Georgia State Parks

Georgia's state parks are very friendly to campers and they have a wide variety of activities to keep campers entertained. Most of the parks accommodates campers who have a love for outdoor recreation. Here's a rundown of outdoor activities and the Georgia State Parks which accommodate them:

Biking - Biking is becoming more popular with each passing year. Cyclists in the Georgia State Parks should keep their bicycles on the paved roads, or the designated bike trails. Casual cyclists can find bike trails at the following parks: Hart, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, Mistletoe, Red Top Mountain, Smithgall Woods, and Victoria Bryant.

If mountain biking is your thing, there are many state parks in Georgia that cater to mountain bikers: Fort Mountain, Fort Yargo, Magnolia Springs, Richard B. Russell, Tallulah Gorge, Unicoi, and Watson Mill Bridge.

Birding- Bird watching and photography is a favorite pastime of many people. Birders can find an abundant of bird activity at the Colonial Coast Birding Trail and Southern Rivers Birding Trail. Both of these are routes you can take by automobile.

Disc Golf - This sport is much like regular golf, but it involves throwing discs into baskets. The Georgia state parks that have disc golf courses are: Cloudland Canyon, Fort Yargo, Georgia Veterans and Richard B. Russell

Fishing and Boating - There are many excellent boating and fishing opportunities in Georgia's state parks, and 30 parks rent canoes, pedal boats and motorized fishing boats. Pontoon boats can be rented at George T. Bagby State Park, Hart State Park, and Fort Yargo's Will-a-Way Camp. If traveling through a swamp sounds like fun, you can book guided tours through the Okefenokee Swamp at the Stephen C. Foster State Park.

Horseback Riding - Bring your own horses and ride on the horse trails at the following Georgia state parks: A.H. Stephens, Hard Labor Creek, F.D. Roosevelt, Fort Mountain and Watson Mill Bridge.

Hiking and Backpacking - Most every state park in the state of Georgia has nature and hiking trails. The following parks have backcountry trails for the more physically fit hikers and backpackers: Amicalola Falls, Black Rock Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, F.D. Roosevelt, Fort Mountain, Providence Canyon, Unicoi and Vogel.

Swimming - Most of Georgia's state parks offer swimming, either at lakeside beaches or at swimming pools. It's important to note that the hours of operation are different at each park, but most are open Tuesday through Thursday, 11am - six pm and Friday through Sunday, 11 am - 7 pm. Most swimming pools in the in the parks open Memorial Day weekend and close shortly after the Labor Day weekend.

Tennis - Many of the parks have tennis courts, though some may be restricted to lodge guests. Call ahead for information. State parks in Georgia that have courts are: Cloudland Canyon, Fort Yargo, George T. Bagby, Gordonia-Alatamah, Little Ocmulgee, Red Top Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, Tugaloo, Unicoi state parks.

If camping and outdoor recreation is what you're looking for, you can't go wrong at Georgia's parks. Campers should contact each park for hours and additional information.