Things to Know — Discounts, ParkPass, Rules & More

Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site


Parking in Georgia's State Parks is just $5 and visitors can buy a $50 annual ParkPass that helps fund renovations, trail work, dock replacements and more. A family of five can enjoy a full day of hiking, biking, fishing, boating, birding, picnicking, swimming and more for only one dollar per person. ParkPasses are not valid at state historic sites. Overnight guests pay the daily ParkPass fee only once during their stay, regardless of duration.

• $5 Daily ParkPass

Purchase at kiosks inside parks, by QR code upon arrival, or in park offices. Daily passes can be used at more than one state park in the same day and are only valid for day of purchase. Daily park passes are only valid at State Parks, not State Historic Sites. State Historic Sites require a separate daily admission. Email confirmation is your receipt and proof of purchase.

 Purchase Daily ParkPass


• $50 Annual ParkPass


Purchase online or at park offices. Allow 7 – 10 business days for shipping*. Valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. 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. Ask about bulk discounts for corporations and organizations.

Visiting soon? Please buy your annual ParkPass at the park office because online orders may take several days to arrive. We look forward to your visit.

 Purchase Annual ParkPass

* Shipping may be delayed a few days during this time.
** Discounted passes must be purchased in person.


• Bulk Annual ParkPasses

Purchase 10 or more Annual ParkPasses and save money. These are great for corporate wellness programs and gifts. Call 770-389-7286 to purchase more than 10 passes. Note: Bulk purchases over 5,000 passes may take a 4-6 week lead time.

Bulk rates are:

10–99 Passes $45.00 each
100–999 Passes $37.50 each
1,000–9,999 Passes $25.00 each
10,000+ Passes $12.50 each


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 motor coaches 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.

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Areas, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Stone Mountain, Corps of Engineers lakes, Jekyll Island and Lake Lanier are not state parks, and are not covered by the ParkPass. The ParkPass is not valid at Wildlife Management Areas or Public Fishing Areas. These locations are covered by a hunting or fishing license or Lands Pass available from the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division.

Historic Site Annual Pass

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 (for normal admissions only - does not include special events). Passes may be purchased online or at one of our historic sites. Senior citizen discounts are not available on Historic Site Annual Passes.

Available passes: $50 family (admits up to 4), $30 adult (admits 1 adult 18 or older), $25 student (admits 1 under 18 or college student with valid I.D.).

 Purchase a Historic Site Pass

Senior & Military Discounts

Discounted passes must be purchased in person.

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 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

Disabled veterans who are Georgia residents AND present a Certificate of Eligibility card are entitled to a 25% discount on Annual ParkPasses, 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


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.

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Library Loan Program

Georgians with public library cards can check out a ParkPass and Historic Site Pass—much like checking out a book. The ParkPass exempts you from paying the daily $5 parking fee at state parks, and the Historic Sites Family Pass exempts up to 2 visitors from admission fees to state historic sites. Visit the Georgia Public Library to find libraries that carry our passes. Plan ahead, as supplies are limited.

Read more about the Library Loan Program

Rewards Program

Sign up for a rewards card in any park office to earn points toward free reservations.
Georgia State Park rewards program


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: