July 4th, All-Terrain Wheelchairs, Swimming Spots

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Celebrating July 4th on the Water

July 2024

Outdoors Beyond Barriers

All terrain wheelchair

Two years ago, Georgia’s State Parks introduced all-terrain wheelchairs at 10 locations, enabling guests with physical challenges to explore more of the great outdoors. Recently, 10 more chairs have been added, as well as accessible kayak launches, equestrian facilities, fishing areas and more. It’s part of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ initiative “Outdoors Beyond Barriers” which ensures that visitors, regardless of physical limitations, can fully enjoy Georgia’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities. A list of all state parks and historic sites with free all-terrain wheelchairs can be found on GaStateParks.org. Advance reservations are required.


Have a Fun, Safe July 4th

Hard Labor Creek July 4th parade

The July 4th holiday means boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and celebrating our nation’s beautiful outdoors. Rangers are reminding everyone to be safe, especially on hot and humid days. Stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade. Pay close attention to how everyone in your group is feeling, including children and pets. Always wear your life jacket when playing on the water. In fact, Georgia law requires children younger than 13 to wear PFDs while on boats. Finally, remember that fireworks and sparklers are not allowed in state parks or historic sites. Have a great, safe holiday – and stay cool! Find places to play on GaStateParks.org.


Sizzling Summer Splash

FDR State Park pool on July 4th

Beat July’s heat with a day on the water. Many Georgia State Parks have lakeside beaches where you can put your toes in the sand. Beaches are free with your $5 parking fee (annual passes available). If swimming pools are more your style, take a dip at F.D. Roosevelt, Little Ocmulgee or Victoria Bryant state parks. For little non-swimmers, Magnolia Springs, Little Ocmulgee and Jack Hill state parks offer “splash pads” perfect for toddlers. Be sure to check hours of operation before traveling. Want a more natural setting? Watson Mill Bridge and Tallulah Gorge have “sliding rocks” where you can stay cool. At Tallulah Gorge, you'll need a free permit (limit 100 per day) – so go early.


July 2024 Ranger Programs

Find details and more programs on GaStateParks.org. Our theme for 2024 is “Tales of Scales” and you learn can about turtles, lizards, snakes and alligators found in Georgia. 

July 4th Celebrations -- Parades, cornhole, bluegrass, games and more will be offered at state parks all across Georgia. Check GaStateParks.org for locations.
Bear Creek Hike – July 9, Cloudland Canyon State Park in Trenton
Birding Basics – July 11, Crooked River State Park in St. Marys
Junior Ranger Camp – July 11, Mistletoe State Park in Appling
Life on the Okefenokee Frontier – July 13, Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp
Archery Fundamentals – July 20, A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville
Water Ecology and Rubber Duck Race – July 20, Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge
Salamander Meander – Fridays and Saturdays in July, F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain
Fishing 101 – Fridays in July, Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona
Vann House Day – July 27, Chief Vann House Historic Site in Chatsworth
World Ranger Day – July 27, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site in Dallas


Look Who's In News

All on Georgia – Georgia DNR Expands Outdoors Beyond Barriers Initiative

Sierra Club – How Parks Are Putting Accessibility Front-and-Center

The Chatsworth Times -- Fort Mountain State Parks Names New Manager

WLAQ AM/FM Radio – Enhancing Outdoor Experiences for All

Explore Georgia – Top 5 Must-Visit Lesser-Known Georgia State Parks

Savvy Mama Lifestyle -- These Georgia State Parks Might Be Better Than National Park Sites

365 Atlanta Traveler -- Join the Paw-some Tails on Trails Club with Georgia State Parks

MSN -- 11 Georgia State Parks Film Locations For Movie Buffs To Visit

Newnan Times Herald -- The Great Outdoors Supports Healthy Living

GolfPass.com -- Top 25 Public Golf Courses in Georgia - Golfers' Choice 2024


Fawn by @jtcashphoto

If you care, leave them there. In spring, it’s not unusual to see fawns that appear to be alone. In most cases, the mother is off feeding -- or even waiting for you to move away. Many animals spend most of the day away from their young to reduce the risk of them being found by a predator. Learn more.

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