Swimming in Georgia State Parks

Swimming at Don Carter

Don Carter State Park


Whether you prefer swimming in lakes or a pool, your family will take to Georgia State Parks like fish to water.

Lakeside Beaches

For just a $5 parking fee, you can enjoy cooling off and picnicking all day at our sandy swimming beaches. For safety reasons, swimmers should always stay in roped-off areas. Or better yet, spend the night and enjoy a few days at the water’s edge. Check ahead for hours and seasonality.

Parks that have a beach include: Don Carter, Elijah Clark, Fort Mountain, Fort Yargo, George T. Bagby, Georgia Veterans, Hard Labor Creek, Kolomoki Mounds, Laura S. Walker, Mistletoe, Red Top Mountain, Reed Bingham, Reynolds Mansion, Richard B. Russell, Seminole, Tallulah Gorge, Tugaloo, Unicoi, Vogel.


If swimming pools are more your style, take a dip at F.D. Roosevelt, Little Ocmulgee or Victoria Bryant state parks. Lifeguards are not guaranteed but are sometimes provided and a fee is charged. Be sure to call ahead about hours of operation.

Splash Pads (Spraygrounds)

For non-swimmers, Magnolia Springs, Little Ocmulgee and Jack Hill state parks offer “splash pads” perfect for toddlers.

"Sliding Rocks"

Many visitors to Watson Mill Bridge and Tallulah Gorge enjoy playing on their rivers' "sliding rocks." At Tallulah Gorge, you'll need a free permit. The number is limited and often runs out early in the day.