Summer Vacations, Swimming Spots, Ranger Programs

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Fishing at Magnolia Springs State Park

June 2023

Spectacular Summer Vacations

Photo of camping by Wandering Weekends

Make this your best summer yet with days on the lake and evenings under the stars. Georgia State Parks offer a variety of affordable vacation ideas, like lakeside cottages at Tugaloo and Seminole, “glamping” yurts at High Falls and Skidaway Island, or spacious campsites at Laura S. Walker and Kolomoki Mounds. Days can be filled with hiking, fishing, swimming, mini-golf, geocaching, ranger programs and more without even having to leave the park. Plan your summer getaway on (Photo by @wanderingwknds.)

National Fishing & Boating Week

Fishing girl

National Fishing and Boating Week runs through June 11 – the perfect excuse for a day on the water. Enjoy free fishing with no license needed this Saturday, June 10. For great bass fishing, visit High Falls, Elijah Clark or George T. Bagby state parks. For catch-and-release flyfishing right outside your door, book a cottage at Smithgall Woods State Park. A.H. Stephens State Park will host its annual senior fishing rodeo on June 17. You can even borrow fishing gear from several locations. Learn more at

Father’s Day Gift Cards

Family paddling

Father’s Day is June 18, and a gift card from Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites is sure to make Dad’s day. Gift cards can be used for canoe rental, camping under the stars, golf, hiking gear or simply kicking back at a cabin. You can even add an annual ParkPass or historic site pass for a full year of adventures. Buy gift cards and passes online or in park offices.

Stay Cool this Summer

Swimming Beach

Swimming season has begun, which means splash pads, lakeside beaches and swimming pools are in full swing. Victoria Bryant State Park offers swimming lessons in its pool, Magnolia Springs State Park lets kids burn off energy on a colorful “spray ground,” and more than a dozen lakeside beaches invite you to bury your toes in the sand. You’ll even find sliding rocks at Tallulah Gorge and Watson Mill Bridge state parks. Find more places to cool off on

June Programs

Our program theme for 2023 is "Birds, Bats and Pollinators" and our calendar features many activities celebrating creatures that take flight. Find butterfly walks and more on
Valley Voices Outdoor Theater – June 8-9, Hardman Farm Historic Site, Sautee Nacoochee
Sandcastle Tournament – June 10, Tugaloo State Park, Lavonia
Meet the Farm Animals Tours – Sundays in June, General Coffee State Park, Nicholls
Pollinators Junior Ranger Camp – June 12-15, Fort Morris Historic Site, Midway
Firefly Night Walk – June 16, Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge
Build a Bee Hotel – June 17, Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen
Basket Making for Adults – June 24, New Echota Historic Site, Calhoun
Evening Kayak Tour – June 30, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs

Fort Mountain overlook by the.nature.station

Fort Mountain State Park by @the.nature.station.
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