September 2015 News from Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites

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September 2015

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

> IN THIS ISSUE: Your State Parks Day, New Yurts at Sweetwater Creek, Canyon Climbers Club


September 26 is “Your State Parks Day”

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites invite you to volunteer for a variety of projects on Saturday, September 26. All across Georgia, outdoor enthusiasts can help with river cleanups, trail maintenance and other efforts. Many Georgia state parks and historic sites will be creating butterfly gardens as part of the nationwide effort to increase pollinator habitats and restore Monarch populations. To encourage volunteering during “Your State Parks Day,” Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites will pay the parking or admission fees for everyone who lends a helping hand. To learn more, visit or call 1-888-948-2092. A list of all events can be found on


Park Activities


Join Our Heart-Pumpin’ Clubs

Tired of treadmills? Lace up your hiking boots and join our Canyon Climbers Club -- a challenge to hike four of Georgia’s most scenic state parks. Bicycle enthusiasts can tackle our Muddy Spokes Club, while kayakers will enjoy our Park Paddlers Club. Once you finish, you'll earn a members-only t-shirt. Even geocachers can take a quest to collect coins while sleuthing across the state. Find a park club that’s right for you.

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Labor Day’s Last Hurrah to Summer

Come play in the sun this Labor Day weekend. For help finding cabins and campsites still available, call 1-800-864-7275. (Tip: For the most popular accommodations, make reservations now for next year.) Outside your door, you’ll find fun-filled programs, like Florence Marina State Park’s “Labor Day on the Lake,” Fort McAllister’s cannon firings, and Jarrell Plantation's old-time labor demonstrations. Or enjoy a cool dip in our swimming beaches, pools and splash pads which are open through the holiday.


“Glamping” at Sweetwater Creek

Get ready for “glamour camping” this fall. A new yurt village opens September 1 at Sweetwater Creek State Park just west of Atlanta. Yurts are like a cross between a cabin and tent. Tucked into the woods and sporting lake views, these have furniture inside, with a fire ring, porch and picnic table outside. How showers are just a short walk away. Sweetwater Creek State Park’s yurts rent for $85 and sleep six. Make reservations online or at 1-800-864-7275. Yurts are found at six state parks in Georgia.


Upcoming Events



12th Annual Mountain Music Festival

Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Spend the day at this gorgeous mountain park enjoying bluegrass and gospel music, arts and crafts booths, and food concessions. $5 parking. 706-745-2628

Vogel State Park - Blairsville

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Lovebug Festival

Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Explore the wonderful world of insects with edible bug recipes, insect-related crafts for kids, dragonfly and butterfly hikes, insect demonstrations and more. Visitors can also tour the park’s heritage farm. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082

General Coffee State Park – Nicholls

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Harvest at the Homestead

Saturday, September 19

Fall was a busy time at old homesteads. Join us by the log cabin for old-timey toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, open-fire cooking and more. Spend the whole day at this park on Lake Allatoona to also enjoy trails, picnicking, fishing and boating. $5 parking. 770-975-0055

Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth

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Featured Deal


Cabins at Pretty George L. Smith State Park

Rent a cottage at George L. Smith State Park during the week (Sunday – Thursday nights) and pay just $115. This rate is good through November, excluding holidays, and requires a minimum 2-night stay. Enjoy fishing and paddling by a beautiful covered bridge.

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