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.
Things To Do & See:
Family Reunions — park approval required
Fishing — private boats allowed, electric motors only
Hiking — 15 miles of trails
Park Paddlers Club
Weddings — park approval required
Jon Boat, Kayak, Canoe, Paddleboard, & Aquacycle Rental — seasonal
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 at 9:00am
Mason Mill Park
Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 10:00am
Cobb Galleria Centre
Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 at 1:30pm
Cascade Springs Nature Preserve
JOIN FOR JUST $16 A YEAR