I'd like to try to visit every state park in Georgia. Here's where we've been so far ...
205 Indian Mounds Rd
reviewed on: August 27 2012
My girls (13 and 10) and I spent two nights camping at Kolomoki. We found a great spot near the lake; unlike some other state park campgrounds that we've been to, this one was quiet. Being near the lake, we expected to have to deal with lots of bugs, but we only had ants (oh, the ants got into everything!).
We enjoyed swimming at the lake, though the "No swimming, alligators present" sign just past the swimming area was a little worrisome. The museum is excellent and the mounds were fascinating as well. A bit off the beaten track, but a lovely place to go camping.
813 Indian Mounds Rd., S.W.
reviewed on: August 29 2012
This state park in the Atlanta area of Georgia is home to a number of large mounds, that were used by Indians for burial, ceremonies and homesites. The park is not overly large, which makes it quite accessible for kids. Older kids will enjoy the museum and the activity days when archaeology, pottery making and more are demonstrated.
"Amazing Archaeological Fun"
The grounds are mostly stroller accessible. However the climb to the top of the mounds is 130+ stairs, if I remember well. And make sure to bring water; it can get hot outside!
2459 U.S. Highway 280 W
reviewed on: September 07 2012
I wish I could say we had a lovely time, but, despite our efforts, we didn’t. It was HOT, humid and buggy. Chloe and I took about six showers each while we were there in desperate attempts to cool off. We even packed up Evie in order to drive twenty miles into town just to get cold drinks, ice and ice cream. The campground was a bit on the loud side Saturday night, but it quieted down on Sunday night, thankfully.
"Hot and buggy in summer"
We *did* enjoy biking around the park, swimming in the lake, looking at the airplanes and tanks, and touring the museum. I doubt we’d return in the “high” season, but I think a weekend in the spring or fall could be a lot of fun.
218 Florence Road
reviewed on: February 06 2012
The weekend we camped here, the campground was empty, but I suspect that is not always the case! There's mini-golf, boat rentals, a museum/interpretive center, fishing and more. Right on "Lake Eufala", I never knew the correct time as my phone was connecting with a tower across the river in Alabama. The campground was lovely with Spanish moss draped on the trees and owl serenading us. The proximity to Providence Canyon is a huge plus, too.
8930 Canyon Road
reviewed on: February 07 2012
We spent a few hours in the canyons, hiking through each of the nine canyons. The "trails" are actually creek beds, some muddy and others very sanding. As long as you don't mind dirty and possibly wet shoes, it is a wonderful outing. The varied rock formations are fascinating even for kids. The canyon hikes do involve a lot of walking and definitely are not stroller accessible. We did not do the rim hike.
2970 Ga. Highway 190
Pine Mountain, Georgia
reviewed on: January 19 2012
We spent two nights camping at FDR State Park. The campground is a wonderful place for kids to ride bikes, play and explore. The park is ideally located near Callaway Gardens. The large park also has lots of trails, a pool, horseback riding, boat rentals and more. There is also lots of special programming available at the park.
401 Little White House Rd
Warm Springs, Georgia
reviewed on: January 18 2012
On a weekend trip to Pine Mountain, GA, we were excited to learn about and get to see FDR's Little White House in Warm Springs, GA. Our Georgia State Parks pass got us in for free, which is always nice! My 9yo was handed a scavenger hunt to complete; this kept her engaged and interested for our entire visit. The movie was informative and the displays in the museum were very well done. The kids enjoyed the outdoor areas and also the walks through the various original buildings. We did not have a chance to see the pools in Warm Springs (not on the property but in town), but I hope we will next time.
"Interesting to School-Aged Kids"
678 Lake Clark Road
reviewed on: April 10 2011
Located just an hour south of the Atlanta "perimeter", this state park is great for a day trip or for a weekend camping or staying in a fully-equipped cottage.
Unlike High Falls, the lake in the park is accessible for swimming and has a little beach. Nothing fancy, but the girls had a great time swimming and playing in the sand. In addition, they loved playing in the shoals in the river. In addition to swimming, camping, cottages and, of course, a spring, the park offers mini-golf, a museum, a playground, a museum, nature trails and more.. The area is of historical significance due to the “Treaty of Indian Springs” via which the state of Georgia essentially stole land from the Creek Indians.
The girls loved heading to the sweet shops in the “village” of Indian Springs….ice cream, fudge, what’s not to love?
Nearby are High Falls State Park and Dauset Trails, too!
76 High Falls Park Dr
reviewed on: March 19 2011
A nice state park about 50 miles south of the center of Atlanta. Close enough to make it easy to get to, yet far enough to feel like you've gone somewhere.
The campground is along the river and has a playground and plenty of restroom facilities. We enjoyed camping; there was a mix of tents and RVs in the campground -- while we were there it was a fairly quiet place.
The park has fairly easy hiking trails along the river and also has boats to rent. There is no swimming allowed in the lake, but there is a pool. There are lots of turtles swimming around in the river too!
2600 Highway 155, SW
reviewed on: March 24 2011
We arrived mid-morning, and the park was deserted for the most park. We could see that there are a number of large picnic areas and playground equipment as well as an exercise trail.
"Great for Little Naturalists"
As the park was so empty, I had expected the nature center to be locked up tight; what a nice surprise to find it was open! The girls had a great time looking at all the exhibits. The ranger explained the open trails, we grabbed some brochures and headed out. The two trails we walked were 3/4 of a mile and 1 and 1/4 miles. Short and sweet. The brochures describing the trails turned out to not only be very informative but also necessary for us to navigate the trails.
One trail took us out to a part of the outcrop; the other took us through the woods and by a stream. Chloe, my little naturalist, was thrilled at spotting lizards, butterflies and even a very large deer running through the woods.
While Arabia Mountain is more accessible — people are free to hike on the granite outcrop — I think the girls got a lot more out of Panola Mountain because of the brochures and marked nature trails. A combination of the two parks is probably the best.
On the weekends, the park has many activities, including the ranger walks on the outcrop, tree-climbing classes and more. The girls and I look forwards to returning to explore the many other facets of the park.
181 Fort Mountain Park Rd