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Spiritual Retreats & Camps

Georgia's State Parks are naturally suited to spiritual contemplation, making us the perfect location for your next religious retreat. We offer acres of outdoor sanctuary, providing peaceful tranquility and places for quiet reflection or outdoor congregation. Regardless of denomination or affiliation, your group will be inspired when listening to a gentle stream, watching a golden sunrise, or taking in the sight of soaring birds.

We regularly host:
     Women's, Men's and Couple's Retreats
     Youth Retreats and Camps
     Choral Group Retreats
     Bible Study Groups and Workshops
     Church Staff Retreats

Group Shelters at Georgia State Parks


Group Shelters — Budget-friendly group shelters have tables and chairs for 50 to 250, kitchens, restrooms, heat and air conditioning, and adjacent parking. Many have large barbecue pits, and guests are welcome to bring their own food.

Picnic Shelters at Georgia State Parks


Picnic — Open-air shelters include several picnic tables assembled under a single roof, with parking and restrooms nearby. Many also have a barbecue pit, and guests are welcome to bring their own food.

Group Camps at Georgia State Parks


Group Camps — These budget-friendly accommodations are perfect for large youth gatherings. While each is unique, they all provide rustic 'cabins' with bunk beds, large kitchens, dining/assembly rooms, restrooms with hot showers, activity areas and, in some cases, swimming facilities. Group camps are found at A.H. Stephens, F. D. Roosevelt, Hard Labor Creek, Indian Springs, Kolomoki Mounds, Laura S. Walker, and Magnolia Springs state parks.

Group Lodges at Georgia State Parks


Group Lodges — Found only at Cloudland Canyon, General Coffee and Magnolia Springs state parks, a group lodge is one large facility with dormitory sleeping quarters for 12 to 50, restrooms with hot showers, and a kitchen and dining area. Guests provide their own linens.

Pioneer Camping at Georgia State Parks


Pioneer Camps — Youth groups can pitch tents in these private camping areas found at most state parks. All come with pit toilets, most have water spigots, and some have covered picnic shelters and grills. These primitive campsites will not accommodate RVs or trailers and usually do not provide showers.

Lodges at Georgia State Parks


Lodges — Four hotel-style lodges offer dedicated meeting planners, catering staff, restaurants and versatile meeting space that can hold up to 500 attendees. Accommodations range from hotel-style rooms to fully equipped cabins. AV equipment, team-building exercises and ranger-led programs are available.

Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island


Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo — This historic plantation home is set among the moss-draped oaks and salt marshes of Sapelo Island. It can accommodate 29 guests with 13 bedrooms and 11 baths, all brimming with turn-of-the century ambiance, architecture and art. The island has limited access by ferry only, providing complete privacy. All meals are included.

Suwannee River Eco-Lodge at Stephen C. Foster State Park


Suwannee River Eco-Lodge — Just 18 miles from the famed Okefenokee Swamp, this secluded lodge is made up of eight cottages with 12 bedrooms (max 40 guests). A conference room, smaller meeting room, BBQ shelter and commercial kitchen are included. Additional accommodations and activities can be found 18 miles away at Stephen C. Foster State Park.

Smithgall Woods State Park


Smithgall Woods — This elegant mountain retreat offers 17 bedrooms in six beautifully decorated cottages. Some have porches along a trophy-trout stream, while others have private hot tubs. Business groups can meet in the main house's great room with fireplace or on the large stream-side deck.

SAM Shortline Excursion Train


SAM Shortline Excursion Train — For a truly unique outing, climb aboard this fun excursion train in southwest Georgia. Your group can rent just one car or the whole train. We've even partnered with to customize packages and themes. The SAM Shortline travels from Georgia Veterans State Park to Americus, a telephone museum in Leslie, downtown Plains and President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm.

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