February News from Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

New Cabins, Hidden Gems, Camping Discounts

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February 2016

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

> IN THIS ISSUE: Hidden Gems, New Cabins, Snowbird Camping Deals, Valentine's Events

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New Cabins & Boardwalk at Laura S. Walker State Park

Guests at Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross can soon enjoy sipping coffee from their cabin porch while watching wildlife around the lake. On February 20, park officials will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for six new Sportsman’s Cabins and a 1,500-foot boardwalk. The public is invited to the 11 a.m. ceremony. Each cabin can accommodate six guests with two bedrooms and a sleeper sofa. Kitchens are furnished with dishes, and large screened porches sport rocking chairs. Each cabin has its own grill and picnic table outside as well. Guests may bring their own linens or can rent them from the park. Rates are $125 per night, with a $25 linen fee and $45 pet fee.


Park Activities

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Valentine’s Weekend Will Be Here Soon

Share your love of nature with the ones you care about most. This Valentine’s weekend, snuggle up by the fire in a cabin, join one of our Valentine’s-themed events, or tuck a State Park gift card into a bouquet of flowers. Did you get engaged or married in a Georgia State Park? We’d love to see your photos on Facebook and Instagram. (Use #GaStateParks.) Check last-minute availability for a spontaneous trip, or browse our specials to make the most out of your weekend.

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“Hidden Gems” Revealed During Our 85th Anniversary

Georgia’s State Park system turns 85 this year, and we’re proud to have two of the oldest state parks in the country: Indian Springs and Vogel. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the Dahlonega Gold Museum opening its doors. In celebration, we’re unveiling “Hidden Gems” at all of our sites. Throughout 2016, join ranger-led events to discover secret sunset spots, a moonshine truck that tumbled down a mountain, pitcher plant bogs and more.

Guide to Ga State Parks

2016 State Park Travel Guide Now Available

Hot off the press! Get your free copy of the 2016 “Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.” This 48-page brochure is filled with getaway ideas for enjoying the great outdoors. Pick one up at your favorite state park office, order one by calling 770-389-7401 or find it online at GeorgiaStateParks.org. The brochure is handy for road trips, especially when you spot brown directional signs on Georgia’s highways.


Upcoming Events



Secrets of the Mountain Hike -- Hidden Gem

February 13, 9:30 a.m.

You may have heard about Panola Mountain's unique ecology, but are you ready to discover some of the mountain's lesser-known history? Join a guide to head off the trail and explore Panola's hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, beaver dams and more. This 6-mile hike is strenuous. Register in advance. Ages 14 and older. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801

Panola Mountain State Park

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Tallulah Falls

Tallulah Gorge

Old Jail House Hike -- Hidden Gem

February 13, 11 a.m.

Join a ranger to hike around Terrora Circle by the lake and learn about the old jail house, one of the park’s Hidden Gems. The hike is ½ mile long. Meet at the old jail house. Bring water and good walking shoes. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981

Tallulah Gorge State Park

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Meet National & State Park Rangers at Fernbank

February 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Put on your ranger hat and join us at Fernbank Museum of Natural History to help the National Park Service celebrate its 100th anniversary. During this family fun day, you’ll be inspired by the new IMAX film “National Parks Adventure.” See camping demonstrations and live reptiles, plus talk to state and national park rangers. Museum and IMAX admission applies.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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Featured Deal


Snowbirds Camping Deal End Soon

February is the last month for snowbirds to take advantage of our winter camping discounts. Get 50% off stays of 30 days or longer, or 30% off stays of 15 to 29 days, at select Georgia State Parks. Use promo code SNOWBIRD50% and SNOWBIRD30%. 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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