Georgia’s State Parks Join National Initiative To Connect With Nature

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

On New Year’s Day, park rangers all across the country are inviting Americans to start 2020 with an energizing First Day Hike.  In Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, dozens of guided treks will encourage friends and families to connect with nature and each other. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative from America’s State Parks to get people outdoors, with hundreds of hikes scheduled in all 50 states. 

 

Winter’s landscape offers hikers the chance to see farther through the woods since unique tree shapes, small streams and wildlife are unobstructed by foliage.

Ranger-led hikes on New Year’s Day are listed on GeorgiaStateParks.org and even include daring lake plunges at Reed Bingham and Richard B. Russell state parks. For guests who want to celebrate New Year’s Eve surrounded by nature rather than fireworks, Georgia’s State Parks offer cozy cabins, heated yurts, lodge rooms and modern campsites. Fireworks and sparklers are not allowed in state parks.

 

For reservations, call 1-800-864-7275 or book online at GeorgiaStateParks.org.


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Travel

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This week marks the kickoff of National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) , an annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry. As Tennessee’s #2 industry, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and partners across the state will unite to recognize the “Power of Travel” and the industry’s critical role in rebuilding our workforce, restoring businesses and ... (click for more)

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With the mercury climbing and the sun dawdling ever longer above the horizon, the Tennessee Aquarium is expanding its hours to accommodate even more guests in the lead-up to summer. A daily capacity limit will remain in place for the foreseeable future, but to safely welcome as many visitors as possible, the Aquarium will offer extended hours in May. The Aquarium will ... (click for more)

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