Georgia State Parks

One Of The State Parks In Georgia Claims To Be The Oldest In America

There are 41 Georgia State Parks and a number of historic sites and other recreation areas.

The parks system in Georgia dates back to 1931 when Indian Springs State Park and Vogel State Park became the first two sites in their system. In fact Indian Springs has been a park operated by the state of Georgia since 1825 and therefore claims to be the oldest state park in the whole of America. Their system continues to grow with new parks being added during the 2000`s.

In terms of size, Georgia is the 24th largest state in the Union but has the 9th largest population. However, over five million of its 9.5 million people live in the one metropolitan area of Atlanta.

Atlanta Skyline In The Early Morning Sunlight

The state of Georgia was established in 1732 and was one of the original states in the Union, on the 2nd of January 1788 it became the fourth state to ratify the Constitution.

The history of Georgia involves a great deal of conflict, both with the Native Americans who lived there and between the European nations who fought to gain control in the region. Spain, France and Britain all wanted to create colonies. Eventually in 1752 it became a royal colony under British rule and was named in honor of King George 2nd. However, the province of Georgia was then one of the thirteen colonies which revolted during the War for Independance from 1775-83.

Georgia Is The Peach State

The population of Georgia underwent a huge increase in 1829 when gold was discovered in the mountains of the northern part of the state.

This inevitably led to disputes with the Native Americans of the Cherokee Nation. The eventual outcome was the forced relocation of all tribes in the east to reservations in Oklahoma. This relocation was to become known as "The Trail Of Tears" as thousands died during the journey.

The hardships in the state did not end there. On January 18th 1861 Georgia took the side of the Confederacy and the state became the site for major battles during the Civil War.

Atlanta, Chickamauga and Kennesaw Mountain were all battlefields and a large part of the state was laid to waste during General William Sherman`s infamous "March to the Sea."

Today, the Georgia State Parks and its historic sites division, celebrate the history of this great state. From the mountains in the north where Black Rock Mountain State Park is located to Crooked River State Park on the southern coast, every aspect of the state, its history and culture is integrated into the state parks Georgia system.

The Georgia State Parks system grew quickly during the 1930`s due to the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.(CCC) This was a program initiated by President Roosevelt to create jobs during the Great Depression.

The CCC built dams, planted trees, cut trails in the wilderness and helped to build parks. During this time the land managed by the Georgia State Parks grew from 500 acres to over 5,000. The part the President played in this growth is remembered at the F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Harris County, Georgia.

Autumn At F.D.Roosevelt State Park

The work of the CCC is also much appreciated as they were instrumental in the creation of places such as Fort Mountain State Park, Little Ocmulgee State Park, and Hard Labor Creek State Park.

Georgia State Parks have continued to grow, both in numbers and in their size and the facilities that they offer. During the 1960`s a few had golf courses added and in the 1980`s lodges were built at Amicalola Falls State Park, George T. Bagby State Park, Little Ocmulgee State Park,Red Top Mountain State Park and Unicoi State Park. These provided first class accommodation for visitors wishing to stay and enjoy everything the parks had to offer.

The authorities are not afraid to examine new ways to fund and manage parks. A partnership between Georgia State Parks and Georgia Power led to the creation of Tallulah Gorge State Park in 1992.

It is estimated that most people in Georgia live within an hour of a state park and their popularity is shown by the fact that over thirteen million visitors a year come through their gates.

If you are interested in making reservations at any of the state parks in Georgia, or want to enquire about passes, day use fees or pets in the parks, here is the website of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources who run the state parks in Georgia. They will gladly answer any questions you may have.

Savannah Riverboats At Sunrise

This is a full list of all the State Parks in Georgia -

  • Amicalola Falls State Park
  • Black Rock Mountain State Park
  • Chattahoochee Bend State Park
  • Cloudland Canyon State Park
  • Crooked River State Park
  • Elijah Clark State Park
  • F.D.Roosevelt State Park
  • Florence Marina State Park
  • Fort Mountain State Park
  • Fort Yargo State Park
  • General Coffee State Park
  • George L. Smith State Park
  • George T. Bagby State Park
  • Georgia Veterans State Park
  • Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park
  • Hard Labor Creek State Park
  • High Falls State Park
  • Indian Springs State Park
  • James H. "Sloppy" Floyd State Park
  • John Tanner State Park
  • Laura S. Walker State Park
  • Little Ocmulgee State Park
  • Magnolia Springs State Park
  • Mistletoe State Park
  • Moccasin Creek State Park
  • Panola Mountain State Park
  • Red Top Mountain State Park
  • Reed Bingham State Park
  • Richard B. Russell State Park
  • Seminole State Park
  • Skidaway Island State Park
  • Sprewell Bluff State Park
  • Stephen C. Foster State Park
  • Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Tallulah Gorge State Park
  • Tugaloo State Park
  • Unicoi State Park
  • Victoria Bryant State Park
  • Vogel State Park
  • Watson Mill Bridge State Park

Here is a county map of Georgia -


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