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Group Gatherings at Georgia State Parks

Plan an Event at Georgia State Parks

From intimate weddings to large family reunions, and from youth campouts to corporate retreats, Georgia’s State Parks have facilities for all kinds of gatherings. Guests will enjoy the retreat-like atmosphere and variety of activities, all surrounded by scenic beauty. We can meet all budgets too! Rustic camps and picnic shelters are affordably priced, while retreats such as Smithgall Woods and the Reynolds Mansion are perfect for the most elegant affairs.

Types of Accomodations

Picnic Shelters: We’ve Got You Covered

Picnic SheltersAll state parks have covered picnic tables that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance. These open-air shelters include several tables assembled under a single roof and sometimes a barbecue pit or grills. Parking and restrooms are nearby.

Group Shelters: Special Event Facilities

Group SheltersPerfect for family reunions, parties and church picnics, enclosed group shelters have tables and chairs for 50 to 250, kitchens, restrooms, heat and air conditioning, and adjacent parking. Many have large barbecue pits.

Meeting Rooms: Professional or Easy-Going

Meeting Rooms

In addition to the conference space available at four lodges, Hard Labor Creek, Suwanee River Eco-Lodge at Stephen C. Foster, Sweetwater Creek and Panola Mountain state parks have small meeting rooms for rent.

Hotel-Style Lodges: Meeting & Banquet Facilities


All lodges have restaurants, catering, meeting services and professional event coordinators who can assist with meetings, reunions, banquets, weddings and other gatherings. A more luxurious group accommodation is available at Reynolds Mansion.

SAM Shortline Excursion Train

SAM Shortline

This excursion train welcomes groups on its tour through southwest Georgia. The train can also be reserved for private events. Throughout the year, this nostalgic train offers special tours to Savannah, Vidalia and other towns. The main depot is located in Cordele, just west of I-75.

Group Camps:  Summer Camp Fun

Group Camps

Group camps are perfect for large youth gatherings. While each is unique, they all provide a rustic environment with bunk beds, large kitchens, dining/assembly rooms, restrooms with hot showers, and sometimes swimming facilities. There is plenty of room to run and learn.

Pioneer Camping: Roughing It

Pioneer Camping

Organized groups such as Scouts can pitch tents in these private camping areas found at most state parks. All come with water spigots and pit toilets, and some have covered picnic shelters and grills.

Group Lodges: Your Own Private Retreat

Group Lodges

A group lodge is one large facility with dormitory sleeping quarters for 12 to 50. They have restrooms with hot showers and a kitchen and dining area. Guests provide their own linens.

Smithgall Woods

Smithgall Woods State Park

This mountain retreat offers 17 bedrooms in six beautifully decorated cottages. Some have porches along a trophy-trout stream, while others have private hot tubs. Business groups can meet in the main house’s great room with fireplace or on the large stream-side deck.

Suwannee River Eco-Lodge

Suwannee River Eco-Lodge

Just 18 miles from the Okefenokee Swamp, this is a unique location for hunting retreats, business meetings, reunions and weddings. Surrounded by pine forests, the eco-lodge is made up of 8 cottages with a total of 12 bedrooms (sleeps up to 40). A conference room, smaller meeting room, BBQ shelter and commercial-size kitchen are also available. Guests may rent a portion or all of the facility.


Birthday Parties

Birthdays at Georgia State ParksWhether turning 6 or 60, we can make your birthday a celebration to remember long after the last slice of cake is gone. In addition to our comfortable gathering spaces, partygoers will enjoy playgrounds, nature trails, fishing, swimming, pedal boats, mini-golf, ranger programs and beautiful scenery without ever leaving the park.

Camping Clubs

Camping Clubs at Georgia State Parks Bring your buddies to us! Camping clubs are welcome in Georgia’s State Parks, and we offer loyalty programs for both RV and tent campers. With free membership cards, you’ll stay every 10th night on us! All campgrounds have water and electric hookups, dump stations, and centrally located hot showers. Some sewage hookups are available at Florence Marina, Gordonia-Alatamaha, Reed Bingham, Skidaway Island and Victoria Bryant state parks. Leashed, well-behaved pets are always welcome. Parks will make every effort to set aside a portion of the campground for clubs reserving five or more sites at one time. Clubs reserving 20 or more sites may also use a group shelter or picnic shelter free of charge (some restrictions apply). One member may make reservations for the entire group, and a guest list should be provided to the park upon check-in. Campsite locations cannot be guaranteed.

Corporate Groups

Corporate Meetings & Retreats at Georgia State ParksFrom half-day retreats to multi-day conferences, Georgia State Parks have facilities for all types of corporate gatherings, yet our outdoor setting is the real attraction. Meeting inside state parks facilitates two purposes. It helps to clear the mind, allowing you to focus on the task at hand, and it rejuvenates your passion, preparing you to implement plans discussed during your stay. State parks also offer cost-efficient team building through recreation. When not brainstorming and strategizing, your group can enjoy golf, boating, fishing, nature walks, swimming and an abundance of activities—all without leaving the property. Family members who come along for the trip will find plenty of activities as well.

Family Reunions

Georgia State Parks ReunionsThere are many reasons why families make visiting our parks an annual tradition; it may be the Southern-inspired service and smiles, or our wide range of accommodations that fit all budgets, assuring a comfortable night’s sleep for everyone. Add in our picnic shelters and group shelters, and you’ll have room for the whole gang.   Mother Nature plays an important role too, offering a canopy of stars and symphony of night songs to enhance campfire tales. Forests, mountains, rivers and lakes deliver the perfect mix of tranquility and activity to reconnect with loved ones. And with endless activities such as fishing, golfing, hiking, biking, playgrounds and paddling, your reunion will cater to everyone's interests.


Georgia State Parks HobbyistsWhether you’re into birding or bridge, geocaching or photography, we have a place for your next club outing. Rent a cluster of cottages, lodge rooms, yurts or camping sites—or even our private group camps and group lodges. Have your meals in the lodge restaurants, or bring your own food to our enclosed group shelters or open-air picnic shelters. Many state parks have wonderful restaurants in nearby towns as well. Our park staff can sometimes plan private activities to complement your group's theme. We welcome blogger workshops, book clubs, bridge clubs, conservation groups, crafters, geocachers, girlfriend getaways, hiking clubs, photography associations, role-playing clubs, sporting teams, trail runners and more.

Military Families
Georgia State Parks Military Groups

Georgia State Parks welcome military families to enjoy our beautiful scenery, kid-friendly activities and variety of recreation. Groups can even take advantage of our leadership-initiative and team building programs, as well as meeting spaces. We even offer a range of affordable accommodations for both family getaways and organized retreats. To thank our armed forces, we offer a 25% discount on daily and annual ParkPasses to active duty and retired military who are also Georgia residents. Disabled veterans who are Georgia residents and present a Certificate of Eligibility card are entitled to a 25% discount on Annual ParkPasses, individual or family Friends Memberships, individual accommodations, picnic shelters, recreation fees such as mini-golf and boat rental, golf fees and historic site admission.

Road Touring Groups
Georgia State Parks Road Touring Groups

Along the rolling hills and sweeping curves of Georgia’s roads you can enjoy small, quaint towns filled with farmers markets, antiques, and local craftsmen. RV, auto, motorcycle or bicycle enthusiasts can enjoy a cool mountain ride through lush forests or explore coastline roads under live oaks and Spanish moss. Whatever view you prefer, planning your tour around Georgia State Parks provides picturesque backdrops for some wonderful road adventures and the parks provide great overnight accommodations! Georgia has a rich, diverse history. So a road trip to historic places and points of interest that include battlefields, forts, Indian mounds, historical homes, lighthouses, ruins of colonial settlements and more can be informative as well as fun. Once off road, there’s plenty to see and do. Our natural surroundings lend themselves to endless miles of inspiration and plenty of outdoor activity. Overnight accommodations range from tent and RV camping to cozy cottages, yurts, and lodges. Group shelters and picnic shelters offer space for a group rally or a monthly motor club meeting. Whether it's the hospitable service, comfortable accommodations, pleasing food, or affordable rates, one visit and you'll see why so many people make a trip to and around our state parks. We're friendly and affordable, easy to find, and impossible to forget.

Scouts & Youth
Scouts & Youth Groups at Georgia State Parks

Remember the thrill of exploring nature and the freedom of forgetting about your “inside voice”? What about the fun around a giant bonfire with all your best buddies? We have places where kids can, well, be kids! Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youth groups are encouraged to book our group facilities made just with them in mind. You’ll be in your own private area, with no worries of neighbors nearby.

Spiritual Retreats
Georgia State Parks Spiritual Retreats

Georgia's State Parks are naturally suited to spiritual contemplation, making us the perfect location for your next religious retreat. We offer acres of outdoor sanctuary, providing peaceful tranquility and places for quiet reflection or outdoor congregation. Regardless of denomination or affiliation, your group will be inspired when listening to a gentle stream, watching a golden sunrise, or taking in the sight of soaring birds. We regularly host, women's, men's and couple's retreats, youth retreats and camps, choral group retreats, bible study groups and workshops, church staff retreats and more.

Georgia State Parks Weddings

We can help make your wedding a celebration to remember forever. From the mountains to the coast, we have the perfect venue (both indoor and outdoor) for your wedding, reception or portrait sitting. State parks offer affordable packages in romantic settings, perfect for an intimate ceremony or large celebration. Our network of planning partners can alleviate any stresses. Need a few ideas to get you started? Indian Springs State Park features a historic stone pavilion where you can dance the night away. Crooked River State Park offers a wedding arbor beside its beautiful winding river. Black Rock Mountain and Cloudland Canyon have small overlooks where you can renew your vows. Fort King George Historic Site can even host an oyster roast for your reception.

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