Get out and explore! Georgia’s State Parks are a real bargain. And there are quite a few ways to enjoy them on the cheap, either as a day trip or an overnight camping experience.
- Got a library card? With the Library Loan Program, you can check out a ParkPass or Historic Site Family Pass from your local library, giving you free access to Georgia’s state parks and state historic sites.
Here’s how it works:
- The ParkPass exempts you from paying the daily $5 parking fee at state parks.
- The Historic Sites Family Pass exempts the admission fees for up to 4 visitors to state historic sites. Visit the Georgia Public Library to find libraries that carry these passes. Plan ahead, as supplies are limited.
- With the First-Time Camper program, when you pay the regular camping rate, you can use camping gear borrowed from REI & Coleman (a six-person tent, four sleeping pads, two chairs, camp stove & more). Though you’re borrowing a bunch of gear, be sure to bring your own sleeping bag or blanket & a pillow.
- Are you a history buff? You can save money by purchasing a Historic Site Annual Pass. This pass gives you unlimited admission to all of Georgia’s state historic sites. You can buy online in advance, or purchase at any of the recognized State Historic Sites. (Senior citizen discounts are not available on Historic Site Annual Passes.) Passes are good for 12 months from the date of purchase.
There are several options for purchasing a Historic Site Annual Pass:
- $50 for a family up that includes up to 6 people — this is a great deal!
- $30 for one adult (age 18 and up)
- $25 for a youth pass (one person age 17 or under)
- Looking for a deal? The Georgia State Parks website runs special offers frequently, and you can find them listed on the site. Currently, there are a number of deals and discounts offered for overnight campers — most of them right now (as of 8/16/19) involve getting a discount to a nearby historic site when you pay regular price to camp at the park. We’ll update with new deals if this changes.
There’s also a searchable calendar listing of special events taking place in state parks. Some are free with paid parking and others have a fee — these can range from a free outdoor movie, to $3 for a nature talk or hike, to $15 for a twilight kayaking excursion, to $30 for a boat cruise. To see the events in a list with descriptions rather than in a calendar format, click here.
- Regular price parking is $5 daily at Georgia’s state parks. (Overnight guests pay the daily parking fee only once during their stay, regardless of duration.) If you plan to visit often, you may save money by buying an annual ParkPass for $50.
Things to know:
- The ParkPass is valid at all Georgia state parks.
- Seniors (age 62+) can save 50% on the annual ParkPass.
- Disabled veterans who are Georgia residents AND present a Certificate of Eligibility card, as well as active duty and retired military who are Georgia residents, will receive a 25% discount on annual ParkPasses.
Find a state park or historic site
You can find a Georgia state map of park locations by clicking here.
Here’s a list of our 50 state parks and 14 state historic sites.
State Parks, in alphabetical order
Black Rock Mountain
Dames Ferry Campground
George L. Smith
George T. Bagby
Hard Labor Creek
James H. Floyd
Kolomoki Indian Mounds
Laura S. Walker
Red Top Mountain
Reynold’s Mansion on Sapelo Island
Richard B. Russell
Stephen C. Foster
Suwannee River Eco-Lodge
Watson Mill Bridge