Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Park Rules and Regulations

Rules and regulations are posted at site offices and must be observed by all guests and their visitors.

Smoke-Free Facilities

Please be advised that smoking is prohibited in all enclosed facilities, including buildings owned, leased, or operated by the State or local governing authorities. This includes all lodge rooms & facilities, park cottages, group shelters, group lodges, group camps, Chattahoochee Bend Adirondack Campsites, Mistletoe Tent Cabin, Seminole Treehouse Camping, Watson Mill Log Cabin Bunkhouses and yurt camps.

Pets

Pets are welcome at state parks and campgrounds if leashed (no longer than six feet) and accompanied by the owner at all times; however, they are not allowed in or around historic sites, lodges, group camps, swimming areas, or some trails at Panola Mountain and Tallulah Gorge. Pets are allowed only in select cottages with advance reservations and a fee. Kennels are not available. Owners should clean up after pets.

Intoxicants

Consumption or use of alcoholic beverages or intoxicants is unlawful in any public-use area.

Firewood

Tree-killing insects and diseases can hide in firewood. While these pests can't move far on their own, they can travel hundreds of miles when people move firewood. Pest infestations are a serious problem that destroy our forests and property values, and are very expensive to control. Please contact Chip Bates at 912-681-0490 or cbates@gfc.state.ga.us for more information.

Campfires

All campfires must be kept in designated areas such as a fire ring. Never leave a campfire unattended. Smaller fires with coals (rather than large flames) are better for campfire cooking and toasting marshmallows.

Weapons

Bows and arrows, explosives, fireworks, slingshots, fishing spears or any device that discharges projectiles by any means is prohibited.  Firearms must be unloaded, cased and stored, unless a person possesses a valid weapons-carry license for a firearm that is valid in Georgia. A person possessing a valid weapon-carry license to carry a firearm valid i this state may carry such firearm on Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, except on sites where carrying such firearm is prohibited by federal law. Firearms except those that are unloaded, cased and stored are not permitted on sites that are leased, federal Army Corps of Engineers property, including:
Red Top Mountain
Seminole
George T. Bagby
Don Carter
Florence Marina
Tugaloo
Hart
Bobby Brown
Richard B. Russell
Elijah Clark
Mistletoe

Reciprocal Firearms Agreements

Some states have reciprocal firearms agreements with Georgia, and their citizens may possess a firearm as long as they possess a valid weapons carry permit from their respective state. Please research states that have reciprocal agreements with Georgia.

Collecting

All wildlife, plant life, driftwood, artifacts and any other natural or man-made features are protected and may not be disturbed or removed. Please leave wildflowers for other visitors to enjoy. Possession of metal detecting equipment is prohibited.

Motor Vehicles

Park roads are public roads. All vehicles must display a valid ParkPass, and are subject to license safety requirements and regulations of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. ATVs are not allowed in state parks.

Noise Levels

Please be considerate of guests who are visiting state parks for a quiet, natural experience. Radios, televisions, musical instruments and all other noise-making devices are not to be used between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and must be kept at low volumes during other times.

Visitors

Visitors to cottages, campsites and lodge rooms are welcome; however, the number of visitors and registered guests must not exceed the stated capacity at any time. Visitors must leave prior to closing times.

Group Activities

All group gatherings must conclude before 10 p.m.

Use of Drones

Under our DNR Board rule, drones or similar remote controlled devices are not permitted in state parks unless the Director determines that they do not threaten the health, safety and welfare of persons using the site.  As such, Georgia Veterans State Park is currently the only park where the Director has authorized remote controlled devices.

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