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August 2016

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

> IN THIS ISSUE: Late check-out on Labor Day, Site-specific reservations

James Floyd cabin cottage

Late Check-Out on Labor Day

Sleep a little later and enjoy more of your holiday when you take advantage of late check-out on Labor Day. Cottage, cabin and yurt guests can stay until 4 p.m. on Monday, September 5, with a $25 fee. Just tell the park office you want the Labor Day deal when you check in. (Available only on accommodations not reserved for the following day. Some restrictions apply.)


Park Activities

Reed Bingham camping

Site-Specific Reservations

Beginning August 1, you’ll be able to request your favorite campsite number at four state parks and be sure it’s still available when you arrive. The entire campground at James H. Floyd (Summerville) and Richard B. Russell (Elberton) will be site-specific, while select sections of Reed Bingham (Adel) and Laura S. Walker (Waycross) will be site-specific. Save your favorite spot today.

Fort Mountain camping

Save 50% on Camping

Campers who stayed with us in June or July are invited to save 50% when returning in August. Just use the promo code you received when checking in, and you can explore a new campground this month. The offer cannot be combined with any other discounts but can be used at any participating Georgia State Park. Dog lovers, your family pet is welcome in our campgrounds! If you did not receive a promo code during your June or July visit, contact the park office directly.

hidden gem flower picketts mill

Instagram Contest

Start snapping and you could win a camping getaway. Our Instagram contest invites you to post photos of Hidden Gems found in Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites. Tag #GeorgiasHiddenGems and #GaStateParks – plus include the park location. A winner will be chosen September 1. To start your photo quest, check out the list of Georgia State Park Hidden Gems.


Upcoming Events


astronomy stephen foster

Party Under the Perseids

Friday, August 12, 2016, 9 p.m.

Witness this meteor shower from one of the darkest locations in the South. The Perseids can produce as many as 50-100 meteors per hour. We will also observe other features of the night sky and learn about light pollution. Stay overnight and explore the Okefenokee Swamp the following day. Boat tours available. $5 parking. 912-637-5274. 

Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge is also hosting a Star Party at their lakeside beach, 7 p.m. August 12 until 3 a.m. the following morning. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo

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Pokemon High Falls

Pokemon Night Hunt

Friday, August 12, 2016, 8 - 9 p.m.

Calling all Pokemon trainers! Beginner or expert, join us for a Pokemon night hike and hunt. We will set up lures at Pokestops in the park. We will also take a short hike to the falls to see what Pokemon are lurking at night. Bring your smartphone, headlamp and walking shoes. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.

High Falls State Park - Jackson

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Family Fun


Dog Days of Summer

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bring Fido for a tail-waggin’ time with Friends of Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Team, Lifeline Animal Project and others. Includes a guided dog walk, pet adoptions, canine obstacle course, K-9 demonstrations, silent auction, games for you and your pooch, and even tree climbing (for people, not pups). Leashes required. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge

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Featured Deal


PokéStops in the Parks

Pokemon GO players can capture elusive characters at many PokeStops in Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites. This month, save 10% on most retail items at participating parks. Some restrictions apply. Remember to stay in public areas during operating hours only. Some parks have planned ranger-led events where you can hunt with other players as well. We’d love to see your screenshots on social media too! Tag #poketweets, #gastateparks and #gastateparks85years. Find a park or event near you.

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