Welcome Visitors!   

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 downtown Atlanta.

Explore with us... Wooded 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 Interpretive Center.




SAVE THE MILL!


THE NEW MANCHESTER MANUFACTURING MILL

SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK
LITHIA SPRINGS, GEORGIA


AS FEATURED IN

“HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 1”

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      The New Manchester Manufacturing Mill Needs YOUR HELP!!

Completed in 1849, the 5-story New Manchester Manufacturing Mill was the tallest building in north Georgia. This state-of-the-art textile mill operated for 13 years providing Georgia with high quality cotton yarns and cloth. Then in July 1864 Union cavalry arrived and occupied the town of New Manchester without firing a shot. One week later, on July 9, 1864, Union soldiers set fire to the factory, associated buildings and the company store. Neither the town of New Manchester nor the mill was rebuilt. Today, only the ruins of the mill remain.

The New Manchester Manufacturing Mill has stood for over 160 years but time has not been kind to this historic building. Prior to the area becoming a State Park in 1978, people used the mill for target practice and as a source of bricks. Flooding of Sweetwater Creek has also taken its toll, the most recent being the devastating flood in September 2009.


                                      It is now time to Save the Mill.


Your tax deductible donation to the Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park’s Save the Mill Fund will go toward stabilizing this very fragile building so future generations can enjoy and learn its important history. Donations can be mailed to:

                                            Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park, Inc.
                                            Save the Mill Fund
                                            P.O. Box 816
                                            Lithia Springs, GA 30122

The Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park, Inc., is incorporated as a non-profit organization with the purpose of protecting, preserving, and carefully developing the nature and history of Sweetwater Creek State Park in Douglas County, GA.
All donations are tax deductible under the provisions of the federal tax code section
 501(c)(3).




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.

FACILITIES:
•  2,549 Acres
• 215-Acre Lake
• Visitor Center/Museum/Gift Shop
• Conference Room (seats 40 / weekday $85, weekend $100)
• 8 Picnic Shelters ($70)
• Group Shelter (seats 150, weekday $175, weekend $225) and BBQ Pit
• 2 Fishing Docks
• Bait Shop (seasonal)

 
ACTIVITIES:
Hiking - 9 miles of trails, closed at dark, ranger-led educational hikes
• 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)
• Picnicking
• Geo Caching
• Ranger Guided Interpretive Programs
• Birding
• Playgrounds
• Weddings (park approval required)
• Family Reunions (park approval required)


Note: For Forms & applications see: Applications & Forms
 
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