April 2024 -- Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites

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April 2024

Sweetwater Creek Trails Re-Open

Sweetwater Creek State Park

After months of much-needed renovations, all hiking trails at Sweetwater Creek State Park have re-opened. Extensive work was done to improve safety and access to areas that had become eroded, including the bridge, stairs, overlook and decking. Hikers are welcome to explore this scenic park just west of Atlanta, best known for Civil War-era mill ruins. Upcoming ranger programs include a reptile reception on April 14, Civil War demonstrations on April 20, and a salamander meander on April 27. Yurts and tent campsites are available for overnight adventures.

Earth Day Programs


Join park rangers to celebrate the great outdoors over Earth Day weekend. On April 20, Fort McAllister has planned an Earth Day Expo, Black Rock Mountain will highlight native plants, and Fort King George will host a hike to look for alligators, turtles and other wildlife. On April 21, Cloudland Canyon will offer a ranger-led hike and Sweetwater Creek invites you to build a bat house. Find more Earth Day programs on GaStateParks.org.

Pioneer Skills Day

Pioneer Day at General Coffee State Park

Travel back to the late 1800s at General Coffee State Park’s annual Pioneer Skills Day. On April 13, you can watch demonstrations from yesteryear, like spinning, sheep shearing, weaving, cast iron cooking and more. Be sure to explore the park's Heritage Farm with barnyard animals, as well as nature trails and a fishing lake.

Outdoors Beyond Barriers

Ben Oxley using Action Trackchair

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is focused on creating adaptive outdoor opportunities for people of all abilities. The new Outdoors Beyond Barriers program will provide gateways for mobility-impaired Georgians to enjoy hunting, fishing and exploring the great outdoors. Guests will find all-terrain wheelchairs, adaptive kayak launches, ADA campsites and cottages, fully accessible fishing piers and more.

Remembering Franklin D. Roosevelt

FDR portrait

On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered a fatal stroke while posing for a portrait at his beloved Little White House in Warm Springs. That unfinished painting now hangs in the site's museum. Join historians this April 12 at 11 a.m. for a commemorative ceremony on the historic site’s lawn, including a military band and color guard. Admission is free until 12:30 p.m. at Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site.

Look Who's In The News

Atlanta News First -- Spring Break in Georgia’s State Parks

Atlanta Journal Constitution -- A disappearing Cherokee language and the effort to save it

Reserve America -- Unveiling Georgia State Parks Hidden Gems

365 Atlanta Traveler -- These 6 Lesser-Known Georgia State Parks are Awesome

The Tech Edvocate -- The 10 Best Hiking Trails to Explore Georgia’s Magnificent State Parks

Yahoo Style Canada -- The Best Place to Camp in Every State

Terris Little Haven – Enchanting Georgia State Parks for Kids

April 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.

Sitton’s Cave Adventures – April 6, 7, 14, 27 and 28, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton
Hamburg Mill and Agricultural Museum Tours – April 6, 13 and 27, Hamburg State Park, Mitchell
Snake Sundays – April 7, 14, 21 and 28, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls
Radical Reptiles – April 11 and 20, Mistletoe State Park, Appling
Swamper’s Guide to the Galaxy – April 12 and 26, Stephen C. Foster State Park, Okefenokee Swamp
Turtle Time Hike – April 13, James H. Floyd State Park, Summerville
Beginner Archery – April 20 and 27, Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge
Tortoise Trot 5k – April 20, Kolomoki Mounds State Park, Blakely
Springtime at the Cabin – April 20 and 21, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site, Dallas
Tidal Creek Kayak Tour – April 21, Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Farm Heritage Day – April 27, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, Juliette
Snake Paint Craft – April 27, Victoria Bryant State Park, Royston


Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Yellow Crowned Night Heron at General Coffee State Park.
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