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Visit State Parks & Historic Sites for Free This Weekend
One of the things I enjoy most about my job as executive director of Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites is the chance to visit many of our state's most important, unique treasures. When our kids were growing up, our family spent a lot of our recreational time in our state parks, especially those with lakes or rivers we could enjoy as a family. Now that the kids have grown, my wife and I especially enjoy kayaking, boating and fishing all around the state.
Kayaking on the Little River into the Reed Bingham State Park lake is one of my favorite activities. The chance to see the alligators along the river adds excitement to the beautiful vegetation. Winding through the maze of cypress and tupelo trees in the mill pond at George L. Smith State Park is another personal favorite. The cacophony of thousands of frogs on a summer’s night is simply incredible.
Another special characteristic of our parks are the people who volunteer to support and preserve them. Our Friends volunteers and park staff all come from diverse backgrounds but all share a passion for the parks they support.
This Saturday, Friends invites all Georgians to get out and experience some of these treasures on us. We will be providing free parking and free admission at participating parks all over the state for Your State Parks Day. I hope that some new visitors will get out to explore some of the amazing sites that make up some of Georgia’s greatest places. At the same time, we are inviting everyone to participate in volunteer projects to help preserve the legacy that is Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Please join us!
About the Author
Andy Fleming serves as Executive Director for Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to partner with, promote and protect Georgia's system of state parks and historic sites. He currently resides in Marietta with his wife Marina. They both enjoy Georgia's outdoor spaces and share that love with their two grown children, Tommy and Katie.
Image of Magnolia Springs State Park
Image Courtesy Georgia Department of Natural Resources, State Parks & Historic Sites