The seasons have changed and winter has arrived, which means that Georgia State Parks has one for the birds — the sun-seeking snowbirds, that is.
Georgia State Parks is offering some cool deals to RVers to nest for a while in the Peach State by offering a 50 percent discount off the regular campsite rates of $25 to $32 per night with a minimum of a 30-day stay from now until February 28, 2014.
To take advantage of this fine-as-a-feather offer when making reservations, use promotional code SnowBird50% (SEE Website below for details).
This snowbird of happiness half-off special discount is valid for campsites at six participating state parks peppered across South Georgia, including Florence Marina, Kolomoki Mounds, Magnolia Springs, Reed Bingham, Seminole, and Stephen C. Foster.
The parks offer unparalleled natural surroundings, quietness and serenity, historical perspectives, and something uniquely different about each one for discerning cold-weather escapees.
Each offers Snowbird rates ranging from $12.50 to $16 per night.
At Georgia State Parks, it’s all about the outdoors for singles, couples, or families. For an extended stay with great rates, everyone can easily escape the cold and bask under the Georgia sun with a wide range of activities.
Florence Marina State Park
On the western edge of Georgia lies Florence Marina State Park in Omaha. While its primary design is for water lovers and water sports, it offers a natural deepwater marina, boat slips and boat ramp, and a fun fishing pier where the fishing is as fabulous as the birding.
Kolomoki Mounds State Park
Farther south is Kolomoki Mounds State Park, a historically significant park near Blakely that is the oldest and largest Woodland Indian site in the Southeast.
Magnolia Springs State Park
Wedged between Interstates 16 and 20 is Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen. While it is primarily known for its wildlife and crystalline springs that gush an astounding 7 million gallons per day, the dramatically beautiful site is historically significant in that it was once a Civil War stockade.
Adel’s Reed Bingham State Park
Near the major north-south corridor of Interstate 75 is Adel’s Reed Bingham State Park, another veritable zoo of rare and endangered wildlife such as gopher tortoises and indigo snakes. The park is also home to one of Georgia’s most bizarre natural spectacles when thousands of buzzards congregate here to roost for the winter and is truly a sight to behold.
Seminole State Park
On the 37,500-acre Lake Seminole in the far southwest corner of Georgia close to Donalsonville is Seminole State Park, which has the distinction of having one of the largest longleaf pine forests in a Georgia state park. The park is the place for myriad opportunities for boating, fishing, birding, and wildlife watching.
Stephen Foster State Park
For a taste of the enigmatic, darkly beautiful Okefenokee Swamp, an array of wildlife not found elsewhere, and melodic folk music, Stephen Foster State Park near Fargo is a remote and rare jewel. Here the nights are dark and quiet so that stargazing is an unreal experience.
Georgia State Park System
Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the environments of the 48 state parks.
Georgia State Park Golf Courses offer eight golf courses to choose from. Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding, and more.
Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park.
Among the 15 Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations, and even a gold museum.
Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book.
Annual ParkPasses are $50 (or just $25 for seniors 62 and older). Even better, membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites includes a free ParkPass and more discounts. Campers can pick up loyalty cards that earn them every 10th night for free.
Georgia State Parks: gastateparks.org
Snowbird Special: gastateparks.org/snowbird
Georgia State Parks Things To Know: gastateparks.org/thingstoknow
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Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through
Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.
Georgia, Georgia, a song of you
Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines
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