Trail running at Vogel State Park in Blairsville. Photo by Samantha Smith Taylor, @samanthastaylor
Samantha Smith Taylor, @samanthastaylor
Trail running at Vogel State Park in Blairsville. Photo by Samantha Smith Taylor, @samanthastaylor

8 Best Things to Do at Georgia State Parks this Spring

From exploring mountain trails to sleeping in a treehouse, experience spring in a whole new way at Georgia State Parks.

Georgia State Parks are amazing no matter what time of year you visit, but the springtime is especially beautiful. The buds are just peeping out on the trees, and the forest is waking up. Aside from the gorgeous scenery, here are eight things to do this spring at Georgia State Parks that will awaken your spirit.

Paddle-in camping at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan, Georgia

Sleep in a park


No matter what type of camper you are, Georgia State Parks has exactly the right lodging, and all campgrounds have water and electric hookups, hot showers and even site-specific reservations. Choose from backcountry, primitive and walk-in sites. For the adventurous, several Georgia State Parks, like Reed Bingham, Chattahoochee Bend and High Falls, have paddle-in campsites. Seminole State Park in southwest Georgia has treehouse camping. For horse owners, Hard Labor Creek, A.H. Stephens, General Coffee and Watson Mill Bridge state parks all have equestrian campsites (bring your own horse).

Cabins & cottages

Don't want to pitch a tent? Book a one-, two- or three-bedroom cabin or cottage surrounded by beautiful scenery. State park cabins come with fully equipped kitchens and screened porches. Bring the four-legged family members along when you reserve dog-friendly cabins in advance.


For a unique and affordable getaway, book a "glamour camping" yurt. These funky wood and canvas structures are a blend between a tent and cabin, with furniture inside and fire rings outside. Guests can walk to nearby hot showers. Yurts are available at:

No matter how you stay, there is a wide range of activities right outside the door. Choose from mini golf, nature trails, ranger programs, archery, disc golf and more.


"One of my favorite sunrises from last summer. If you ever go to Cloudland Canyon State Park for the waterfalls, be sure to stick around for either a sunset or sunrise at the canyon overlook." - Nate Bowery

Cloudland Canyon State Park. Photo by Nate Bowery
Cloudland Canyon State Park. Photo by Nate Bowery
The Hardman Farm State Historic Site in Sautee Nacoochee is one location on the History Trail GeoTour

Follow the History Trail GeoTour

Love a treasure hunt? Georgia State Park's revamped History Trail GeoTour offers new challenges, new locations and a new reward. This mystery cache GeoTour offers geocachers of all levels a chance to travel back in time to state historic sites and earn an exclusive trackable coin. Download and print a Time Travel Ticket before you go.

Junior Ranger Camp at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia

Help your kids earn Junior Ranger badges

Get kids ages 6 to 12 engaged in the outdoors as they work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. By following guidelines in the activity book or attending ranger-led camps, they experience nature first-hand and explore Georgia's fascinating history, all while earning a scout-like badge. The experience builds as children work their way through three badge levels.

Mountain Biking at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia

Take on a new challenge & become part of a club

Georgia's State Parks offer a variety of hiking and biking paths, from easy paved loops to challenging backcountry trails. In addition, you can experience Georgia’s diverse landscape with canyons and waterfalls, salt marshes and streams. Join one of the four state park clubs, and start checking off challenges from your bucket list as you wear your members-only t-shirt on your adventures! Energetic explorers can join the Canyon Climbers Club, Park Paddlers Club or Muddy Spokes Club. Bring Fido along for a full-circle adventure and join the Tails on Trails Club.

Fishing at Reed Bingham State Park in Adel, Georgia

Go fishing

Grab your rod and reel and head out for a day of fishing at parks like High Falls or Reed Bingham. There is no fee for casting a line, but a Georgia fishing license is required for ages 16 and older. For families who would like to take their adventure up a notch, many state parks rent boats by the hour.

New Echota State Historic Site in Calhoun, Georgia

Travel back in time

Mix entertainment with education when you step back in time at Georgia’s state historic sites. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy colonial times at Fort Morris and Fort King George, or Civil War bunkers at Fort McAllister. To learn about Native American history, visit Kolomoki Mounds, New Echota, Chief Vann House and Etowah Indian Mounds.

Paddling in the Okefenokee Swamp at Stephen C. Foster State Park in Fargo, Georgia

Go paddling

Spring is a great time to explore Georgia's waterways. Rent a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Many parks offer guided tours, including Stephen C. Foster's tours of the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp.

Wallace Adams Golf Course at Little Ocmug

Tee off

Tee off at one of Georgia's eight state park golf courses offering a family-friendly atmosphere surrounded by sparkling lakes and scenic forests. Lessons, putting greens, pro shops and cabin packages are available. Green fees are as low as $20.

Published: January 2020
Written by: Sue Rodman