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Tails on Trails: Georgia State Parks’ New Dog-Walking Club
ATLANTA, May 22, 2016 - Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites will launch their newest dog walking club, “Tails on Trails,” in June 2016. Hikers and their four-legged companions are challenged to hike seven trails at Georgia State Parks and upon completion, dogs earn a bandana and their owners earn a t-shirt for logging the miles.
Peregrine Falcons Return to Tallulah Gorge to Nest
TALLULAH FALLS, GA., May 12, 2016 -- A pair of peregrine falcons has built a nest and appear to be raising chicks again this year at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Last year was the first time in nearly 75 years that a peregrine nest in a natural setting had been spotted in Georgia. The only other known nests in the state are atop city office buildings.
National Kids to Parks Day is May 21
ATLANTA, May 6, 2016 -- Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites have planned several family-friendly activities in celebration of “National Kids to Parks Day” on May 21. Sponsored by the National Park Trust, the celebration encourages children to explore public lands. In Georgia, the parks are offering paddle trips, archery classes, field day games, colonial toys and more. Many events are free and parking is $5. Families can stay overnight in the parks’ campgrounds, cabins and yurts -- turning their outing into a mini-vacation.
National Trails Day is June 4, 2016
ATLANTA, May 2, 2016 -- Georgians of all ages are invited to lace up their hiking boots this June in celebration of National Trails Day and the 85th anniversary of Georgia’s State Park System. Park rangers are saying “hike with us on our birthday” as a way to honor our country’s largest public trail event. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is held the first Saturday of each June and highlights 200,000 miles of trails that crisscross America.
New Geocaching Game Celebrates Georgia State Park System’s 85th Anniversary
ATLANTA, April 13, 2016 -- Treasure-hunt fans will soon have a new quest that takes them from Georgia’s mountains to marshes. To celebrate its 85th anniversary this year, Georgia’s State Park system is kicking off a new game called Birthday Bash Geocache. Using a hand-held GPS, players find hidden caches while exploring some of Georgia’s most scenic locations.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with Mother Nature
ATLANTA, March 23, 2016 -- For moms who love the great outdoors, spending family time with Mother Nature can be the best gift of all. Georgia’s State Parks provide plenty of places where families can enjoy springtime scenery and make memories. Below are five ideas for a Mother’s Day that will make outdoorsy parents smile.
Georgia’s First-Time Camper Program Introduces Families to Sleeping Under the Stars
ATLANTA, March 22, 2016 -- Avid campers know the gooey fun of toasting marshmallows over a fire, but for those who have never slept in a tent, spending the night outdoors can be an intimidating adventure. Through Georgia State Parks’ First-Time Camper Program, curious guests can see if they enjoy sleeping under the stars before investing in their own gear. Since the program began in 2013, more than 445 families have discovered the joys of campground life.
Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Celebrates 85th Anniversary
Atlanta (March 1, 2016) - Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites encompass 85,000 acres across the state, from the high mountain peaks of north Georgia to the coastal plains and marshlands on Georgia’s east coast. The Georgia State Park System was founded in 1931 with just two properties and has now grown to more than 60 sites that protect Georgia’s natural resources. 2016 marks Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites’ 85-year anniversary, and the parks are commemorating with several programs throughout the year, including a state-wide hike for National Trails Day on June 4 and the launch of the Hidden Gems series.
From Easy Strolls to the Toughest Climbs: Hike These Georgia State Park Trails
ATLANTA (February 8, 2016) -- In North Georgia, hike across mountains with elevations ranging from sea level to elevations of more than 3,600 feet. In South Georgia, hike the coastal plains and along marshes. Georgia State Parks has more than 60 parks and historic sites across the state and this year celebrates its 85th anniversary. From the toughest climbs to the easiest strolls, including ADA-accessible trails, these parks offer hundreds of trails where hikers can find Georgia’s most beautiful landmarks including cascading waterfalls, canyons and mountain vistas.
National Trails Day is June 4, 2016
ATLANTA, February 15, 2016 -- Georgians of all ages are invited to lace up their hiking boots this June in celebration of National Trails Day and the 85th anniversary of Georgia’s State Park System. Park rangers are saying “hike with us on our birthday” as a way to honor our country’s largest public trail event. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is held the first Saturday of each June and highlights 200,000 miles of trails that crisscross America.
Easter Egg Hunts at Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites
ATLANTA, February 5, 2016 -- Pack a picnic and your camera to celebrate Easter in Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites. Large families can take advantage of picnic shelters and group shelters for an all-day affair. For more ranger programs, visit www.GaStateParks.org/events and the parks’ web pages. Information on cabins, yurts and campsites can be found at GeorgiaStateParks.org or 1-800-864-7275.
New Cabins and Boardwalk Open at Laura S. Walker State Park
WAYCROSS, GA., January 22, 2016 -- Guests at Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross can soon enjoy sipping coffee from their cabin porch while watching wildlife around the lake. On February 20, park officials will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for six new Sportsman’s Cabins and a 1,500-foot boardwalk. The public is invited to the 11 a.m. ceremony.
Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend in Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, January 27, 2016 -- With Valentine’s Day falling on a weekend this year, Georgia’s State Parks are offering a variety of ways to share the love of nature with the ones you love. Park rangers have planned creative events for couples, families, friends -- and even Fido.
Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Reveal Hidden Gems
ATLANTA (January 20, 2016) – Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites welcome more than 7.5 million visitors each year, yet with more than 60 locations across the Peach State, much is still uncharted territory. Ever wanted to know the rangers’ favorite secret spots? The park system is now revealing “Hidden Gems” selected by those who know the parks best.
Free Travel Guide for Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Now Available
ATLANTA, January 18, 2016 – With spring just around the corner, many Georgians are beginning to think ahead to warmer weather and weekend escapes. The newly published “2016 Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” is a handy resource for planning a spring break, summer vacation or family reunion. The free booklet is filled with tips on the best hiking trails, fishing spots, wedding venues and accommodations. It also includes new accommodations, such as yurts at Sweetwater Creek State Park near Atlanta and sportsman’s cabins at Laura S. Walker State Park near Waycross.
Georgia's State Parks Celebrate New Year's Day with "First Day Hikes"
ATLANTA, December 4, 2015 -- All across the country, park rangers are inviting Americans to start the New Year with an energizing First Day Hike. In Georgia's State Parks and Historic Sites, dozens of guided treks will encourage friends and families to connect with nature and each other. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative from America's State Parks to get people outdoors, with more than 400 hikes scheduled in all 50 states. According to Georgia State Park officials, winter is a particularly scenic time for enjoying trails because the open canopy means hikers can see farther through the woods.
Five Georgia State Parks to Mountain Bike This Winter
(November 22, 2015) - Mountain biking in early winter, before the freezing temperatures, is one of the best times to hit the trails in Georgia, where thinning trees reveal beautiful scenery. At Georgia State Parks, mountain bikers can also spending the night at the park’s accommodations, giving more time to enjoy the trails. First-timers and advanced riders will find an array of trails to dirty up the tires. With gravel paths and single tracks, Georgia State Parks has options for all riders, but five of the best mountain bike trails are at Cloudland Canyon, Fort Mountain, Fort Yargo, Unicoi State Park and Watson Mill Bridge state parks, while the Muddy Spokes Club provides riders with a list of 68 miles of trails to cover.
Georgia Plan for Outdoor Recreation: Public Invited to Offer Opinions
ATLANTA, October 15, 2015 – Every five years, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts a statewide survey of public needs and gathers an inventory of outdoor recreation assets. From those assessments, it formulates a policy document that provides guidance to local, state and federal facilities by recognizing trends and identifying needs.
Holiday Gift Ideas 2015
Atlanta, GA. (October 14, 2015)- Gift givers and stocking stuffers will have their friends and family dashing through Georgia State Parks to bike and hike across woods and mountains, paddle through marshes and lakes, or tee up on the greens- while laughing all the way.
"Leaf Watch" Website Tracks Best Fall Color in Georgia
ATLANTA, September 9, 2015 – "When will the leaves change?" is the question park rangers hear most often once cooler temperatures arrive. Only Mother Nature knows for sure, but peak color in Georgia is usually toward the end of October or early November. To help leaf peepers find the best scenery, Georgia's State Parks offer an online "Leaf Watch" travel planner, found at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/leafwatch.
Public Opinion Sought on Georgia’s Outdoor Recreation Services
ATLANTA, September 1, 2015 -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has commissioned the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government to complete a statewide public opinion survey regarding outdoor recreation services. The institute’s Survey Research and Evaluation unit will conduct a telephone survey of more than 1,000 respondents over the next month.
Georgia State Park Visitors Get Free Admission in Exchange for Volunteering on "Your State Parks Day"
ATLANTA, August 14, 2015 -- In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Georgia's state parks and historic sites are inviting citizens to volunteer for a variety of projects on Saturday, September 26. The statewide "Your State Parks Day" is sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the state’s natural and historical treasures. While visitors normally pay a $5 parking fee at state parks or a $4–$12 admission fee at state historic sites, Friends will be paying the parking or admission fees for everyone who lends a helping hand to encourage participation in the event.
New Yurt Village Opens Soon at Sweetwater Creek State Park
August 14, 2015 (Atlanta, Ga.) – Atlanta’s closest state park, Sweetwater Creek State Park, celebrates a landmark occasion this fall with the opening of its first overnight accommodations: a 10-unit yurt village and a tent campground. Starting September 1, the state park will take reservations for the yurts and tent camping.
Hamburg to be Re-classified as 'State Park' due to Washington County Support
Washington, GA, August 6, 2015 -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has entered into an agreement with Washington County to reclassify Hamburg Outdoor Recreation Area as a State Park. Beginning next March, park visitors will be able to make advance reservations for campsites and check in at a staffed park office. For the past few years, the park's office has been closed and campers have self-registered for tent and RV sites.
Follow the compass North, South, East & West to Georgia State Parks
ATLANTA, (July 28, 2015) – Fall's cool, crisp air welcomes visitors to take advantage of the outdoors, and Georgia State Parks is the place to play. Whether hiking or paddling, camping or glamping, or spotting wildlife or changing leaves, follow the compass directions and you'll find every Georgia State Park has plenty to offer to families, friends and solos no matter what part of Georgia’s backyard you're in.
Monroe County Resident Completes Quest To Visit all Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
FORSYTH, GA, July 20, 2015 – Ann Haines of Forsyth can brag about something not many can claim: she has visited every state park and state historic site in Georgia – more than 60 locations. What’s more, she completed her quest in less than two years. Today, her refrigerator is covered with magnets collected along the way.
Renovated Cabins Open at Hard Labor Creek State Park
RUTLEDGE, GA, June 30, 2015 – Overnight guests at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge can now enjoy beautifully renovated cabins during their visits. Construction crews renovated eight of the park’s 20 cabins, completely re-doing the interiors. Cabin guests can also enjoy occasional free kayak tours on the lake.
Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Offer Affordable Star-Spangled Celebrations
ATLANTA, June 11, 2015 -- Grilling burgers in the shade and camping under the stars are just some of the July 4th activities offered by Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites. Want to learn about our nation’s independence? Visit Fort Morris near Darien for their Colonial Faire and cannon firings. How fast can you win a three-legged race? Join the old-timey games at A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville. Whether you have just a few hours on the 4th or the extended weekend, Georgia’s State Parks make for a festive holiday destination.
Four State Parks Among Top 100 Fishing Spots in U.S.
ATLANTA, GA, June 2, 2015 — Four of Georgia’s State Parks have been recognized among the 2015 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing. Those selected include Tugaloo on Lake Hartwell, High Falls near Jackson, Fort Yargo in Winder and Georgia Veterans in Cordele. In total, 25 states’ parks or recreation areas are represented in the Top 100 list.
Georgia’s State Park System Is Finalist for Top National Honor
ATLANTA, GA., June 2, 2015 – Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites was recently named a finalist for the 2015 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management -- the most prestigious accolade a recreation agency can achieve. The award is sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.
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