Give the gift of nature with the help of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and watch a simple present turn into an unforgettable experience. Explore the outdoors amongst family, friends and fellow nature lovers with the below seven gift ideas.
Seven Gift Ideas for the Outdoor Explorer…and Fido
- Gift Cards – Take the stress out of holiday shopping and slip a Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites gift card into a stocking or card. These convenient cards come in any denomination starting at $5 and can be purchased at most Georgia State Park visitor centers or purchase gift cards online. Lucky for the receiver, these cards can be used at campsites, on cabins, yurts, golf greens fees, retail shops, picnic shelters, historic sites, boat rentals, as well as numerous outdoor activities. With no shortage of possibilities, gift cards are the perfect solution to the gift giving conundrum.
- Trendy Gear for the Outdoor Enthusiast – At various state park visitor centers guests can stop in and snag an ENO and/or KAVU items including hammocks, rope backpacks, wallets etc. or a blanket to snuggle up in as the colder weather continues to creep up on us. While here, pick up a gift with hometown roots including Georgia-made items, books, clothes and toys. Be sure to call and check availability prior to stopping in.
- Weekend Getaways – Make experiencing nature easy and enjoyable for the whole family and reserve a weekend stay at a state park. From mountains to marshes overnight accommodation options are truly endless and range from cottages to campsites and even a beautiful 19th-century cabin at General Coffee State Park, the Burnham House. Six Georgia State Parks offer “glamping” yurts as well. Reservations can be made at, GaStateParks.org/Reservations.
- Annual ParkPasses – With more than 60 properties throughout Georgia, from mountains and waterfalls to marshes and swamps, there are many ways to treat family or friends to a year of outdoor fun, long after the seasons change. Annual ParkPasses are $50 and help to fund renovations and trail work. Half-off ParkPass discounts are available for seniors 62 and older, as well as 25% off for active duty military and veterans. To buy an Annual ParkPass, visit GaStateParks.org/ThingsToKnow or any Georgia State Park. Or Buy a Friends of Georgia State Parks membership which includes an Annual ParkPass along with many other benefits.
- Unique Experiences – Georgia’s state parks offer visitors a variety of unique activities in several locations, making the great outdoors the perfect backdrop for explorers and adventurers of any skill level. Try geocaching or archery, purchase a membership to Park Paddlers Club, Muddy Spokes or Canyon Climbers Club, or reach new heights while tree climbing. For more information on these unique experiences visit GaStateParks.org/ParkActivities.
- Tails on Trails – A perfect gift for four-legged family members is the Tails on Trails Club that challenges them to complete specific trails at Georgia State Parks. To join, stop into one of the participating parks and purchase a $15 membership card or buy a card online at, GaStateParks.com/TailsOnTrailsClub. After completing each trail, member’s cards are punched by park rangers. Finish them all and earn bragging rights, a t-shirt for yourself and a bandana for Fido. Enjoy all that nature has to offer with man’s best friend this holiday season.
- Stocking Stuffers – Looking for a gag gift to get a laugh? Forget coal and throw in a bag of cricket chips or a scorpion lollipop, both sure to get a reaction. These quirky gifts are available inside visitor’s centers around the state parks and make for a unique white elephant gift.
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About Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are affordable destinations for vacations and quick getaways. Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the beautiful environments of the state parks. Georgia State Park Golf Courses offer the best variety and value around. With eight golf courses to choose from, each feature natural settings and picturesque surroundings, as well as fun and challenging play. Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding and more. Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park. Among the Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations and even a gold museum. Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book. More information can be found at, GaStateParks.org.