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Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
Sweetwater Creek State Park is a 2,549 acre (10.32 km2) Georgia state park located in the New Manchester area of east Douglas County, 15mi from downtown Atlanta. The park is named after Sweetwater Creek which runs through the park. Sweetwater became an official state park in 1972, driven in great part by the work of the Georgia Conservancy, an environmental organization that was formed during a meeting at Sweetwater Creek in 1967.The park features wooded walking and hiking trails, the George Sparks Reservoir, a visitor center, a bait shop, and a gift shop, as well as the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company. The Visitor Center displays artifacts that belong to Native Americans, remnants from the Civil War era, and mounted animals and birds. The park has rich biodiversity, geology, and history. The park's mission is to conserve environment for the present and future generations through use of various conservation methods such as bioretention ponds, solar panels, green roofs, and a composting toilet.HistoryThe area of the Sweetwater Creek park used to belong to the Cherokee and according to a legend “Sweetwater” means the name of Chief Ama-Kanasta. In 1819, hunger for land led the state of Georgia to appeal to the United States government to remove the Cherokee; the appeal was rejected. In 1827, the state of Georgia began to divide the Cherokee lands through lotteries. In 1829, just elected president Andrew Jackson who was an ally of the state of Georgia challenged the reject of appeal. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court’s decree stated that Georgia had no right to forbid the Cherokee government, in 1831, Georgia’s General Assembly arranged all Cherokee land inspected and distributed by lottery. In 1838, federal troops started forcing the Cherokee to leave Georgia and Alabama and about twenty thousand were forced to west to Oklahoma via the Trail of Tears.
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  • My fiancé and I love enjoying parks with creeks and a little bit of history. We decided to head out there this past Saturday to have a picnic and walk the trails. There are plenty of areas to have a p...  read more »
  • The hike was beautiful . We could see the river and hear the wonderful sounds. Saw the old mill which has a great place in history. Thinking of renting a Yurt there for fun one evening to do some glam...  read more »
  • Campground was clean and bathrooms were new and in great shape. We camped. The site was gravel which surprised me. Fortunately, I brought a mattress. One negative is that the bathrooms are very far aw...  read more »
  • We walked on the White trail, which is about a 4 mile loop that follows the creek for half its length. The trail was very dynamic, with a few side paths you can take to walk on or along the creek and then rejoin with the main trail further down. There are tons of rocks spanning the width of the creek, which you can walk across to easily get to the center for amazing pictures. The walking path was well shaded and had almost no mosquitos from 10am to 1pm (August). Loved it and took lots of great pictures.
  • This is my favorite picnic and hiking spot! I hike and camp a lot in Georgia (about twice a month camping, weekly hiking) and this place is tops! The staff and Rangers are always friendly, helpful, professional, and seem to thrive on the special activities the park seems to always have. The trails are amazing and seem to go on forever. They are well marked and honestly some of the best trails in the world (and I've been to dozens of those as well). The nature center always gets my daughter's attention and there is an amazing amount to see in nature, history, and even modern (Geocache, Ingress, and Pokemon). When I tell my daughter there is a special walk/tour, I know that she and at least 4 more of her friends will have a great time (along with me and her mother). Even the weddings here are great! This is a MUST see for Parks in the Atlanta area!
  • I love going here. It started in 2011 as a peace haven. Now I go with my boyfriend. I plan to take my kids here in the future. The lake is beautiful. Wish there was more green grass for true blanket picnics.
  • Amazing scenery with great views! Awesome trails. Expect a great time!!
  • This park is really amazing and unusual. I find when I go hiking, I normally have to go a long distance to reach the desired destination. I went to see the ruins- which btw were stunning for a random state park!- minus the fence around it. My boyfriend and I went 'rock hiking' not sure if that term exists or if we created it but whatever. We had the oppurtunity to start from the top of the trail by strategical stepping from huge stone to small stone all the way down the trail. The current was pretty strong so we used a huge stick to navigate all the way to the ruins. Being in the water on a stone away from everyone looking at the old crumbling brick display was lovely. The park is incredibly dog friendly. I didn't have my dogs but everyone else seemed to. The staff was very nice. All sizes, ethnicities, ages of people enjoying the trail and water. Attire ranged from bathing suits to full on hiking gear. Very family friendly. Really a nice hidden spot.
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