First Day Hikes, Colonial Wormsloe, Winter Deals & Volunteering

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January 2020 -- Happy New Year!

Ring in 2020 with a First Day Hike

First Day Hike at Fort Mountain

All across the country, park rangers are inviting Americans to start the New Year with an energizing First Day Hike on January 1. In Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, dozens of guided treks will encourage friends and families to connect with nature -- and each other. Visitors are welcome to explore trails on their own as well. Find a First Day Hike near you on (Does your best hiking buddy have four legs? Leashed dogs are welcome on nearly all park trails, but call ahead to make sure they can come on ranger-led hikes.)

Enjoy Low-Country Beauty at Colonial Wormsloe

Wormsloe Historic Site

Colonial Faire & Muster is February 7 - 9
One of the most Instagrammed locations in Georgia is the breathtaking avenue of Live Oaks and Spanish Moss that leads to Wormsloe Historic Site. This Savannah attraction was the colonial estate of Noble Jones, an Englishman who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe. Wormsloe's tabby ruin is the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Join them February 7 – 9 for the annual Colonial Faire and Muster with an 18th century military encampment, period music and dance, sutlers’ row, craft demonstrations and food concessions. Plan your visit to Wormsloe and find more events in Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites.

Volunteer in State Parks & Historic Sites in 2020


If your New Year’s Resolutions include giving back to your community, consider volunteering in Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites. From campground host to tour guide to Junior Ranger helper, we have opportunities for all interests. You’ll make a difference in people’s lives, develop new skills and explore our fascinating state. We can even work with your company or organization for one-day projects like river cleanups. Learn more about volunteering or join your local chapter of Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.

New 2020 Travel Guide Now Available

Park Guide

Chilly January is the perfect time to start daydreaming about warmer weather and weekend escapes. The newly published “2020 Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” is a helpful resource for planning spring break, romantic getaways and summer vacations. It’s filled with tips on the best hiking trails, fishing spots, pet travel, golf courses, cabins, campsites and glamping yurts, as well as many new photos taken by park visitors. For a free copy, call 770-389-7286 or stop by any Georgia State Park or State Historic Site office. On online version can be found on

Brrrrrring On Winter Wanderlust Deals

Yurt at Sweetwater Creek

Cozy up to a campfire and snuggle in your sleeping bag while saving money this month. Start your winter-adventure planning today to save 50% off camping and 25% off yurts now through January 31, 2020. Use promo code WNTR19 when you book a new reservation and take advantage of this off-season deal. Learn more about participating parks and valid dates.

Upcoming January 2020 Events & Outings

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

Full Moon Night Hike – January 10 at Mistletoe State Park in Appling
Indoor Basic Archery – January 11 at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge
Scavenger Hunt – January 11 at Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross
Colonial Crafting – January 12 at Fort King George Historic Site in Darien
Winter Nature Hike – January 18 at Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen
5-Mile Panola Hike – January 18 at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge
Iron Pour – January 18 at Red Top Mountain State Park in Acworth
Animal Camouflage for Home Schoolers – January 24 at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain
Bark in the Park Dog Hike – January 25 at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder

Look Who’s in the News

Macon TV NBC 41 -- Discover Middle Georgia: Hamburg

Cartersville Daily Tribune -- Red Top Mountain State Park Visitor Center Opens

Go Golf and Travel -- The Fab Five of the Georgia Golf Trail

Narcity -- There's A "Little Grand Canyon" Just 2.5 Hours Away From Florida

Atlanta Journal Constitution -- First Day Hikes

Albany Herald -- 8 Great Places to Visit on Veterans Day this Weekend

Where Traveler -- The 15 Best Georgia State Parks for Fall Color

Trips to Discover -- 9 Most Beautiful Places to See Fall Foliage in Georgia