April 2016 News from Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites

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April 2016

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

> IN THIS ISSUE: First-Time Camper Program, Hidden Gem Events, New Cabins

First-time Campers

First-Time Camper Program Introduces Novices to Sleeping Under the Stars

Avid campers know the gooey fun of toasting marshmallows over a fire, but for those who have never slept in a tent, spending the night outdoors can be an intimidating adventure. Through Georgia State Parks’ First-Time Camper Program, curious guests can see if they enjoy sleeping under the stars before investing in their own gear. Never camped before? Give it a try!


Park Activities

cabin fort mountain state park

New Cabins & More

Overnight guests will notice new and improved accommodations at many Georgia State Parks this vacation season. You’ll find yurts at Sweetwater Creek (Lithia Springs), sportsman’s cabins at Laura S. Walker (Waycross) and adventure cabins at Fort Yargo (Winder). Cabin renovations are underway at Vogel (Blairsville), Crooked River (St. Marys) and Fort Mountain (Chatsworth). Later this year, a renovated campground will open at Hard Labor Creek (Rutledge). Reservations are accepted 13 months in advance by calling 1-800-864-7275 or at GeorgiaStateParks.org.

Tallulah Gorge

Camping at Rugged Tallulah Gorge

Tallulah Gorge State Park recently assumed management of its campground, which previously had been operated by Georgia Power. Both RV and tent campers can now make online reservations to stay inside one of Georgia’s most scenic natural playgrounds, offering hiking trails, overlooks, a suspension bridge, interpretive center and film. Make reservations by calling 800-864-7275 or at GaStateParks.org. Annual "whitewater releases" from the dam will be the first two weekends in April, attracting expert kayakers from all over the U.S. Visitors may watch from rim trails (no gorge floor access).

Disc Golf

Disc Golf

Disc golf is a fun way to get exercise while enjoying the great outdoors. Players can make it as easy-going or as challenging as they wish, and nearly any age can play. The objective is to throw Frisbee-style discs into a series of baskets, somewhat like hitting golf balls into holes. Four state parks offer the game: Cloudland Canyon (northwest Georgia), Fort Yargo (Winder), Richard B. Russell (Elberton) and Georgia Veterans (Cordele). If you’re looking for a spirited outing with friends or family, give disc golf a try. 


Upcoming Events

Hidden Gem

Victoria Bryant

Hike to Beaver Pond Overlook 

Saturday, April 16, 2 – 4 p.m.

Join a park ranger to hike 3 miles to a little-known beaver pond and observation deck. This quiet spot is a haven for wildlife and is one of the most beautiful places within the park. Wear comfortable walking shoes and water. Meet at the front gate. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston

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Family Friendly

disc golf cloudland canyon

Disc Golf: Frisbee Flinging Fun

Saturday, April 23, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Try your hand at a new game and enjoy friendly competition. Join a park ranger to learn this game that’s part golf and part Frisbee. Please bring your own disc or purchase one to keep from the park's office. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.

Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn

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Hidden Gem

Red Top Mountain homestead

Secrets of the Homestead Trail

Saturday, April 23, 12 - 2 p.m.

If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you may miss it. Join a ranger-led hike through the forest to discover what remains of old homesteads in the area. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth

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Featured Deal


Golf packages at this park near the Okefenokee Swamp include discounted camping and tee times, any day of the week. Stay and play at The Lakes for $28 to $44 per person, per night. Spend a few nights and you’ll have time for fishing as well. Call 912-285-6154 for details.

Camp & Golf at Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross

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