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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 State Parks Offers Hot Deals for Snowbirds Headed South
ATLANTA (November 12, 2015) — Snowbirds migrating south for the winter will find attractive incentives, both recreationally and financially, to rest their wings at 12 Georgia State Parks. From November 2015 through February 28, 2016, select Georgia State Parks are offering discounts of 30 to 50 percent off their already low rates on campsites. Depending upon the park and the length of stay, extended-stay rates can be as low as $9.50 per night for a campsite with considerable amenities.
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.
‘Natural’ Peregrine Falcon nest is first in 80 years
TALLULAH FALLS, GA., May 13, 2015 -- For the first time in nearly 80 years, a Peregrine Falcon nest in a natural setting has been spotted in Georgia. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff confirmed the nest and two chicks at Tallulah Gorge State Park on Monday. The only other known peregrine nests in the state are atop office buildings in Atlanta.
Travel off the Beaten Path at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
ATLANTA, April 15, 2015 – While pitching a tent at one of the Georgia State Parks is a popular activity, the parks still harbor secret camping and glamping spots and unique accommodations known only to those willing to travel off (or even above) the beaten path. gastateparks.org
National Kids to Parks Day is May 16
ATLANTA, May 7, 2015 -- Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites have planned dozens of family-friendly activities in celebration of “National Kids to Parks Day” on May 16. Sponsored by the National Park Trust, the celebration encourages children to explore public lands. The trust estimates more than 500,000 people will attend events across the country in what is called America's national “day of play.”
$2.5 Million in Trail Grants Awarded for Recreation in Georgia
ATLANTA, April 1, 2015 -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the award of 27 new grants totaling $2.5 million for trails around the state. The selected projects will provide new outdoor recreation opportunities for a variety of trail user groups. A total of 87 applications requesting approximately $9 million were received from state, federal and local governments during this grant cycle.
Public Meeting to Discuss Fort Yargo State Park’s Master Plan
WINDER, GA, March 31, 2015 -- Winder- and Athens-area citizens are invited to a public meeting next week to discuss a master plan for Fort Yargo State Park. Recently during the first round of comments, park users suggested additions such as a dog park, wedding venue, zip line, paved trail and festival field to be considered. During the April 7 meeting, officials will discuss feasibility of these amenities and request additional public feedback. The master plan is intended to be a long-range vision for the park, looking up to 20 or more years into the future.
Fort Yargo Master Plan
Master Plan Fort Yargo State Park
Georgia’s Newest State Historic Site Opens in March
SAUTEE NACOOCHEE, GA., February 26, 2015 -- Georgia’s newest state historic site, Hardman Farm in White County, opens for tours this March. The beloved landmark in north Georgia is best recognized for its gazebo-topped Indian mound and field of black-and-white cows. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the main house and dairy barn. The elegant home features an especially nice 19th century parlor, and many furnishings are original, including lighting fixtures.
Georgia’s First-Time Camper Program
ATLANTA, February 23, 2015 -- Long-time campers know the gooey fun of making s’mores over the fire, but for those who have never slept in a tent before, spending the night outdoors can be an unfamiliar 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. More than 300 families have participated in the three-year-old program, which expands this March to include 13 state parks.
Take a Critter-cation to Georgia State Parks
ATLANTA, February 25, 2015 -- If you are not spending your vacation with the wildlife at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites this spring and summer, you might be hanging with the wrong crowd. Georgia’s forests are full of deer, foxes, owls and other land-dwelling animals, and the rivers, streams and lakes overflow with fascinating aquatic life. Many of Georgia’s 48 parks have nature centers where families, and friends can get up close and personal with some of the state’s most interesting creatures.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Artist-in-Residence Program is no longer being offered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
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