Happy 2019 from Georgia's State Parks

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January 2019

Keep New Year’s Resolutions with Park Clubs

Cloudland Canyon State Park

Do your New Year’s Resolutions include exercising outdoors more? Exploring new places? Join one of our clubs for a quest that takes you all across the Peach State. Choose from five activity clubs: hiking, dog walking, biking, paddling and geocaching. For example, our Canyon Climbers Club will challenge you to scale to the top of Amicalola Falls, explore the depths of Providence Canyon, brave the swinging bridge in Tallulah Gorge and face the staircase in Cloudland Canyon. You’ll get a “members-only” t-shirt and bragging rights about your accomplishment. Join a Georgia State Park Club today.

First Day Hikes Part II -- Join Us this Weekend

Fort Mountain First Day Hike

If you missed our First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day, you can still start 2019 on the right footpath. A few historic sites have planned “First Saturday Hikes” for January 5. At Etowah Indian Mounds, you can climb to the top of an ancient earthen platform. At Pickett’s Mill Battlefield, follow the footsteps of Civil War soldiers. And at New Echota, explore the Cherokee Nation’s 1825 capitol. Find these ranger-led hikes and more programs on GaStateParks.org.

Down on the Farm at General Coffee State Park

General Coffee State Park

Little farmers-in-training will love visiting General Coffee State Park in southeast Georgia. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January, visitors can join park rangers in feeding farm animals, collecting eggs and learning about pioneer life. You’ll even learn about taking care of sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, donkeys, horses and mules. For a post-holiday getaway, stay overnight in the park’s cabins or campground -- or even the 19th-century Burnham House. General Coffee State Park offers a small lake, walking and horseback riding trails, bike and boat rental, geocaching, archery and picnicking. Learn more at GaStateParks.org/GeneralCoffee or by calling 912-384-7082.

Happy Engagement! We Have Wedding Venues

Wedding at Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island

Did your sweetheart pop the question over the holidays? Congratulations! As you make plans for this special day, keep in mind that Georgia’s State Parks offer event venues at reasonable rates. Indian Springs State Park recently unveiled the beautiful, lakeside Idlewilde Event Center which seats 500. Smithgall Woods’ cabins and field offer exceptional privacy in the mountains. Enclosed group shelters and open-air picnic shelters allow couples to provide their own catering and decorations. Find more group facilities on GaStateParks.org/gatherings.

Earn Free Nights with New Rewards Program

Vogel campers

Georgia’s State Parks have a new way of saying “thank you” to their happy campers this year. The park system has revamped its rewards program. Now instead of collecting stickers upon check-in, visitors accumulate points as they make reservations. For every dollar spent on cabins, yurts, campsites, picnic shelters and many other facilities, visitors earn 10 points. Accumulated points can then be redeemed for future reservations. For example, 3,000 points can be used toward a free night of camping under the stars, or 15,100 points can go toward a free lakeside cabin. To learn more, call 800-864-7275 or visit GaStateParks.org/rewards.


Winter Cabin, Yurt & Camping Deals

marshmallow and campfire

Enjoy a peaceful winter wonderland this month while saving on your wallet. On weekdays, save 30% on cabins and 25% on “glamping” yurts. All week long, save 50% on campsites. You can spend your days exploring trails, lakes and waterfalls, then at night, snuggle up by a toasty fire. Check GaStateParks.org/Specials or call 1-800-864-7275 for promo codes, participating parks and blackout dates.