Hours: (7:00am - Sunset)
Visitor Center/Office Hours: (9:00am - 5:00pm)
Trails close at dark; other areas close at dark
if not in use.
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
• 2,549 Acres
• 215-Acre Lake
• Visitor Center/Museum/Gift Shop
• Conference Room (seats 40 / weekday $85,
• 8 Picnic Shelters ($70)
• Group Shelter (seats 150, weekday $175,
weekend $225) and BBQ Pit
• 2 Fishing Docks
• Bait Shop (seasonal)
- 9 miles of trails, closed at dark, ranger-led
• 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)
• Geo Caching
• Ranger Guided Interpretive Programs
• Weddings (park approval required)
• Family Reunions (park approval required)
Note: For Forms & applications see:
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