“explore abandoned ruins”
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.
You can rent canoes and kayaks here, which is so awesome-- or you can just hop right in to the creek to cool off!
Went letterboxing here with a friend; beautiful hike! The river was high, though, so the trails had been modified to compensate.
The mill ruins and rapids were so cool to see. The hike up to see them was pretty easy. If youre in the area you should definitely check it out!!
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Sweetwater Creek State Park
- Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Not Wheelchair Accessible