March 2021 News from Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

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March 2021

300th Anniversary of Colonial Fort King George

Fort King George

This year marks the tricentennial of a turning point in North American colonial history. Three centuries ago, British soldiers established their first fort on land that was to become the colony of Georgia. Called Fort King George, it protected a low bluff on the mighty Altamaha River from French and Spanish explorers. Today, the site is open for tours where visitors can explore reconstructed buildings including barracks, a guard house, tavern, moat and palisades. Guests are welcome to climb ladders inside the blockhouse, lay on soldiers’ bunks, peek out musket holes and even ring the dinner bell. Join historians throughout the year during their speaker series.

New Geocaching GPS Treasure Hunt


Ready for an all-ages, modern treasure hunt? Georgia’s State Parks just launched a new “GeoTour” with caches at 45 parks, divided into regions. Your goal? Use a handheld GPS -- even your Smartphone -- to find codewords at nine parks in each region, putting them on your passport. You’ll collect four new coins as you sleuth across the state. Learn more about this geocaching adventure.

Lakeside Adventures at Seminole State Park

Seminole State Park cabin

Showcasing sparkling Lake Seminole, this 604-acre park is a haven for boating, fishing and birding. Cottages and some campsites sit near the water’s edge, perfect for enjoying morning coffee with a view. During summer, cool off at the lakeside beach, and throughout the year,  scout for wildlife such as bald eagles, deer, alligators and raccoon. Learn more about Seminole State Park near Donalsonville.

Welcome Spring with New Outdoor Adventures

Kolomoki Mounds camping

Take time to celebrate Spring’s arrival by exploring someplace new. Make a cozy cabin your base camp so you get down and dirty with fishing, hiking or kayaking somewhere you’ve never been before. Scout for fiddler crabs at low tide at Crooked River, or listen for owls welcoming the night at Reed Bingham. Climb ancient platforms at Kolomoki Mounds, or walk the footsteps of colonial soldiers at Fort Morris. State park cabins, campsites and yurts offer a range of accommodations for all budgets, making it convenient to stay several days. Check out even more ideas for outdoor fun.

Annual Passes Now Available Online


Beginning this month, annual passes for state parks, historic sites, equestrian trails and golf courses will be available on Passes give you a year filled with hiking, fishing, horseback riding and even traveling back in time, encouraging you to explore more often. Prices vary, so check for details and even senior discounts.