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Hardman Farm Opens as Georgia’s Newest State Historic Site
SAUTEE NACOOCHEE, GA., October 3, 2014 -- Georgia’s newest state historic site, Hardman Farm, opened recently in Sautee Nacoochee in White County. The beloved landmark in north Georgia is best recognized for its gazebo-topped Indian mound and field of black-and-white cows. The farm’s main house, built in 1870 by Captain James Nichols, is a grand example of Italianate architecture and was originally known as “West End” because it was at the west end of the Nacoochee valley.
Georgia State Park Gift Cards Now Available
ATLANTA, May 8, 2014 -- Searching for the perfect gift for an outdoor enthusiast? Georgia State Parks now offer gift cards that can be used for campsites, cabins, yurts, retail shops, picnic shelters, historic sites, boat rentals, golf and numerous other outdoor activities. Some popular sites to redeem the cards include Red Top Mountain, Sweetwater Creek, Kolomoki Mounds and Cloudland Canyon state parks, as well as Dahlonega Gold Museum, Fort King George and Roosevelt’s Little White House.
Start the New Year with an Inspiring “First-Day Hike”
ATLANTA, December 4, 2014 -- Since New Year’s resolutions often include exercise, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are offering ways to make the goal more fun. Those wishing to increase their metabolism and decrease their waistline are invited to start 2015 with a healthy walk in the woods. Dozens of parks have planned ranger-led hikes as part of the national “First Day Hikes” movement sponsored by America’s State Parks.
Ft McAllister Winter Muster
RICHMOND HILL, GA, December 3, 2014 -- On December 13, Fort McAllister State Park will host its largest Civil War re-enactment – exactly 150 years after Gen. William T. Sherman ended his “March to the Sea” by overtaking the fort. Winter Muster is expected to bring more than 300 re-enactors and 1,000 visitors to the park south of Savannah, with additional public events planned for December 11 and 12 as well.
Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites Celebrate Traditional, Old-fashioned Holidays
ATLANTA, November 21, 2014 – If shopping-mall Santas and crowded parking lots have your family feeling “bah-humbug,” plan an outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks or Historic Sites. Dozens of parks across Georgia are hosting old-fashioned holiday celebrations that will remind you of yesteryear. Below is a sampling of events, and the latest calendar can be seen at www.GaStateParks.org/events. Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are operated by the Department of Natural Resources. To reserve cabins, campsites and yurts, call 1-800-864-7275 or visit www.GaStateParks.org/reservations.
Parks Open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
ATLANTA, November 21, 2014 – This holiday season, walk off that extra slice of pie with a heart-pumping hike. All of Georgia’s state parks are open Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day for visitors to enjoy peaceful scenery and active outings. While the park entrances are open, most offices will be closed as park staff enjoy the holidays with their families as well.
Georgia State Parks Director wins Statewide Lifetime Achievement Award
ATLANTA, November 19, 2014 -- At the recent Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) conference, Georgia State Parks Director Becky Kelley received a lifetime achievement entry into the GRPA Hall of Fame. GRPA’s award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the recreation, park and conservation movements in Georgia.
Fort Yargo Master Planning Process
November 14, 2014, Winder, Georgia — A group of Winder residents and leaders in Barrow County, Georgia
will attend an announcement event hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Foundation on Friday, November 14 to announce the plans for a new Fort Yargo State Park Master Plan.
Holiday Gift Ideas From Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
ATLANTA, November 10, 2014 – Georgia’s State Parks can make holiday shopping easy for the outdoor lovers on your list. Give them 36 lakes, 13 Indian mounds, eight golf courses, three forts, one train and a swamp when you wrap up gift cards and memberships for some of Georgia’s most beautiful places. Below are a few gift ideas that will last long after the egg nog is gone.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge plans to conduct prescribed burns in upcoming months
Folkston, GA, November 2014 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge near Folkston, GA are planning numerous prescribed burns during the next several months. Prescribed burns, such as the ones conducted at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, are used to restore longleaf pine habitat, control underbrush, and increase plant and animal diversity. (News from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
New Civil War Museum Opens October 7
MILLEN, GA, October 1, 2014 -- Civil War artifacts recently uncovered at Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen, Ga., will have a new home when the Camp Lawton exhibits open October 7. The public is invited to attend a small ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Magnolia Springs History Center at 2 p.m. at the park.
“Leaf Watch” Website Tracks Best Fall Color in Georgia
ATLANTA, September 18, 2014 – “When will the leaves change?” That’s the question park rangers hear most often once the calendar turns to October. Only Mother Nature knows, of course, but peak color in Georgia is usually toward the end of October or early November. The key for a vibrant autumn is warm sunny days coupled with cool – not freezing – nights.
High Falls Lake to be Lowered for Dam Repair
JACKSON, GA., September 11, 2014 -- The lake at High Falls State Park in Jackson, Ga., will be lowered this fall and winter while the Georgia Department of Natural Resources repairs a gate valve at the base of the dam. A public meeting to discuss the project will be held at 6 p.m. on October 2 at the park’s group shelter. Representatives from the DNR and Walden, Ashworth & Associates engineering firm will be available to answer questions and present their plans.
Winter "Snowbirds" Camping Special 2014-15
ATLANTA, September 2014 -- When the weather cools off, the deals warm up for campers who want to enjoy Georgia’s sunshine. Several Georgia State Parks are courting northern campers who migrate south during winter. RVers and tent campers can enjoy 50% off stays of 30 nights or more, November 2014 through February 2015. Those with four-legged children are welcome to bring their leashed canine family members along. To take advantage of this fine-as-a-feather offer, use promotional code SnowBird50% when calling 1-800-864-7275 or on www.GaStateParks.org/reservations. For additional details on the Snowbird Special, visit www.gastateparks.org/snowbird.
Fall Brings Colorful Deals at Georgia State Park Golf Courses
ATLANTA, September 2014 – Welcome the cool, crisp fall air and enjoy colorful scenic drives at some of the best golf courses in Georgia. Four Georgia State Parks’ courses are offering affordable golf packages ranging from $28 to $180 and include cart and greens fees, camping and RV sites as well as cottage accommodations. Prices are per person and vary by season and day of week. For additional details and restrictions, please visit http://gastateparks.org/golf-packages and http://gastateparks.org/specials.
TV Alert – Forgotten Civil War prison unearthed at Magnolia Springs State Park
MILLEN, GA, August 19, 2014 -- Next week, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) will air a “Time Team America” episode filmed in Georgia. Archaeologists will explore the recently excavated Camp Lawton which – for a brief period during the Civil War – was the nation’s largest prison. Today, the land is Magnolia Springs State Park known for beautiful springs, camping, nature trails, fishing and picnicking.
"Your State Parks Day" is September 27
GEORGIA, August 12, 2014 -- Free admission, dozens of volunteer projects and family-friendly events await Georgia State Park and Historic Site visitors on “Your State Parks Day” set for Saturday, September 27. Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, the nonprofit dedicating to preserving and enhancing the state’s natural treasures, “Your State Parks Day” is Georgia’s annual celebration of National Public Lands Day. The statewide event showcases how parks enrich communities while emphasizing the importance of local volunteerism.
Hike, Bike and Tee Up At Georgia State Parks This Fall
ATLANTA, GA. (July 30, 2014) — There are more than just fall festivals and hayrides available this year at Georgia State Parks. What better way to enjoy the arrival of autumn than spending time outdoors? From golf course packages and hiking, to spending time with family at a fall celebration or two, Georgia State Parks are the best place to be while saying farewell to summer.
Summer Camping Deals from Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, July 11, 2014 -- Those who love lazy summer days and sleeping under the stars can save money with camping deals from Georgia’s State Parks. From July 15 through August 28, eight parks are offering a 50 percent discount on RV, tent and trailer campsites. Campers can enjoy swimming beaches and pools, boating and fishing, watching fireflies and making s’mores by the campfire – for less than $15 per night.
Free “Get Outdoors Georgia Day” set for June 14
ATLANTA, May 22, 2014 -- Stand-up paddleboarding, archery and tree climbing are just some of the free activities offered during “Get Outdoors Georgia Day” on June 14. Hosted by Sweetwater Creek State Park just west of Atlanta, the celebration encourages Georgians of all ages to sample a variety of outdoor recreation. Visitors can also watch live animal programs and browse environmental booths. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on June 14, and is part of the seventh annual “National Get Outdoors Day” created by Get Outdoors USA.
GEORGIA STATE PARKS OFFER PERFECT OUTDOOR ADVENTURES FOR SUMMER
ATLANTA, GA. (April 30, 2014) — Turns out there is a cure for the summertime blues, and people don’t have to go far to find it. Ever shot an arrow, hunted for treasure using your cell phone, climbed a 100-foot Red Oak, or gone on a moonlit night hike? Georgia State Parks invites guests to get out and try all that and more so that instead of feeling blue, they will have fun in the summer sun. Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites offer ideal locations to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor and family activities. From the mountains to the coastal marshes, visitors will find every imaginable terrain, and the perfect summertime activity for anyone’s liking.
Celebrate Memorial Day with a Reflection on American Battles, Touring Historic Sites
ATLANTA, April 17, 2014 – As many families gather for picnics over Memorial Day weekend, some may also want to honor those who fought on American soil. Georgia is home to many significant battlefields and forts that have been carefully preserved. A visit to one of these sites is a great way to teach children about our country’s rich history and honor those who have fallen. Below are suggested forts, museums and battlefields across Georgia. For directions and admission fees, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org.
Spend Mother’s Day with Mother Nature
ATLANTA, April 10, 2014 -- Good memories are usually the best gift of all. Mother’s Day is May 11, so why not spend the day with Mom while enjoying Mother Nature? Georgia’s State Parks provide plenty of places where families can enjoy being together, soaking up springtime scenery. Below are five ideas for a Mother’s Day that will make moms and grandmas smile for months to come.
DNR Launches Interactive Map of Recreational Lands
ATLANTA, March 14, 2014 -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today unveiled an interactive map that identifies DNR-managed lands and outdoor recreation opportunities. The “Georgia Outdoor Map” includes state parks, wildlife management areas, public fishing areas, boat ramps, and historic sites. Users are able to search by category to find locations where they can camp, hunt, hike, fish or explore history.
Easter Egg Hunts in Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, March 7, 2014 -- If the little ones in your family are excited about Easter, start the celebration early by joining an egg hunt. Several Georgia State Parks are hosting events where children can fill their baskets with goodies and work off energy on playgrounds. Covered picnic shelters and enclosed group shelters can be reserved for large family potlucks and barbecues. Plus, all of Georgia’s State Parks and many State Historic Sites have picnic tables with pretty views. To find a nearby park, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org.
Spring Break: Wild Life or Wildlife?
ATLANTA, GA. (February 10, 2014)—This Spring Break, break away from the wild life of the college crowd and migrate toward the wildlife at a Georgia State Park, where the gentle calls of birds and furry friends greet visitors waking up in their cabins or campsites and create a soothing melody for a good night’s sleep. Thousands of families, couples and friends emphatically agree that one of the most exciting and entertaining aspects of Georgia State Parks is wildlife-watching during their spring getaway.
Valentine’s Day Events & Specials in Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, January 29, 2014 -- Sweethearts wishing for a memorable Valentine’s Day will find plenty of romance in Georgia’s State Parks. All across the state, couples can celebrate being together on winter wonderland hikes, picnics under the stars and full-moon wagon rides. State parks also have a variety of romantic accommodations and specials for couples planning a weekend escape.
Free ‘Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites’ Now Available
ATLANTA, January 23, 2014 – With spring just around the corner, many Georgians are beginning to think ahead to warmer weather and weekend escapes. The newly published “2014 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 Georgia’s newest state park which open last year on Lake Lanier.
New Echota Cherokee Capital Celebrates 50th Anniversary
CALHOUN, GA. April 18, 2012 -- Fifty years ago in May, the former Cherokee Nation capital became Georgia’s newest state historic site. To celebrate the anniversary, the northwest Georgia site will host a celebration and open house at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The day will be filled with living history demonstrations, Native American arts and crafts, and guest speakers. Admission will be free.
$2.1 Million in Recreational Trails Grants To Benefit Georgians
ATLANTA, March 20, 2012 -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently awarded $2.1 million in Recreational Trails Program grants to 19 government agencies. The grants will assist with the construction and maintenance of trails and trailheads throughout the state.
Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge Kickoff
ATLANTA, August 5, 2011 ~~ Hiking to the top of the Southeast’s tallest waterfall isn’t good just for your soul; it’s good for your health as well. That’s the basic message of the Georgia State Park system’s new “Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge” kicking off this summer. To help combat the growing obesity epidemic, officials are reminding citizens that nature holds the key to healthy lifestyles through exercise and nutrition, and that outdoor recreation can be a lot more fun than traditional exercise routines.
Georgia State Park in top running for $100,000 recreation grant
ATLANTA, GA., July 18, 2011 ~~ Three of Georgia’s State Parks – Little Ocmulgee, Amicalola Falls and Florence Marina ~~ are currently in the Top 10 list vying to be named “America’s Favorite Park” and win a $100,000 grant. The contest is part of the America Is Your Park campaign which encourages families to get active outdoors.
New RV Club Helps Campers Save Money
ATLANTA, GA, June 23, 2011 ~~ RV campers have always saved money by traveling with everything they need, from their own bed to the kitchen sink. Now they can save even more by frequenting Georgia’s many state parks. The new Georgia State Parks’ RV Club rewards avid campers with a free night after staying for nine. Club membership is free.
Outdoor Nation Summer Youth Summits Build Momentum in Atlanta
July 6, 2011 ~~ Outdoor Nation Summer Youth Summits Build Momentum in Atlanta
Youth-led Movement for the Outdoors Plans Agenda—with more than $100,000 in Dedicated Funding for Youth Project Ideas—to Expand Access, Activity, and Appreciation
Georgia’s Newest State Park Showcases Chattahoochee River
NEWNAN, GA, June 20, 2011 ~~ On July 1, Georgia will unveil its newest state park, Chattahoochee Bend. Located in northwest Coweta County off Flat Rock Road, the park protects seven miles of river frontage and has been eagerly anticipated by paddlers, campers and anglers. A public grand-opening ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the park’s visitor center. State Rep. Lynn Smith and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams are scheduled to speak.
Georgia State Park Golf Courses Introduce New Money-Saving Club Card
ATLANTA, GA, June 15, 2011 ~~ For years, golfers have enjoyed challenging play and rates as low as $25 on Georgia’s State Park Golf Courses. Now, they can save even more with the new Golf Club Member Card. For a $25 annual fee, golfers can enjoy a variety of discounts and specials at nine award-winning, well maintained courses across the state.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July at Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites
ATLANTA, JUNE 13, 2011 – Grab your beach towels, pack a picnic and spend the Fourth of July weekend at your favorite Georgia State Park. From lakeside swimming beaches to shaded picnic areas and playgrounds, a Georgia State Park visit is a great way to build lasting family memories that are also easy on the pocketbook.
Help Donate Trees With Odwalla
ATLANTA, June 6, 2011 – Georgia residents don’t need to get down and dirty this summer to help plant trees for their state parks. With the ease of a mouse click, visitors to www.odwalla.com/plantatree can designate a tree to be planted in Georgia through the Odwalla Plant a Tree program – a partnership to support the environment and help with important reforestation and planting initiatives.
Father's Day Gift Ideas
ATLANTA, GA – May 9, 2011 – Give Dad a gift that keeps him happy and fit in the great outdoors with four budget-friendly ideas from Georgia State Parks. Whether Dad enjoys golfing, fishing, camping, hiking or just a quiet weekend away, a gift from Georgia State Parks is sure to please. Several of the parks have even planned special events for families celebrating the day outdoors. For a calendar of events, photo galleries and details on all of Georgia's State Parks, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.
Georgia State Parks Beckon Families with Summer Fun Close to Home
ATLANTA, May 24, 2011 ~~ Swimming Beaches and Pools, Junior Ranger Camps, Free Park Admission and Affordable Lodging Provide Families Gas-Friendly Summer Recreation
FDR Swimming Pool Notice
PINE MOUNTAIN, GA., May 16, 2011 ~~ The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that F.D. Roosevelt State Park's Liberty Bell swimming pool will not open this summer. Like other state parks across Georgia, the Pine Mountain attraction is moving toward becoming less dependent on state revenues for operation.
Winning Waterfall Names Announced by Cloudland Canyon State Park
TRENTON, GA, May 3, 2011 ~~ After Cloudland Canyon State Park announced its “Name the Waterfalls” contest in February, more than 800 park fans submitted suggestions for the two cascades. Names ranged from long-forgotten Cherokee words to those honoring loved ones. Picking just two was difficult, with park officials choosing names that described the waterfalls’ scenery and reflected on their Native American past. Waterfall #1 will now be called Cherokee Falls and Waterfall #2 will be named Hemlock Falls.
Geocaching History Trail kicks off May 14
ATLANTA, April 27, 2011 ~~ DNR will soon launch a new geocaching quest that involves 14 state historic sites and requires players to learn about Georgia’s rich and varied history.
The History Trail GeoChallenge kicks off May 14 at Kolomoki Mounds Historic Park in southwest Georgia, but the game can be played any time throughout the year.
$2.1 Million in Recreational Trails Grants To Benefit Georgians
ATLANTA, April 14, 2011 ~~ The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently awarded $2.1 million in Recreational Trails Program grants to 25 government agencies. The grants will assist with the construction and maintenance of trails and trailheads throughout the state.
Affordable Spring Break Fun in the Outdoors
ATLANTA, March 1, 2011 – Just in time for Spring Break, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are offering five top ways to enjoy the outdoors without breaking the bank. From affordable golf to overnight adventures, and from animal programs to hayrides, the parks have something for all ages and interests.
Archery Range Opens Soon at Panola
STOCKBRIDGE, GA, March 23, 2011 ~~ A new archery range at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge is now available for archers, bow hunters, youth groups and others interested in perfecting their traget skills. The public grand opening celebration is set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, with hotdogs and hamburgers provided by Friends of Panola Mountain State Park.
Contest to Name Waterfalls Announced by Cloudland Canyon State Park
TRENTON, GA, February 24, 2011 ~~ Deep within one of north Georgia’s most scenic state parks are two waterfalls that have never had formal names. In fact, officials have always called them simply “waterfall #1” and “waterfall #2.” Now the rangers at Cloudland Canyon State Park have decided they would like help in christening the waterfalls with names that are as pretty as the falls themselves.
Eco-Lodge opens in Fargo
February 25, 2011, Fargo, Ga. – The newly opened Suwannee River Eco-Lodge in Clinch County is a welcome addition to those planning meetings, weddings, reunions and retreats in southeast Georgia. Located near the famed Okefenokee Swamp, it is an affordable and unique destination for groups as well as individuals.
Georgia Mountain BirdFest at Unicoi State Park
Helen, Ga., February 17, 2011 -- When Georgia Mountain BirdFest kicks off this spring at Unicoi State Park, it will be northern Georgia’s only major birding festival. With more than 60 field trips, programs and hands-on activities to choose from, it is open to birders of all ages and skill levels. Ornithologist Marshall Iliff of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Giff Beaton, author of Birding Georgia, will be among the many guest speakers.
Annual ParkPass Saves Visitors Money
ATLANTA, GA., February 1, 2011 – Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy Georgia’s many state parks can save money with a 2011 Annual ParkPass. The $50 pass exempts visitors from paying the $5 parking fee at state parks such as Amicalola Falls, Red Top Mountain, Kolomoki Mounds and Skidaway Island.
Free 2011 Guide to State Parks Now Available
ATLANTA, GA., February 1, 2011 – Chilly February is when many of us start daydreaming about warmer breezes and weekend escapes. The newly published “2011 Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” is the perfect resource for planning quick getaways, spring breaks and summer staycations.
Winter Romance Rates
ATLANTA, January 18, 2011 – Couples looking for a romantic escape can warm up with great savings and take advantage of smaller crowds at Georgia State Parks this winter. Through February 28, 2011, solitude-seekers can book a lodge room, cottage, campsite or yurt and save 25% on weekends (Friday and Saturday) and 30% on weeknights (Sunday through Thursday), based on availability.
Spring Wildflower Hikes
ATLANTA, January 24, 2011 - Longer days, warmer weather and eye-catching blooms like dogwoods, azaleas and irises are sure signs of Spring. To celebrate the season, Georgia State Park rangers are hosting a series of guided wildflower hikes throughout the state providing nature enthusiasts a close-up look at these spectacular blooms.
Junior Golf Tour
ATLANTA, (DEC. 8, 2010) – On Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, the Georgia Junior Golf Tour (GJGT) closed the season with the Champion’s Cup at Little Ocmulgee’s Wallace Adams golf course in McRae, Ga. The top 15 places from each age division played the par 72 course in pairs. The 6,625 yard course was full of challenges and required a great deal of skill to maneuver the green.
Go Play After Labor Day
ATLANTA, August 11, 2010 – The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of fun in the great outdoors. As Labor Day approaches, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages families to get outdoors over the holiday weekend and continue enjoying outdoor activities into the fall.
Thomas the Tank
CORDELE, GA. (July 29, 2010) – Beloved storybook character Thomas the Tank Engine™ is set to roll into Georgia Veterans State Park for the Day Out With Thomas tour this October. Children of all ages will have the chance to ride a real train, meet characters such as Sir Topham Hatt™, play with Mega Bloks™, join in on storytelling and crafts, and more. Thomas the Tank Engine™ is presented by HIT Entertainment, a worldwide leader in children’s entertainment.
Holiday Gift Guide
ATLANTA, GA., November 3, 2010 – Wrap up a gift from Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites and give a year of fun while protecting Georgia’s most precious places. A gift of the outdoors is a healthy alternative to clothing and gadgets, and it’s a practical option for those who seem to have it all.
Leaf Watch 2010 - news release
ATLANTA, GA, September 1, 2010 – For many people, the perfect autumn weekend includes cozy campfires, gooey s’mores and fiery-hued forests. To help leaf peepers plan their fall escapes, Georgia’s state parks will soon launch “Leaf Watch 2010” in partnership with Georgia Forestry Commission to track fall color as it moves across the Peach State and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Free Day: Sept. 25, 2010
ATLANTA, GA, August 24, 2010 ~~ Put away your wallet and pull out your fishing pole or hiking boots. Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is offering free admission on Saturday, September 25 as part of National Public Lands Day. The statewide celebration is a way to thank park visitors and volunteers for their support of outdoor recreation and historic preservation.
Couple Finishes All Three State Park Challenges
RICHMOND HILL, GA., August 30, 2010 ~~ Nat and Delene Broeckling of Bryan County are the first Georgians to complete all three recreation challenges sponsored by Georgia’s state park system. The couple earned bragging-rights t-shirts and the pride of knowing they completed the Canyon Climbers, Muddy Spokes and Park Paddlers clubs.
Public Hearing: Rule Change on Free Wednesdays
ATLANTA, August 27, 2010 ~~ The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is requesting public comments on a proposed rule change that would eliminate “free Wednesdays” at all state parks. Under current rule, park visitors are exempt from paying the $5 parking fee on Wednesdays at sites such as Amicalola Falls, Indian Springs and Crooked River. Written comments will be accepted until October 22, and the change could go into effect February 2011.
Back-To-School? Stay Active.
ATLANTA, July 28, 2010 – Just because the kids are heading back to school doesn’t mean families need to shelve their fitness regimen for next year. Georgia State Parks makes it easy to stay on track with challenging heart-pumping recreational programs and outdoor activities for every age and fitness level. Fall is the perfect time for families to re-energize and resolve to keep outdoor recreation an ongoing part of the weekly itinerary.
Gator-Frenzy Video Creates Buzz About Stephen C. Foster State Park
FARGO, GA, July 27, 2010 ~~ Gators galore! A Georgia fisherman’s video of a rare alligator “feeding frenzy” is bringing unexpected attention to the Okefenokee Swamp. Ray Cason of Homerville had just launched his boat at Stephen C. Foster State Park on July 10 when he documented hundreds of alligators feeding in a narrow canal. His short video was posted by the Clinch County News and has since been picked up by Southeastern media and viewed by nearly 50,000 people.
July 25th Bat Blitz at Fort Mountain State Park
The ninth annual Bat Blitz is set for July 25-29 at Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday night with kids activities, bat displays, and researchers hoping to capture bats to show participants. Admission is free but there is a $5 parking fee.
Megaramp at Tugaloo
GAINESVILLE, Ga (July 13, 2010) - Anticipating more than 10,000 users each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources opened a new megaramp on July 13, 2010 at Tugaloo State Park on Lake Hartwell, giving boaters and anglers greater access to the lake.
Geo-Challenge 1st Finishers
ATLANTA, June 28, 2010 ~~ When David and Tina Pilgrim of McDuffie County first started geocaching, they had no idea they’d become two of the most successful ”treasure hunters” in Georgia. They recently became the first finishers of the Georgia State Parks Geo-Challenge – a quest to find 45 hidden boxes in 42 state parks.
State Transferring Management of John Tanner State Park to Carroll County
CARROLLTON, GA, June 21, 2010 ~~ The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will transfer management of John Tanner State Park to Carroll County effective July 1. All park amenities are expected to remain open, including the beach, campground and accommodations.
Junior Ranger Camps, Free Park Admission and Family-Friendly Events
ATLANTA, June 14, 2010 – Summer vacation – the perfect time for spending quality family time in the Georgia outdoors. No need to invest in pricey day camps this year. Simply pack a lunch, grab a towel or trail shoes and head to Georgia’s State Parks for affordable recreation that’s not only fun, but also encourages kids to stay active and get outdoors this summer.
Have a Star-Spangled Fourth of July with Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
ATLANTA, June 11, 2010 ~~ Picnics and campouts will be just a part of this year’s Independence Day Celebration at Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites.
Fathers Day Gift Ideas
ATLANTA, GA – June 2, 2010 – Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites make finding the perfect Father’s Day gift easy by providing affordable gift ideas suitable for every dad and grandfather.
New Manager at Reed Bingham State Park
ADEL, GA, April 21, 2010 ~~ The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has appointed Colquitt County native Suzanne Passmore as the new manager of Reed Bingham State Park. Passmore was previously the resource manager at Little Ocmulgee State Park in McRae, and she started her new position in Adel on April 16.
New Cottages at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park
REIDSVILLE, GA., May 25, 2010 ~~ Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park in Reidsville will host a public ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new rental cottages. The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on June 3. Senator Jack Hill, Senator Tommie Williams and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Clark are scheduled to speak.
Manager of the Year Award
ATLANTA, May 26, 2010 ~~ Eric Bentley of Fort Yargo State Park in Winder was named Manager of the Year by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The award was presented during the DNR Board’s May meeting in Atlanta.
Ranger of the Year Award
ATLANTA, May 26, 2010 ~~ Randell Meeks of Soperton, Ga. was named Ranger of the Year by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The award was presented during the DNR Board’s May meeting in Atlanta.
New GreensPass Includes Unlimited Golf at Seven Courses
ATLANTA, GA, May 19, 2010 ~~ Value-conscious golfers can save 10% through June 30 on the annual GreensPass good at seven Georgia State Park golf courses.
Go Swim, Georgia: Cool off, swim safely in Georgia waters
Atlanta, May 20, 2010 – As the heat of summer approaches and more people head outside, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages families to get outdoors and “Go Swim!” Whether you are splashing in a creek, jumping off a dock or swimming at a state park beach, Georgia has plenty of places for you to cool off.
New Paddling Club Launches in Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, February 9, 2009 ~~ Georgia’s State Park System has unveiled a new club just for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. The Park Paddlers Club includes six state parks with waterways ranging from tidal rivers to the celebrated Okefenokee Swamp. Members can earn a bragging-rights t-shirt by paddling all 22 miles at Crooked River, George L. Smith, Magnolia Springs, Reed Bingham, Stephen C. Foster and Sweetwater Creek state parks.
Disc golf is much like traditional golf, except players use Frisbee-style discs rather than a ball and clubs. Disc golf can be played by all ages and all physical capabilities. Players set their own speed and don’t have to spend much money on equipment, plus it gets people outside in nature!
Leaf Watch -- Website Highlights Best Leaf Color in Georgia’s State Parks
The Artist-in-Residence Program is no longer being offered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
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