Sweetwater Creek State Park is stunning! See these photos from our last visit. I have rented a picnic pavilion (Shelter #11 on this map) that can accommodate 50 people. We have it from 10:00am to 7:00pm so that will be our base of operation. In addition to a picnic lunch at noon, we will be doing morning and afternoon hikes. We likely break into 2-3 groups based on fitness level. You can participate in any or all activities. We are asking everyone to bring their own lunch. Light snacks (chips, etc. ), desserts and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the $10 registration fee. This is going to be a lot of fun!
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. 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 gift shop. A window-lined meeting room that seats 40 can be rented for gatherings.
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