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ATV Trails to be Discussed at May 16 Meeting
FRANKLIN, GA, April 18, 2017 -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled a public meeting to discuss creating all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails at Bush Head Shoals in Franklin. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, at the Heard County 4H Center on Glover Road.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with Mother Nature
ATLANTA, April 12, 2017 -- Outdoorsy families will find plenty of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Georgia’s State Parks. On Sunday, May 14, pack a picnic and plan a day together that Mom will cherish for years. Below are five nature-themed ideas for all budgets. To find more Mother’s Day outings, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.
Take a Spin at Georgia State Parks to Celebrate the Bicycle’s 200th Anniversary
ATLANTA, April 7, 2017 -- This year marks the 200th anniversary of the bicycle. Baron Karl von Drais introduced it to the public in Mannheim in summer 1817. Those looking to celebrate the invention of the bicycle can take it for a spin on one of the many trails available for beginners and seasoned riders at Georgia State Parks. Choose from an array of trails to ride, from single track that will dirty up the tires to paved roads for easy rolling.
Improvements Coming to Indian Springs State Park
JACKSON, GA., March 16, 2017 – Officials from Indian Springs State Park are looking forward to improvements coming within the next year, and they are thanking visitors for their patience while work progresses. The park will remain open during construction, offering camping, hiking and biking access to Dauset Trails, collecting spring water, playgrounds, mini-golf, picnicking and more.
Race to Georgia State Parks
(March 15, 2017) - On your mark, get set, go! – to Georgia State Parks for challenging and scenic race courses. Whether a trail runner, a mountain biker or a triathlete, Georgia State Parks has the terrain, the technicality, and the stunning beauty that draws thousands of racers to courses staged in the parks each year.
Skip the “Wild Life” and Enjoy the Wildlife with Spring Break at Georgia State Parks
(March 3, 2017) - This Spring Break, break away from the “wild life” of crowded attractions and destinations and migrate toward the wildlife at a Georgia State Parks. From learning to become a Junior Ranger and hiking through canyons, to geocaching and golfing, Georgia State Parks offer family-friendly activities and affordable accommodations for any type of traveler.
Wildflower Walks Celebrate Spring Blooms in Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, February 22, 2017 - Longer days, warmer weather and colorful blooms are sure signs of Spring’s arrival. To celebrate the season, Georgia State Park rangers are hosting a series of guided wildflower walks that provide a close look at blooms such as Canada Violet, Trout Lily, Wild Azalea, Spring Beauty, Foamflower, Trillium, Indian Pink and Buckeye. For details on Georgia State Park wildflower walks and other events, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/events. Below are a few of the wildflower hikes currently scheduled.
Proposed State Park in Muscogee County
COLUMBUS, GA, February 27, 2017 – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on the master plan for Standing Boy Creek State Park in Muscogee County. Public input was gathered last summer for the proposed 1,580-acre state park on Lake Oliver, which is part of the Chattahoochee River. The master plan includes cottages, RV and tent camping, lakeview platform campsites, hiking and biking trails, disc golf, greenspace for gatherings such as festivals, and more. A meeting was held recently to present the master plan, and the DNR is now seeking feedback to the proposal. The public can view the plan and read about the park at www.GaStateParks.org, plus submit comments to Director.GSPHS@dnr.state.ga.us.
Join the Club at Georgia State Parks
February 15, 2017 – Paddle through 24 miles of waterways, walk seven dog-friendly trails, mountain bike on more than 68 miles of terrain, hike and climb thousands of feet in elevation and search for treasure in more than 30 state parks. With Georgia State Parks’ clubs, find endless opportunities to explore Georgia’s great outdoors. Set fitness goals, check items off the list and win bragging rights by joining and completing the experiences in Georgia State Parks’ five clubs. All park club cards can be bought at participating parks or online.
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In Honor of President’s Day, Explore Georgia’s Presidential State Parks & Historic Sites
ATLANTA, Jan. 25, 2017 – As President’s Day approaches on February 20, those looking to honor those who’ve led our great nation are encouraged to look towards Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. A visit to one of these sites can be an excellent opportunity to learn how it contributes to American history and the state of Georgia. Below is additional information about Georgia’s Historic Sites including Roosevelt’s Little White House, F.D. Roosevelt State Park, the SAM Shortline Excursion Train, and the Jefferson Davis Memorial. For directions and admission fees, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org
Super Museum Sunday is February 5
ATLANTA, January 23, 2017 -- To celebrate Georgia’s diverse and fascinating history, the State Parks and Historic Sites Division of the Department of Natural Resources is offering free admission at many locations on Sunday, February 5. The event is part of Georgia History Festival’s statewide celebration of “Super Museum Sunday.” Visitors can walk in the footsteps of Civil War and Revolutionary War soldiers, tour FDR’s modest cottage, explore plantations, climb to the top of an Indian mound and experience more during this annual event.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, January 20, 2017 -- This February, Georgia’s State Parks have planned a full calendar of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. From a sunset dinner to riverside stroll, or from archery class to a full-moon hike, it’s easy to find the perfect outing with your sweetheart and the people you love.
Free Travel Guide for Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Now Available
ATLANTA, January 11, 2017 – With spring just around the corner, many Georgians are beginning to think ahead to warmer weather and weekend escapes. The newly published “2017 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, cabins, wedding venues and campsites. It also includes new facilities, such as cottages at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park in Reidsville, a group shelter at Crooked River State Park in St. Marys and horse stables at A.H. Stephens near Crawfordville.
New Year, New Updates at Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
(January 11, 2017) – A new year means new changes, updates and additions to elevate visitors’ experiences at Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. With these new offerings guests to Georgia’s state parks will find new ways to get out, discover and explore. Below includes a list of the latest additions to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites:
First Day Hikes in America’s State Parks
January 9, 2017 -- Across the nation, thousands of Americans started 2017 off on the “right foot” by attending a First Day Hike in America’s State Parks. On January 1, 2017, more than 1,300 First Day Hikes were offered in all 50 states from Alaska to Florida to 61,800 participants covering more than 111,850 miles.
Indian Springs State Park Announces Plans for New Conference Space
JACKSON, GA, January 5, 2017 -- Indian Springs State Park near Jackson broke ground today on a new conference facility within the park. Senator Burt Jones, Representative Susan Holmes, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Mark Williams, DNR Deputy Commissioner Walter Rabon, Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin, Butts County Commissioner Robert Henderson and State Parks Director Becky Kelley attended the celebration, along with nearly 100 in attendance.
Caves and Canyons to Explore at Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, December 21, 2016 -- Thousand-foot deep canyons, sandstone cliffs, wild caves, waterfalls, cascading creeks, dense woodland and abundant wildlife, Georgia’s State Parks are scenic havens for outdoor recreation. Explore these four caves and canyons at Georgia State Parks across the state.
First Day Hikes 2017
ATLANTA, November 17, 2016 -- All across the country, park rangers are inviting Americans to start the New Year with an energizing First Day Hike. In Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, dozens of guided treks will encourage friends and families to connect with nature and each other. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative from America’s State Parks to get people outdoors, with hundreds of hikes scheduled in all 50 states.
Celebrate Traditional Holidays With Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites
ATLANTA, November 23, 2016, – If shopping-mall Santas and crowded parking lots have your family saying “bah-humbug,” plan an outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks or Historic Sites. Dozens of parks across Georgia are hosting old-fashioned holiday celebrations that will remind you of yesteryear. Below is a sampling of events, and the latest calendar can be seen at www.GaStateParks.org/events. Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are operated by the Department of Natural Resources. To reserve cabins, campsites and yurts, call 1-800-864-7275 or visit www.GaStateParks.org/reservations.
Stephen C. Foster State Park Named Among World’s Best Star-Gazing Locations
FARGO, GA, November 7, 2016 – One of Georgia’s most remote state parks has been designated among the best spots in the world for star gazing. The International Dark Sky Association recently named Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp as a gold-tier “International Dark Sky Park” – the first in Georgia. A December 10 celebration will include a short ceremony followed by a free astronomy program where sky enthusiasts can observe the moon’s craters, Venus, Mars and the North Star.
Holiday and Winter Deals from Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, November 7, 2016 -- Fans of Georgia’s State Parks can save on getaways and gift cards this winter season. By day, enjoy peaceful hiking trails and open vistas, and by night kick back with cozy campfires and starry skies.
The Top 5 Overlooks at Georgia State Parks
Atlanta, GA. (October 26, 2016)- Nothing beats a scenic overlook, and Georgia State Park’s many mountainous locations give plenty of opportunities to scout one out. Hike to the highest of heights and reward yourself with breathtaking views at some of the top overlooks at Georgia State Parks.
New Horse Stalls Open at A.H. Stephens State Park in Georgia
CRAWFORDVILLE, GA., October 19, 2016 -- Equestrians have a new reason to gallop over to A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville. The park has opened 20 new horse stalls and will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. The public is invited to this event. Later that evening is the park’s “Haunted Evening” with a hayride, treats, movie on the lawn, campfire, campsite decorating contest, costume contest and more.
Georgia State Parks Manager of the Year is Danny Tatum
September 9, 2016 -- Danny Tatum from Tallulah Gorge State Park was named Manager of the Year during the recent State Park Managers Conference. Tatum has worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for 32 years and is also former chief of the DNR’s Search and Rescue Team.
“Leaf Watch” Website Tracks Best Fall Color
ATLANTA, August 9, 2016 – Every October, Georgia’s mountains turn to a vibrant blanket of red and gold as the leaves begin to change. To help “leaf peepers” find the best spots for fall color, Georgia’s State Parks will offer an online Leaf Watch travel planner in October and November, found at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/LeafWatch.
Georgia’s “Your State Parks Day” Offers Free Admission for Volunteers
ATLANTA, August 1, 2016 -- In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are inviting citizens to volunteer for a variety of projects on Saturday, September 24. All across Georgia, outdoor enthusiasts can help with projects such as rail fencing at Chief Vann House and invasive plant removal at Skidaway Island.
Hike, Bike and Paddle to Fall Color
ATLANTA, GA July 19, 2016 - Nothing can top a breathtaking view of Georgia forests painted with a myriad of oranges, reds and golds in the crisp autumn air. Georgia’s leaves change colors in October, and Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites are the perfect place to enjoy leaf-peeping during the peak of fall color. Autumn weather beckons trail-goers to enjoy the cooler climate via water, wheels or trusty hiking boots: feel the leaves crunch underfoot while hiking, breeze past a blur of fall foliage on a mountain bike, and paddle the waters and gaze at the leaves both above in the trees and below in the water’s reflection in Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites.
Renovated Campgrounds Open at Hard Labor Creek State Park
RUTLEDGE, GA (June 23, 2016)— Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge will open its newly renovated campground on July 1, 2016. Visitors will enjoy the feeling of a secluded camping retreat while having easy access to modern amenities near their campsite.
Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Offer Affordable Star-Spangled Celebrations
ATLANTA, June 21, 2016 -- Grilling burgers in the shade and camping under the stars are some of the favorite July 4th activities offered in Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites. Want to learn about our nation’s independence? Visit Fort Morris near Darien for their Colonial Faire and cannon firings. Want to see fireworks? Gather at Seminole State Park on July 2 for early festivities on the lake. Whether you have just a few hours on the 4th or the extended weekend, Georgia’s State Parks make for a fun-filled holiday.
Five State Parks to Offer Site-Specific Camping Reservations Beginning August 1
ATLANTA, June 14, 2016 -- Long-time campers know the anticipation of getting to a campground early so they can pick their favorite spot. Beginning this August, five of Georgia’s State Parks will allow visitors to reserve their favorite campsite in advance. Called “site-specific,” the reservations will be available for the entire campgrounds at Richard B. Russell (Elberton), James H. Floyd (Summerville) and Amicalola Falls (Dawsonville), and select sections of Reed Bingham (Adel) and Laura S. Walker (Waycross) state park campgrounds.
Celebrate Father’s Day in the Great Outdoors
ATLANTA, June 6, 2016 -- Spending family time outdoors is often the best gift for adventurous dads. This year, Father’s Day is June 19. To plan a celebration he’ll remember, check out these ideas from Georgia’s State Parks.
Tails on Trails: Georgia State Parks’ New Dog-Walking Club
ATLANTA, May 22, 2016 - Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites will launch their newest dog walking club, “Tails on Trails,” in June 2016. Hikers and their four-legged companions are challenged to hike seven trails at Georgia State Parks and upon completion, dogs earn a bandana and their owners earn a t-shirt for logging the miles.
Peregrine Falcons Return to Tallulah Gorge to Nest
TALLULAH FALLS, GA., May 12, 2016 -- A pair of peregrine falcons has built a nest and appear to be raising chicks again this year at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Last year was the first time in nearly 75 years that a peregrine nest in a natural setting had been spotted in Georgia. The only other known nests in the state are atop city office buildings.
National Kids to Parks Day is May 21
ATLANTA, May 6, 2016 -- Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites have planned several family-friendly activities in celebration of “National Kids to Parks Day” on May 21. Sponsored by the National Park Trust, the celebration encourages children to explore public lands. In Georgia, the parks are offering paddle trips, archery classes, field day games, colonial toys and more. Many events are free and parking is $5. Families can stay overnight in the parks’ campgrounds, cabins and yurts -- turning their outing into a mini-vacation.
National Trails Day is June 4, 2016
ATLANTA, May 2, 2016 -- Georgians of all ages are invited to lace up their hiking boots this June in celebration of National Trails Day and the 85th anniversary of Georgia’s State Park System. Park rangers are saying “hike with us on our birthday” as a way to honor our country’s largest public trail event. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is held the first Saturday of each June and highlights 200,000 miles of trails that crisscross America.
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