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Several Georgia State Park and Historic Site employees were honored yesterday during a Rangers Conference at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder. Assistant managers, interpretive rangers, maintenance rangers and golf superintendents participated in training activities, team building and sharing ideas. An awards ceremony celebrated the efforts of those who make more than 60 sites outstanding destinations for Georgia’s citizens and visitors. Learn more about these attractions operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at


Fort Yargo State Park in Winder has closed its popular swimming beach and day-use area for a major renovation project this year. Once complete in mid-2025, park visitors will enjoy a larger swimming beach, more parking, a new pavilion, picnic areas and more. Hiking and biking trails, cottages, campsites, yurts, boat ramps and group facilities will remain open during construction.


Georgia residents will be able to book accommodations 14 months in advance at sites operated by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, one month earlier than out-of-state visitors. This includes newly renovated full hookup campsites at Vogel, historic CCC cottages at F.D. Roosevelt and yurts at Cloudland Canyon.


Under the leadership of Commissioner Walter Rabon, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced its renewed commitment to providing hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational opportunities for those with mobility impairments. More than 2.2 million Georgians have a disability, and of that, 14 percent of those are mobility related. Given the number of Georgians impacted, the Georgia DNR has put an increased focus on creating adaptive outdoor opportunities to people across the state.


The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the selection of the 2023-2024 Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program grants for conservation and outdoor recreation projects. Selected applicants will advance to the second-level application, marking the final level of the application process for their proposals. This funding cycle will allocate an impressive $20.6 million to support local parks and trails systems and state-owned lands. Notably, these grantees have pledged an additional estimated $26 million in matching funding.


As Disability Awareness Month approaches in March, Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites proudly shine a spotlight on their commitment to inclusivity and accessibility for visitors of all abilities. With the recent addition of the use of All-Terrain Wheelchairs at 11 State Parks last year, Georgia’s State Parks also provide a number of additional offerings to make it easier for those with disabilities to get outdoors and reconnect with nature and history, explore nature trails, go fishing and attend adaptive hunts.


Samantha (Sami) Wilson has been named manager of Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona, one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. She was previously the assistant manager of Chattahoochee Bend State Park near Newnan.


As spring break approaches, adventure-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike are setting their sights on Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites for the ultimate getaway. With parks spanning from the mountains of north Georgia to the wetlands of south Georgia and everything in between, the parks offer a myriad of outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery, and the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable spring break experience.


To spotlight Georgia’s fascinating past, State Historic Sites are offering free admission on Sunday, February 11. The event is part of Georgia History Festival’s statewide celebration of “Super Museum Sunday.” Visitors can learn about Geechee Gullah ring shouting, translate the Cherokee Nation’s first newspaper, admire FDR’s hand-controlled roadster, and walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers. Find more than a dozen places to step into the past at