Press Room

State Transferring Management of John Tanner State Park to Carroll County

CARROLLTON, GA, June 21, 2010 ~~ The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will transfer management of John Tanner State Park to Carroll County effective July 1. All park amenities are expected to remain open, including the beach, campground and accommodations.

“Most people know about the budgetary challenges facing Georgia’s state parks, so I’m pleased to announce this partnership,” said DNR Commissioner Chris Clark. “This is a great example of government agencies working together for the good of our citizens.”

John Tanner will continue to be called a State Park until ownership of the land is transferred, which will take many months to complete.

“We want to assure west Georgians that we realize the importance of John Tanner to the community,” said State Parks Director Becky Kelley. “Visitors will still be able to camp and enjoy the park’s popular beach. The only difference will be the agency managing the park’s daily operations.”

John Tanner State Park is best known for having the largest sand swimming beach of any Georgia state park. It is a recreational haven for water lovers looking for boating and fishing opportunities as well. Visitors can enjoy camping, picnicking, miniature golf, volleyball and horseshoes. Six motel type units are located near the beach, each with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living area and bedroom. The park is named after a local businessman who operated the property as a private park from 1954 until 1971. To learn more, visit