Spring Break, Reunions, Accessibility and Events

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Carolina Wren

March 2024

Spring Break Getaways


If your family is more into wildlife than the wild life, experience Spring Break with us. Learn about reptiles during “Tales of Scales” programs, look for deer and gopher tortoises on the trail, or listen for owls hooting in the campground. Activities like hiking, kayak rental, fishing, archery classes and more keep kids busy all week, and they can even earn their own Junior Rangers badges to take home. Find cottages, yurts and campsites on GaStateParks.org.

Accessible Sites for All

Aimee Copeland at Sweetwater Creek State Park

Georgia's State Parks and Historic Sites are committed to inclusivity and accessibility for visitors of all abilities. Our partnership with the Aimee Copeland Foundation lets us offer all-terrain wheelchairs at 11 sites, plus we have ADA cabins, campsites and yurts. For water enthusiasts, Hard Labor Creek State Park offers an accessible kayak launch providing stable access to the lake, and A.H. Stephens State Park has accessible equestrian facilities. You’ll even find outdoor exercise equipment suited for wheelchairs and paved trails at numerous locations across the state. Find facilities near you. (Photo: Aimee Copeland at Sweetwater Creek State Park)

Family Reunions for all Budgets

Group Shelter at Jack Hill State Park

Finding the perfect family reunion location that fits everyone’s budget can be a challenge. Georgia’s State Parks offer a wide variety of choices, from picnic shelters to enclosed group shelters, and from rustic camp kitchens to well-appointed event centers. Everyone can stay overnight in cottages, campsites, “glamping” yurts or dorm-style facilities, and you’ll save money by providing your own catering. Your next reunion is sure to be a big hit, complete with beautiful scenery, hiking, mini-golf, fishing, paddling, archery, geocaching, golf and playgrounds. Start planning today. (Photo: Group Shelter at Jack Hill State Park)

Happy Little 5K

Bob Ross 5K Graphic

Embrace the outdoors with a “Happy Little 5K” that honors beloved painter Bob Ross and supports environmental efforts. Sponsored byFriends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, the event invites runners, walkers, paddlers and hikers to complete their 5K anywhere outdoors between Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 26). You pick the pace and the place. You’ll get a keepsake t-shirt and bib number, finishers medal and Happy Little Trees sticker. Proceeds go toward tree-plantings in state parks. It's not just a run; it's a celebration of nature, fitness and giving back.

Panola Mountain's Diamorpha Days

Panola Mountain

The tiny Diamorpha Smallii is in bloom atop Panola Mountain State Park, so it’s time to join rangers for a hike on the granite mountain. Endemic to the Southeast, this gorgeous red succulent fills Panola Mountain's solution pits during March and makes for beautiful photo opportunities. The protected mountaintop is open to ranger-led hikes only on March 9, 16, 17 and 24, covering about three miles with significant elevation changes. Hikes are open to visitors 10 and older, and advanced reservations are required. Groups should call for private tours.

March 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 GaStateParks.org.

The Gopher Tortoise -- March 9, George L. Smith State Park, Twin City
Lucky Clover Archery – March 9 and 16, F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain
Sunset Bike Tour – March 15, 22 and 29, Crooked River State Park, St. Marys
Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt – Throughout March, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site, Brunswick
Let’s Rock: Geology Hike – March 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 18, 26 and 27, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn
Georgia’s Venomous Snakes – March 23, Seminole State Park, Donalsonville
National Puppy Day Hike – March 23, Victoria Bryant State Park, Royston
Women Take Over Wormsloe – March 23, Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah
Heritage Farm Tour – March 24, General Coffee State Park, Nicholls
Pewter Pour – March 30, Red Top Mountain State Park, Acworth
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Look Who's In The News

Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta – All that glitters is definitely gold

Jacksonville Free Press -- Escape to Nature: Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Beckon Spring Break Travelers

Garden and Gun – Seven Southern Wildflower Saunters

WRDW Augusta -- One-Tank Trip: See 6 waterfalls at Tallulah Gorge State Park

365 Atlanta Traveler -- Accessible Adventures: Celebrating Disability Awareness with Georgia’s State Parks

Fayette News – Georgia State Parks Promote Accessibility

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