Things to Know — Discounts, ParkPass, Rules & More

ParkPass & Historic Site Pass

2016 ParkPass


Parking in Georgia's State Parks is just $5, or visitors can buy a $50 annual ParkPass that helps fund renovations, trail work, dock replacements and more. Most visitors choose to buy daily or annual passes once they arrive at the park. Annual ParkPasses are good for 12 months from the date of purchase. The daily ParkPass is valid at all state parks visited the same day. It is not valid at state historic sites. Overnight guests pay the daily ParkPass fee only once during their stay, regardless of duration. To buy an Annual ParkPass, visit any Georgia State Park office or buy a ParkPass online. (Please allow 7–10 business days for shipping.) Annual ParkPass discounts of 50% are available for seniors 62 and older, and 25% for active military and veterans. Discounted passes must be purchased in person. Ask about bulk discounts for corporations and organizations.

Since the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Areas, Stone Mountain, Corps of Engineers lakes, Jekyll Island and Lake Lanier are not state parks, they are not covered by the ParkPass. The ParkPass also is not valid at Wildlife Management Areas or Public Fishing Areas. These locations are covered by the Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) available from the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division.

Bulk Annual ParkPasses
Purchase 10 or more Annual ParkPasses and save money. These are great for corporate wellness programs and gifts. 2017 bulk rates are:

10–99 Passes             $45.00 each

100–999 Passes         $37.50 each

1,000–9,999 Passes   $25.00 each

10,000+ Passes          $12.50 each

Historic Site Pass

Historic Site Pass

History buffs can save money with the purchase of a Historic Site Annual Pass. This pass gives unlimited admission to all of Georgia’s state historic sites. Passes may only be bought at historic sites. Senior citizen discounts are not available on Historic Site Annual Passes. $50 family, $30 adult, $25 youth.

ParkPass Exceptions: Organized school groups, diners in lodge restaurants and attendees of day-long lodge meetings are exempt. Golfer parking is included in greens fees. Large vans with a capacity of 13 to 30 passengers pay $30 per day or may purchase an Annual ParkPass for $75. Buses or motorcoaches with a capacity of more than 30 passengers pay $70 per day or may purchase an annual pass for $250. However, those vehicles carrying overnight guests pay only the regular daily parking fees.

Senior & Military Discounts

Senior CitizensSeniors 62 and Older

Annual ParkPass discounts of 50% are available for senior citizens who present a copy of their drivers license. Seniors receive $20 off individual or family membership in Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, plus 20% off:

  • Cottage rates (Sunday–Thursday, December 1–March 31). Not valid with any other promotions or discounts. Limited to one cottage per stay.

  • Campsite rates (year-round). Not valid for group camping. Discount applies only when vehicle is registered to a senior. Limited to one campsite per senior.

  • Individual lodge room rates (year-round). Limited to one room per stay.

  • Golf green fees.

Disabled Veterans

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, recreation fees such as mini-golf and boat rental, golf fees and historic site admission. When making online reservations, the full fee will be charged to your credit card. Upon check-in and presenting your Certificate of Eligibility card, you will be reimbursed for your discount.  
Disabled veteran discounts are established by Georgia Code 12-3-9.1. To receive your Certificate of Eligibility card, visit your nearest Veteran Field Service Office with a copy of your DD Form 214 and disability-rating letter. A Field Service Officer will submit a VSO 22 form on your behalf. After approval, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility card. For more information, visit


Active duty and retired military—who are Georgia residents—are entitled to a 25% discount on the daily or Annual ParkPass. ID must be shown.

Money-Saving Tips

Library Loan Program

If you have a library card from a Georgia public library, you can check out a ParkPass and Historic Site Pass, just like you would check out a book. You'll enjoy free parking at Georgia's State Parks and free admission to State Historic Sites.

Frequent state park visitors can purchase an Annual ParkPass for $50, which means they do not pay the daily $5 parking fee. An even better deal is membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Memberships begin at $55, and members get additional discounts as well. Annual passes are also available for mountain bike trails and some swimming pools.

Seniors 62 and older save 50% on Annual ParkPasses (normally $50), and 20% off camping, cottages, lodge rooms and golf (restrictions apply).

Camper Loyalty Program

Through our GeoCamp Club (tents and trailers) and RV Club, you'll earn every 10th night for free. You don't have to stay 9 nights in a row; you can collect stamps during all of your visits.  Upon checking out of the campground, don't forget to stop by the park office and collect your stamps. Stay 9 nights, get the 10th night free!


Accessible WalkwayGeorgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are committed to making facilities and programs accessible to everyone. All lodges have accessible rooms, meeting facilities and restaurants. Most parks offer accessible cottages, campsites, fishing piers, nature trails and picnic areas. The Will-A-Way Recreation Area at Fort Yargo State Park, operated by Camp Twin Lakes, is a fully accessible group camp accommodating up to 250 people. Since degrees of accessibility vary among the sites, visitors may find it helpful to call the park or historic site they plan to visit to ensure their needs can be met. Overnight guests should be specific about needs when making reservations. Some of the more popular hard-surfaced trails can be found at:

Service Animal Policy

Georgia State Parks welcomes visitors with service animals. Service animals are “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities,” according to the Revised Americans with Disabilities Act Service Animal Requirements. Our Pet Policy applies to service animals with the following exemptions:
  • Service animals in a working capacity are allowed in all public areas of the park when accompanied by a visitor with a disability; and,
  • Service animals should be harnessed, leashed or tethered unless such devices interfere with the service animal’s work, or if the visitor’s disability prevents the use of these devices. In that case, the visitor must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal or other effective controls.