Resolve to find adventure in 2021. Happy New Year!

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January 2021

Achieve & Enjoy Your New Year’s Resolutions

Fort Mountain hikers

Did you vow to exercise more during 2021? We can help you meet that goal and have a great time doing it. Four activity “clubs” are measurable challenges that will get your heart pumping outdoors. Choose from Canyon Climbers (hiking), Park Paddlers (paddling), Tails on Trails (dog walking) and Muddy Spokes (biking) clubs. Each includes a t-shirt to wear while exploring, plus a certificate of completion once you meet your goal. Your four-legged best friend even gets a matching bandana as part of the Tails on Trails Club. Wagging tails are a bonus.

General Coffee State Park Welcomes Cookie

Lamb at General Coffee State Park

How sweet! Little “Cookie” arrived after Christmas at General Coffee State Park. The lamb is just one of the many farm animals that call this southeast Georgia park home. General Coffee also features one of the most unique cottages within a Georgia State Park – the 19th century Burnham House. Spend days exploring Heritage Farm, hiking among cypress trees and pitcher plants, fishing and even horseback riding. Overnight guests can stay in traditional cabins or campsites as well.

Inaugural Golf Cup Includes Prize Trip

golf cup logo

Ace! The inaugural Georgia State Parks Golf Cup kicks off February 20 and runs through April 3. The four-person scramble allows teams to choose which course to play on different dates: Meadow Links in Fort Gaines on February 20, Wallace Adams in Helena on February 20, Lake Blackshear in Cordele on February 27, Brazell’s Creek in Reidsville on March 6, The Lakes in Waycross on March 13, The Creek in Social Circle on March 20, Highland Walk in Royston on March 27 and Arrowhead Pointe in Elberton on April 3. The championship is set for May 7 at Arrowhead Pointe, and the winning team gets a golf vacation at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris. Teams can sign up on

2021 Travel Guide and Passes Available

2021 Park Guide

Our newly published “2021 Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” helps you plan spring break, romantic retreats and even summer vacations. The booklet is filled with tips on the best hiking trails and fishing spots, as well as cabins and campsites. Call 770-389-7286 for your free copy. Frequent visitors may want to purchase an Annual ParkPass ($50) that provides free parking at more than 40 state parks. Love stepping into the past? Our Historic Site Pass ($25 - $50) covers admission fees at 15 sites such as Dahlonega Gold Museum and Fort King George. (Save even more at select historic sites with free admission for overnight guests.)

Look Who's In the News

Fodors -- Did You Know the South Has a Little Grand Canyon?

Augusta Magazine – Head to Blairsville for a Socially Distanced Mountain Getaway

Science Times -- Invasive Giant Lizards Threatens Wildlife in Georgia -- 110-Pound Catfish Caught, Florida Man Breaks All-Time GA Record

365 Atlanta Traveler – 125+ Best Places For Hiking In Georgia [Kids & Beginners]

Style Blueprint -- First Day Hikes: Start 2021 Outside, Surrounded by Nature

Cartersville Daily-Tribune -- History takes center stage during Etowah Indian Mounds’, Red Top’s first hikes of 2021