New Cottages, Fall Color, Syrup Makin' Days

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November 2023

Highlighting Sugar Cane's History

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

On Saturday, November 4, visit Jarrell Plantation Historic Site near Juliette for their 34th annual Syrup Makin’ Day where you can see sugar cane boiled into syrup. Walk among original buildings, listen to bluegrass, and watch spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, butter churning and woodstove cooking. On November 18, George L. Smith State Park near Twin City hosts its annual Sugar Cane Festival under Spanish moss-draped trees. Browse craft booths and take home your own bottle of syrup.

Magnolia Springs Opens Cottages

Magnolia Springs cottage

Visitors to pretty Magnolia Springs State Park near Millen can now stay in brand new cottages near the park’s lake. Spend days fishing, boating and biking, or stroll across the spring’s boardwalk to look for turtles, alligators and other wildlife. Magnolia Springs is part of our Muddy Spokes Club, encouraging bikers to finish a 3-mile loop while sporting their members-only t-shirt.

Late-Autumn Leaf Watching

Fort Mountain camping

Georgia has enjoyed a beautiful fall leaf season, with some parks peaking a little earlier than usual. Thankfully, there are still plenty of places still bursting with vibrant colors. To help leaf peepers find the best scenery, Georgia’s State Parks offer an online “Leaf Watch” travel planner, with top parks to visit, fall events, cabins and campsites, hiking tips and more. Photographers are encouraged to share their favorite shots on Instagram, tagging #GaLeafWatch, or upload favorites to

Holiday Gifts Ideas

Passport to Ga State Parks

From gift cards to annual passes, we have plenty of gift ideas to make holiday shopping easy. Save money with combo passes that include both Annual ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes together. Our sites have gift shops filled with toys, shirts, hats, books, nature-themed decor, hiking sticks, Georgia Grown products and more. Avid explorers can even track their travels with the Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Passport -- perfect for family members on the go!

November 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

Autumn Encampment – November 10, Fort King George Historic Site, Darien
Pioneer and Native American Lifestyles – November 10, Mistletoe State Park, Appling
Wolf Den Loop Hike – November 11, F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain
“Come and Take It!” Encampment – November 18, Fort Morris Historic Site, Midway
Sunset Paddle – November 11, James H. Floyd State Park, Summerville
Fall Ecology Hike – November 12, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs
Birding Basics – November 16, Crooked River State Park, St. Marys
Pine Cone Turkey Craft – November 22, Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, Cartersville
#OptOutside Mountain Hike -- November 24, Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge

Look Who's In The News

AllOnGeorgia -- State Park Staff Win Awards
Grice Connect -- Jessica Godbee of Sylvania Visitor Center Wins Award
Calhoun Times -- New Echota's November Programs
WLAQ AM/FM Rome – Spotlight on Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Site for November
Brunswick News -- Echoes of the Altamaha at Fort King George
Gainesville Times -- Here’s a peek inside Amicalola Falls State Park’s new visitors center
WSB TV Atlanta -- Where to See Fall Leaves Change
Atlanta News First TV – Here’s Where to go for Fall Foliage

Tallulah Gorge State Park by Denise O'Rourke

Top banner photo of Fort Mountain by @discoveringduo.
Tallulah Gorge State Park's suspension bridge by Denise O'Rourke

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