2019-01-10 / News

State parks, historic sites open despite federal shutdown areas

Despite a common misconception, Georgia state parks and historic sites are not affiliated with the National Park System and will remain open even with the federal government currently experiencing a shutdown. Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources would like the public to know that they are open for business and fully staffed.

Winter activities in Georgia’s state parks are endless and offer park goers a unique perspective of Georgia’s great outdoors. Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the beautiful environments waiting to be discovered in the 71 locations located around the state. Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, golf, geocaching, birding, and more.

Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park. Among the historic sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations, and even a gold museum. GaStateParks.org/Reservations

Additionally, Georgia State Parks are affordable destinations for vacations and quick getaways. With 2019 winter promotions currently being offered, guests can enjoy a plethora of promotional opportunities including golf packages, promotions and more.

Among notable events offered during this time of year, a can’t miss stop includes experiencing the darkest skies in Georgia at Stephen C. Foster State Park. Located in the Okefenokee Swamp, this park is listed as one of Georgia’s seven natural wonders. Because of the very low light pollution, this park is a gold-tier “International Dark Sky Park,” and is ranked among Big Bend and Death Valley national parks as one of the best spots in the world to star-gaze.

Other exhilarating options include saddling up during the day for an equestrian experience at General Coffee State Park, tree climbing at Panola Mountain State Park, or gearing up for Hunger Games-style archery with static ranges or realistic targets such as deer and turkey at various parks.

Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like books. Annual ParkPasses are $50 (or just $25 for seniors 62 and older). For additional information and to plan a memorable state park adventure visit GaStateParks.org/ThingsTo¬≠Know or connect with us at Facebook.com/ GeorgiaStateParks.

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