Eclipse, Park Paddlers Club, Dahlonega Gold Museum, Summer Deals

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July 28, 2017 News from Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites

Join the Solar Eclipse Celebration

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Georgia’s State Parks are gearing up for the biggest stellar show that most of us will ever see. For the first time in nearly 100 years, a total solar eclipse will make its way across nearly the entire United States. The “path of totality” – where day will briefly turn to night – includes northeast Georgia State Parks such as Black Rock Mountain and Tallulah Gorge. Our Eclipse 2017 webpage has all the information you’ll need on viewing spots, accommodations, events and safety tips. Park gift shops will sell viewing glasses and memorabilia. So, pick a park, pack your viewing glasses, and get ready for an experience of a lifetime!

Join Our Park Paddlers Club

Paddlers at George L. Smith State Park

Looking for a summertime challenge? Join our Park Paddlers Club and you’ll explore six beautiful waterways, from the marshes of Crooked River to the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp. Get your membership card punched after paddling each trail and you’ll earn a Park Paddlers Club t-shirt. Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent at many state parks, and visitors can bring their own as well.  Find more paddling adventures for the summer.

Summer Deals in the Okefenokee Swamp

SC Foster State Park

Good news for anglers, photographers and paddlers! Following recent rains, water levels at Stephen C. Foster State Park have risen, so visitors can now rent boats and take swamp tours again. This August, the park is offering 50% off camping and 25% off cabins, plus deals on kayak/canoe rentals. Call 912-637-5274 for details, then come explore one of Georgia’s “7 Natural Wonders.”

“There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!”

Dahlonega Gold Museum

Did you know America’s first gold rush began in Georgia, not California? Twenty years before the famous 1849 discovery, thousands of prospectors flocked into the Cherokee Nation in north Georgia. Dahlonega thrived and a U.S. Branch Mint opened in 1838, coining more than $6 million in gold before closing in 1861. The story is now told at Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, housed in the former Lumpkin County Courthouse. You’ll see rare coins, a nugget weighing more than five ounces, a large hydraulic cannon, and film with historic footage. You’ll want to spend a few days because the town of Dahlonega is filled with great restaurants and shopping (including the museum’s gift shop).

Look Who's In the News

WSB TV -- Largest historic textile mill in South will soon be saved from 'crumbling'

Getaways for Grownups -- Mill Pond Kayak and George L. Smith State Park

Fairways and Freeways -- Golf Course Review: The Lakes

17th South -- A Calming Kayak Tour of Sweetwater Creek

WSB TV "Georgia's Hidden Treasures" -- SAM Shortline Excursion Train

Jackson Progress Argus -- Junior Rangers earn badges at Indian Springs camp

Upcoming Events

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Wildflower and Waterfall Fitness Hike, Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth -- July 30

Full Moon Hike, Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Newnan -- August 4

Trench Warfare in the Civil War, Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site, Dallas -- August 5

Twilight Lake Paddle, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs -- August 11

Archery for Beginners, Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton -- August 12

Sights and Sounds of Sawmills, Fort King George Historic Site, Darien -- August 12