Sweetwater Creek State Park


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder!
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Interested in what kind of birds live in your backyard, and how to attract them? Join us in making pinecone bird feeders! Stop by and learn about Georgia backyard birds while making something for them to eat. CAUTION: This craft will be using peanut butter. It is not safe for those with peanut allergies. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Piedmont Forest Hike
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a park ranger for a hike through our beautiful Piedmont forest as we identify the trees and flowers and discuss the animals, reptiles, and birds along the way to a tour of the inside of the New Manchester mill alongside the magnificent rapids of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Forest Writing and Sketching
Friday, Jan 31, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a short interpretive hike through our beautiful Piedmont forest where we will then sit to listen to a short lecture about writing and sketching. The remainder of the time will be spent quietly writing and sketching in a lovely, secluded spot in the forest. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $3 plus $5 parking. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" president John Johnston will lead a moderately strenuous three mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom-visited quarry of the New Manchester mill. Meet in the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
DIRT Event 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations. Cash only, exact change please. Meet and pay at the Visitor Center parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through several beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we will likely see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Foam Flower, Fire Pink. Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 20 to 25 species on this early hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through several beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we will likely see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Foam Flower, Fire Pink. Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 20 to 25 species on this early hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through several beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we will likely see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Foam Flower, Fire Pink. Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 20 to 25 species on this early hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" president John Johnston will lead a moderately strenuous three mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom-visited quarry of the New Manchester mill. Meet in the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
DIRT Event 
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through several beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we will likely see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Foam Flower, Fire Pink. Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 20 to 25 species on this early hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing through the tunnel and out on the lake. Highlights of this trip are visiting a beaver pond and dam and observing the eagles, ospreys, and herons. For those 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Mar 22, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing through the tunnel and out on the lake. Highlights of this trip are visiting a beaver pond and dam and observing the eagles, ospreys, and herons. For those 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing through the tunnel and out on the lake. Highlights of this trip are visiting a beaver pond and dam and observing the eagles, ospreys, and herons. For those 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing through the tunnel and out on the lake. Highlights of this trip are visiting a beaver pond and dam and observing the eagles, ospreys, and herons. For those 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.