Summer Adventures, New Junior Ranger Program & Father's Day Outings

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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

June 2019

Tomorrow is National Trails Day

Lace up your hiking boots and join our nation's largest public trail event on Saturday, June 1. Programs included ranger-led hikes, kayak tours, dog walks and more. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is held the first Saturday of each June and highlights 200,000 miles of trails that crisscross America. Find a trail or ranger-led hike near you.

Find Your Summer Outdoor Adventure

SUP at High Falls State Park

Let this be the action-packed summer you remember forever. Most Georgia State Parks rent equipment such as stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, bicycles, fishing boats, archery bows and even disc golf equipment. Want to try a new sport? Check out the new FootGolf course at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park near Reidsville. For a heart-pumping, two-wheeled workout, join our Muddy Spokes Club. Find your outdoor adventure in the great outdoors. Want to save money this summer? Stay overnight with us in June or July, and you’ll get 50% off camping or 25% off cabins and yurts during August.

Father’s Day is June 16 -- Get Dad Outdoors

Father's Day Picnic

Spend Father’s Day making memories while fishing, boating, camping or just kicking back by the grill. Georgia’s State Parks offer picnic shelters, bike rental, SUP rental, archery classes, disc golf and even 18-hole golf courses. A few Georgia State Parks have planned Father’s Day events like the fishing tournament at Magnolia Springs. If you can’t resist wrapping a surprise, find the perfect present in our gift shops or buy a gift card online.

New Junior Ranger Program Includes 59 Badges

Junior Ranger Program

Kids can become certified Junior Rangers while learning about Georgia’s outdoors and history. Our new program features activity books specific to 59 state parks and historic sites. Participants can earn wooden collectible badges from each park, plus embroidered stickers for fishing, camping, biking and volunteering. Children will meet new friends while taking ranger-led hikes, learning about Georgia wildlife and history, making nature crafts, taking boat rides and numerous other adventures. Free Junior Ranger books can be picked up at Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, and school groups can download activity sheets from Many sites have scheduled Junior Ranger day camps this summer as well. 

Upcoming Events

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

Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy – Saturdays in June at Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo. Watch for meteors, observe the moon and take in all the stars above. This park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp.

Wonders of Wildlife – June 8 at Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen. Meet Mercedes the Gopher Tortoise, touch real furs, skulls, talons and more in this interactive educational presentation that gets you up close and personal to the wonderful world of wildlife. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.

Introduction to Archery – June  8 at New Echota Historic Site, Calhoun. Learn the basics of shooting a compound bow and a recurve bow. Ages 8 and older. $5.50 - $7. 706-624-1321.

Lost but Found Safe and Sound -- June 8 at Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge. Meet Keegan the K-9, plus join a question and answer session with one of our Search and Rescue members. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration – June 8 at Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site, Warm Springs. This living history briefing will inform FDR of the successes of D-Day followed by the president leading our nation in a prayer that took place on June 6, 1944 via radio. $9-$14. 706-655-5870.

Twilight Kayak Tour – June 22 at Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge. Explore Lake Rutledge as we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, then watch the changing colors of sunset on the water. Register in advance. $10-$15. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Yoga at the Beach -- June 27 at Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls. Start your morning with gentle movements beside our swimming beach. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Fishing Float -- June 28 at Seminole State Park, Donalsonville. Paddle with the naturalist and see if you can reel in a keeper. Also try out one of our new fishing canoes rigged with fully cushioned seats, plenty of cup and rod holders, and extra storage compartments. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

Look Who's In the News

CBS 46 "Atlanta Plugged In" -- Georgia State Parks in Spring

Henry Herald -- Georgia State Parks Announces Updated History Trail GeoTour -- Stay in these Cozy Cabins with Your Dog at Georgia State Parks -- 24 Best Georgia State & National Parks

Georgia Outdoor News -- Lake Laura S. Walker Springtime Bassin’

Golf Coast Magazine -- Georgia’s State Park Golf Courses are Awesome & Affordable -- Rating Some of the Georgia State Parks' Golf Courses