ATLANTA — If your New Year’s resolutions include getting fit, connecting with nature or simply getting outside more often, Georgia’s State Parks can make these goals easy to achieve. Four “Club Challenges” encourage visitors to go hiking, biking, paddling and even dog walking all across the Peach State. With no time limit on completion, members can set their own pace for the challenge.
Membership to each club is $15 and includes a T-shirt to wear while exploring. Only those who finish will earn bragging rights and a certificate of completion. To learn more about the four clubs, visit GaStateParks.org/ParkClubs.
Canyon Climbers Club
The most popular quest challenges visitors to hike the top of Amicalola Falls, explore the bottom of Providence Canyon, brave the bridge in Tallulah Gorge and conquer the staircase in Cloudland Canyon. All you need are hiking boots and sense of adventure to check off these four state parks.
Find more information at GaStateParks.org/CanyonClimbersClub.
Tails on Trails Club
This quest is sure to get Bailey’s tail wagging and includes a dog bandanna to wear along the way. Hikers and their four-legged friends will explore 12 trails, ranging from easy to heart-pumping. Choose from more than 40 participating state parks, including Fort Mountain, F.D. Roosevelt, High Falls, Mistletoe, Gordonia-Alatamaha and Crooked River. Many parks offer ranger-led hikes during which dogs can meet new friends along the trail.
Get more info at GaStateParks.org/TailsonTrailsClub.
Park Paddlers Club
The beginner-friendly Park Paddlers Club challenges visitors to explore at least 12 of Georgia’s rivers, ponds and lakes – even the Okefenokee Swamp. Choose from more than 30 state parks, including Magnolia Springs, Dames Ferry, Moccasin Creek, Reed Bingham, Stephen C. Foster and Don Carter. Kayaks, canoes and standup paddleboards can be rented at many locations, and some offer guided trips as well.
Get more information at GaStateParks.org/ParkPaddlersClub.
Muddy Spokes Club
Break out your bicycle and stain-busting laundry detergent for this heart-racing quest. The Muddy Spokes Club challenges bikers to tackle 12 trails, ranging from easy to difficult. Among the 20 participating state parks are Panola Mountain, Fort Yargo, Red Top Mountain, Richard B. Russell, Unicoi, Victoria Bryant and Watson Mill Bridge. Some parks even rent bicycles.
Information is available at GaStateParks.org/MuddySpokesClub.