Sweetwater State Park February 2018 Programs

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Historic New Manchester Mill

History Hike

Saturday, February 24    12:00PM- 1:30PM & Sunday, February 25    3:00PM-4:30PM

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, see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay” film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of the creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back.

Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required.  $5 plus $5 parking.

"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

Saturday, February 24   2:00PM-3:30PM & Sunday, February 25    11:00AM- 12:30PM

Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the five story New Manchester mill from the film "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking.  

Homeschool Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 28   11:00AM-12:30 PM

Home-school students of all ages are welcomed to come join park rangers on an educational nature/history hike to the historic five story New Manchester Manufacturing Mill and class IV rapids. This hike meets the GPS standards. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservation recommended. $3 plus $5 parking.

Hike through the Piedmont Forest

Saturday, February 24      11:00AM-12:30PM

Join a park ranger for a leisurely hike through our beautiful Piedmont forest as we identify the trees, shrubs, and flowers and discuss the medicinal and edible plants along the way. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required.  $5 plus $5 parking.

Late Winter Wildflower Hikes

Saturday, February 24     3:00PM- 5:00PM

Sunday, February 25    2:00PM- 4:00PM

This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we may see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, and Green and Gold. Generally, we see 20 to 25 species on this “early in the spring” hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking.

"John Muir Inspired" Identification Hike

Sunday, February 25    12:00PM-1:30PM

No cameras or search engines, only pencil and paper. This hike will be an educational program geared toward identifying native and non-native animal and plant species. Pencil and sketch pad recommended. 8 yrs. and older. Reservations required. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required.

$5 plus $5 parking.

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