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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

December 13, 2017

Join Our Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebrations

Red Top Mountain Santa Christmas

If Christmas commercialism leaves you feeling “bah-humbug,” plan an outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks or Historic Sites this season. Parks all across Georgia are hosting old-fashioned holiday celebrations that will remind you of yesteryear.  Choose from hayrides, candlelight tours, holiday crafts and even paddling with Santa. State parks will be open on Christmas and New Year’s Day for you to enjoy with family and friends, but park offices and historic sites will be closed. To reserve cabins, campsites and yurts, call 1-800-864-7275 or visit


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. Deal valid through December 24, 2017.

Winter Yurt & Camping Deals

Tugaloo yurt

Enjoy a peaceful winter wonderland while saving on your wallet. This December and January, save 50% on campsites (all week long) and 25% on “glamping” yurts (Sunday through Thursday).  Enjoy cozy campfires, great views and even bathhouses with hot showers. Use promo code WNTRPROMO17 when booking online or calling 1-800-864-7275. Valid at most Georgia State Parks. Excludes New Year’s Eve. Find a winter deal for your getaway.

Camping Under the Mistletoe

Mistletoe State Park camping

Plan a holly-jolly getaway to Georgia’s state park with the most festive holiday name: Mistletoe. This park sits on Clarks Hill Lake, one of the largest reservoirs in the Southeast. Visitors enjoy lakeside cabins, fishing and boating, plus biking and hiking trails. The campground is situated on a peninsula, offering spectacular views of sunset and sunrise over the water. On December 16, the park welcomes visitors to a campfire, holiday crafts and games, and learning the legend of mistletoe. Call 706-541-0321 for details.

Grand Re-Opening of Sweetwater Creek’s Mill

Sweetwater Creek

One of Douglas County’s most beloved historic structures underwent a stabilization project and is now open for guided tours. To celebrate, Sweetwater Creek State Park is offering free tours on December 17 between noon and 4 p.m. An additional candlelit hike and tour is set for 6 p.m. (reservations and small fee required for evening program). Trivia tidbit: The New Manchester Mill opened on December 21, 1849. Today, many Georgians recognized the brick ruins in the movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Call 770-732-5871 for details.

Kick Off 2018 with a “First Day Hike”

First Day Hike Fort Mountain

All across the country, park rangers are inviting Americans to start the New Year with an energizing First Day Hike on January 1. In Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, dozens of guided treks will encourage friends and families to connect with nature -- and each other. Last year, nearly 28,000 Americans rang in the New Year, collectively hiking 66,000 miles throughout the country! Find a First Day Hike near you on


Upcoming Events

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Rutledge -- Holiday Mountain Bike Ride, Hard Labor Creek State Park – December 16

Pine Mountain -- Lake Paddle with Santa, F.D. Roosevelt State Park – December 16

Nicholls -- Christmas on the Pond, General Coffee State Park – December 16

Stockbridge -- Holiday Elf Hike, Panola Mountain State Park – December 16

Dallas -- Christmas at the Cabin, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site – December 16

Lithia Springs – Adult Owl Prowl, Sweetwater Creek State Park – December 23

Okefenokee Swamp – Paddle Under the Stars, Stephen C. Foster State Park – December 24

Donalsonville – Tour of Lights, Seminole State Park – Through December 25