Georgia parks offering free admission Sept. 25

Etowah Indian Mounds
(Photo by Todd DeFeo)

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites are offering free admission Sept. 25 to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

“Georgia’s state parks and historic sites wouldn’t be here without our visitors and supporters,” Parks Director Becky Kelley said in a news release. “Free Day in the Parks is our way of thanking the thousands of people who volunteer their time, spend their vacations in the parks, or even just visit for the day. We are waiving the parking fee, but of course voluntary contributions are welcome because they help us preserve Georgia’s public green spaces.”

As part of the day — sponsored by the Coca-Cola Co. — the $5 parking fee will be waived and anglers will not need a license.

“For less than a tank of gas, families can enjoy a full day of ranger programs, hiking, biking, picnicking, birding and more,” said Kelley. “All visitors will pay for are rental facilities, some events or programs, activities such as canoe rental and mini golf, and accommodations like cottages, lodge rooms or campsites.”

A number of family-friendly events are also scheduled for the day.

For more information, call (800) 864-7275 or visit

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