Fall Photos, Halloween Happenings, Historic Sites

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October 2023

Showcase Your Fall Photos

Vogel State Park by @bones.105

If your favorite fall pastime is capturing the perfect photo, we want to see your adventures. Our annual Leaf Watch Travel Planner includes photo galleries where park guests can show off their skills. (And even if you don’t post to Instagram, you can still upload your favorite fall-color shots.) Tag #GaLeafWatch and #GaStateParks, and tell us which park you're visiting, for a chance to be featured throughout the leaf-watching season. Need help deciding where to go? Leaf Watch lists top Georgia State Parks for vibrant leaves, tips for finding campsites and cabins, an event calendar and more. (Photo of Vogel State Park by @bones.105.)

Travel Back in Time

Fort King George

From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, and from the gold rush to presidential homes, Georgia has played an important role in many events that formed our nation. Our State Historic Sites take you back in time, often with museums, outdoor exhibits, re-enactments, programs led by knowledgeable historians, and even scenic walking trails. Admission fees vary among historic sites, and disabled veteran discounts are available. You can even save money with an annual pass that includes admission to more than 15 locations like Dahlonega Gold Museum, Roosevelt’s Little White House and colonial Wormsloe.

Halloween Happenings

Halloween campsite

Haunted tales and trails await for those who venture out over Halloween Weekend. On October 28, A.H. Stephens welcomes ghouls for hayrides, games, a movie on the lawn and campsite decorating contest. Also on the 28th, Jack Hill has holiday-themed crafts and games, while Fort King George hosts trick-or-treating inside the fort’s walls. On Friday and Saturday nights in October, F.D. Roosevelt State Park will spook you with Nightmare on 190, a walk-through haunted house. Fridays in October, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation weaves stories of ghosts and legends. On October 27, campers at Fort McAllister can participate in The Haunting of Savage Island, and on October 28, kids can enjoy Trunk-or-Treat at Panola Mountain. Find many more Halloween happenings on GaStateParks.org.

September Programs & Events

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 GaStateParks.org.

Hard Apple Cider Tasting and Talk – October 6, Chief Vann House Historic Site, Chatsworth
Skills of the Past – October 7, Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, Cartersville
Meteor Shower Paddle – October 7, Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge
Voice of the Past Lantern Tour – October 13, 14, 20 and 21, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, Juliette
Pumpkin Archery – October 14 and 21, F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain
Civil War Candle Lantern Tour – October 14, Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Kolomoki Festival – October 14, Kolomoki Mounds State Park, Blakely
Fall Festival – October 21, Hamburg State Park, Mitchell
Fall Festival – October 28, Richard B. Russell State Park, Elberton

Look Who's In The News

Coastal Courier -- Johnson to lead state parks and historic sites

Voices of Inspiration -- Guardian of the Wild: Royce Johnson's Inspiring Tale

GeorgiaRadio.com – Kim Hatcher talks Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

WRBN-FM -- Georgia State Parks gives “Leaf Watch" Travel Tips

AJC.com -- Kayaking is a workout in a natural setting

North Georgia Living Magazine -- Our Six Favorite Spots for Fall Color in North Georgia


Fall color by @adventurewring

Vibrant maple leaves by @adventurewring. 

Do you take beautiful and exciting photos? We would love to see your adventures on Facebook and Instagram. Tag us #GaStateParks.