First-Time Camper Program
We'll help you discover the joy of sleeping under the stars.
If you've always wanted to try camping, but weren't sure how to begin? We can help! Through our First-Time Camper program, you’ll get borrowed gear, expert advice, two-night accommodations and more. Regular camping rates apply. Use of equipment and ranger guidance is provided with the program.
» Camping 101
Our park rangers are eager to share their love for camping and the great outdoors. When you arrive, someone will guide you on how to set up camp and provide insider tips. You’ll even get an emergency phone number to call during the night.
» Gear from REI & Coleman
Test out great gear provided by REI (Recreation Equipment Incorporated) & Coleman.
websites offer lots of helpful expert advice. (Please bring your own sleeping bag or blanket, and a pillow.)
1 Six-Person Tent
4 Sleeping Pads
1 Camp Stove with Fuel
4 Roasting Forks
2 Camp Chairs
» Our Campgrounds
Choose from 6 Georgia State Parks. Campsites have water and electric hookups, picnic tables, grills and campfire pits. Bathrooms and hot showers are within walking distance.
To check on availability and to make reservations, call the Park directly and be sure to identify yourself as a First-Time Camper.
It is recommended that you reserve your space
two weeks in advance.
A.H. Stephens State Park
Don Carter State Park
Fort Mountain State Park
Fort Yargo State Park
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park
Indian Springs State Park
Regular camping rates apply.
$5 ParkPass for the duration of your stay.
Many park activities are free, such as hiking, geocaching and fishing. Some activities have a fee, such as mini-golf, boat rental or swimming pools.
» To Qualify
Anyone who has never camped in a Georgia State Park may participate.
Because gear is borrowed, pets are not allowed in the First-Time Camper Program. But if you love the experience and come back again, your dog can enjoy camping too!
Contact our program coordinator, Ellen Graham at 706-878-4703 or
Other Frequently Asked Questions
» REI Expert Advice
Check out REI's helpful pre-trip information about camping and a number of outdoor pursuits at
» 7 reasons why
says camping is a great activity
The First-Time Camper program is being sponsored by generous donations from
Special thanks for their support!
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