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Georgia has a wide variety of state parks where you can enjoy a number of recreational opportunities. When packing your coolers remember to add lots of bottled water like Arrowhead or Poland Spring.



Amicalola Falls State Park is located between Ellijay and Dahlonega in Dawsonville on 829 acres. Amicalola is a Cherokee word that means “tumbling waters” and is home to the highest waterfall in Georgia at 729 feet. The eight mile trail winds past the falls and takes you to Springer Mountain. The state park has many hiking trails, a restaurant, cabins, campground and guest lodge. There are a number of recreational activities here including miniature golf, tennis, volleyball, horseshoes and a children’s playground. The park also owns Len Fotte Hike Inn which is a backcountry eco-friendly inn located one mile from the Appalachian Approach trail and a little over 4 miles from Springer Mountain. The Inn is operated by a non-profit organization known as the Appalachian Educational Recreational Services. Rainfall in this area is highest average in July. Temperatures reach about 75 degrees in July and can fall to a low 27 degrees in January.


Black Rock Mountain State Park is located on 1,743 acres near Mountain City in Rabun County, is named after its sheer, dark-colored cliffs and includes the most beautiful area in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The park has many scenic overlooks with an eighty mile vista of the Appalachian Mountains. There are a variety of camping venues offered here for recreational vehicles including over forty sites with not only electricity and water, but also cable TV hookups. Additionally, there are twelve tent sites located in Hickory Cove, ten rental cottages and Camp Tsatu-gi for groups of campers who like a more primitive area.


There are four great hiking trails at the park and they will take you through coves, mountain streams and small flowing waterfalls. The newest park trail features several wooden bridges that go over beautiful cascading streams with trailside benches that offer great scenic views of Black Rock Lake.


Indian Springs State Park is located in Flovilla near Jackson on 528 acres. Thought to be the oldest state park in the nation, it officially became a state park in 1931.The Creek Indians used the several springs here to treat their sick and the spring water is sampled by the many visitors that come to the park for swimming, fishing and boating. The 105 acre lake is always stocked with fish. There is a nature trail just under a mile long and a small museum that will fill you in with the history and culture of the Creek Indians.


The state park has eighty-eight tent, trailer and RV campsites, along with 10 cottages for visitors. There are seven picnic shelters, a group shelter and group camp, and a pioneer campground. Nearby the park are High Falls State Park, Jarrell Plantation State Historical Site, Oconee National Forest and Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge.



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