Outdoor Adventures, Magnolia Springs & Memorial Day Deals

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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

May 15, 2018

Find Your Summer Adventure

SUP standup paddleboard

You don’t have to spend a lot of money for an action-packed outdoor adventure. Most Georgia State Parks rent equipment such as stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, bicycles, fishing boats, archery bows and even golf disc supplies. Many even offer classes as well. For a heart-pumping workout, explore the paved bike path at Panola Mountain State Park near Stockbridge. Want to try a new sport? Check out the new FootGolf course at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park near Reidsville. Find your outdoor adventure at a state park near you.

Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen

Magnolia Springs

Beautiful Magnolia Springs State Park is known for its crystal clear springs, scenic boardwalk, and interesting wildlife such as alligators. Overnight guests can stay in cabins or campsites, then fill their days with fishing and paddling on a small lake. During the Civil War, this site was called Camp Lawton and served as “the world’s largest prison.” Today, little remains of the prison stockade; however, visitors can tour a new museum and historic earthworks. This weekend, visit the park for their Family Fun Day, guided spring tours, stargazing and a “Bark in the Park” dog hike.

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 GaStateParks.org/specials for promo codes, participating state parks and details. Plus, check GaStateParks.org for ranger-led programs like guided hikes, nature crafts, boat tours, astronomy nights and more. Many parks are hosting special Memorial Day celebrations, including Fort King George, Fort McAllister, Kolomoki Mounds and Florence Marina.

May 19 is “Kids to Parks Day”

Reed Bingham boater

Join our family-friendly activities in celebration of “National Kids to Parks Day” on May 19. Sponsored by the National Park Trust, the event encourages children to explore public lands and learn about the great outdoors. In Georgia, state parks and historic sites are offering paddle trips, archery classes, field day games, colonial toys and many more activities. Many events are free and parking is just $5. Families can even stay overnight in campgrounds, cabins, lodge rooms and yurts -- turning their outing into a mini-vacation. Find an outing near you. 

Upcoming Events

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

Katie Deal Concert – May 19, Hardman Farm Historic Site, Sautee Nacoochee

Vintage Car Show – May 19, James H. Floyd State Park, Summerville

Maker’s Festival – May 19, Red Top Mountain State Park, Lake Allatoona

Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling – May 25, Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Newnan

Bird Watching and Low-tide Paddle – May 26, Crooked River State Park, St. Marys

Pooch on the Hooch – May 26, Don Carter State Park, Lake Lanier

Beginner Archery – May 26, Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton

Family Farm Day – May 26, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, Juliette

Tallulah Gorge Floor Hike – May 26, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls

War of Jenkins’ Ear – May 26, Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah

National Trails Day is June 2. Join park rangers all across Georgia to explore some of our most beautiful walking paths. We'll have hikes ranging from easy to challenging. Sponsored by American Hiking Society.


Look Who's In the News

WTOC-TV Savannah -- Skilled craftsmen and women take over Georgia Maker's Festival

Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- Here's how you kid can become a Junior Park Ranger this summer

AtlantaTrails.com -- High Falls State Park

365AtlantaTraveler.com -- FDR State Park: 25 Ways To Explore & Enjoy This Ga Treasure

MSN.com -- Cool Natural Landmarks in Every State: Providence Canyon