National Trails Day, Father's Day, Summer Safety

Swimming spots, Junior Ranger camps, National Trails Day hikes

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June 2017

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Come play outside this summer! Enjoy hiking, fishing, swimming, mini-golf, picnics and more.

Cloudland Canyon

Father’s Day is June 18

Does your Dad love the great outdoors? Spend Father’s Day together, making memories while fishing, boating, camping or just kicking back by the grill. Georgia’s State Parks offer stand-up paddleboard rentals, picnic shelters, bike rental, disc golf and even 18-hole golf courses. Many parks have planned Father’s Day events like kayaking at Seminole or a fishing rodeo at Fort Yargo. Not sure what Dad wants? Our gift cards can be used for cabins, yurts, campsites, bike rental and more. 


Park Activities

Fort Mountain

National Trails Day is June 3

Lace up your boots and join park rangers for this national celebration of hiking. Choose from dozens of treks for all ages and abilities. Learn tree identification at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, bring Fido along to High Falls’s dog hike, or look for glow-in-the-dark critters at Don Carter. Find an event near you.

Junior Ranger

Become a Junior Ranger

This summer, children ages 6 to12 can learn about Georgia’s wildlife, environment and history as they work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. Our free Junior Ranger Activity Book lets them experience nature first-hand, explore Georgia's fascinating past and try new outdoor activities. Several Georgia State Parks host Junior Ranger day camps as well.

Don Carter State Park beach

Play Safe This Summer

This summer, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has launched a SPLASH program to help keep everyone safe while enjoying beaches, pools, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. It even includes “loaner boards” with personal flotation devices (life jackets) at many public boat ramps. Check out these tips for having a great time while staying safe, and learn where to stay cool this summer.

Park Events

Kids Camp

General Coffee State Park canoeing

Outdoor Adventure Camp

General Coffee State Park – Nicholls

Kids ages 10-14 will have fun while learning outdoor skills, canoeing, archery, orienteering and more. Register by June 3. $45 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.

June 5 - 8

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wood stork

Rookery Trip

Crooked River State Park - St. Marys

Join a park ranger on a field trip to springtime breeding grounds for hundreds of birds, such as wood storks, herons, egrets, shorebirds, ibis, stilts and roseate spoonbills. Binoculars available. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

June 10,  9 - 11 a.m.

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WWII History

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie The Riveter

Roosevelt's Little White House - Warm Springs

Actress Carol Cain will portray different "Rosie the Riveters" – the American women who worked during World War II producing munitions, planes, tanks and war supplies. Special exhibits will also be on display. Performances at 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. $9-$14. 706-655-5870. 

June 10, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Civil War History

Sweetwater New Manchester Days

New Manchester Days

Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs

This living history event will bring to life the New Manchester Community that prospered up to the end of the Civil War. Visit an encampment, take a tour to the New Manchester Mill, and learn about Civil War-era uniforms and firearms during black powder demonstrations and infantry drilling. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

June 17 and 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Save on Father’s Day Golf Outings

Two Georgia State Park golf courses are offering deals for Dads. At Arrowhead Pointe near Elberton, dads pay $45 for golf, lunch, range balls and more. At Highland Walk near Royston, dads play for just the cart fee from June 12 through June 18. Call each course for tee times and details.

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