June 2020 News from Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

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Fort Mountain cabin

June 2020

Play Safely in the Great Outdoors

Don Carter State Park

During this time, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites have remained open, welcoming you to soak in fresh air and exercise. We are fortunate to have a large state park system covering more than 84,000 acres to explore. Come enjoy our campsites, cabins, lakeside beaches, boat ramps, fishing docks and golf courses. Walking trails at Historic Sites such as Jarrell Plantation or Fort Morris are open as well. Our visitor centers, museums, playgrounds, splash pads and some other amenities remain closed for a bit longer.

On pretty weekends, popular parks may reach capacity and limit access for a few hours. Please be aware that day-use visitors may not be able to enter or use amenities by the time they arrive. Before traveling, check GaStateParks.org/alerts for the latest updates.

We need everyone’s help in social distancing and staying safe. Be respectful of other guests, and always follow CDC guidelines. If you choose to go outdoors, consider staying close to your community by visiting a nearby state park. Daily and annual ParkPasses may be purchased online, and overnight guests may self check-in. Learn how we’re keeping everyone safe.

Summer Staycations Surrounded by Nature

Cabin at James H. Floyd State Park

If you’re planning ahead for summer vacations, take an armchair tour of photo galleries, events and outdoor activities on GaStateParks.org. You’ll find the perfect cabin, yurt or campsite, as well as hiking trails, fishing docks, boat ramps, lakeside beaches and more. Advance reservations are highly recommended for overnight accommodations, and some events require signing up in advance so our rangers can limit group size.

National Trails Day is June 6

Fort Mountain hiking trail

Lace up your boots and hit the trail during this annual celebration of hiking. Choose from treks for all ages and abilities, like the Trillium Trail at Kolomoki Mounds, the lowcountry ruins at Wormsloe or the rock outcrop excursion at Panola Mountain. Head out on your own or join small guided hikes with our rangers. Group sizes will be limited to ensure social distancing, so register in advance. Find an event near you.

Treat Dad on Father's Day, June 21

Fort Mountain hiking trail outcrop

Treat Dad to fresh air, sunshine and the great outdoors this Father’s Day. Georgia State Parks offer plenty of adventures to make his day memorable, like sunrise from a fishing boat or an afternoon on the links. Gift cards can be used on cabins, campsites, golf green fees, historic site admission and more. Membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites lets Dad explore all year long with discounts. Feeling adventurous? Check our calendar filled with outings like guided hikes, archery classes and even tree climbing. Group sizes are limited to ensure social distancing, so make reservations soon.

WHOOO's Watching eRanger Videos?

eRanger video

We know many of you are choosing to stay home during this time, but that doesn’t mean exploring has to end. During these past few months, our park rangers have been creating educational videos on Georgia’s history and environment. Take a tour of the Okefenokee Swamp, peek into a colonial fort, or create your own birdfeeder. You’ll find these and more resources on GaStateParks.org/eRanger and our Facebook page.