We'll help you discover the joy of sleeping under the stars.
If you've always wanted to try camping, but weren't sure how to begin? We can help! Through our First-Time Camper program, you’ll get borrowed gear, expert advice, two-night accommodations and more. Regular camping rates apply. Use of equipment and ranger guidance is provided with the program.
NOTE: We will no longer take First Time Camper reservations after December 31, 2018 as a new program will be coming in 2019.
Our park rangers are eager to share their love for camping and the great outdoors. When you arrive, someone will guide you on how to set up camp and provide insider tips. You’ll even get an emergency phone number to call during the night.
Gear from REI & Coleman
Test out great gear provided by REI & Coleman. www.REI.com and www.Coleman.com offer lots of helpful expert advice (please bring your own sleeping bag or blanket, and a pillow). There is just one set of loaner camping gear available at each participating park and the gear accommodates a group of up to six people.
- 1 Six-Person Tent
- 4 Sleeping Pads
- 1 Camp Stove with Fuel
- 4 Roasting Forks
- 1 Lantern
- 2 Camp Chairs
- Regular camping rates apply.
- $5 ParkPass for the duration of your stay.
- Many park activities are free, such as hiking, geocaching and fishing. Some activities have a fee, such as mini-golf, boat rental or swimming.
Anyone who has never camped in a Georgia State Park may participate.
Because gear is borrowed, pets are not allowed in the First-Time Camper Program. But if you love the experience and come back again, your dog can enjoy camping too!
Choose from 6 Georgia State Parks. Campsites have water and electric hookups, picnic tables, grills and campfire pits. Bathrooms and hot showers are within walking distance.
To check on availability and to make reservations, call the Park directly and be sure to identify yourself as a First-Time Camper.
It is recommended that you reserve your space at least two weeks in advance.
- A.H. Stephens State Park (Crawfordville) 706-456-2602
- Don Carter State Park (Gainesville) 678-450-7726
- Fort Mountain State Park (Chatsworth) 706-422-1932
- Fort Yargo State Park (Winder) 770-867-3489
- Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park (Reidsville) 912-557-7744
- Indian Springs State Park (Flovilla) 770-504-2277
Contact our program coordinator, Ellen Graham at 706-878-4703 or Ellen.Graham@dnr.ga.gov.
The First-Time Camper Program is being sponsored by generous donations from REI and Coleman. Special thanks for their support!
Check out AmeriCorps GA State Parks for upcoming first time camper programs or first time backpacker events.