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State Parks Blog

By Irina Garner, Interpretive Ranger

Spring Place, Georgia, July 7, 2020 - The Chief Vann House has been the hot topic of conversation for many Spring Place citizens this June. Many readers have witnessed the archaeological crews doing excavation on Alt-52 near the God’s Acre Cemetery and the Vann House. It has long been known that James Vann, wealthy Cherokee plantation owner and merchant, built his 800-acre plantation more than 200 years ago and that his family welcomed the construction of the first school to Cherokee children, the Springplace Mission and School. However, there are extremely few maps and even fewer physical remains of this school and plantation to help us understand the people who first called Spring Place home.

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Owen Smith

Fort Yargo State Park has over 20 miles of mountain biking trails on their property. The inner loop, blazed and colored yellow on the map, is 6.5 miles and a great place for beginners to learn how to mountain bike. Even if riders take lots of breaks on the various benches scattered along the trail, it should not take longer than two hours to circle the entire lake.

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It’s summer of 2016 at Tallulah Gorge, and the nature center is packed with people from all over the Southeast. There are 8 people in line at the gift shop, most of whom are waiting to get a bottle of water after hiking the 1,062 stairs back from the base of the gorge. Jessica James-Weems, Assistant Manager of the Park, gets a message from a visitor: there’s an elderly woman suffering from heat exhaustion and she needs immediate assistance....

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By Dale Elzey

My first geocaching adventure in the Appalachian Mountains was finding “Cold Cache” GC3DF1. I thought my journey would end before it started...

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By Dale Elzey

Download the Geocaching APP and discover the state parks through geocaching.

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