Best Things to Do in Sweetwater Creek State Park

Flickr - Photo by TranceMist

Sweetwater Creek State Park is a 2,549 acre Georgia state park in east Douglas County, United States.

This beautiful state park has many attractions in it, such as New Manchester Mills ruin, which was used as one of shooting location of the famous movie Hunger Games.

Not only you can stroll along the park, you can also camp in here.

The hiking trails are suitable for all hikers skills.

Every corners are photogenic, so don't forget to bring your camera here!



Welcome to Sweetwater Creek State Park, one of the most popular park in Atlanta. This beautiful park has a lot to offer, and if you’re in Douglas County, you should totally check it out.

There are many spots you can totally stop by and enjoy sightseeing in it. You can follow the wooded trails which leads to New Manchester Mill Ruins, which is a textile mill burned down during Civil War. Fun fact, the New Manchester Mill Ruins was also a filming location of the famous movie Hunger Games.

You need to go nowhere else than exploring inside the park itself to feast your eyes. The lake’s water looks glassy, complemented with the rocks and greeneries everywhere you look at. Everything is beyond scenic and every building are environmentally responsible. No matter which trails you take, you will be led to somewhere beautiful.

New Manchester Mill Ruins

Historical destination with trails of various terrain surrounded by beautiful nature.

Address : Lithia Springs, GA 30122, USA


Honestly, we’re almost 100 percent sure that you will never be bored when you visit this park. There are many park activities you can do here. To name a few, you can do hiking, birding, fishing, geocaching, picnicking, weddings, and joining park paddlers club.

For hiking, there are 4 trails that you can follow. Red Trail is the shortest one, with only 2 miles in distance and you will be able to visit the famous New Manchester Mill ruins. Then the Yellow Trail is 3.4 miles in distance. You will cross the creek using a large bridge and on the other side, you will see the mill ruins as well as a cave that once was inhabited by Native Americans.

The third is the white trail, with 4.1 miles in distance. You will be able to see mill ruins and climb some large bluffs overlooking the creek’s waterfall. There is also a small lake and grassy meadows you will pass by. Even though it’s a bit far, but it’s going to be worth it.
The last one is the Orange trail with 4.75 miles in distance. You will see the mills ruin just like how it’s captured in The Hunger Games, and you will also be able to see Atlanta’s skyline.

If you’re not tired after you hike you can rent a SUP board from the park and then do paddle boarding on the lake.


Can’t get enough with this park? well, who says that you can’t stay overnight! You can sign up for camping in here and experience sleeping in the wilderness. You can choose whether you want to stay in a yurt or you want to bring your own tent. If you bring a whole family, the Yurt will be a perfect choice.

There are bath houses as well that you can use here and they are clean. If you’re interested in camping, you better reserve as early as possible as the slots fills up quickly!

Sweetwater Creek State Park Camping Area

Historical wooded state park offering hiking, picnicking, boating, fishing & GeoCaching.

Address : 1750 Mt Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122, USA


Sweetwater Creek State Park have several rules you have to follow if you’re in the area of the park. You are not allowed to smoke in all areas of the park. Pets are allowed in the campgrounds if they are leashed. You are also not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages or intoxicants.

If you’re camping you should also be considerate of other guests by being quiet and not using radios, television and other noise making devices between 10 PM to 7 AM.


Sweetwater Creek State Park is always beautiful in all seasons. But speaking of weather, the best time to visit here is March 26th to May 27th.


Sleep your tiredness away in Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta West/Lithia Spring! This hotel is only 10 minutes away by driving from the park. With easy access to strategic places such as airports and restaurants, your stay will be very comfortable here. There’s a pool you can use and a Pavilion Pantry which serves snacks 24-hours a day.

Our other pick is Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Lithia Springs. This hotel has modern indoor design with decent key amenities, such as free high-speed internet, fitness center, pool, meeting space, laundry service, and more. It’s also only 10 minutes away from Sweetwater Creek State Park.

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta West/Lithia Springs

Modern hotel with traditional rooms & suites, plus an indoor/outdoor pool & a restaurant.

Address : 110 Interstate W Pkwy, Lithia Springs, GA 30122, USA

Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Lithia Springs

Relaxed quarters in an unfussy hotel offering a simple cafe/bar, an outdoor pool & free parking.

Address : 895 Bob Arnold Blvd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122, USA


Feeling hungry? Go to Beaver Creek Biscuit Company and Barbecue. This popular restaurant serves BBQ pork, beef brisket, pork spare ribs, and chicken. The BBQs are slow smoked. You should also try their famous buttermilk biscuit! Rather than elegant-high end, this place welcomes you with casual ambiance. Generous portion will fill your stomach just right!

Another place you can visit is April’s Place. This restaurant serves quick bites with cozy atmosphere. Every foods here are fresh. The décor of the place is nice and the restaurant is clean.

Beaver Creek Biscuit Company and Barbecue

Ample plates of ribs & other BBQ standards plus biscuits draw crowds to this down-home spot.

Address : 1451 Six Flags Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122, USA

April's Place

Offering a “southern and soul” cuisine with satisfying flavors and taste.

Address : 1754 Lee Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122, USA


Actually, Sweetwater Creek State Park has their own gift shop where you can buy souvenirs associated to the park. However, if you want to buy unique souvenirs out of the park, you can go to Champ’s Clock Shop. This place sells big variety of clock, from the big ones to the small ones. The staffs are very knowledgeable and the prices is great too. This will be a perfect place if you’re a fan of classic items and has nostalgic touch to it.

Champ's Clock Shop

Providing lots collection of historical artifacts and variety of clocks.

Address : 3834 King Dr, Douglasville, GA 30135, USA