Explore one of Georgia's National Parks for Family Fun This Summer

Its National Park & Recreation Month - Get out and discover!

By Jennifer Sheran, publisher Macaroni Kid McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove July 5, 2022

Visit a National Park and Build Family Memories

July is National Park and Recreation Month. Make plans to celebrate America's treasured parks! You can discover amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, and even volunteer when you explore a national park near you

According to the National Parks website, the National Park System encompasses 423 national park sites in the United States. They span across more than 84 million acres, with parks in each state and extending into the territories, including parks in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. California has the most national parks but Georgia has 15 National Park Service areas.

Park Passes, Free days and Discounts

Entrance Fees - Normally, 118 of America's 423 areas in the National Park System charge an entrance fee that ranges from $3 to $30. 

Park Passes - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass gets you into some 2,000 recreation sites. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children ages 15 or under are admitted free.

How to purchase: Visit the National Park Service to find out how to purchase the pass that is right for you.

The five Free Entrance Days for 2022 will be:

  • January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16: First Day of National Park Week
  • August 4:  Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day Weekend

Note: The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for things like camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. 

Georgia has 15 areas in the National Park Service:


Andersonville Civil War Prison & Cemetery- Andersonville

Jimmy Carter Museum & Train Depot- Plains

Martin Luther King Center, home & Ebenezer Baptist Church- Atlanta


Arabia Mountain- Lithonia

Augusta Canal- Augusta

Gullah Geechee Cultural Center- Sapelo Island and Riceboro


Appalachian Scenic Trail- Dawsonville

Trail of Tears- Echota Center - Calhoun


Fort Frederica- St Simon's Island

Fort Pulaski- Savannah

Ocmulgee Burial Mounds- Macon


Chickamauga & Chattanooga Park- Fort Oglethorpe

Kennesaw Mountain Battlefields- Kennesaw


Chattahoochee River

The Chattahoochee River offers miles of hiking, wild life spotting, river rafting "shoot the hooch", fishing and so much more.


Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island is a pristine island off the coast of Georgia known for wild horses and the wedding place of John F. Kennedy Junior and home to members of the Carnegie family. You can go camping on the island or enjoy a stay at the historic Greyfield Inn built by the Carnegies.

There are also over 60 Georgia State Parks to explore! Click HERE for a map and descriptions of each.