November 2015 News from Georgia's State Parks

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November 2015

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

> IN THIS ISSUE: Snowbirds RV Deals, Giift Cards and Veterans Day Golf


Snowbirds Camping Deals

RVers, you’ll save big this winter with our Snowbirds Camping Special.  Several parks in southern Georgia are offering 50% discounts on stays of 30 days or more, or 30% off stays of 14 – 29 days.  For most parks, the offer is good November through February.  Invite your Northern friends to join you and enjoy our Southern weather and hospitality – for around $15 per night.


Park Activities

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Your Voice Counts: Comment on Outdoor Recreation

Every five years, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources conducts a survey of public needs and outdoor recreation assets. Next, it crafts a policy that provides guidance to local, state and federal agencies by recognizing trends and identifying needs. The department is using several approaches, including focus groups, telephone surveys and public meetings. The next meetings are November 2 in Dalton and November 16 in Perry. Click the button below for details. 

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Free Passes from Public Libraries

Did you know your public library card can save you money? You can check out a ParkPass and Historic Site Pass, just like checking out a book. The ParkPass exempts you from paying the daily $5 parking fee at state parks, and the Historic Sites Family Pass exempts up to 4 visitors from admission fees to state historic sites operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Plan ahead because supplies are limited, especially during holidays.

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Gift Cards &Stocking Stuffers

We make holiday shopping easy with gift cards that can be used for campsites, cabins, retail shops, picnic shelters, historic sites, golf and other outdoor activities. Call 1-800-434-0982 or stop by park offices to purchase them. Or maybe Dad would like an Annual ParkPass or membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites?  History buffs will appreciate annual Historic Site memberships, while golfers can save money with our membership cards.


Upcoming Events

George L. Smith

Annual Sugar Cane Festival

Saturday, November 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Enjoy a fun day in the park with fresh cane syrup, fresh ground corn meal, live music, and a wide variety of food and crafts vendors. $1 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.

George L. Smith State Park - Twin City

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Ft Morris

"Come and Take It!" Revolutionary War Encampment

Saturday, November 21, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, a skirmish and more. 912-884-5999.

Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway

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Turkey Waddle Hikes

Thanksgiving Weekend

Too much pumpkin pie? Join park rangers for energetic hikes at High Falls, Tallulah Gorge and Fort Yargo state parks on the day after Thanksgiving. Bring your friends and family to start a new annual tradition of enjoying the great outdoors over the holidays. Find more post-Thanksgiving events on our calendar. 

High Falls, Tallulah Gorge & Fort Yargo

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Featured Deal


Free Golf for Our Military

On Veterans Day, November 11, active duty military and veterans can play 18 holes for free. Plus, during the week of November 7 to 13, they pay only the cart fee. Participating courses include Arrowhead Pointe (Elberton), Brazell’s Creek (Reidsville), Highland Walk (Lavonia), Little Ocmulgee (Helena), Meadow Links (Fort Gaines), The Creek (Social Circle) and The Lakes (Waycross). Find more information at

Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course at Lake Blackshear Resort (Cordele) is also offering golf deals for Veterans Day.  Beginning November 2, veterans can make tee times to play for free November 7 to 13. On November 11, the course will host its inaugural Veterans Day Two-Man Best Ball Tournament. Proceeds benefit Folds of Honor. Call 229-276-2377 to enter. 

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