July 2021 News from Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

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Watermelon Summer

July 2021

Celebrate July 4th in Georgia’s Great Outdoors

July 4th Family

From cookouts to campouts, we’ll help you celebrate Independence Day while enjoying Georgia’s beautiful scenery. You’ll find sparkling lakes to keep you cool, shaded picnic spots, and events such as old-timey games and musket firings. Remember that fireworks and sparklers are not allowed inside state parks or historic sites, but many parks are near community fireworks. Cabins and campsites are always popular during the July 4th holiday, so make reservations now for next year’s celebrations.

Top 5 Swimming Holes

Beach at Don Carter State Park

Nothing beats jumping in cool water on a hot day. Grab your beach towel and sunscreen, pack a picnic lunch, and check out the five best swimming spots in Georgia’s State Parks. You can slide down rocks at the bottom of a canyon, or stick your toes in the sand by a mountain lake. (Did you know the historic Liberty Bell Pool’s top loop is the baby pool?) Our latest blog post gives tips on where to go, and GaStateParks.org will help plan your trip.

Lake Lanier Getaway: Don Carter State Park

Don Carter State Park

Anglers and boaters will find the perfect summer getaway at Don Carter State Park. Sitting on the northern end of Lake Lanier, where the Chattahoochee River widens, the park offers calmer waters. Cabins and campsites are a short drive from boat ramps, and the park rents kayaks and standup paddleboards. Hikers, bikers and equestrians can explore more than 14 miles of forested trails as well. Plan a visit to Don Carter State Park this summer.

Celebrating World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day -- FDR Ranger

Throughout July, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites will recognize our park rangers in celebration of World Ranger Day on July 31. This annual event commemorates the founding of The International Ranger Federation. World Ranger Day is a time to remember those who have been injured or lost their lives while protecting international, national and local parks. Join us on Facebook and Instagram in supporting men and women who protect the delicate balance between our natural ecosystems and public parks.

Look Who’s In The News

The Little Grand Canyon of Georgia -- WTXL TV Tallahassee

Four Sassy Georgia Sleepovers (Reed Bingham's island) -- ExploreGeorgia.org

Cloudland Canyon State Park Cabins Review -- Blue Ridge Mountain Travel Guide

New Echota to host Junior Ranger Day July 31 -- Northwest Georgia News

Looking to cast your line this summer? Here are the best fishing spots in Chatham County (Fort McAllister) -- SavannahNow.com

The Most Beautiful State Park in Every US State (Tallulah Gorge) – Love Exploring

Hold On: A New Day for Travel -- Georgia Connector Magazine