Father’s Day Events in Georgia’s State Parks


Does Dad love the great outdoors?

Plan a Father’s Day outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks so you can spend time together, building memories. Your whole family can stay in modern campsites, fully equipped cabins or even “glamping” yurts, with plenty of time for fishing, hiking and more over the weekend. You can even slip a park gift certificate into his Father’s Day card, which he can use later for boat rental, golf fees, historic site admission and more. Gift cards, event calendars and reservations can be found at GaStateParks.org.

Wild Cave Tours

Sunday, June 18, 2017 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA

Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.

Wildflower and Waterfall Get Fit Level 1 Hike

9:30 a.m.–11 a.m., Sundays June 18, 2017 until Aug 13, 2017 

Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA

Join a Ranger on this easy to moderate hike around the Lake and Big Rock Trails. Hike will take around 1.5 hours. A great way to get fit while learning about the park and wildflowers. Wear closed toed shoes. Meet at the Group Shelter near the beach. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.

Father's Day Fishing Rodeo

Sunday, June 18, 2017 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA

Bring out dad, grandpa, uncle etc. as we celebrate Father’s Day with a fishing rodeo! Rent a boat or bring your own (or fish from the bank). Our rodeo will feature a raffle with awesome prizes! Meet at Area B fishing dock. Fishing license required for ages 16+. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding for Beginners

Sunday, June 18, 2017 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.

High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA

Our class will help you develop fundamental skills such as balance, steering, and recovery techniques. After class, soak in High Falls Lake from the view of a paddleboard with a free one-hour paddleboard rental. Open to adults and children 8 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Must be a swimmer. Please register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.

Father's Day Hike

Sunday, June 18, 2017 2 p.m.–4 p.m.

Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA

Celebrate Father's Day with this Ranger led hike around various trails and areas of the park. Learn about the variety of animals, natural, and man-made structures that make up Magnolia Springs State Park. The hiking trails are easy, but good walking shoes are recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.

Intro to Tree Climbing

Sunday, June 18, 2017 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA

Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

New Manchester Civil War Days

Sunday, June 18, 2017 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA

This living history event will bring to life the New Manchester Community that prospered up to the end of the Civil War. Visit a Civil War-era encampment, take a historical tour to the New Manchester Mill, and learn about Civil War-era uniforms and firearms during black powder demonstrations and infantry drilling. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Twilight Lake Paddle

Sunday, June 18, 2017 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.

Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA

Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.