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First Day Hikes 2017
ATLANTA, November 17, 2016 -- 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 hundreds of hikes scheduled in all 50 states.
Celebrate Traditional Holidays With Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites
ATLANTA, November 23, 2016, – If shopping-mall Santas and crowded parking lots have your family saying “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.
Stephen C. Foster State Park Named Among World’s Best Star-Gazing Locations
FARGO, GA, November 7, 2016 – One of Georgia’s most remote state parks has been designated among the best spots in the world for star gazing. The International Dark Sky Association recently named Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp as a gold-tier “International Dark Sky Park” – the first in Georgia. A December 10 celebration will include a short ceremony followed by a free astronomy program where sky enthusiasts can observe the moon’s craters, Venus, Mars and the North Star.
Holiday and Winter Deals from Georgia’s State Parks
ATLANTA, November 7, 2016 -- Fans of Georgia’s State Parks can save on getaways and gift cards this winter season. By day, enjoy peaceful hiking trails and open vistas, and by night kick back with cozy campfires and starry skies.
The Top 5 Overlooks at Georgia State Parks
Atlanta, GA. (October 26, 2016)- Nothing beats a scenic overlook, and Georgia State Park’s many mountainous locations give plenty of opportunities to scout one out. Hike to the highest of heights and reward yourself with breathtaking views at some of the top overlooks at Georgia State Parks.
New Horse Stalls Open at A.H. Stephens State Park in Georgia
CRAWFORDVILLE, GA., October 19, 2016 -- Equestrians have a new reason to gallop over to A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville. The park has opened 20 new horse stalls and will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. The public is invited to this event. Later that evening is the park’s “Haunted Evening” with a hayride, treats, movie on the lawn, campfire, campsite decorating contest, costume contest and more.
Georgia State Parks Manager of the Year is Danny Tatum
September 9, 2016 -- Danny Tatum from Tallulah Gorge State Park was named Manager of the Year during the recent State Park Managers Conference. Tatum has worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for 32 years and is also former chief of the DNR’s Search and Rescue Team.
“Leaf Watch” Website Tracks Best Fall Color
ATLANTA, August 9, 2016 – Every October, Georgia’s mountains turn to a vibrant blanket of red and gold as the leaves begin to change. To help “leaf peepers” find the best spots for fall color, Georgia’s State Parks will offer an online Leaf Watch travel planner in October and November, found at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/LeafWatch.
Georgia’s “Your State Parks Day” Offers Free Admission for Volunteers
ATLANTA, August 1, 2016 -- 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 24. All across Georgia, outdoor enthusiasts can help with projects such as rail fencing at Chief Vann House and invasive plant removal at Skidaway Island.
Hike, Bike and Paddle to Fall Color
ATLANTA, GA July 19, 2016 - Nothing can top a breathtaking view of Georgia forests painted with a myriad of oranges, reds and golds in the crisp autumn air. Georgia’s leaves change colors in October, and Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites are the perfect place to enjoy leaf-peeping during the peak of fall color. Autumn weather beckons trail-goers to enjoy the cooler climate via water, wheels or trusty hiking boots: feel the leaves crunch underfoot while hiking, breeze past a blur of fall foliage on a mountain bike, and paddle the waters and gaze at the leaves both above in the trees and below in the water’s reflection in Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites.
Renovated Campgrounds Open at Hard Labor Creek State Park
RUTLEDGE, GA (June 23, 2016)— Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge will open its newly renovated campground on July 1, 2016. Visitors will enjoy the feeling of a secluded camping retreat while having easy access to modern amenities near their campsite.
Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Offer Affordable Star-Spangled Celebrations
ATLANTA, June 21, 2016 -- Grilling burgers in the shade and camping under the stars are some of the favorite July 4th activities offered in 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. Want to see fireworks? Gather at Seminole State Park on July 2 for early festivities on the lake. Whether you have just a few hours on the 4th or the extended weekend, Georgia’s State Parks make for a fun-filled holiday.
Five State Parks to Offer Site-Specific Camping Reservations Beginning August 1
ATLANTA, June 14, 2016 -- Long-time campers know the anticipation of getting to a campground early so they can pick their favorite spot. Beginning this August, five of Georgia’s State Parks will allow visitors to reserve their favorite campsite in advance. Called “site-specific,” the reservations will be available for the entire campgrounds at Richard B. Russell (Elberton), James H. Floyd (Summerville) and Amicalola Falls (Dawsonville), and select sections of Reed Bingham (Adel) and Laura S. Walker (Waycross) state park campgrounds.
Celebrate Father’s Day in the Great Outdoors
ATLANTA, June 6, 2016 -- Spending family time outdoors is often the best gift for adventurous dads. This year, Father’s Day is June 19. To plan a celebration he’ll remember, check out these ideas from Georgia’s State Parks.
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.
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.
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