December 2016 News from Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Happy Holidays from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

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December 2016

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

> IN THIS ISSUE: Astronomy Celebration, Holiday Events, Winter Deals, Ladies Golf

S C Foster astronomy

Stargazing in the Swamp

One of Georgia’s most remote state parks has been designated among the best spots in the world for star gazing. The International Dark Sky Association recently named Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp as a gold-tier “International Dark Sky Park” – the first in Georgia. A December 10 celebration will include a short ceremony followed by an astronomy program. Come join the festivities and save 25% on cottages and 50% on campsites from December 5 until 11. Due to drought, visitors who enjoy boating should call ahead to check water levels and boat tour availability.


Park Activities

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Winter Yurt & Camping Deals

Enjoy a peaceful winter wonderland while saving on your wallet. This December and January, save 50% on campsites and 25% on “glamping” yurts, Sunday through Thursday nights. We have RV and tent sites with hot showers, plus equestrian camping for you and your horse. Offer valid from December 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. Discount is valid for yurts, RV, tent and equestrian camping only (not group camps). Not valid at Crooked River, Skidaway, Reed Bingham, Fort McAllister and Laura S. Walker state parks. Click "Go" for terms and conditions.

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Holiday Gift Cards

Get a $5 gift certificate for every $50 purchase of gift cards for this holiday season. Gift cards can be used for campsites, cabins, yurts, retail, picnic shelters, historic sites, boat rentals, golf and many outdoor activities. Cards may be purchased online, by calling 1-800-864-7275 or at park offices. $5 gift certificates are valid January 2017. $20 minimum must be spent. Must be used at parks. Cannot be used with any other promotions or discounts. May not be used for ParkPass fees or Friends memberships. Click "Go" for terms and conditions.

Hardman Farm

Hardman Farm

Best recognized by its gazebo-topped Indian mound and cow pasture, Hardman Farm Historic Site is a favorite landmark in north Georgia. Visitors can make reservations for guided tours of the beautifully renovated house and large dairy barn. During December, the house is dressed in period holiday décor as part of “A Victorian Christmas In Nacoochee.” On Friday and Saturday nights, twinkling lights illuminate the walk down Unicoi Road. Visitors will also see the bedroom belonging to Anna Ruby Nichols, the namesake of nearby Anna Ruby falls.  Call 706-878-1077 for tour reservations.


Upcoming Events

Family Fun

Red Top Mountain Santa Christmas

Holiday Celebrations
Throughout December 2016

If shopping-mall Santas and crowded parking lots have your family saying “bah-humbug,” plan an outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks or Historic Sites.  Dozens of parks are hosting old-fashioned holiday celebrations that will remind you of yesteryear, such as candlelit tours, hayrides, and visits with Santa. 


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Civil War History

Fort McAllister

152nd Winter Muster

Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

On December 22, 1864, General Sherman presented Savannah as a Christmas gift to President Lincoln, ending his “March to the Sea.” Mark this occasion by watching skirmishes between Confederates and Federals throughout the day. Explore the fortifications in its most solemn hour as the Confederates attempt to hold off the advancing armies. $5 for Youth (6-17) $8 for Adults (18+). 912-727-2339.

Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill

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New Year's Day

First Day Hike Fort Mountain

First Day Hikes

January 1, 2017

All across the country, park rangers are inviting Americans to start the New Year with an energizing First Day Hike. In Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, dozens of guided treks will encourage friends and families to connect with nature and each other.  


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Featured Deal -- Ladies Golf on Wednesdays

Ladies, enjoy a morning of golf for just $18 at four Georgia State Park golf courses: The Creek, Highland Walk, The Lakes and Brazell’s Creek. This offer is good 8 – 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Call the individual courses for tee times.

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