ATLANTA – If your dad is an outdoorsman, spend Father’s Day this year at one of Georgia State Parks. These natural wonders offer many outdoor adventures to make Father’s Day an unforgettable experience for all. Day trip to one of Georgia’s State Parks to spend time together and build memories. Or make it a weekend by staying in campsites, a fully equipped cabin or even a “glamping” yurt. Be sure to save time for plenty of fishing, hiking, biking and boating. Give dad a park gift to use later for a boat rental, golf fees, historic site admission and more. Gift cards, event calendars and reservations can be found at GaStateParks.org.
Father’s Day Weekend Camp-out and Campfire
♦ 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday June 14
♦ Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill
Here’s a big “thank you” for all dads. Fathers who bring their children tent camping June 14-16 will get a 25 percent discount on camping fees. The campout includes a campfire Friday at 8 p.m. at the campground assembly shelter. This is the perfect time to bring the kids camping for some quality time with dad. $5 parking. (912) 727-2339.
♦ 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday June 15
♦ Florence Marina State Park – Omaha
Join our annual event all about alligators. Learn about these mysterious reptiles through presentations, crafts and a boat ride to search for them as they lurk under the waters of the Chattahoochee River. $5 plus $5 parking. (229) 838-4706.
Family Movie Night at Red Top Mountain State Park
♦ 8:45 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday June 15
♦ Red Top Mountain State Park – Acworth
Bring a blanket, chairs, and a snack, and meet on the green at Picnic Shelters 1, 2 and 3. Enjoy a movie surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Red Top Mountain State Park and Lake Allatoona. All movies are rated G or PG, and movies start at dark (about 8:45 p.m.). $5 parking. (770) 975-0055.
Summer Swamp Paddle – Get Outdoors
♦ 7:30-9:30 a.m., Saturday June 15
♦ Stephen C. Foster State Park – Fargo
Beat the heat on this guided morning paddle out to Billy’s Lake in the Okefenokee Swamp. Look for wildlife such as alligators and wading birds and enjoy the morning scenery. $5 parking. (912) 637-5274.
Tree Identification Walk – Get Outdoors
♦ 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday June 15
♦ Hofwyl – Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site – Brunswick
Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries-old live oaks, explore the out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house, you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low Country rice fields. $15. (912) 264-7333
Walking the Gopher Tortoise Road
♦ 9:30-11 a.m., Saturday June 15
♦ George L. Smith State Park – Twin City
Come and walk our .7-mile trail and meet our Gopher Tortoise’s at George L. Smith State Park. Learn the tale of ecological inter-dependency and how the fate of one species can affect the fate of many. Bring water and good hiking shoes. No pets on this walk. $5 parking. (478) 763-2759
Swamper’s Guide to the Galaxy
♦ 9-9:45 p.m., Saturday June 15
♦ Stephen C. Foster State Park – Fargo
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. (912) 637-5274
Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are affordable destinations for vacations and quick getaways. Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the beautiful environments of the state parks. Georgia State Park golf courses offer the best variety and value around. All eight golf courses feature natural settings and picturesque surroundings, as well as fun and challenging play.
Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding and more. Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park. Among the Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations and even a gold museum. Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book.