Fall Getaways, Veterans Day Deals, Free Passes

Trouble viewing? View this email in your browser.

Find a Park   |   Reservations   |   Events   |   Activities

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

November 2017

Leaf Watching and Late Fall Getaways

fall camping

Unseasonably warm temperatures during October have pushed back our fall leaf season, so it’s not too late to plan your autumn escape. Many state parks, even in the mountains, still have a mix of green, yellow and gold. Later in November, we’ll see cypress needles turn deep orange in southern Georgia. To help leaf peepers find the best scenery, Georgia’s State Parks offer an online “Leaf Watch” travel planner, with top parks to visit, fall events, cabins and campsites, hiking tips and more. Shutterbugs are encouraged to share their favorite shots on Facebook and Instagram, tagging #GaLeafWatch and #GaStateParks. 

Veterans Day Deals

minigolf at Tugaloo State Park

To say thank you to our men and women of service, we’re inviting all military to a day of play. Between Friday, November 10 and Sunday, November 12, military can enjoy one free hour of non-motorized recreation, such as mini-golf, kayaking, stand-up paddleboards, aquacycles, disc golf or archery. If golf is your game, play 18 holes for the price of just a cart fee. Golfers must call the courses for tee times and mention this discount. Deals are valid for all U.S. veterans, active duty, reserve military and National Guard with valid military ID. Must present certificate available on www.GaStateParks.org/Specials.

Work Off That Turkey and Pumpkin Pie

FDR hikers

Too much Thanksgiving turkey? Join park rangers for calorie-crunching outings at Fort Mountain, Hard Labor Creek, Sweetwater Creek and more state parks on the days following Thanksgiving. Bring your friends and family to start a new tradition of enjoying the great outdoors rather than shopping malls. Find post-Thanksgiving events on our calendar and join the national #OptOutside movement. (Insider Tip: Georgia's State Parks are open on Thanksgiving Day; however, most offices will be closed so staff can spend time with their families.)

Kayaking Weekends at Tallulah Gorge

tallulah kayaker

On the first three weekends in November, expert kayakers come from all across the country to paddle through Tallulah Gorge State Park.  During these “whitewater releases,” visitors can watch the action from overlooks along the rim trails. Sign up in advance for ranger-led hikes to get an even better view of the action. (Insider Tip: Be sure to watch the park's film before heading out on the trails.)

Golf Course Open Houses in November

Arrowhead Pointe golf

Golfers, you're invited to be a "member for a day" at three Georgia State Park Golf Courses. For just $20 - $25, you get 18 holes with cart, lunch, games and prizes. Call the golf courses directly to make your reservation. The Creek at Hard Labor is November 2. Arrowhead Pointe at Lake Richard B. Russell is November 10. The Lakes at Laura S. Walker is November 14.

Gift Card Deal: Join an Activity Club for Free

holiday gift card

This holiday season, when you buy gift cards for those on your list, you’ll get a little something for yourself as well. Buy $50 or more in Georgia State Park Gift Cards, and you can join one of our activity clubs for free. Choose from Canyon Climbers, Park Paddlers, Muddy Spokes and even our Fido-friendly Tails on Trails Club. These heart-pumping challenges will get you exploring Georgia throughout the next year. Gift cards can be purchased online or in park offices. Valid November 27 – December 24, 2017.

Upcoming Events

Find more programs on GaStateParks.org/Events.

Syrup Makin’ Time, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, Juliette – November 4

Sunset Bat Hike, Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill – November 10

Pioneer Harvest Festival, General Coffee State Park, Nicholls – November 11

Stargazing, Black Rock Mountain State Park, Mountain City – November 17 and 18

“Come And Take It” Encampment, Fort Morris Historic Site, Midway – November 18

Candlelit Hike to the Mill, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs – November 18

Sugar Cane Festival, George L. Smith State Park, Twin City – November 18

Turkey Trek, Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge – November 24