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Give the Gift of the Great Outdoors this Holiday Season

Ideas from Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

ATLANTA, GA - September 21, 2012 – Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites make holiday shopping easy by providing gift ideas that are practical while helping protect Georgia’s natural and historic resources. Whether your loved ones enjoy camping, hiking and mountain biking or just like to hit the golf course on the weekend, a gift from Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites is one that easily encompasses the outdoor adventurers on your shopping list and can be enjoyed well after the holidays are past.

  • Annual ParkPass
Perfect for friends that enjoy park hopping, the Annual ParkPass provides access to all Georgia state parks without having to worry about paying parking fees for each visit.  Normally parking fees are $5. Give your special loved one unlimited access to miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, kayaking and canoeing waterways, lakeside beaches and breathtaking mountain vistas. The Annual ParkPass costs $50 or $25 for seniors 62 and older. To purchase, call 1-800-864-7275 or visit
  • Membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
For those “green” friends who have a serious love for protecting Georgia’s natural resources, a “Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” membership is the perfect gift. In addition to enjoying the benefits of a free Annual ParkPass, Historic Site passes, a free night of camping or round of golf, and many additional perks, a Friends’ membership helps to protect Georgia’s natural and historic resources.  Membership levels begin at $50 for an individual and are $75 per family.  To learn more, visit or call 1-888-948-2092.
  • Historic Site Annual Pass
Have a grandfather that loves to reminisce about days past? A Georgia Historic Site Pass is sure to offer him a year’s worth of enjoyment with unlimited admission to all 15 of Georgia’s state historic sites. Visit Georgia’s Civil War battlefields, picturesque plantations, ancient Indian mounds, Revolutionary War forts, and Native American and presidential homes.  The pass is $35 per family, $20 per adult and $15 per child (17 and younger).  Passes can be purchased at the historic sites, which can be found on
  • Annual Golf GreensPass & Golf Club Membership
Golf lovers on your holiday list will enjoy the diversity of Georgia State Park golf courses. For an $800 splurge, consider a GreensPass which provides unlimited rounds at seven state park golf courses for an entire year.  Or, if you’re looking for a gift for a friend or colleague, a $20 Golf Club Membership Card provides savings and benefits at nine championship golf courses across the state.  Offers vary by course, but include discounts on greens fees, cart rentals, merchandise and food.  Natural scenery and quality courses make Georgia’s State Park GreensPasses and Golf Club Membership Cards sought-after gifts. Both can be purchased directly at the golf courses, or for more information, visit or call 1-800-434-0982.
  • Books, Hiking Sticks, Stuffed Animals and More
Many of Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites have gift shops filled with inexpensive presents for all ages.  You’ll find nature books for children and travel guides for adults.  Hiking and camping supplies, t-shirts and hats, toys and stuffed animals, themed décor and numerous other items will make outdoor lovers know you were thinking about them.  History lovers will appreciate books and gifts from Etowah Indian Mounds, Fort King George, Roosevelt’s Little White House and other historic sites.  To find a gift shop near you, visit
For help in planning a holiday staycation or to learn about lodging packages, visit or call 1-800-864-PARK (7275).  Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are operated by the Department of Natural Resources.
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