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Trivia about Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites

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The sex of baby alligators – often born in Stephen C. Foster State Park -- is determined by egg temperature during incubation. Cooler eggs develop females and warmer eggs develop males.

Cherokee leader James Vann once fired a pistol at dinner guests through the bedroom floor in Chief Vann House Historic Site.

Indian Springs is thought to be the oldest state park in the nation, visited by Creek Indians who believed the natural springwater had healing qualities.

Poor farming practices during the 1800s led to the beautiful geography of Providence Canyon State Park, known as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon.”

The Little White House in Warm Springs, now a state historic site, was the only home that President F.D. Roosevelt owned. While visiting this rural Georgia town, FDR crafted many policies that still benefit Americans today.

Our nation’s gold rush began in Dahlonega, not California as commonly believed. Coins minted in Georgia and the story of this exciting time in history is told at Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site.

In 1864, General Sherman’s infamous “March to the Sea” ended at Fort McAllister State Historic Park, enabling him to present Savannah as a “Christmas present” to President Lincoln.

The 229-foot covered bridge at Watson Mill Bridge State Park is Georgia’s longest covered bridge still in its original location.

The 1790s town of Petersburg is buried below the lake at Bobby Brown State Park, and
some foundations can still be seen when water levels are low.

One of Georgia’s archaeological mysteries is the 855-foot rock wall at Fort Mountain State Park. Although theories abound, no one knows who built the wall or why.

At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

The tongue-twister name of Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park comes from the Gordonia tree (one of the world’s rarest trees) and the original spelling of the nearby Altamaha River.

Every person in Georgia is less than an hour’s drive from at least one state park or historic site.

Admission fees for state historic sites range from $2 to $5 for adults, significantly less than most attractions.