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
Ranger Day Camp"
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 9 AM to 2 PM
Friday, Dec 27, 2013 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.
New Manchester History Hike"
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Join us 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. $15 plus $5 parking.
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
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.
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 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.
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Dec 27, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
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.
On Snake Awareness Program"
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 2 PM to 3 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
Hike to the Mill"
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to
moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil
War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester.
Candle lanterns will be provided. No children
under 6 years or dogs permitted. Sturdy,
closed-toe shoes are required. Space is limited
and is on a first-come first-serve basis. Meet
and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus
$5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
and Friends member John Johnston will lead a
moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types
and explaining how they formed. Explore the
beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom
visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in
the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking.
to Rapids" Full Moon Hike"
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013
1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes
inside the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of
New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up
to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight
and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No
children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the
Visitor's Center. Register in advance. $6 plus
$5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Art in the Park"
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 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 approach of
fall. Reservations required. $10 plus $5
"Winter Volunteer Day"
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 12 PM to 3 PM
cleanup and work day on White trail. $5 parking.
"Park Nights, City Lights Night Hike"
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 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. Dogs not permitted. Meet at the
visitor's center. Registration recommended. $6
plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Sweetwater Creek's First Day Hike"
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 11 AM to 1 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 includes a trip to the "Indian
Cave." $5 plus $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.
• 2,549 Acres
• 215-Acre Lake
• Visitor Center and Gift Shop
• Conference Room (seats 40, $105)
• 11 Picnic Shelters ($70)
• Group Shelter (seats 150, $150-$205) and BBQ
• 2 Fishing Docks
• Bait Shop (seasonal)
- 9 miles of trails, closed at dark, ranger-led
• Lake and Stream Fishing – boat ramp, electric
• Canoe and Kayak Rental (seasonal)
• Fishing Boat Rental (seasonal)
• Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
• Ranger Programs
• Weddings (park approval required)
Note: For Forms & applications see:
Applications & Forms