state parks in georgiaThis Saturday, State Parks and Historic Sites throughout Georgia will offer free admission to celebrate Your State Parks Day! So, put away your wallets and pull out your work gloves as the importance of volunteerism is celebrated.

Sponsored by the Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites with support from REI, visitors to participating parks will not have to pay parking or admission on Saturday, September 28. Not only will the Your State Parks Day celebrate volunteerism, it will also highlight the many ways that recreation enriches the community.

“We are sponsoring the annual ‘Your State Parks Day’ to remind Georgians that these parks and historic sites belong to them,” said Andy Fleming, executive director of the Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. “Parks enrich communities and give us safe places for outdoor recreation. Our historic sites help educate school children in a way that can’t be done in a classroom. So during this event, we hope Georgians will visit sites closest to their homes or even join in on service projects.”

The statewide event includes numerous volunteer projects and family-friendly programs, from Seminole State Park in southwest Georgia, where volunteers will be clearing debris in preparation for a campground expansion to General Coffee State Park near Douglas, where visitors can participate in wiffle ball games. Also, attendees will hold a river cleanup at Panola Mountain State Park near Atlanta and the state parks that have their own golf courses will host tournaments on Saturday. A complete list of events and volunteer projects can be found on the Georgia State Parks website here.

The state of Georgia is known for its exceptional state park system, where visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, boating, geocaching, picnicking, golf and numerous other activities. Many of the parks also offering overnight accommodations including cabins, campgrounds, yurts and lodges, which let visitors spend short getaways or longer vacations within the parks, putting hiking trails and fishing lakes right outside their doors.

The day-long Your State Parks Day celebration is also in honor of National Public Lands Day and it is part of the Georgia SHAPE Initiative.

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