Sweetwater Creek

State Park - Georgia

Sweetwater Creek State Park located in east Douglas County, 15 miles (24 km) from downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The park is named after Sweetwater Creek which runs through it. Cherokee people were forcibly removed from the area and it eventually became home to the New Manchester Manufacturing Company and mill town of New Manchester. 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.

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Trail Map of Sweetwater Creek State Park (SP) in Georgia. Published by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.Sweetwater Creek - Trail Map

Trail Map of Sweetwater Creek State Park (SP) in Georgia. Published by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.

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Statewide Bike Map of Georgia. Published by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).

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Trail map with trail descriptions for Sweetwater Creek State Park (SP) in Georgia. Published by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.Sweetwater Creek - Trail Map

Trail map with trail descriptions for Sweetwater Creek State Park (SP) in Georgia. Published by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.

Brochure of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Published by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.Georgia State Parks - Parks Brochure

Brochure of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Published by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.

Sweetwater Creek SP https://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweetwater_Creek_State_Park Sweetwater Creek State Park located in east Douglas County, 15 miles (24 km) from downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The park is named after Sweetwater Creek which runs through it. Cherokee people were forcibly removed from the area and it eventually became home to the New Manchester Manufacturing Company and mill town of New Manchester. 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.
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