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.
Below are current and upcoming deals for admission and tours to Georgia State Parks and designated Historic Sites. There is also a complete list of them at the bottom of this post, with links for more information.
FREE golf for Veterans Day
On Veterans Day — Monday, November 11, 2019 — all vets can play golf for FREE at any of these eight State Park Golf Courses. Scroll down for links to each State Park page to get location, hours, and other info.
- Arrowhead Pointe at Richard B. Russell State Park
- Brazell’s Creek at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park
- Georgia Veterans Memorial at Lake Blackshear State Park
- Highland Walk at Victoria Bryant State Park
- Meadow Links at George T. Bagby State Park
- The Creek at Hard Labor Creek State Park
- The Lakes at Laura S. Walker State Park
- Wallace Adams at Little Ocmulgee State Park
Veteran’s Appreciation Day at Hardman Farm Historic Site
In honor of Veterans Day, Hardman Farm Historic Site offers FREE admission to all veterans, military service members, and their families.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with tours of the mansion beginning at the top of each hour. The first tour is at 10 a.m. and the last one is at 3 p.m.
Military ID is required, and each tour is limited to 25 guests.
The Sautee Nacoochee Indian Mound at Hardman Farm is perhaps the best known feature of the Hardman Farm Historic Site, which is located just south of Helen in White County.
Ways to save:
- 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 Georgia 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