Sweetwater Creek State Park

Sweetwater Creek State Park, just 15 miles west of Atlanta , is an expanse of rugged hills, rocky bluffs, and the flowing waters of Sweetwater Creek. Established in 1972, the park spans 2,549 acres and is steeped in history with ruins from the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a Civil War-era textile mill. The visitor center, noted for its sustainable design, offers a deep dive into the local history and ecology with its exhibits.

The park’s extensive trail system invites exploration of its scenic vistas, particularly the red trail that guides visitors from the historic mill ruins up to rocky overlooks with stunning views of rapids below. Additional paths meander through diverse ecosystems, featuring native flora such as ferns, magnolias, and wild azaleas. The 215-acre George Sparks Reservoir enhances the park’s recreational appeal, offering fishing, boat rentals, and tranquil spots for picnicking—though swimming is prohibited.

Sweetwater Creek State Park also caters to group activities with facilities like picnic shelters, a group shelter, and an event room available for reservations. Whether joining a ranger-led hike, paddling through the Park Paddlers Club, or simply enjoying the outdoor fitness equipment, visitors find countless ways to reconnect with nature.