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Simple ways to have fun in Georgia’s state parks

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Published: May 9, 2014 | Last Updated: Aug 9, 2016

If you live in the South and you want to bring your family on an amazing getaway your budget can afford, Georgia’s state parks are the best options.

There, you can choose to camp in a tent, stay at an inn, glamp in a yurt and more. There are many various fun activities for both adults and kids in these parks.

Here are five of the best ways to have fun under a budget with the whole family at Georgia’s state parks:

  1. History. You can trace back the rich history of Georgia with the kids. This is fun and educational at the same time. The Georgia State Parks History Trail teaches you about the history of the place through fun puzzles, geocache hunting, collecting cards, and trade them for history tokens.
  2. Hike. You can go to “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon” in Providence Canyon State Park, which is just a couple of hours east of Montgomery, Alabama. There you can find massive gullies that expose 43 various shades of soil, from red and orange, to pink and white. The Canyon can get as deep as 150 feet. It is a result of the poor farming practices, which dates back in the 1800s.
  3. Spelunking. One of Georgia’s most scenic parks is the Cloudland Canyon, which is just 30 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It has a beautiful view both above the ground and under it. It’s underground offers the best caving in the US. You can go for a guided cave tour with the family and experience the underground rivers and chocolate mud creeks.
  4. Treetop. If you feel adventurous, you can sleep in one of the amazing treetop canopies of Panola Mountain State, which is just 20 miles southeast of Atlanta. If you do not want to sleep in these tree houses, you can experience them during tree time as they also offer daytime climbs.
  5. Train. You can also ride the rails along with the entire family. The 1949 vintage train SAM Shortline is run by the state park system. It stretches from Cordele to Plains in Georgia. There you can see amazing views such as the lake, cotton fields, and President Jimmy Carter’s boyhood farm. There, you and the kids can have a taste of those peanut butter ice creams.

If you have packed your bag, it is time to bring the entire family to an affordable trip to Georgia’s state parks.

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