Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Things to Know -- ParkPass, Rules & More
Fees & Discounts:
ParkPass & Historic Site Pass
Mountain Bike Trail Fees
Senior & Military Discounts
Library Loan Program
Money-Saving Tips

Park Rules and Regulations
Traveling with Pets

Reservation Policies

Activities and Accommodations Chart (2.6 MB pdf file)

Accessibility

Being a Responsible Visitor:
Don't Move Firewood
Leave No Trace

Natural Georgia

ParkPass & Historic Site Pass

PARKPASS -- You can help support state parks by buying a ParkPass.  Upon arrival, state park visitors pay a $5 daily or $50 annual parking fee that helps fund campground renovations, group shelter construction, dock replacements and much more.

Annual ParkPasses are good for 12 months from the date of purchase.  The daily ParkPass is valid at all state parks visited the same day.  It is not valid at state historic sites.  Overnight guests pay the daily ParkPass fee only once during their stay, regardless of duration.

Since the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Areas, Stone Mountain, Corps of Engineers lakes, Jekyll Island and Lake Lanier are not state parks, they are not covered by the ParkPass.  The ParkPass also is not valid at Wildlife Management Areas or Public Fishing Areas.  These locations are covered by the Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) available from the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division.

Frequent park visitors can SAVE MONEY with a $50 Annual ParkPass that exempts them from paying the daily parking fee. To purchase an Annual ParkPass, visit any state park office, call 770-389-7401 or send an email with your name, address and daytime phone number to CustomerService@GeorgiaStateParks.org.  Discounts of 50% for seniors 62 and older, plus 25% for active military and veterans, are available.

OR
join the Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and get a FREE Annual ParkPass and 25% discount on Historic Site admission plus many additional benefits.

HISTORIC SITE PASS  --  History buffs can save money with the purchase of a Historic Site Annual Pass. This pass gives unlimited admission to all of Georgia’s state historic sites. Passes may only be bought at historic sites and are $35 per family (limit 6 people), $20 per adult and $15 per youth (17 and younger). Senior citizen discounts are not available on Historic Site Annual Passes.

Library Loan Program:  Save even more money by checking out a ParkPass or Historic Site pass from your local library.  It's just like checking out a book.  Show your valid library card at Georgia's public libraries and you can have free access to Georgia's State Parks and State Historic Sites.

* ParkPass Exceptions: Organized school groups, diners in lodge restaurants and attendees of day-long lodge meetings are exempt. Golfer parking is included in greens fees. Large vans with a capacity of 13 to 30 passengers pay $30 per day or may purchase an Annual ParkPass for $75. Buses or motorcoaches with a capacity of more than 30 passengers pay $70 per day or may purchase an annual pass for $250. However, those vehicles carrying overnight guests pay only the regular daily parking fees.
 

Senior & Military Discounts

Seniors 62 and Older
Annual ParkPass discounts of 50% are available for senior citizens who present a copy of their drivers license. Seniors receive $20 off individual or family membership in Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, plus 20% off:

  • Cottage rates (Sunday - Thursday, December 1 - March 31). Not valid with any other promotions or discounts. Limited to one cottage per stay.
  • Campsite rates (year-round). Not valid for group camping. Discount applies ony when vehicle is registered to a senior. Limited to one campsite per senior.
  • Individual lodge room rates (year-round). Limited to one room per stay.
  • Golf green fees.

Disabled Veterans
Disabled veterans who are Georgia residents AND present a Certificate of Eligibility card are entitled to a 25% discount on Annual ParkPasses, individual or family Friends Memberships, individual accommodations, picnic shelters, recreation fees such as mini-golf and boat rental, golf fees and historic site admission.  When making online reservations, the full fee will be charged to your credit card. Upon check-in and presenting your Certificate of Eligibility card, you will be reimbursed for your discount.  
 
Disabled veteran discounts are established by Georgia Code 12-3-9.1.  To receive your Certificate of Eligibility card, visit your nearest Veteran Field Service Office with a copy of your DD Form 214 and disability-rating letter.  A Field Service Officer will submit a VSO 22 form on your behalf.  After approval, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility card.  For more information, visit  www.veterans.georgia.gov

Military
Active duty and retired military -- who are Georgia residents -- are entitled to a 25% discount on the daily or Annual ParkPass.  ID must be shown.
 

Money-Saving Tips

LIBRARY LOAN PROGRAM:  If you have a library card from a Georgia public library, you can check out a ParkPass and Historic Site Pass, just like you would check out a book. You'll enjoy free parking at Georgia's State Parks and free admission to State Historic Sites.

Frequent state park visitors can purchase an Annual ParkPass for $50, which means they do not pay the daily $5 parking fee. An even better deal is membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. The cost is the same ($50) and members get additional discounts as well.  Annual passes are also available for mountain bike trails and some swimming pools.

Seniors 62 and older save 50% on Annual ParkPasses (normally $50), and 20% off camping, cottages, lodge rooms and golf (restrictions apply).

RV owners who camp often can join our free RV Club.  Stay 9 nights, get the 10th night free.
 

Accessibility

Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are committed to making facilities and programs accessible to everyone. All lodges have accessible rooms, meeting facilities and restaurants. Most parks offer accessible cottages, campsites, fishing piers, nature trails and picnic areas. The Will-A-Way Recreation Area at Fort Yargo State Park, operated by Camp Twin Lakes, is a fully accessible group camp accommodating up to 250 people. Since degrees of accessibility vary among the sites, visitors may find it helpful to call the park or historic site they plan to visit to ensure their needs can be met. Overnight guests should be specific about needs when making reservations.

Some of the more popular hard-surfaced trails can be found at:
Amicalola Falls
Tallulah Gorge
Panola Mountain
Red Top Mountain
 

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