Family Reunions, Junior Ranger Camps & Memorial Day Deals

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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

May 1, 2018

Fantastic Family Reunions

Gordonia group shelter

We know it can be challenging to find a family reunion location that fits everyone's budget and style. Georgia’s State Parks offer a wide variety of facilities, from small picnic shelters to large group shelters, and from rustic camp kitchens to full service catering. Everyone can stay overnight in our fully equipped cabins, hotel-style lodge rooms, modern campsites, “glamping” yurts or dorm-style facilities. Your next reunion is sure to be a big hit – complete with beautiful scenery and plenty to experience all in one location. Hiking, mini-golf, fishing, paddling, archery, championship golf or geocaching? We’ve got you covered! 

Junior Ranger Programs for Kids

Junior Ranger

Children ages 6–12 will have fun learning in the outdoors as they work toward earning their own Junior Ranger badge. Our free activity book lets them experience nature first-hand, explore Georgia's fascinating history and enjoy outdoor recreational activities as they work their way through three badge levels. Many state parks and historic sites even offer Junior Ranger day camps during summer. Find a camp near you, pick up a book during your next visit or download one for free.

New FootGolf Course Opens May 10


The latest sport craze is coming soon to Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park. FootGolf is a combination of golf and soccer, where players kick a regular soccer ball into 21-inch cups. A grand opening for the new layout at Brazell’s Creek Golf Course is May 10.  Anyone interested in learning about the game can play a round for free between 1 and 5:30 p.m. The rules are much like traditional golf, with players aim to kick as few times as possible across 18 holes. 

New Outdoor Fitness Equipment

panola fitness equipment

Panola Mountain in Stockbridge is the latest state park to offer outdoor fitness equipment for health-conscious visitors. Stations such as butterfly press and chest press let you work your muscles while enjoying park scenery. Many fitness stations are wheelchair accessible. Check out free fitness equipment at Gordonia-Alatamaha, Sweetwater Creek, F.D. Roosevelt, Don Carter, Skidaway Island and Fort McAllister state parks as well. 

Turn Memorial Day into a Weeklong Vacation

High Falls boaters

Looking forward to barbecues and boating over Memorial Day? Why not extend your stay for even more fun in the sun? From Monday, May 28, through Thursday, May 31, you can save 20% to 40% on camping, cottages, yurts and lodge rooms. Check for promo codes, participating state parks and details. Plus, check for ranger-led programs like guided hikes, nature crafts, boat tours, astronomy outings and more.

What’s New and Noteworthy

New Hiking Trail Near Helen -- The newly opened Helen-to-Hardman Heritage Trail welcomes hikers to enjoy history in a beautiful setting. The one-mile path follows the Chattahoochee River from Harman Farm Historic Site (home of Anna Ruby of nearby Anna Ruby Falls) to the Bavarian-themed town of Helen.

May is Georgia Archeology Month -- Delve into Georgia’s past with tours of ancient Indian mounds, historic farms and even colonial outposts during Georgia Archeology Month. On May 19, Fort King George welcomes Dr. Richard Jefferies to talk about the Spanish Mission period and lead a guided tour.

Stay Hydrated -- A new water fountain has been installed near the bottom of Tallulah Gorge so that visitors can stay hydrated before their heart-pumping climb back to the top.

Home School Wednesdays -- Roosevelt's Little White House offers great opportunities to learn about President Roosevelt, Warm Springs, The Great Depression, WWII and more during Home School Wednesdays. Many other state parks and historic sites offer home school programs as well. 

Upcoming Events

Find more events on our calendar and individual park web pages.

Wildflower Hike – May 4, 2 p.m. at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield, Dallas

Women’s Wilderness Weekend – May 4-6 at Providence Canyon, Lumpkin

Awesome Opossum Meet-and-Greet – May weekends at Cloudland Canyon, Rising Fawn

Canning Workshop – May 5 at Jarrell Plantation, Juliette

Twilight Paddle – May 5 at Reed Bingham, Adel 

Owl Prowl – May 5 at Victoria Bryant, Royston

Home School Wednesdays – May 9 at Roosevelt’s Little White House, Warm Springs

Starlight Symphony Hike – May 11 at Seminole, Donalsonville

Chocolate Plantation and Shell Ring Tour – May 12 at Sapelo Island’s Reynolds Mansion

Makers Festival – May 12 at Skidaway Island, Savannah

Mother’s Day Tea at the Cabin – May 13 at Elijah Clark, Lincolnton

Bark in the Park Dog Hike – May 13 at Sweetwater Creek, Lithia Springs


Look Who's In the News

WSB-TV's "Georgia's Hidden Treasures" -- Hardman Farm Historic Site

Explore Georgia -- State Parks Perfect for a Weekend Fishing Trip

Ponce Press -- Spring Break Ideas

Southern Crescent Broadcasting -- Peach State Parks

365 Atlanta Family -- Georgia State Parks Camping: 52+ Essential Things To Know

Mom's Magical Miles -- Georgia Coast Road Trip

Atlanta Family -- Fort Gaines, Ga: Hidden Gems Like George T. Bagby State Park