Parks press releases archived
Free Admission to State Historic Sites. To spotlight the Peach State’s fascinating past, Georgia’s State Historic Sites are offering free admission on Sunday, February 5. The event is part of Georgia History Festival’s statewide celebration of “Super Museum Sunday.” Visitors can admire FDR’s hand-controlled roadster, walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers, translate the Cherokee Nation’s first newspaper, see black powder demonstrations at Wormsloe and explore many other historic treasures. Find more than a dozen places to step into the past at GaStateParks.org/SuperMuseumSunday.
Responding to the temporary closure of the Villas and Lodge rooms at Lake Blackshear Resort, the Department of Natural Resources is planning steps to minimize negative economic impact to the local community and the southwest Georgia region.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will soon begin returning artifacts to culturally affiliated tribes from Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site in Cartersville. Repatriation is mandated by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), a federal law enacted in 1990.
Kick off the new year and get a jump on those resolutions by lacing up and heading out to one of Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites to celebrate First Day Hike’s on New Year’s Day. With more than 40 guided treks, family and friends will be able to welcome 2023 in the outdoors. Distance and difficulty vary from park to park, allowing hikers of all levels to connect with nature and each other. Hikes range from a kid-friendly stroll up Panola Mountain, to a three-mile hike around Stephen C. Foster Park, or even a long hike at Hardman Farm Historic Site.
Skip the malls and cyber deals for thoughtful gifts inspired by nature and history. Georgia’s State Park System offers several options for presents that can be enjoyed long after the eggnog is gone.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications for its 2023 Career Academy now through Nov. 30.
Spalding County native Katherine Darsey was recently promoted to Chief of Administrative Services for Georgia’s State Park system, a division of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). For the past six years, she has served as manager of Indian Springs State Park in Flovilla, thought to be the oldest state park in the nation and best known for its mineral-rich spring water.
Public Unveiling is 10 a.m., November 4, at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge.
The annual arrival of pumpkin-spice flavors and cooler temperatures have many people eager for fall getaways. To help leaf peepers plan their autumn escapes, Georgia State Parks has launched “Leaf Watch 2022” to track fall color as it moves across the Peach State. Found at GaStateParks.org/LeafWatch, the travel planner is filled with top trails and overlooks, mountain cabins and campsites, fall events and safe hiking tips.
Several Georgia State Park and Historic Site employees were honored recently during their annual Managers Conference held in north Georgia. Site managers attended an awards ceremony celebrating those who make more than 60 State Parks and Historic Sites outstanding destinations across Georgia. They also attended training sessions and shared ideas on park operations. Below are this year’s award winners.
Lumpkin County native Angie Johnson was recently promoted to Assistant Director for Georgia’s State Park system, a division of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). For the past two years, she has served as Chief of Operations, overseeing more than 60 state parks, historic sites and regional offices.
The inaugural class of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Career Academy graduated Friday during a ceremony on Jekyll Island.
When most people think of spending the night in a state park, the first thing that comes to mind is a tent and hotdogs on the fire. While there are many great spots for camping, Georgia State Parks also have more unique and cozy options as well. From renovated cabins overlooking a lake, atop a mountain, or with a coastal breeze, Georgia’s State Parks are the perfect spot to plan your next unforgettable vacation. And with travel prices on the rise, it’s good to know that Georgia State Park cabins have no additional cleaning fees, and you’re guaranteed to be surrounded by outstanding recreation.
Looking for quality time with your four-legged family members? Leash up your best friend to explore Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites this summer. Kickstart the adventure by hiking on a shaded trail, splashing around in a creek and ending the day camping under the stars. No matter what type of adventure you both enjoy, Georgia’s State Parks guarantee a great day and many ways for your bestie to explore. Below are six ways to have a paw-some time this summer at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites.
Did you know one of the largest bass ever caught in the world was caught in Georgia? From reservoirs, streams and rivers to lakes of all sizes and saltwater fishing, the abundant waters found in Georgia, especially in Georgia State Parks, make for a true Angler’s Paradise! Get out on the water in honor of National Fishing and Boating Week from June 4 to June 12, 2022, and enjoy a weekend full of boating and fishing at one of Georgia’s State Parks. The first full week of June marks this year’s national celebration and coincides with several free (no fees!) fishing days that Georgia State Parks are offering including:
Several Georgia State Park and Historic Site employees were honored recently during a statewide Rangers Conference. More than 120 assistant managers, park rangers, interpretive rangers, maintenance technicians and other staff gathered at Georgia Veterans State Park in Cordele for the event. This was the first time since 2019 that an in-person ranger conference was held. After two days of hands-on training and sharing ideas, the conference ended with an awards ceremony celebrating the efforts of those who make more than 60 State Parks and Historic Sites outstanding destinations for Georgia’s citizens and visitors.
A new multi-use trail connecting Winder with Fort Yargo State Park has recently opened to joggers, bikers, dog walkers and other users. State and local dignitaries gathered April 22 at the park for a dedication ceremony and to celebrate 50 years of accessible recreation for all abilities. A new historical marker for Will-A-Way Recreation Area was also unveiled during the event.
Document and Explore Georgia’s Great Outdoors in 2022.
Customization and flexibility are the words for 2022! In today's world and ever-changing climate, customization in all aspects of life is essentially a non-negotiable for most, followed behind flexibility. Outdoor recreation mecca Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites system offers both, and here is why.
With Spring Break just around the corner and gas prices on the rise, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites offer many ways for families to enjoy the outdoors for a fraction of the cost without having to sacrifice a fraction of the fun. Spring Breakers are just a tank, or less, away from sleeping under the stars, hiking through canyons, paddling through swamps, or lounging on a sandy lake shoreline. Visitors looking to park hop, instead of island hop this year, can save even more by purchasing the new Combo Pass. The Combo Pass will give park-goers access to 64 Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites for no extra cost. See below for ten memorable Spring Break escapes that won’t break the tank!