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Picketts Mill Battlefield State Historic Site
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Celebrate Memorial Day with a Reflection on American Battles, Touring Historic Sites
ATLANTA, April 17, 2014 – As many families gather for picnics over Memorial Day weekend, some may also want to honor those who fought on American soil. Georgia is home to many significant battlefields and forts that have been carefully preserved. A visit to one of these sites is a great way to teach children about our country’s rich history and honor those who have fallen. Below are suggested forts, museums and battlefields across Georgia. For directions and admission fees, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org.
Spend Mother’s Day with Mother Nature
ATLANTA, April 10, 2014 -- Good memories are usually the best gift of all. Mother’s Day is May 11, so why not spend the day with Mom while enjoying Mother Nature? Georgia’s State Parks provide plenty of places where families can enjoy being together, soaking up springtime scenery. Below are five ideas for a Mother’s Day that will make moms and grandmas smile for months to come.
DNR Launches Interactive Map of Recreational Lands
ATLANTA, March 14, 2014 -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today unveiled an interactive map that identifies DNR-managed lands and outdoor recreation opportunities. The “Georgia Outdoor Map” includes state parks, wildlife management areas, public fishing areas, boat ramps, and historic sites. Users are able to search by category to find locations where they can camp, hunt, hike, fish or explore history.
Easter Egg Hunts in Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, March 7, 2014 -- If the little ones in your family are excited about Easter, start the celebration early by joining an egg hunt. Several Georgia State Parks are hosting events where children can fill their baskets with goodies and work off energy on playgrounds. Covered picnic shelters and enclosed group shelters can be reserved for large family potlucks and barbecues. Plus, all of Georgia’s State Parks and many State Historic Sites have picnic tables with pretty views. To find a nearby park, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org.
Spring Break: Wild Life or Wildlife?
ATLANTA, GA. (February 10, 2014)—This Spring Break, break away from the wild life of the college crowd and migrate toward the wildlife at a Georgia State Park, where the gentle calls of birds and furry friends greet visitors waking up in their cabins or campsites and create a soothing melody for a good night’s sleep. Thousands of families, couples and friends emphatically agree that one of the most exciting and entertaining aspects of Georgia State Parks is wildlife-watching during their spring getaway.
Valentine’s Day Events & Specials in Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, January 29, 2014 -- Sweethearts wishing for a memorable Valentine’s Day will find plenty of romance in Georgia’s State Parks. All across the state, couples can celebrate being together on winter wonderland hikes, picnics under the stars and full-moon wagon rides. State parks also have a variety of romantic accommodations and specials for couples planning a weekend escape.
Free ‘Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites’ Now Available
ATLANTA, January 23, 2014 – With spring just around the corner, many Georgians are beginning to think ahead to warmer weather and weekend escapes. The newly published “2014 Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” is a handy resource for planning a spring break, summer vacation or family reunion. The free booklet is filled with tips on the best hiking trails, fishing spots, wedding venues and accommodations. It also includes Georgia’s newest state park which open last year on Lake Lanier.
Georgia State Parks Offers Warm Deals for Snowbirds Flocking to and through Georgia
ATLANTA, Winter 2013-14 —The seasons have changed and winter has arrived, which means that Georgia State Parks has one for the birds—the sun-seeking snowbirds, that is. It’s time for the annual migration when residents from points north seek warm southern sunshine. This year Georgia State Parks is offering some cool deals to RVers to nest for a while in the Peach State by offering a 50 percent discount off the regular campsite rates of $25 to $32 per night with a minimum of a 30-day stay from now until February 28, 2014. To take advantage of this fine-as-a-feather offer when making reservations, use promotional code SnowBird50%. For additional details, please visit www.gastateparks.org/snowbird.
"First Day Hikes" Kick Off New Year
ATLANTA, December 8, 2013 – All across America, state park systems are inviting citizens to start the New Year with a “First Day Hike” and celebration of nature. In Georgia, more than 40 state parks have planned ranger-led hikes that will also inspire participants to kick off 2014 with a commitment to healthy living.
Holiday Gift Ideas
ATLANTA, GA – November 19, 2013– Looking for a thoughtful holiday gift for a special person? Make an impression with a distinctive gift of the great outdoors. From an Annual ParkPass to a golfing vacation or a “Friends” membership, Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites is an uncommon resource. Imagine giving your true love 52 nature trails, 36 lakes, 13 Indian mounds, eight golf courses, five historic homes, three forts, two plantations, one swamp and a train ride.
State Outdoor Recreation Plan Presented by DNR
ATLANTA, October 22, 2013 – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has presented a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and is inviting Georgians to comment. A public meeting will be held Wednesday, October 30, and written comments may be submitted through November 22. The plan may be viewed at GaStateParks.org/SCORP-1416draft.
Letter to Visitors: "Your State Parks Day" a Huge Success
October 7, 2013 -- An estimated 26,000 visitors participated in dozens of events and service projects at Georgia state parks and historic sites on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The occasion was “Your State Parks Day”, a celebration of National Public Lands Day hosted by Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Our Friends organization sponsored service projects with approximately 3,000 volunteers and underwrote the cost of parking at state parks and admission to state historic sites for the day.
Reelin’ In The Prizes Fishing Challenge Hosted by O’Neill Williams
Atlanta, GA, September 26, 2013 – Georgia State Parks offer some of the best fishing around. Whether you’re casting for bass, trout or catfish, you could reel in more than just a fish. The Reelin’ In The Prizes Fishing Challenge is being hosted October 1 – December 1, 2013 in over 38 parks across the state with a wide range of environments including warm water streams and rivers, small and large lakes, reservoirs, even salt water fishing.
Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Remain Open; Not Affected by Federal Shutdown
ATLANTA, October 1, 2013 -- Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites are not affiliated with the National Park System and will remain open even with the federal government experiencing a shutdown starting October 1. These sites are operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The only affected park is S.C. Foster State Park, located inside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. While this park’s campground and cabins remain open, visitors can not boat into the swamp or hike nature trails.
Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course Offers Fall and Winter Grand Slam Getaway Packages
ELBERTON, GA, September 17, 2013 – The weather is ideal, the course is superb, the lake is refreshing and the scenery breathtaking. This fall, enjoy a grand slam of accommodations, fishing, boating, and – of course – golf at Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course in Richard B. Russell State Park in Elberton, GA. Arrowhead Pointe, consistently rated highly by Golfweek and Travelgolf.com, is offering two-day, two-night golf packages starting at $160 per person, now through November, a $30 per person discount.
“Leaf Watch” Website Helps Leaf Peepers Find Best Fall Color in Georgia
ATLANTA, September 19, 2013 – How will this summer’s rain affect fall color? That’s the question only Mother Nature can answer. Despite the soggy summer, Georgia could still see vibrant autumn color if the rain stays away, days are sunny and warm, and nights are cool but not freezing.
Thomas the Tank Engine™ Coming to South Georgia
Tiny fans of Thomas the Tank Engine™ can ride a real train this fall when the storybook character pulls into southwest Georgia. The 2013 Day Out With Thomas offers little engineers and their families an opportunity to ride a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. Children will ride along with their favorite hero on his latest adventure as he pulls SAM Shortline Excursion Train down the track. The Day Out With Thomas is presented by HIT Entertainment.
Georgians invited to celebrate “Your State Parks Day”
ATLANTA, GA, August 15, 2013 -- Put away your wallet and pull out your work gloves. Visitors to Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites will not pay for parking or admission on Saturday, September 28 as part of the statewide “Your State Parks Day.” Sponsored by the Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, with support from REI, the celebration highlights the importance of volunteerism and the many ways that recreation enriches communities. Parking is normally $5 at state parks, and admission ranges from $2.50 to $10 at state historic sites.
New “Camper Cabins” open at Skidaway Island State Park near Savannah
SAVANNAH, GA. August 5, 2013 -- Visitors to Savannah’s Skidaway Island State Park can now sleep in air-conditioned comfort thanks to new camper cabins. The three mini-cabins each offer a screened porch, bathroom with shower, kitchen, master bedroom and kids’ sleeping loft. Guests bring their own linens, cooking supplies and sense of adventure. Outside, they’ll find a picnic table, grill and fire ring surrounded by beautiful Live Oaks and Spanish moss.
Lake Lanier’s Don Carter State Park to open July 15
GAINESVILLE, GA., July 8, 2013 -- Lake Lanier fans can look forward to a new place to play this summer when Don Carter State Park opens on July 15. Georgia’s first state park on the 38,000-acre reservoir will feature RV camping, boat ramps, fishing, picnicking, playgrounds, hiking and a large swimming beach. Parking is $5 and most day-use activities are free.
Fishing Tackle Loaner Program
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (May 15, 2013) – Whether you are planning to visit a Georgia State Park or Historic Site or you just happen to stop by one on a whim, be sure to come “cast” away your worries by fishing – whether you have the fishing equipment or not! The Fishing Tackle Loaner Program, offered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division and State Parks and Historic Sites, provides loaner fishing poles and stocked tackle boxes to visitors, for free.
Georgia State Parks Offer Star-Spangled Celebrations
ATLANTA, June 11, 2013 -- Grilling burgers in the shade, watching fireworks over a lake and camping under the stars are just some of the July 4th activities offered by Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites. Want to learn about our nation’s beginnings and watch cannon firings? Visit Fort Morris near Darien for their Colonial Faire. How far can you spit a watermelon seed and how big can you blow a bubble? Join the old-timey games and potluck at Black Rock Mountain near Dillard. Whether you have just a few hours on the 4th or the extended weekend, Georgia’s State Parks make for a festive holiday destination.
Georgians Asked to Vote for Favorite State Park
ATLANTA, June 10, 2013 -- June is “National Great Outdoors Month,” and Georgia’s State Park system is asking citizens to help crown “America’s Favorite Park” and win a $100,000 grant for outdoor recreation. The national contest is part of Coca-Cola’s America Is Your Park campaign which encourages families to get active outdoors. Anyone can vote online at www.Coke.com/parks through July 15.
LIFELINE ANIMAL PROJECT TEAMS UP WITH GEORGIA STATE PARKS AND YMCA TO PROMOTE HEALTHIER KIDS
ATLANTA -- (April 30, 2013) What do you get when you take 24 excited kids, combine them with 12 eager shelter dogs, and put them in a serene state park setting to walk on nature trails? You get healthier kids! And that’s exactly what LifeLine Animal Project, Georgia’s State Parks and the South DeKalb YMCA are doing through their “Wagging Trails” program. The three groups have teamed up to bring kids from South DeKalb YMCA and dogs from LifeLine Animal Project’s shelter together at Panola Mountain State Park to walk for exercise every Friday for eight weeks beginning May 3rd.
Dogs Can Enjoy Staying, Playing in Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, GA., April 25, 2013 -- The dog days of summer will be here before you know it, and Georgia’s State Parks want to make sure Fido has a good time in the great outdoors. By spending time in parks, dogs and owners will get exercise -- and Fido can enjoy a smorgasbord of sights and smells. Below is a summary of ways your pooch can enjoy traveling to Georgia’s State Parks this year.
Spending Time Together is the Best Mother’s Day Gift
ATLANTA, GA, April 24, 2013 -- Sometimes it can be difficult to think of the perfect Mother’s Day gift. You want an item that says how much you appreciate her -- something truly special that she’ll remember always. Rather than traditional gifts, why not create memories together in the great outdoors? Georgia’s State Parks provide plenty of options that are close to home, affordable and suitable for all ages. Below are five ideas for a Mother’s Day that will make Mom smile for months to come.
New Echota Cherokee Capital Celebrates 50th Anniversary
CALHOUN, GA. April 18, 2012 -- Fifty years ago in May, the former Cherokee Nation capital became Georgia’s newest state historic site. To celebrate the anniversary, the northwest Georgia site will host a celebration and open house at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The day will be filled with living history demonstrations, Native American arts and crafts, and guest speakers. Admission will be free.
$2.1 Million in Recreational Trails Grants To Benefit Georgians
ATLANTA, March 20, 2012 -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently awarded $2.1 million in Recreational Trails Program grants to 19 government agencies. The grants will assist with the construction and maintenance of trails and trailheads throughout the state.
Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge Kickoff
ATLANTA, August 5, 2011 ~~ Hiking to the top of the Southeast’s tallest waterfall isn’t good just for your soul; it’s good for your health as well. That’s the basic message of the Georgia State Park system’s new “Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge” kicking off this summer. To help combat the growing obesity epidemic, officials are reminding citizens that nature holds the key to healthy lifestyles through exercise and nutrition, and that outdoor recreation can be a lot more fun than traditional exercise routines.
Georgia State Park in top running for $100,000 recreation grant
ATLANTA, GA., July 18, 2011 ~~ Three of Georgia’s State Parks – Little Ocmulgee, Amicalola Falls and Florence Marina ~~ are currently in the Top 10 list vying to be named “America’s Favorite Park” and win a $100,000 grant. The contest is part of the America Is Your Park campaign which encourages families to get active outdoors.
New RV Club Helps Campers Save Money
ATLANTA, GA, June 23, 2011 ~~ RV campers have always saved money by traveling with everything they need, from their own bed to the kitchen sink. Now they can save even more by frequenting Georgia’s many state parks. The new Georgia State Parks’ RV Club rewards avid campers with a free night after staying for nine. Club membership is free.
Outdoor Nation Summer Youth Summits Build Momentum in Atlanta
July 6, 2011 ~~ Outdoor Nation Summer Youth Summits Build Momentum in Atlanta
Youth-led Movement for the Outdoors Plans Agenda—with more than $100,000 in Dedicated Funding for Youth Project Ideas—to Expand Access, Activity, and Appreciation
Georgia’s Newest State Park Showcases Chattahoochee River
NEWNAN, GA, June 20, 2011 ~~ On July 1, Georgia will unveil its newest state park, Chattahoochee Bend. Located in northwest Coweta County off Flat Rock Road, the park protects seven miles of river frontage and has been eagerly anticipated by paddlers, campers and anglers. A public grand-opening ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the park’s visitor center. State Rep. Lynn Smith and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams are scheduled to speak.
Georgia State Park Golf Courses Introduce New Money-Saving Club Card
ATLANTA, GA, June 15, 2011 ~~ For years, golfers have enjoyed challenging play and rates as low as $25 on Georgia’s State Park Golf Courses. Now, they can save even more with the new Golf Club Member Card. For a $25 annual fee, golfers can enjoy a variety of discounts and specials at nine award-winning, well maintained courses across the state.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July at Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites
ATLANTA, JUNE 13, 2011 – Grab your beach towels, pack a picnic and spend the Fourth of July weekend at your favorite Georgia State Park. From lakeside swimming beaches to shaded picnic areas and playgrounds, a Georgia State Park visit is a great way to build lasting family memories that are also easy on the pocketbook.
Help Donate Trees With Odwalla
ATLANTA, June 6, 2011 – Georgia residents don’t need to get down and dirty this summer to help plant trees for their state parks. With the ease of a mouse click, visitors to www.odwalla.com/plantatree can designate a tree to be planted in Georgia through the Odwalla Plant a Tree program – a partnership to support the environment and help with important reforestation and planting initiatives.
Father's Day Gift Ideas
ATLANTA, GA – May 9, 2011 – Give Dad a gift that keeps him happy and fit in the great outdoors with four budget-friendly ideas from Georgia State Parks. Whether Dad enjoys golfing, fishing, camping, hiking or just a quiet weekend away, a gift from Georgia State Parks is sure to please. Several of the parks have even planned special events for families celebrating the day outdoors. For a calendar of events, photo galleries and details on all of Georgia's State Parks, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.
Georgia State Parks Beckon Families with Summer Fun Close to Home
ATLANTA, May 24, 2011 ~~ Swimming Beaches and Pools, Junior Ranger Camps, Free Park Admission and Affordable Lodging Provide Families Gas-Friendly Summer Recreation
FDR Swimming Pool Notice
PINE MOUNTAIN, GA., May 16, 2011 ~~ The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that F.D. Roosevelt State Park's Liberty Bell swimming pool will not open this summer. Like other state parks across Georgia, the Pine Mountain attraction is moving toward becoming less dependent on state revenues for operation.
Winning Waterfall Names Announced by Cloudland Canyon State Park
TRENTON, GA, May 3, 2011 ~~ After Cloudland Canyon State Park announced its “Name the Waterfalls” contest in February, more than 800 park fans submitted suggestions for the two cascades. Names ranged from long-forgotten Cherokee words to those honoring loved ones. Picking just two was difficult, with park officials choosing names that described the waterfalls’ scenery and reflected on their Native American past. Waterfall #1 will now be called Cherokee Falls and Waterfall #2 will be named Hemlock Falls.
Geocaching History Trail kicks off May 14
ATLANTA, April 27, 2011 ~~ DNR will soon launch a new geocaching quest that involves 14 state historic sites and requires players to learn about Georgia’s rich and varied history.
The History Trail GeoChallenge kicks off May 14 at Kolomoki Mounds Historic Park in southwest Georgia, but the game can be played any time throughout the year.
$2.1 Million in Recreational Trails Grants To Benefit Georgians
ATLANTA, April 14, 2011 ~~ The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently awarded $2.1 million in Recreational Trails Program grants to 25 government agencies. The grants will assist with the construction and maintenance of trails and trailheads throughout the state.
Affordable Spring Break Fun in the Outdoors
ATLANTA, March 1, 2011 – Just in time for Spring Break, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are offering five top ways to enjoy the outdoors without breaking the bank. From affordable golf to overnight adventures, and from animal programs to hayrides, the parks have something for all ages and interests.
Archery Range Opens Soon at Panola
STOCKBRIDGE, GA, March 23, 2011 ~~ A new archery range at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge is now available for archers, bow hunters, youth groups and others interested in perfecting their traget skills. The public grand opening celebration is set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, with hotdogs and hamburgers provided by Friends of Panola Mountain State Park.
Contest to Name Waterfalls Announced by Cloudland Canyon State Park
TRENTON, GA, February 24, 2011 ~~ Deep within one of north Georgia’s most scenic state parks are two waterfalls that have never had formal names. In fact, officials have always called them simply “waterfall #1” and “waterfall #2.” Now the rangers at Cloudland Canyon State Park have decided they would like help in christening the waterfalls with names that are as pretty as the falls themselves.
Eco-Lodge opens in Fargo
February 25, 2011, Fargo, Ga. – The newly opened Suwannee River Eco-Lodge in Clinch County is a welcome addition to those planning meetings, weddings, reunions and retreats in southeast Georgia. Located near the famed Okefenokee Swamp, it is an affordable and unique destination for groups as well as individuals.
Georgia Mountain BirdFest at Unicoi State Park
Helen, Ga., February 17, 2011 -- When Georgia Mountain BirdFest kicks off this spring at Unicoi State Park, it will be northern Georgia’s only major birding festival. With more than 60 field trips, programs and hands-on activities to choose from, it is open to birders of all ages and skill levels. Ornithologist Marshall Iliff of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Giff Beaton, author of Birding Georgia, will be among the many guest speakers.
Annual ParkPass Saves Visitors Money
ATLANTA, GA., February 1, 2011 – Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy Georgia’s many state parks can save money with a 2011 Annual ParkPass. The $50 pass exempts visitors from paying the $5 parking fee at state parks such as Amicalola Falls, Red Top Mountain, Kolomoki Mounds and Skidaway Island.
Free 2011 Guide to State Parks Now Available
ATLANTA, GA., February 1, 2011 – Chilly February is when many of us start daydreaming about warmer breezes and weekend escapes. The newly published “2011 Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” is the perfect resource for planning quick getaways, spring breaks and summer staycations.
Winter Romance Rates
ATLANTA, January 18, 2011 – Couples looking for a romantic escape can warm up with great savings and take advantage of smaller crowds at Georgia State Parks this winter. Through February 28, 2011, solitude-seekers can book a lodge room, cottage, campsite or yurt and save 25% on weekends (Friday and Saturday) and 30% on weeknights (Sunday through Thursday), based on availability.
Spring Wildflower Hikes
ATLANTA, January 24, 2011 - Longer days, warmer weather and eye-catching blooms like dogwoods, azaleas and irises are sure signs of Spring. To celebrate the season, Georgia State Park rangers are hosting a series of guided wildflower hikes throughout the state providing nature enthusiasts a close-up look at these spectacular blooms.
Junior Golf Tour
ATLANTA, (DEC. 8, 2010) – On Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, the Georgia Junior Golf Tour (GJGT) closed the season with the Champion’s Cup at Little Ocmulgee’s Wallace Adams golf course in McRae, Ga. The top 15 places from each age division played the par 72 course in pairs. The 6,625 yard course was full of challenges and required a great deal of skill to maneuver the green.
Go Play After Labor Day
ATLANTA, August 11, 2010 – The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of fun in the great outdoors. As Labor Day approaches, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages families to get outdoors over the holiday weekend and continue enjoying outdoor activities into the fall.
Thomas the Tank
CORDELE, GA. (July 29, 2010) – Beloved storybook character Thomas the Tank Engine™ is set to roll into Georgia Veterans State Park for the Day Out With Thomas tour this October. Children of all ages will have the chance to ride a real train, meet characters such as Sir Topham Hatt™, play with Mega Bloks™, join in on storytelling and crafts, and more. Thomas the Tank Engine™ is presented by HIT Entertainment, a worldwide leader in children’s entertainment.
Holiday Gift Guide
ATLANTA, GA., November 3, 2010 – Wrap up a gift from Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites and give a year of fun while protecting Georgia’s most precious places. A gift of the outdoors is a healthy alternative to clothing and gadgets, and it’s a practical option for those who seem to have it all.
Leaf Watch 2010 - news release
ATLANTA, GA, September 1, 2010 – For many people, the perfect autumn weekend includes cozy campfires, gooey s’mores and fiery-hued forests. To help leaf peepers plan their fall escapes, Georgia’s state parks will soon launch “Leaf Watch 2010” in partnership with Georgia Forestry Commission to track fall color as it moves across the Peach State and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Free Day: Sept. 25, 2010
ATLANTA, GA, August 24, 2010 ~~ Put away your wallet and pull out your fishing pole or hiking boots. Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is offering free admission on Saturday, September 25 as part of National Public Lands Day. The statewide celebration is a way to thank park visitors and volunteers for their support of outdoor recreation and historic preservation.
Couple Finishes All Three State Park Challenges
RICHMOND HILL, GA., August 30, 2010 ~~ Nat and Delene Broeckling of Bryan County are the first Georgians to complete all three recreation challenges sponsored by Georgia’s state park system. The couple earned bragging-rights t-shirts and the pride of knowing they completed the Canyon Climbers, Muddy Spokes and Park Paddlers clubs.
Public Hearing: Rule Change on Free Wednesdays
ATLANTA, August 27, 2010 ~~ The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is requesting public comments on a proposed rule change that would eliminate “free Wednesdays” at all state parks. Under current rule, park visitors are exempt from paying the $5 parking fee on Wednesdays at sites such as Amicalola Falls, Indian Springs and Crooked River. Written comments will be accepted until October 22, and the change could go into effect February 2011.
Back-To-School? Stay Active.
ATLANTA, July 28, 2010 – Just because the kids are heading back to school doesn’t mean families need to shelve their fitness regimen for next year. Georgia State Parks makes it easy to stay on track with challenging heart-pumping recreational programs and outdoor activities for every age and fitness level. Fall is the perfect time for families to re-energize and resolve to keep outdoor recreation an ongoing part of the weekly itinerary.
Gator-Frenzy Video Creates Buzz About Stephen C. Foster State Park
FARGO, GA, July 27, 2010 ~~ Gators galore! A Georgia fisherman’s video of a rare alligator “feeding frenzy” is bringing unexpected attention to the Okefenokee Swamp. Ray Cason of Homerville had just launched his boat at Stephen C. Foster State Park on July 10 when he documented hundreds of alligators feeding in a narrow canal. His short video was posted by the Clinch County News and has since been picked up by Southeastern media and viewed by nearly 50,000 people.
July 25th Bat Blitz at Fort Mountain State Park
The ninth annual Bat Blitz is set for July 25-29 at Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday night with kids activities, bat displays, and researchers hoping to capture bats to show participants. Admission is free but there is a $5 parking fee.
Megaramp at Tugaloo
GAINESVILLE, Ga (July 13, 2010) - Anticipating more than 10,000 users each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources opened a new megaramp on July 13, 2010 at Tugaloo State Park on Lake Hartwell, giving boaters and anglers greater access to the lake.
Geo-Challenge 1st Finishers
ATLANTA, June 28, 2010 ~~ When David and Tina Pilgrim of McDuffie County first started geocaching, they had no idea they’d become two of the most successful ”treasure hunters” in Georgia. They recently became the first finishers of the Georgia State Parks Geo-Challenge – a quest to find 45 hidden boxes in 42 state parks.
State Transferring Management of John Tanner State Park to Carroll County
CARROLLTON, GA, June 21, 2010 ~~ The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will transfer management of John Tanner State Park to Carroll County effective July 1. All park amenities are expected to remain open, including the beach, campground and accommodations.
Junior Ranger Camps, Free Park Admission and Family-Friendly Events
ATLANTA, June 14, 2010 – Summer vacation – the perfect time for spending quality family time in the Georgia outdoors. No need to invest in pricey day camps this year. Simply pack a lunch, grab a towel or trail shoes and head to Georgia’s State Parks for affordable recreation that’s not only fun, but also encourages kids to stay active and get outdoors this summer.
Have a Star-Spangled Fourth of July with Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
ATLANTA, June 11, 2010 ~~ Picnics and campouts will be just a part of this year’s Independence Day Celebration at Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites.
Fathers Day Gift Ideas
ATLANTA, GA – June 2, 2010 – Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites make finding the perfect Father’s Day gift easy by providing affordable gift ideas suitable for every dad and grandfather.
New Manager at Reed Bingham State Park
ADEL, GA, April 21, 2010 ~~ The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has appointed Colquitt County native Suzanne Passmore as the new manager of Reed Bingham State Park. Passmore was previously the resource manager at Little Ocmulgee State Park in McRae, and she started her new position in Adel on April 16.
New Cottages at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park
REIDSVILLE, GA., May 25, 2010 ~~ Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park in Reidsville will host a public ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new rental cottages. The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on June 3. Senator Jack Hill, Senator Tommie Williams and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Clark are scheduled to speak.
Manager of the Year Award
ATLANTA, May 26, 2010 ~~ Eric Bentley of Fort Yargo State Park in Winder was named Manager of the Year by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The award was presented during the DNR Board’s May meeting in Atlanta.
Ranger of the Year Award
ATLANTA, May 26, 2010 ~~ Randell Meeks of Soperton, Ga. was named Ranger of the Year by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The award was presented during the DNR Board’s May meeting in Atlanta.
New GreensPass Includes Unlimited Golf at Seven Courses
ATLANTA, GA, May 19, 2010 ~~ Value-conscious golfers can save 10% through June 30 on the annual GreensPass good at seven Georgia State Park golf courses.
Go Swim, Georgia: Cool off, swim safely in Georgia waters
Atlanta, May 20, 2010 – As the heat of summer approaches and more people head outside, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages families to get outdoors and “Go Swim!” Whether you are splashing in a creek, jumping off a dock or swimming at a state park beach, Georgia has plenty of places for you to cool off.
New Paddling Club Launches in Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, February 9, 2009 ~~ Georgia’s State Park System has unveiled a new club just for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. The Park Paddlers Club includes six state parks with waterways ranging from tidal rivers to the celebrated Okefenokee Swamp. Members can earn a bragging-rights t-shirt by paddling all 22 miles at Crooked River, George L. Smith, Magnolia Springs, Reed Bingham, Stephen C. Foster and Sweetwater Creek state parks.
Disc golf is much like traditional golf, except players use Frisbee-style discs rather than a ball and clubs. Disc golf can be played by all ages and all physical capabilities. Players set their own speed and don’t have to spend much money on equipment, plus it gets people outside in nature!
Leaf Watch -- Website Highlights Best Leaf Color in Georgia’s State Parks
The Artist-in-Residence Program is no longer being offered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
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