February 2017 News from Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites

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February 2017

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

> IN THIS ISSUE: Free Museum Admission, Archery Classes, Lakeside Cottage Getaways

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

Super Museum Sunday: Free Admission on February 5

To showcase Georgia’s fascinating history, State Parks and Historic Sites are offering free admission at many locations on Sunday, February 5.  The event is part of Georgia History Festival’s statewide celebration of “Super Museum Sunday.” Visitors can walk in the footsteps of Civil War and Revolutionary War soldiers, tour FDR’s modest cottage, explore plantations, climb to the top of Indian mounds and experience more during this annual event. (Shown: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation near Brunswick)


Park Activities

Skidaway Island couple hiking

Valentine’s Events

We have a full calendar of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. From a sunset dinner to riverside stroll, or from archery class to a full-moon hike, it’s easy to find the perfect outing with your sweetheart and the people you love. Plus, nothing says romance as much as snuggling by a fire. Many accommodations are still available February weekends. Book online or call 1-800-864-7275.

Panola Parker House

Parker House Restored

Panola Mountain State Park has restored one of the oldest structures in Rockdale County, a rare example of planation plain architectural style. The Parker House was built in the 1830s by Aaron and Margaret Parker as part of a 2,700-acre cotton plantation. The house and a new interpretive panel may be found near the park’s Alexander Lake parking lot.

Cloudland Canyon cabin cottage

Winter Break Special

From February 17 – 26, you can save on cabins, yurts and campsites. When you stay three consecutive nights, you’ll get the fourth night free. Cannot be used with any other offers or discounts, including our First Time Camper program. Good at most Georgia State Parks, except Smithgall Woods, Lodge Parks and Reynolds Mansion. Call 1-800-864-7275 for reservations.


Upcoming Events

Metro Atlanta


Archery for Beginners

Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge

Did you love The Hunger Games movies? Channel your inner Katniss during these introductory-level classes held inside the park’s nature center. All equipment is provided. Ages 9 and older. Advanced classes and outdoor range also available. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking.

Saturdays and Sundays in February, 10 a.m.

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Middle Georgia

Jarrell Plantation

Guided Plantation Tours

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, Juliette

While touring this 1800s cotton farm, learn about the Jarrell family, agricultural operations, and how the switch to industry kept the plantation afloat. Jarrell Plantation offers self-guided tours Thursday through Saturday and guided tours one Saturday of each month. Guides may be requested in advance for group tours. $4-$6.50.

February 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

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Coastal Georgia

Skidaway marsh

Hike Skidaway Narrows

Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah

Join a park ranger for a hike along our Sandpiper and Avian loop trails, leading to the pristine Skidaway Narrows. Look for fiddler crabs, woodpeckers and herons, plus learn the history of this tidal river. $5 parking.

February 11, 2017 1:30 p.m.

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Featured Deal


Valentine’s Escape & Cottage Discount at Elijah Clark State Park

Now through March 15, save 30% on cottage stays of two nights or longer. Come February 10-12 for an early Valentine’s getaway and you’ll find complimentary sparkling cider, wine glasses and box of chocolates waiting for you. (You can even play our Newlywed Game and get a couples special on putt-putt.) This park is on Clarks Hill Lake, with great boating, fishing and scenery. Not available February 16-20. Restrictions apply.

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