Lake Lanier, Surprising 6, and Free Admission on Super Museum Sunday

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Fort McAllister Cabins in Snow

February 2024

Discover "Surprising 6" Destinations

Panola bike trail

Everyone enjoys discovering a new favorite getaway, so we curated a list of six Georgia State Parks that might surprise you. These lesser-known destinations are perfect for “Explore More in ‘24” bucket lists. Come along and you’ll go biking at Panola Mountain, fishing at Seminole and paddling at George L. Smith during your travels. Discover the rest of our "Surprising 6" and tag us #GaStateParks on social media during your adventures.

Lake Lanier’s Don Carter State Park

Don Carter State Park

Lake Lanier is one of Georgia’s most popular destinations, best known for boating, swimming and summertime fun. Tucked away toward the northern end of the lake is Don Carter State Park, a little-known gem offering a more peaceful getaway. Winter is an especially good time to visit, when guests have the lake mostly to themselves. Hikers, bikers and equestrians can explore more than 14 miles of wooded trails, and kids can burn off energy on the playground. Stay overnight in two-bedroom cottages or a variety of campsites.

Super Museum Sunday is February 11

New Echota print shop

To spotlight Georgia’s fascinating past, State Historic Sites are offering free admission on Sunday, February 11. The event is part of Georgia History Festival’s statewide celebration of “Super Museum Sunday.” Visitors can learn about Geechee Gullah ring shouting at Hofwyl-Broadfield, translate the Cherokee Nation’s first newspaper at New Echota, admire FDR’s hand-controlled roadster at the Little White House, and walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers at forts and battlefields. Find more than a dozen places to step into the past at

African American History in Georgia

Watson Mill Bridge State Park

Many of Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites highlight contributions of enslaved people and their descendants. One example is Georgia’s longest remaining covered bridge. This centerpiece of Watson Mill Bridge State Park was built by Washington King, son of freed slave and famed bridge builder Horace King. During Black History Month, you can join programs that spotlight African Americans in Georgia. Hofwyl-Broadfield, once a rice plantation, has planned a genealogy and Gullah Geechee program on February 11. Jarrell, a former cotton plantation, hosts walking tours on February 10, 17 and 24 that focus on people who toiled the land. And on February 10 and 24, Fort McAllister will spotlight African American history from nearby Strathy Hall. Learn more on

Share The Love of The Great Outdoors

Heart sunset

Whether celebrating with your sweetheart, best friend or four-legged roomie, Georgia State Parks offer plenty of ideas for Valentine’s Day. Plan a cozy cabin trip and cuddle up by the fireplace, or toast s’mores outside your glamping yurt. Tuck a gift card in with a bouquet of flowers, or take a twilight wagon ride at Hard Labor Creek State Park. You can even enjoy a candlelit dinner and dance at Fort McAllister State Park. We'll help make it a Valentine's to remember with overnight adventures and ranger programs.

February 2024 Ranger Programs & Events

Our program theme for 2024 is “Tales of Scales” and our calendar is filled with activities teaching about reptiles. Learn about turtles, lizards, snakes and alligators found in Georgia. Find a complete list of programs on

Creature Feature – Sundays in February, Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge
Cupid’s Heart Archery – February 10 and 17, F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain
In a Time of Slavery – February 10, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, Juliette
Black Heritage Tour – February 17, 18, 24 and 25, Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah
Birding Bootcamp – February 16, Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Reptile Reception – February 17, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs
History of the Triple Nickles – February 17, Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site, Warm Springs
Intro to Compass Use – February 20, Red Top Mountain State Park, Acworth
Marsh Hike – February 23, Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah
Turtles are Terrific – February 24, Watson Mill Bridge State Park, Comer
Moon Pie Night Hike – February 24, James H. Floyd State Park, Summerville

Look Who's In The News

Lakeside on Lanier -- DNR’s Angie Johnson appointed to LLIDA Board

Washington Wilkes Informer – Andre McLendon Promoted to Georgia State Parks Manager

WRDW-TV Augusta – Mistletoe State Park Program Introduces Kids to Outdoor Skills

WRDW-TV Augusta – One Tank Trip: Drive on a Covered Bridge in State Park

Local 3 News Chattanooga – Brave Swimmers Took the Black Bear Plunge

WMAZ TV Macon -- You Can Start 2024 at a State Park for 'First Hike' at High Falls in Forsyth

Garden & Gun – Seven Southern Hikes to Seek Out in Winter -- 5 ‘Coolest’ North Georgia Hikes for Wintertime Fun

Green Matters -- The 10 Best Hiking Trails to Explore Georgia’s Magnificent State Parks

WZQZ FM Chattanooga -- First Day Hikes Coming Up At Georgia State Parks

Hard Labor Creek State Park fog

Above: Hard Labor Creek State Park in fog
Top banner photo: Rare snowfall on cottages at Fort McAllister State Park 
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