Plan an Event at Georgia State Parks

From weddings to reunions, and from campouts to retreats, Georgia’s State Parks have facilities for all kinds of gatherings. Guests will enjoy the retreat-like atmosphere and variety of activities, all surrounded by scenic beauty. We can meet all budgets too! Rustic camps and picnic shelters are affordably priced, while retreats such as Smithgall Woods and the Reynolds Mansion are perfect for elegant affairs.

Types of Accomodations & Facilities

Picnic Shelters: We’ve Got You Covered

Picnic SheltersAll state parks have covered picnic tables that may be reserved up to 13 months in advance. These open-air shelters include tables assembled under a roof and sometimes a large grill. Parking and restrooms are nearby.

Group Shelters: Special Event Facilities

Group SheltersPerfect for family reunions and church picnics, enclosed group shelters have tables and chairs for 50 to 250, kitchens, restrooms, heat and air conditioning, and adjacent parking. Many have large barbecue pits.

Meeting Rooms: Professional or Easy-Going

Meeting Rooms

In addition to the conference space available at four lodges, Hard Labor Creek, Suwannee River Eco-Lodge at Stephen C. Foster, Sweetwater Creek and Panola Mountain state parks have small meeting rooms for rent.

Hotel-Style Lodges: Meeting & Banquet Facilities


Lodges have restaurants, catering, and event coordinators who can assist with conferences and banquets. Private small-group accommodation is available at Reynolds Mansion.

SAM Shortline Excursion Train

SAM Shortline

This excursion train welcomes groups and private events on its tour through southwest Georgia. Throughout the year, this nostalgic train offers special tours to Savannah, Vidalia and other towns. The main depot is located in Cordele, just west of I-75.

Group Camps:  Summer Camp Fun

Group Camps

Group camps are perfect for large youth gatherings. While each is unique, they all provide a rustic environment with bunks, large kitchens, assembly rooms, hot showers, and sometimes swimming facilities. There is plenty of room to run and learn.

Pioneer Camping: Roughing It

Pioneer Camping

Organized groups such as Scouts can pitch tents in these private camping areas found at most state parks. All come with water spigots and pit toilets, and some have covered picnic shelters and grills.

Group Lodges: Your Own Private Retreat

Group Lodges

A group lodge is one large facility with dormitory sleeping for 12 to 50. They have restrooms with hot showers and a kitchen and dining area. Guests provide their own linens.

Smithgall Woods

Smithgall Woods State Park

This mountain retreat offers 17 bedrooms in six beautifully decorated cottages. Some have porches along a trophy-trout stream, while others have private hot tubs. Business groups can meet in the main house’s great room with fireplace or on the large stream-side deck.

Suwannee River Eco-Lodge

Suwannee River Eco-Lodge

Just 18 miles from the Okefenokee Swamp, this is a unique location for hunting retreats, reunions and weddings. Surrounded by forest, the lodge has 8 cottages with 12 bedrooms (sleeps 40). A conference room, meeting room, BBQ shelter and kitchen are available. Guests may rent a portion or all of the facility.


Birthday Parties

Birthdays at Georgia State ParksWhether turning 6 or 60, we can make your birthday a celebration to remember long after the last slice of cake is gone. Partygoers will enjoy playgrounds, nature trails, fishing, swimming, pedal boats, mini-golf, ranger programs and beautiful scenery without ever leaving the park.

Camping Clubs

Camping Clubs at Georgia State Parks Bring your buddies to us! Camping clubs are welcome in Georgia’s State Parks. With free membership cards, you’ll stay every 10th night on us.  Campgrounds have water and electric hookups, dump stations and hot showers. Some sewage hookups are available. Leashed pets are welcome. Parks will make every effort to set aside a portion of the campground for clubs reserving five or more sites at one time. Clubs reserving 20 or more sites may use a free group shelter or picnic shelter if available. One member may make reservations for the entire group, and a guest list should be provided to the park. Campsite locations cannot be guaranteed.

Corporate Groups

Corporate Meetings & Retreats at Georgia State ParksFrom half-day retreats to multi-day conferences, Georgia State Parks have facilities for all types of corporate gatherings. When not brainstorming and strategizing, your group can enjoy golf, boating, fishing, nature walks, swimming and more — all without leaving the park. Family members who come along will find plenty of activities as well.

Family Reunions

Georgia State Parks ReunionsThere are many reasons why families make visiting Georgia's State Parks an annual tradition. It may be the Southern-inspired service or the accommodations that fit all budgets. Add in our group shelters, and you’ll have room for the whole gang.  With endless activities such as hiking, fishing, golfing, biking, playgrounds and paddling, your reunion will cater to everyone's interests.


Georgia State Parks HobbyistsWhether you’re into birding or bridge, geocaching or photography, we have a place for your next club outing. Rent a cluster of cottages, lodge rooms, yurts or camping sites—or even our private group camps and group lodges. Have your meals in the lodge restaurants, or bring your own food to our enclosed group shelters or open-air picnic shelters. We welcome blogger workshops, book clubs, conservation groups, crafters, geocachers, girlfriend getaways, photography associations and more.

Military Families

Georgia State Parks Military Groups

To thank our armed forces, we offer a 25% discount on daily and annual ParkPasses to active duty and retired military who are also Georgia residents. 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, picnic shelters, recreation fees such as mini-golf and boat rental, golf fees and historic site admission.

Road Touring Groups

Georgia State Parks Road Touring Groups

Along the rolling hills and sweeping curves of Georgia’s roads you can enjoy quaint towns filled with farmers markets, antiques, and local color. RV, motorcycle or bicycle enthusiasts can enjoy a cool mountain ride through lush forests or explore coastline roads under live oaks and Spanish moss. A road trip can include battlefields, forts, Indian mounds, historical homes, lighthouses and colonial settlements. Once off road, there’s plenty to see and do in nature. Overnight accommodations range from camping to cottages, yurts and lodges. Group shelters and picnic shelters offer space for a group rally or a monthly motor club meeting.

Scouts & Youth

Scouts & Youth Groups at Georgia State Parks Remember the thrill of exploring nature and the freedom of forgetting your “inside voice”? What about the fun around a giant bonfire with all your best buddies? We have places where kids can, well, be kids!  Youth groups are encouraged to book group facilities made just with them in mind. You’ll be in your own private area, with no worries of neighbors nearby.

Spiritual Retreats

Georgia State Parks Spiritual Retreats Georgia's State Parks are naturally suited to spiritual contemplation, making us the perfect location for your next religious retreat. We offer acres of outdoor sanctuary, providing peaceful tranquility and places for quiet reflection or outdoor congregation. Regardless of denomination or affiliation, your group will be inspired when listening to a gentle stream, watching a golden sunrise, or taking in the sight of soaring birds.


Georgia State Parks WeddingsWe can help make your wedding a celebration to remember forever. From the mountains to the coast, we have the perfect venue (both indoor and outdoor) for your wedding, reception or portrait sitting. Need a few ideas? Indian Springs State Park features a historic stone pavilion where you can dance the night away. Crooked River State Park offers a wedding arbor beside its beautiful winding river. Black Rock Mountain and Cloudland Canyon have small overlooks where you can renew your vows. Fort King George Historic Site can even host an oyster roast for your reception.