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. To buy an Annual ParkPass, visit any Georgia State Park office or buy a ParkPass online. (Please allow 7–10 business days for shipping.) Annual ParkPass discounts of 50% are available for seniors 62 and older, and 25% for active military and veterans. Discounted passes must be purchased in person.
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.
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. Senior citizen discounts are not available on Historic Site Annual Passes. $50 family, $30 adult, $25 youth.
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.
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 only 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 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, 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/field-offices.
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.
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. Memberships begin at $55, 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).