A Brief Overview of the Georgia State Parks

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Georgia is a beautiful state tucked into the southeastern coast that offers a little something for everyone, thanks to its richness in diversity.

From the majestic peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the north to the tranquility of Georgia's southern coastal plains, the almost 50 unique state parks found across the state are sure to provide a perfect getaway, whatever your interests.

Most of Georgia's state parks offer picnic areas and campgrounds, and some have cozy cottages available for rent or quaint inns with comfortable rooms.

Georgia state parks are the perfect setting for all types of group gatherings, including fully catered weddings and business affairs, relaxing and fun-filled family reunions, and adventuresome pioneer camping experiences.

Visitors will find nothing but pet-friendly state parks in Georgia. Pets are still allowed in all Georgia state park campgrounds on a leash, and now, each park offering cottage rentals features at least one pet-friendly cottage! However, all of the lodges and inns operated by the Georgia state parks system still enforce a no-pet policy.

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With such a varied landscape ranging from mountains to sea, Georgia state parks offer activities to please every outdoor lover. Visitors can enjoy golfing, boating, or simply observing the abundant Georgia wildlife.

Most of the state parks in Georgia have a variety of hiking trails for all levels of experience, and some have backpacking trails that allow backcountry camping as well.

Bicycling is permitted on paved roadways, and several parks feature designated trails for mountain biking and leisurely cycling.

Georgia is rich in history as the thirteenth of the original thirteen colonies and a prominent member of the confederacy. Nineteen state historic sites display Georgia's colorful history throughout the state.

From Georgia plantation life to 19th-century gold mining, Native American exhibitions to historic battle sites, Georgias historical state parks are full of educational fun and outdoor activities, like hiking, biking, and, in some historic parks, even camping.

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While none of Georgia's state parks offer free admission, the park fees are pretty low, and frequent visitors can purchase a pass for either the Georgia state parks, the historic sites, or both for free admission.

The museums, tours, and other activities at the historic sites vary in their nominal fees, and many parks offer swimming pools, boat rentals, and other activities for a small charge.

A popular state park in southwest Georgia is the George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge.

This waterfront golfing resort does not offer camping facilities. Still, the 60 room lodge and five rental cottages are perfect accommodations for a weekend of fishing on Lake Walter F. George or a relaxing golf getaway. Visitors to this southwest Georgia state park can also enjoy the 3-mile nature trail, as well as bike and boat rentals.

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There are several north Georgia state parks, too, and several on the scenic Georgia coast.

Cloudland Canyon is a favorite north Georgia state park for nature lovers. With secluded walk-in sites, backcountry sites, and a 73 site campground for tents and RVs, camping in Cloudland Canyon state park is a great way to enjoy the beauty of northern Georgia.

Visitors can hike several miles of trails through the Georgia wilderness, exploring the Sitton Gulch Creek Gorge and passing gorgeous waterfalls.

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