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.
2,549 Acre Park 215-Acre Lake Visitor Center and Gift Shop Event Room (seats 40) Picnic Shelters Group Shelter (seats 150) and BBQ Pit 2 Fishing Docks Bait Shop (seasonal)
Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site
Hiking15 miles of trails, closed at dark Lake and Stream Fishing-boat ramp, electric motors only Canoe and Kayak Rental (seasonal) Fishing Boat Rental (seasonal) Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal) Picnicking Geocaching Ranger Programs Birding Playgrounds Weddings (park approval required)
1750 MT. VERNON ROAD, LITHIA SPRINGS, GA 30122