Summer Chill Spots, Paddling Adventures, Perseid Meteor Shower

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August 2023

Summer Chill Spots

Red Top Mountain State Park beach

Playing in cool water on a hot day is the best summer sensation! We’ll help you make a splash before the end of summer with lakeside swimming beaches, splash pads or swimming pools. Dip your toes in the sand at Red Top Mountain, Fort Mountain, Reed Bingham, Hard Labor Creek or Tugaloo state parks. Little non-swimmers can jump through spraygrounds at Jack Hill or Magnolia Springs state parks. You can even swim in a historic Liberty Bell-shaped pool at F.D. Roosevelt State Park. Find more places to cool off soon on (Photo of Red Top Mountain State Park.)

Perseid Meteor Shower Programs

Perseid Meteor Shower

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower should be a good show this year since the new moon is August 16. This celestial event is active from mid-July to late August, peaking around August 12 and 13 in 2023. Join park rangers for a variety of Perseid programs that week, like an August 11 paddle at Tugaloo and Hard Labor Creek state parks, or August 12 telescope viewing at Magnolia Springs State Park. Stephen C. Foster State Park hosts Swampers Guide to the Galaxy on August 12 for overnight guests. This park in the Okefenokee Swamp is a certified “Dark Sky” park, making it one of the best places in the country to enjoy stargazing. Find Perseid programs and book your cottage or campsite today.

The Buzz on Bees

Honey Bee stock image

Get the buzz on bees this August while celebrating National Honey Bee Day on August 19. These tiny insects make an enormous impact on our lives. Join park rangers to learn about bees and make a bee craft at Victoria Bryant or F.D. Roosevelt state parks. Participate in a pollinator census at Skidaway Island State Park. Interested in other pollinators like bumble bees as well? Learn how to conduct bumble bee surveys on August 12 at Panola Mountain State Park (registration limited). Find details and more bee-related programs on

Paddling the Parks

Stephen C. Foster State Park

From the raging rapids of Tallulah Gorge to the serene Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia has paddling experiences for all skill levels. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent canoes, kayaks and aquacycles at numerous locations. Love a quest? Join our Park Paddlers Club which challenges you to explore a dozen waterways all across Georgia, going at your own pace. Share your adventures with us by tagging #GaStateParks and #ParkPaddlersClub on Instagram. Find places to dip your paddle in the water on (Photo of Stephen C. Foster State Park.)

August 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

Walk and Learn: What Are Pollinators – August 4, 3 p.m., A.H. Stephens State Park, Crawfordville
Honeybee Jamboree – August 5, 10 a.m., Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Newnan
Take Flight Hike – August 5, 10 a.m., New Echota Historic Site, Calhoun
All About Archery – August 9, 3:30 p.m., Crooked River State Park, St. Marys
Intro to Tree Climbing – August 19 and 20, 1 p.m., Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge
Tour Georgia’s First Fort – August 13 and 20, 2 p.m., Fort King George Historic Site, Darien
Giant Ground Sloth – August 14, 2 p.m., Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah
Sunrise Yoga – August 19, 7:30 a.m., F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain
Junior Fishing Rodeo -- August 26, 10 a.m., Indian Springs State Park, Flovilla


Look Who's In The News

Atlanta Journal Constitution -- A Creek Runs Through It: Smithgall Woods 

The Dahlonega Nugget -- Master Gardeners Volunteers Keep Gold Museum Flowers Beautiful

Moultrie Observer -- Laura S. Walker State Park Plus a Bonus

SavvyMamaLifestyle -- Hard Labor Creek State Park With Kids: What They’ll Love 

RV Travel -- Latest News for RVers (Cloudland Canyon Cave Tours)

365 Atlanta Traveler -- 21+ Things Every Family Should Do at Tallulah Gorge State Park

The Travel -- 10 Weekend Getaways In Georgia That Make Perfect Road Trips

Only in Your State -- The Easy Georgia Trail With Stellar Marsh Views That You Just Can't Beat

Travel Taste and Tour Magazine -- Dawsonville Tour: Amicalola Falls

Columbia County Magazine -- State Parks Pass Saves Money

WJCL TV Savannah -- Fort McAllister Hosts Unique Fourth of July Event


@trivial_matter Reed Bingham State Park

Reed Bingham State Park reflections by @trivial_matter. Top banner photo of Black Rock Mountain State Park by @dstaiculescu.
Do you take beautiful and exciting photos? We would love to see your adventures on Facebook and Instagram. Tag us #GaStateParks.