Georgia Veterans State Park

Established as a memorial to U.S. veterans, this park features a museum with aircraft (including a Boeing B-29A), armored vehicles, uniforms, weapons, medals and other items from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War. An 18-hole golf course and pro shop, along with 8,700-acre Lake Blackshear and proximity to I-75, make this one of Georgia’s most popular state parks.
A sandy swimming beach is the perfect place to cool off during Georgia summers. The Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club is a professionally operated conference center with 78 lodge rooms, 10 cottages and 2 restaurants. The SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs through the park on its way from Cordele to Plains, allowing riders to see an antique telephone museum, Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village, President Jimmy Carter’s boyhood farm and other attractions along the journey.

Make reservations for lunch and dinner cruises on Lake Blackshear.


GPS Coordinates:

N 31.968020 | W -083.912300
Located 9 miles west of I-75 (exit #101) near Cordele on U.S. Highway 280.

2459 U.S. Highway 280 W
Unit A
Cordele, GA 31015
Crisp County



Twilight Paddle on Lake Blackshear
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
Presenter/Location: Georgia Veterans State Park
Join a guided paddle as the sun sets over Lake Blackshear. Watch as the last light of day fades into the dark night, leaving only the twinkling light of stars and the moon to guide the way.  $10 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Soak It In
Before-Breakfast Nature Hike
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Georgia Veterans State Park
Amanda will lead an energizing mile hike on the Yucca Trace Trail. Begin at Lake Blackshear Resort front desk and we will conclude the tour at Cordelia’s Restaurant where guests can take part in the breakfast buffet if they choose too. Pets welcome, must be on a leash.  $2 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Guided Kayak/Canoe Tours of Lake Blackshear
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
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Presenter/Location: Georgia Veterans State Park
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour around Lake Blackshear in kayaks, canoes or standup paddleboards. See wildlife and vegetation that thrives here such as waterfowl, alligators, birds, fish, turtles and more. Meet at the Visitors Center. Call to reserve your boat.  $8 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Soak It In
Bobby Cline

Bud & Carmen Fitton
706-745-4713  campground host

Carmen & Bud Fitton

Curtis and Gladys Peacock

Susan Jenkins
229-276-0755  Office Clerk, SAM Shortline

Thomas and Hazel Lanier