Wednesday, May 13, 2015 05:00 PM


Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites have planned dozens of family-friendly activities in celebration of National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday. Sponsored by the National Park Trust, the celebration encourages children to explore public lands. The trust estimates more than 500,000 people will attend events across the country in what is called America’s national “day of play.”

In Georgia, the parks are offering fishing rodeos, guided hikes, nature crafts, scavenger hunts, archery, geocaching and numerous other programs for three Saturdays: May 16, 23 and 30. Many events are free, and parking is $5. Families can stay overnight in the parks’ campgrounds, cabins, lodge rooms and yurts, turning their outing into a mini eco-vacation.

At Fort Mountain State Park in Murray County this Saturday will be National Kids to Parks Activity Day, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Face painting, balloon sculptures, water balloon toss and crafts are some of the fun activities at this mountain park. Purchase tickets at the front office. The cost is $5 for admission and $5 for parking. For more information, call (706) 422-1932.

A map of all 64 state parks and historic sites can be found at, and the list of events is on ...

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