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ATLANTA, GA. (April 30, 2014) — Turns out there is a cure for the summertime blues, and people don’t have to go far to find it. Ever shot an arrow, hunted for treasure using your cell phone, climbed a 100-foot Red Oak, or gone on a moonlit night hike? Georgia State Parks invites guests to get out and try all that and more so that instead of feeling blue, they will have fun in the summer sun. Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites offer ideal locations to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor and family activities. From the mountains to the coastal marshes, visitors will find every imaginable terrain, and the perfect summertime activity for anyone’s liking.

Aim for a summer filled with adventure at one of Georgia State Parks’ two types of archery ranges. Archers may shoot in a traditional static range or take their best shot at realistic 3-D targets spread throughout several lanes of trails. The 3-D ranges can be found at Elijah Clark State Park, Panola Mountain State Park, and Victoria Bryant State Park. There is a small fee to use most archery ranges, but Tallulah Gorge has a range available free of charge. Archers may bring their own equipment or rent from park offices.
Saddle up and ride horseback along more than 100 miles of riding trails at Georgia State Parks. Guests can bring their own horse to ride the trails or visit F.D. Roosevelt State Park to take a guided horse ride. Whether riders are experienced or riding for the first time, Georgia State Parks has an equestrian adventure for every skill level. Georgia State Parks provides horseback riding trails, equestrian campsites, horse stalls, and riding rings. Steer a steed by breathtaking views of lush forests, peaceful streams, open pastures, and beautiful Georgia lakes.  Some Georgia State Parks with equestrian activities include General Coffee State Park, A.H. Stephens State Parks, and Hard Labor Creek State Park. There are also new equestrian trails at Cloudland Canyon State Park.
Geocaching is the perfect summer activity for park goers of all ages. Using a GPS or smart phone with a GPS app, visitors search dozens of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites locations around Georgia to discover hidden containers or “caches.” Caches usually contain a small prize or trinket, making this activity like a modern day treasure hunt. Join the “GeoCampers” for events at Red Top Mountain State Park including geocaching, camping, and more. A few parks that offer this attraction are Cloudland Canyon State Park, Magnolia Springs State Park, and Fort Yargo State Park.
Take summer fun to new heights with a hiking adventure at Georgia State Parks. Enjoy hiking by breathtaking waterfalls in the North Georgia Mountains at Fort Mountain State Park, Vogel State Park, and Black Rock Mountain State Park. Tallulah Gorge State Park even offers full moon hikes for guests who want to trek the trails at night. Georgia State Parks also has hard-surfaced trails suitable for wheelchairs and strollers at Mistletoe State Park, Skidaway Island State Park, and Stephen C. Foster State Park.
There are so many ways to make a splash this summer.  Whether visitors enjoy languid lakes or serene streams, there is a paddling experience for every skill level at Georgia State Parks. Visit Fort McAllister State Park where paddlers can kayak at Redbird Creek to explore wildlife such as fiddler crabs and occasional dolphins. Paddle on beautiful black water lakes where Spanish moss, cypress trees, and lily pads reflect off the dark water at Reed Bingham State Park, Magnolia Springs State Park, and Little Ocmulgee State Park. At Stephen C. Foster, guests can visit the Okefenokee Swamp where they can rent canoes or kayaks to possibly see alligators, deer, ibis, heron or egrets.
Take a dip this summer at Georgia State Parks where there are many options to enjoy this favorite summer pastime. Whether guests prefer swimming in lakes or pools, Georgia State Parks has an aquatic activity waiting. Don Carter State Park has a new beach where visitors can enjoy the swim, sand and sun on Lake Lanier. For those who prefer pools, swimming is welcome at the Liberty Bell Pool at F.D. Roosevelt State Park. Non-swimming guests can still cool off with “splash pads” at Little Ocmulgee State Park and Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park.
Tree Top Excursions
Branch out and try something new and exciting this summer. Try one of the many tree top excursions featuring rope assisted technical tree climbing at Panola Mountain State Park. There are options for introductory tree climbs as well as group tree climbs. Panola Mountain State Park’s featured tree is a Southern Red Oak named "Naomi Ruth" that tops out at 100 feet tall. For even more summer fun, try one of their themed climbs like an overnight tree top experience with “ZZZ’s in the Trees,” a wilderness filled “Wild Climb,” or even a nocturnal “Night Climb.”
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