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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

September 2019

Congratulations to our Award Winners

Award Winners

Several Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites were honored recently for being outstanding destinations for Georgia’s citizens and visitors. During the conference, our team of managers and volunteers spent three days learning how to best operate their sites, including historic structure maintenance, programming ideas and recruiting volunteers. Please join us in congratulating the following award winners, and learn more on
• Henry Struble Manager of the Year Award – Bryan Gray, Stephen C. Foster State Park (Fargo)
• Most Outstanding Site Operation – Vogel State Park (Blairsville)
• Above and Beyond Award – Ellen Graham, Chief Naturalist (Clarkesville)
• Best Year-Round Programming Award – Panola Mountain State Park (Stockbridge)
• Customer Service Award -- Robin Glass, Manager of Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site (Warm Springs)
• Natural Resource Enhancement Award – Cloudland Canyon State Park (Rising Fawn)
• Cultural Resource Enhancement Award -- Chief Vann House State Historic Site (Chatsworth)
• Outstanding Golf Course of the Year Award -- Highland Walk at Victoria Bryant State Park

Grandparents Day is September 8

Grandparents Day fishing family Indian Springs

For generations, families have been camping together in Georgia’s State Parks. Toasting the perfectly golden s’more or catching that first fish are memories that will last forever. This Grandparents Day, plan an outing for the generations in your family. You’ll find easy walking trails at Red Top Mountain and Tallulah Gorge (perfect for toddlers), or glimpses into history at Dahlonega Gold Museum or Roosevelt’s Little White House. Find the perfect spot to bring your grandkids on


Your State Parks Day is September 28

Your State Parks Day volunteers

Grab your work gloves and join Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites for this annual volunteer workday. On Saturday, September 28, we’ll be partnering with Keep Georgia Beautiful and Chattahoochee RiverKeeper in efforts to protect Georgia's most precious places. Parking and admission fees will be waived for those helping with trail maintenance, river clean up, painting projects and more. Find a complete list of projects on

Look Who's in the News

Southern Living -- Here's How Dahlonega Got Its Name

Travel and Leisure – Where to Find America’s Best Swimming Holes

CBS46 Atlanta – Best of Georgia Road Trip: Red Top Mountain State Park

Albany Herald -- Georgia State Park and Historic Site managers receive accolades

WSBTV Atlanta -- 5 unexpected activities to try at Georgia's state parks

Golf Coast Magazine -- Georgia’s State Park Golf Courses are Awesome & Affordable

Atlanta Journal Constitution -- How to get free admission to Atlanta's top attractions

Upcoming Events

Find more hikes, paddling trips, nature programs, tours and more online.

Twilight Paddle – September 7, Reed Bingham State Park, Adel
Swamper’s Guide to the Galaxy – September 7, Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo
“Paw”tastic Pool Party – September 7, Victoria Bryant State Park, Royston
Lovebug Festival – September 14, General Coffee State Park, Nicholls
Farm Animal Fun Day – September 14, Hardman Farm Historic Site, Sautee Nacoochee
Mightly Mammals – September 14, Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen
Lake, Creek and Waterfall Hike – September 22, Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth
Sunset Bat Hike – September 27, Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Your State Parks Day – September 28, Statewide