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State Parks win “Reader’s Choice” awards from Georgia's Largest Magazine

ATLANTA, November 3, 2011 -- The votes are in. When Georgians want to get out and play, state parks are often their favorite destinations. In Georgia Magazine’s recent Reader’s Choice Awards, three state parks in the mountains and one historic site near Columbus received top honors.
Amicalola Falls State Park near Dawsonville was voted “Best State Park” for its “gorgeous scenery, wooded hiking trails for all skill levels and breathtaking views of Amicalola Falls.” At 729 feet, the falls are the tallest cascade in the southeastern United States. The popular park was also nominated as a top hiking destination due to its 12 miles of trails. Visitors will find a mountain-top lodge with restaurant, cabins, campsites and family-friendly ranger programs.
Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site in Warm Springs earned “Favorite Historic Site” among the magazine’s 1.3 million readers. This was the only home that President Franklin D. Roosevelt built for himself, and was one of his favorite retreats, especially at Thanksgiving. Visitors can see the famous “unfinished portrait” that FDR was sitting for when he suffered a fatal stroke. The museum also includes FDR’s hand-controlled Ford roadster, cane collection and stagecoach, as well as “fireside chats” playing on the radio. Just down the road are the pools that first drew FDR to Warm Springs.
Unicoi State Park in Helen and Vogel State Park near Blairsville were also top mentions in the “Favorite State Park” category. Both have beautiful mountain scenery and lakes, plus exceptional hiking trails. Visitors can choose from campsites and cabins at both parks, plus a hotel-style lodge with restaurant at Unicoi.
Georgians wanting to check out these local favorites can enjoy lodging discounts early next year. From January through March, many lodge rooms, cabins, campsites and yurts will be discounted up to 30 percent. Guests must request the Winter Special Discount when making a reservation.
To learn more about Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, visit or call 1-800-864-7275 for a free color brochure. Georgia Magazine is published by Georgia Electric Membership Corporation and is the largest-circulation monthly magazine in the state. The “Reader’s Choice” issue can be viewed at



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