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ATLANTA, June 9, 2017 -- Does Dad love the great outdoors? Plan a Father’s Day outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks so you can spend time together, building memories. Your whole family can stay in modern campsites, fully equipped cabins or even “glamping” yurts, with plenty of time for fishing, hiking and more over the weekend. You can even slip a park gift certificate into his Father’s Day card, which he can use later for boat rental, golf fees, historic site admission and more. Gift cards, event calendars and reservations can be found at
ATLANTA, June 1, 2017 – With bright, sunny summer days, staying inside seems shameful. Remain guilt-free by making a fun checklist of endless outdoor activities at Georgia State Parks. Keep in check with the company of like-minded others through Georgia State Parks’ clubs. 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 andsearch for treasure in more than 30 state parks. All club cards can be bought at participating Georgia State Parks or at
May 25, 2017, FARGO, GA -- Recent rain and high humidity in the Okefenokee Swamp will allow officials to re-open Stephen C. Foster State Park near Fargo tomorrow. While the West Mims wildfire is still active, it is contained in areas around visitors. The Suwannee River Sill and The Pocket portions of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge will also open.
May 15, 2017 – Fun, affordable and educational youth programs can be a challenge to come by, but not with the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites’ Junior Ranger program. Children ages 6-12 may earn three levels of Junior Rangers badges this summer, either at their own pace or at day camps in the parks.
(ATLANTA, May 12, 2017) -- Newly released economic impact figures from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources show that Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites contributed more than $1 billion to the state’s economy last year. Using a formula from the U.S. Travel Association, officials estimate the park system’s 10 million visitors spent $1,021,984,509 on lodging, gas, food, souvenirs, activities and other items. They attribute the growth to new accommodations and activities that elevate visitors’ experiences.
May 4, 2017 -- With summer upon us, local agencies are reminding Georgians of the importance of water safety. Last year, more than 200 Georgians drowned while swimming, boating, playing near water or even taking baths. The state’s water-safety initiative, SPLASH, aims to greatly reduce the number of these deaths and injuries.
May 3, 2017 -- Warm weather in the South means outdoor lovers want to seek out ways to stay cool in the water, but Georgia’s drought has impacted water use, lake levels and environmental health. Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites are doing their part to conserve water in the state parks as part of the annual “Soak It In” programming, celebrating the ways Georgians play in — and depend on — water. Look for “Soak It In” themed events at Additional ways that visitors can spend time outside at Georgia State Park’s lakes, rivers and marshes include paddling, swimming, fishing and boating.
May 3, 2017, Stockbridge, GA – Repairs to Panola Mountain State Park’s dams will begin June 1, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Both earthen dams, built more than 60 years ago, had been deemed unsafe in 2015, causing officials to close the upper lake to fishing and boating, leaving the lower lake open to limited fishing. Repairs are expected to take 12 to 16 months. Once complete, the park will again offer stocked lakes and boat rentals.
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.
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
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
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 Below are a few of the wildflower hikes currently scheduled.
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, plus submit comments to
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.
See article for two items up for public comment.
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
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.
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.
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.
(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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.