Plan an Event at Georgia State Parks

Birthday Party at Indian Springs

 

From weddings to reunions, and from camp outs 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.


Facilities & Accommodations

Picnic Shelters: We've Got You Covered

All 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.

Event Rooms: Professional or Easy-Going

In addition to conference space available, Hard Labor Creek, Sweetwater Creek, Richard B. Russell and Panola Mountain state parks, as well as the Suwannee River Eco-Lodge have event rooms.

SAM Shortline Excursion Train

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.

Pioneer Camping: Roughing It

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

Smithgall Woods

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.

Group Shelters: Special Event Facilities

Perfect 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.

Hotel-Style Lodges: Banquets & Meetings

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

Group Camps: Summer Camp Fun

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.

Group Lodges: Your Own Private Retreat

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.

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. A conference room, meeting room, BBQ shelter and kitchen are available. Guests may rent a portion or all of the facility.


Groups & Get-Togethers

Birthday Parties

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

Weddings

We 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 State Historic Site can even host an oyster roast for your reception.

Family Reunions

There 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 activities such as hiking, fishing, golfing, biking, playgrounds and paddling, your reunion will cater to everyone's interests.

Military Families

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 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.

Scouts & Youth

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.

Corporate Groups

From half-day retreats to multi-day conferences, there are 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.

Camping Clubs

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 and provide a guest list for the entire group.

Hobbyists

Whether 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. We welcome blogger workshops, book clubs, conservation groups, crafters, geocachers, girlfriend getaways, photography associations and more.

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. Once off road, there’s plenty to see and do in nature. Group shelters and picnic shelters offer space for a group rally or a monthly motor club meeting.

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. Your group will be inspired when listening to a gentle stream, watching a golden sunrise, or taking in the sight of soaring birds.