Spring Break, St. Patrick's Day, Cabin Discounts & What's New

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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

March 15, 2018

Find Your Adventure this Spring Break

fishing family

With Spring Break just around the corner, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites offer many ways for families to enjoy the outdoors. From sleeping under the stars to paddling under a full moon, Georgia’s State Parks have vacations for all ages. Younger children can earn Junior Ranger badges, while older kids can try out kayaking, hiking or biking. Check out these ideas for a memorable Spring Break that's affordable and close to home. 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

kayaking george l smith

Spend the greenest of holidays surrounded by nature’s greenery. Several state parks have planned St. Patrick’s-themed events, such as Sharmrock Fun Day at Fort Mountain or discounts for golfers dressed in green at The Lakes at Laura S. Walker. Many parks still have cabins open this weekend for a quick getaway, including Hard Labor Creek, Elijah Clark, Magnolia Springs and Don Carter state parks. Call the park offices directly for last-minute reservations.

Cabin Deals on Big Lakes

Tugaloo on Lake Hartwell

Lake lovers, save 30% on cabins at Tugaloo and Don Carter state parks – both perfect locations for a day of boating and fishing. Situated on a wooded peninsula, Tugaloo State Park’s cottages offer spectacular views of Lake Hartwell. Don Carter State Park sits on the quieter, northern end of Lake Lanier. Find more discounts at additional parks online.Valid Sunday through Thursday until March 22. Call the park offices directly for reservations. 

Have You Parked After Dark?

SC Foster astronomy

Throughout 2018, our “Parks After Dark” programming theme highlights the sights and sounds of evening. Join park rangers for full-moon paddles, owl prowls, frog frolics, night hikes, outdoor concerts, campfire sing-a-longs, hayrides, candlelit tours and more. Want to explore the moon and stars? A top spot for astronomy is Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp. Because of the very low light pollution, this park is a gold-tier “International Dark Sky Park” and offers public astronomy programs. Photo: Rena Johnson

Rockdale Citizen: See The Other Side of State Parks 

What’s New or Noteworthy

New cottages will open in late April at Chattahoochee Bend State Park near Newnan, and cottage renovations are underway at Indian Springs State Park near Flovilla.  

Many state park campgrounds now offer site-specific reservations, including Fort Mountain, Hard Labor Creek and Richard B. Russell state parks.  

Dahlonega Gold Museum is temporarily closed as they renovate exhibits. This site which tells the story of our nation’s first gold rush is expected to open in early summer.    

While posing for a portrait on April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered a fatal stroke while at his Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia. Today, the “Unfinished Portrait” is featured at this historic site that showcases many exhibits, including FDR’s 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls. Every April 12, the historic site holds a public commemoration ceremony for one of our nation’s most revered leaders. Private tours are also available at Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site.  

The Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Park Guide is a handy resource for planning a spring break, summer vacation or family reunion. The free booklet is filled with tips on the best hiking trails, fishing spots, cabins, wedding venues and campsites. It can be viewed online, or pick one up during your next state park adventure. 

Tomorrow, both Black Rock Mountain and Moccasin Creek state parks will re-open for the season, offering cabins, camping, fishing and hiking opportunities.