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Georgia is Home to a Range of State Parks

8 Must-Visit State Parks in Georgia

Hit the open road during your next visit to Georgia. Explore any and all of these impressive state parks. From the hiking and biking trails, to the coastal marshes ideal for some kayaking, Georgia's state parks will no doubt entertain everyone.

1. Unicoi State Park

Northern Georgia visitors will no doubt want to explore Unicoi State Park. Found in Helen, northeast of Atlanta, Unicoi State Park is over 1,000 acres in size, and yields fun-filled days of outdoor recreation for all members of the family. There are seven picnic shelters from which to choose, if that's the plan, and hikers will want to make the trek to Anna Ruby Falls for picturesque views. 

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Enjoy a Hike with the Whole Family in Georgia

2. Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Plan for a stay in the charming city of Newnan and embark on a tour of the Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Stretched out over 2,910 acres, Chattahoochee Bend SP is popular at all times of the year. Visit during spring or summer and hike through the 3.2 miles of well-maintained trails. 

3. Skidaway Island State Park

When your visit to the Peach State has you exploring the coastal region, be sure to spend some time at the Skidaway Island State Park. Found just outside of Savannah, Skidaway Island SP is a series of connected islands, weaving through gorgeous swampland. In there's 588 acres to explore at Skidway Island – try any of the excellent, if not challenging, hiking trails.

4. Laura S. Walker State Park

While many Georgia visitors make their way to Atlanta for its rich cultural attractions, don't forget about the south! Head for the Laura S. Walker State Park, a must-visit for anyone staying in the pleasant city of Waycross. Make the short drive in along the Brunswick Highway and hike, bike, and birdwatch through any of the 626 acres at Laura S. Walker SP. Be sure, also, to pack your clubs and book a tee time at the Lakes at Laura S. Walker

5. Vogel State Park

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Explore the Many Trails at Georgia's State Parks

Though it's on the smaller side of the Georgia state parks, Vogel State Park is still, without a doubt, an impressive sight. Five picnic shelters mean you can the family can enjoy a gorgeous spring day with some lunch, and the 22-acre lake is ideal for a summer day – boating, fishing, and even seasonal swimming. There are also 17 miles of hiking trails to explore at Vogel SP.

6. Fort McAllister State Park

Another top outdoor recreation site along the GA coast is Fort McAllister State Park. Sprawled across 1,725 acres, Fort McAllister SP is also one of the most historic sites in all of Georgia – it's one of the most well-preserved earthworks forts of the Confederacy. You can find it just south of Savannah – be sure to explore the Colonial Coast Birding Trail

7. Crooked River State Park

Stick to the coast and check out Crooked River State Park in St. Marys. Plan a stay in the city of Kingsland and make the short drive in. Check out this impressive park and it's 500 acres. Many visitors to Crooked River SP head for the North Star Bait & Tackle Shop to load up on supplies – the saltwater fishing at Crooked River is exceptional. There's also four miles of hiking trails to explore, and a very fun-for-the-whole-family miniature golf course.

8. Fort Yargo State Park

Heading back to the Atlanta region of the state, Fort Yargo State Park always finds a way to impress visitors. Whether it be the 1,816 acres of open pastures, woodlands, and lakes, or the tennis courts, playgrounds, and biking trails – Fort Yargo SP is a must-visit for those seeking outdoor fun in Georgia. 


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