Dip into Summer, Tugaloo State Park & Park Paddlers Club

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Tugaloo State Park campground

July 2022

Park Paddlers Club

Indian Springs kayaking

Soak in an aquatic quest this summer with our Park Paddlers Club. You’ll experience rivers, mill ponds, lakes and even the celebrated Okefenokee Swamp. Proudly wear your “members-only” t-shirt while paddling 12 participating parks on your way to earning a completion certificate. The club is designed for all skill levels — from seasoned paddlers to newbies, plus nearly all locations rent kayaks, aquacycles and canoes. Sometimes the road less traveled isn't a road at all! Join the club today, and find more places to explore on GaStateParks.org.

Take a Dip This Summer

Tugaloo beach

Nothing beats jumping into cool water on a hot summer’s day. Grab your sunscreen, pack a picnic and check out swimming spots in Georgia’s State Parks. Stick your toes in the sand at Tugaloo or play in the creek at Watson Mill Bridge. Run through fountains at Magnolia Springs or make a splash in F.D. Roosevelt’s Liberty Bell Pool. Find lakeside beaches, splash pads and swimming pools near you. State park beaches and splash pads are free, and swimming pools have a per-person fee. Parking is just $5 for the day.

Tugaloo State Park on Lake Hartwell

Tugaloo RV campsite

Located on 55,590-acre Lake Hartwell, Tugaloo State Park is a water-lovers paradise. Several boat ramps and docks offer easy access to the lake for bass fishing, tubing and skiing. Grab ice cream at the concession, then find your perfect spot at the sandy swimming beach. Challenge your friends to a spirited game of mini-golf or volleyball. Numerous campsites offer spectacular views of Lake Hartwell, and ten cottages have been beautifully renovated with open floor plans and spacious screened porches. (Insider tip: reserve a cottage, yurt or campsite now for next July 4th holiday.)

Passport to Adventure


Explorers on a mission to visit all of Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites have a new way of tracking their travels. A keepsake passport lets you document your journey while exploring mountains to marshes. Inside the booklet, you’ll find photos and descriptions of more than 60 state parks and historic sites, from Amicalola Falls to Wormsloe. There’s even space to note “My Favorite Thing” and add a sticker to seal your memory. Passports are available in site gift shops, some metro-Atlanta REI stores and from Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.

Program Calendar

Junior Ranger Camps are scheduled at numerous state parks and historic sites this summer. Your little ones can join ranger-led groups or earn badges on their own schedule. Find these and more happenings on GaStateParks.org.

Campfire & S’mores – Fridays in July, Mistletoe State Park, Appling
Archery for Beginners – July 9, 10, 23 and 24, Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge
Kids Fishing Rodeo – July 9, Reed Bingham State Park, Adel
Cast Iron Cooking on the Campfire – July 10 and 17, Tugaloo State Park, Lavonia
Full Moon Paddle – July 13, F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain
Night Hike -- July 16, Hamburg State Park, Mitchell
Family Camp -- July 18 -- 22, Black Rock Mountain State Park, Mountain City
Vann House Days -- July 23, Chief Vann House Historic Site, Chatsworth

Look Who's In The News

Splashing into Summer at High Falls – Fox 5 “Good Day Atlanta”
Camping with Sarah: Fort Morris - – WTOC-TV Savannah
Discover Georgia: Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge – WMAZ-TV Macon
Camping with Sarah: Tips on Camping at Fort McAllister State Park – WTOC-TV Savannah
Camping with Sarah: Skidaway Island State Park -- WTOC-TV Savannah
5 Best East Coast Camping Destinations: Stephen C. Foster  -- Wide Open Spaces

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