Category Archives: Recreation

Father’s Day Events in North Georgia’s State Parks

Does Dad love the great outdoors? Plan a Father’s Day outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks so you can spend time together, building memories. Your whole family can stay in modern campsites, fully equipped cabins or even “glamping” yurts, with plenty of time for fishing, hiking and more over the weekend. You can even slip a park gift certificate into his Father’s Day card, which he can use later for boat rental, golf fees, historic site admission and more. Gift cards, event calendars and reservations can be found at

Fishing with Dad

Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, June 18, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park – Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.

Wildflower and Waterfall Get Fit Level 1 Hike
Sunday 9:30 AM – 11 AM – June 18, 2017 until Aug 13, 2017
Fort Mountain State Park – Chatsworth, GA
Join a Ranger on this easy to moderate hike around the Lake and Big Rock Trails. Hike will take around 1.5 hours. A great way to get fit while learning about the park and wildflowers. Wear closed toed shoes. Meet at the Group Shelter near the beach. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.

Father’s Day Fishing Rodeo
Sunday, June 18, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park – Winder, GA
Bring out dad, grandpa, uncle etc. as we celebrate Father’s Day with a fishing rodeo! Rent a boat or bring your own (or fish from the bank). Our rodeo will feature a raffle with awesome prizes! Meet at Area B fishing dock. Fishing license required for ages 16+. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.



Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, June 18, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA
Join us “on rope” for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

New Manchester Civil War Days
Sunday, June 18, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs, GA
This living history event will bring to life the New Manchester Community that prospered up to the end of the Civil War. Visit a Civil War-era encampment, take a historical tour to the New Manchester Mill, and learn about Civil War-era uniforms and firearms during black powder demonstrations and infantry drilling. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, June 18, 2017 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.


Kids Can Earn Junior Ranger Badges at Georgia’s State Parks

Fun, affordable and educational youth programs can be a challenge to come by, but not with the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites’ Junior Ranger program. Children ages 6-12 may earn three levels of Junior Rangers badges this summer, either at their own pace or at day camps in the parks.

Some of activities include identifying trees or wildlife, hiking, swimming, learning about history and camping. The program supplies up to 16 activities to choose from, creating endless learning opportunities for your child. Junior Ranger books may be picked up at Georgia State Park and Historic Site office or download it online for free. This program is a great way to keep kids busy during the summer while learning about Georgia’s outdoor

Event Listings

This summer explore and expand your family’s horizons with the help of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Below is a sampling of upcoming Junior Ranger events. A complete listing of opportunities through August are available online

 Junior Ranger Three-Day Camp at Chattahoochee Bend State Park- Newnan, Ga.

Come enjoy an adventure filled three-day camp here at Chattahoochee Bend. Archery, hiking, campfire building, and science experiments are only a few of the many adventures you’ll have at this camp. Learn about wild animals, dangerous plants, and survival skills too. Registration is required. Please call 770-254-7271 for additional details.

June 13-15 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for ages 7-9 years old
June 27-29 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for ages 10-12 years old

Junior Ranger Camp at Florence Marina State Park – Omaha, Ga.

Florence Marina invites all junior rangers to its annual junior ranger camp. Come explore the wonderful world of being a park ranger. Learn how to identify different plant and animal species, go on hikes and boat rides, learn wilderness skills, and more. Please call 229-838-4706 for additional details.

June 12,13,14 and 15 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


Junior Ranger Camp at Skidaway Island State Park- Savannah, Ga.

A week of hikes, crafts, games focused on the natural and cultural heritage of Georgia. During the week your child will work to earn a Junior Ranger patch. Registration is limited. Please call 912-598-2300 for additional details.

The weeks of May 29, June 12, 26, and July 10 from 9:00 5:00 p.m. for ages 6-11 years old


Junior Ranger Camp: Seminole State Park – Donalsonville, Ga.

Children ages 7-14 are invited to this multiday camp to learn how to become a Jr Ranger. Some activities will include canoeing, hiking, aquatic exploration and crafts. To earn their Jr Ranger Badge, children will learn about a variety of topics such as animals, wilderness survival, and much more. Register in advance. Please call 229-861-3137 for additional details.

June 5, July 10, August 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for ages 7-14 years old


Junior Ranger Camp: Magnolia Springs State Park – Millen, Ga.

During this three-day camp, children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work towards earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities will include nature hikes, archery, geocaching, alligators, fishing, archaeology, the splash pad, and much more. Call or visit the park to register. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 478-982-1660 for additional details.

June 13-15 and June 27-29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Junior Ranger Camp: Fort Yargo State Park – Winder, Ga.

This camp will feature a multitude of activities from hiking to archery. Over the three-day camp (guests can choose from two series) children will experience what it’s like to be a State Park Junior Ranger. Registration required. Please call 770-867-3489 for additional details.

June 7-9 and June 21-23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for ages 6-12 years old


Junior Ranger Camp: Laura S. Walker – Waycross, Ga.

Children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities include outdoor skills, trail walks, birding, and more. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 912-287-4900 for additional details.

June 20-22 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for ages 6-12 years old


Junior Ranger Camp: Vogel State Park – Blairsville, Ga.

You will learn how to identify different plant and animal species, go on hikes and boat rides, learn how to be safe in the wilderness, and so much more. Please call 706-745-2628 for additional details.

June 17-18, July 15-16 and August 5-6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Proposed Hunting Regulations Available For Public Review

Hunters and other interested citizens are encouraged to review proposed hunting regulations for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons and make plans to attend one of three scheduled public hearings.

“The purpose of hunting regulations is to manage renewable wildlife resources consistent with the scientific principles of wildlife management, while meeting public objectives for wise use of these resources,” said Tina Johannsen, Operations Manager with the Game Management Section.  “At this point in the process, we are interested in public comments specific to the proposed changes under consideration.”

2017-18 Proposed Firearm Days Georgia

The public notice and synopsis of proposed rule changes is available on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division webpage at .

Some of the proposed changes include an increase in either sex days for deer where appropriate, expand hunting opportunity for bears, add counties along the fall line to alligator zones, codify rules for hunting waterfowl on certain reservoirs, refine issuance of deer crop damage permits, and adjust wildlife management area hunting regulations where needed.

Three public hearings are scheduled to provide the public an opportunity to share comments on the proposed hunting regulation changes.  All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

April 11, 2017 Go Fish Education Center 1255 Perry Parkway
Perry, GA
April 12, 2017 Forsyth Conference Center 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd.
Cumming, GA
April 13, 2017 Sports Complex and Civic Center 786 Austin Avenue East
Pearson, GA

Any participant at the meeting may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants must register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement. Those unable to attend a meeting may submit input either electronically or in written statement form.  Input must be received by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on April 21, 2017.

  • Written statements should be mailed to: GA DNR/Wildlife Resources Division/Game Management Section; Attn: Tina Johannsen; 2067 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, Georgia 30025.

These meeting sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities.  To request sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids, contact Don McGowan at (770) 918-6404 no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 7, 2017.

For more information or to view the proposed regulation changes, visit .