Free State Parks Day is Saturday

Published 7:40 am Thursday, September 27, 2012

Put away your wallet and pull out your fishing pole.

Visitors to Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites will not pay for parking or admission on Saturday, September 29 as part of National Public Lands Day. Sponsored by the Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, the celebration brings attention to ways that parks enrich communities, plus the importance of local volunteerism. Parking is normally $5 at state parks, and admission ranges from $2.50 to $10 at state historic sites. Activity fees (such as boat rental) will still apply.

Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Georgia’s state parks and historic sites in many ways.  Some members serve as campground hosts, others lead programs such as guided hikes, and some help with basic maintenance. Most members support the organization simply by purchasing annual memberships.

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The day-long celebration is also in honor of National Public Lands Day and is a Georgia SHAPE initiative.


Seminole State Park Cleanup Day is Saturday

Take part in the “Do Your Part to Preserve Your State Parks Day” workday at Seminole State Park, located 23 miles west of Bainbridge on GA Hwy 253/Spring Creek Rd. The plans are to replace the markers on the hiking trail and clear brush/debris from the waterfront campsites. Volunteers will meet at picnic shelter No. 3 (by the restrooms & playground) at 8 a.m. and we plan to work until 3 p.m.. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Tools will not be provided so please bring gloves, hole diggers, chainsaws, limb trimmers, axes, weed eaters, shovels, rakes and comfortable shoes. Come help us promote volunteerism and stewardship for our community as well as our state park and remember, the 29th is Your State Parks Day, so entrance to the park is free to all. Hope to see you there! Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. The state park’s telephone number is (229) 861-3137.