Biking, Battle of Pickett's Mill & Mother's Day Ideas

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Pedal boat at James H. Floyd State Park

May 2023

New Yurts at Skidaway Island State Park

Skidaway Island State Park yurts

Glamping in Savannah? Yes, please! Three new yurts recently opened at Skidaway Island State Park, welcoming campers to enjoy luxurious experience. Yurts feature furniture and temperature controls inside, plus a picnic table and grill outside. Porches provide views of live oaks, palmettos and marsh, and hot showers are a short walk away. Skidaway’s yurts rent for $125 per night and include linen service. Yurt #1 is both dog-friendly and wheelchair accessible. Reserve one today.

Mother’s Day Ideas

Red Top Mountain State Park hikers

The perfect Mother’s Day can be different celebrations for different people. For some, it’s a boisterous gathering of many generations. For others, it’s a quiet date with Mother Nature. Our sites offer dozens of ideas for a memorable Mother’s Day weekend. Pack a picnic to enjoy at pretty Watson Mill Bridge State Park, or rent a large group shelter for an all-day affair. Let Mom sip morning coffee from the quiet of her own cabin porch, or take a trip back in time at Dahlonega Gold Museum. Annual passes make great gifts to last all year.

Biking Adventures

Panola Mountain bike path

Whether pedaling with training wheels or racing down singletrack, Georgia’s State Parks have the perfect bike trail for your adventure. Panola Mountain features a paved trail just outside Atlanta. Indian Springs' bikers can easily connect to nearby Dauset Trails. Cloudland Canyon has the outstanding Five Points mountain biking connector. Several sites even rent bikes to guests. Discover more than 20 bike trails, from easy to challenging, on

Battle of Pickett’s Mill

Pickett's Mill Battlefield

Located in Dallas, Pickett’s Mill is one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation. On May 27 -- the 159th anniversary of this conflict -- join enactors for cannon firings, musketry, military drills, period crafts and soldier camp life. At 10 a.m., rangers will unveil a rare U.S. flag finial found in the ravine in 1963, now on display at the site’s museum. Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site also offers four miles of hiking trails, picnic spots, ranger programs, a pioneer cabin and earthworks.

May Programs

Our program theme for 2023 is "Birds, Bats and Pollinators" and our calendar is filled with activities celebrating creatures that take flight. Find butterfly walks and more on

Archery and Cabin Tours – Saturdays in May, Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton

Archaeology Day and Birding Hike – May 6, New Echota Cherokee Capital, Calhoun

Mother and Son Dance – May 6, Reed Bingham State Park, Adel

Bear Aware and Kickball Challenge – May 7, Vogel State Park, Blairsville

Mother’s Day Twilight Paddle – May 13, Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge

World Migratory Bird Day Boat Tour – May 13, Stephen C. Foster State Park, Okefenokee Swamp

Mill Tour and History Hike – May 14, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs

Kayaking 101 – May 26, Tugaloo State Park, Lavonia

Memorial Day Commemoration – May 27 - 29, Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Look Who's In The News

WMAZ-TV Macon -- Franklin D. Roosevelt's Cherished Little White House

Fox 5 "Good Day Atlanta" -- Paul Milliken visits FDR's Little White House

WTOC-TV Savannah -- Go glamping in the comfort of a yurt at Skidaway Island State Park

News 9 Chattanooga -- Road Trippin' in Cartersville, Bartow County: Etowah Indian Mounds -- Kemp unveils first set of EV chargers at Georgia’s state parks

Henry Herald -- Four Georgia Camping Destinations You May Not have Visited

She Buys Travel -- Top Spots for the Best Camping in Georgia

The Travel -- 10 Most Beautiful Destinations To Visit In The State Of Georgia This Spring

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James H. Floyd State Park in Summerville by @angelasuebaron.

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