December 2015 News from Georgia's State Parks

December 2015 News from Georgia's State Parks

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December 2015

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

> IN THIS ISSUE: Holiday Celebrations, Group Gatherings, Camping Discounts

Red Top Mountain Xmas

Celebrate Old-Fashioned Holidays

If Christmas commercialism leaves you feeling “bah-humbug,” plan an outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks or Historic Sites. Throughout December, dozens of parks will host old-fashioned holiday celebrations that will remind you of yesteryear.  Choose from events such as hayrides, candlelit tours, crafts, train rides and concerts. And remember, state parks will be open on Christmas and New Year’s Day for you to enjoy with family and friends. (Historic sites will be closed these holidays.) To reserve cabins, campsites and yurts, call 1-800-864-7275 or visit


Park Activities

Southern Living book cover

Southern Living

We were thrilled to see Wormsloe Historic Site on the cover of Southern Living 50 Years anniversary publication. Established in 1733, colonial Wormsloe is home to the oldest tabby ruins in Savannah. Today, the low-country attraction is best known for its scenic arch entry, live-oak drive and frequent events. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

indian springs shelter

Group Gatherings

Family reunions, birthday parties and company retreats are just some of the group outings we can help you host in 2016. Our parks have enclosed shelters, open-air picnic shelters, meeting rooms and group camps available for rent. Hotel-style lodges offer conference space, golf courses and team-building activities. We can make planning events easy.

gift card for holidays

Holiday Gift Ideas

We'll help you fit 39 yurts, 9 waterfalls, 7 golf courses and 1 swamp into one little stocking. Our gift cards can be used for cabins, retail, picnic shelters, bike rental, historic sites admission and more. Annual ParkPasses eliminate the need to pay for daily parking, and membership to the Friends of Georgia State Parks includes an annual pass. Plus, our gift shops feature clothing, toys, books and a variety of outdoor items.


Upcoming Events


Panola Archery Range

Archery Classes

Ongoing, Saturdays and Sundays

Channel your inner Katniss with archery classes ranging from beginner to advanced. Winter classes are indoors, while warm-weather classes move outside. Equipment is provided. Register in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801. 

Panola Mountain State Park 

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Tallulah Falls

Tallulah bridge

Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike

Saturday, January 23, 6-8 p.m.

Enjoy a one-mile hike that takes you down the gorge stairs, across a suspension bridge high above the river, and back up to the rim – all under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Tallulah Gorge State Park

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hiking ladies

First-Day Hikes

New Year's Day, January 1 

Since New Year’s resolutions often include living a healthier lifestyle, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are offering ways to make the goal more fun. Those wishing to increase their energy and decrease their waistline are invited to start 2016 with a healthy hike in the woods. Join our park rangers for a “First-Day Hike” near you.

All Georgia State Parks

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Featured Deal


Snowbirds Camping Special -- Save Up To 50%

Campers will warm up to our Snowbirds Special this winter. Through February, get 50% off stays of 30 days or longer, or 30% off stays of 14 to 29 days, at select Georgia State Parks. The more you camp, the more you save! Use promo code SNOWBIRD50% or SNOWBIRD30% when making your reservation. Parks include Chattahoochee Bend, Elijah Clark, General Coffee, George L. Smith, Gordonia-Alatamaha, High Falls, Indian Springs, Kolomoki Mounds, Laura S. Walker, Magnolia Springs, Reed Bingham, Seminole and Stephen C. Foster.

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