Ga. parks offer free day

Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is offering free admission on Sept. 26 as part of National Public Lands Day.

“Our state parks and historic sites have been through a challenging year,” Parks Director Becky Kelley said in a news release. “Free Day in the Parks is our way of thanking the thousands of people who volunteer their time, spend their vacations in the parks, or even just visit for the day. Of course, while we are waiving the parking fee, voluntary contributions will help support our mission to protect, preserve and provide access to Georgia’s public green spaces.”

The Coca-Cola Co. and Verizon Wireless are among the sponsors. As part of the promotion, parks will not charge the normal $5 parking fee, historic sites will not charge and anglers will not need a fishing license, officials said.

“For less than a tank of gas, families can enjoy a full day of ranger programs, hiking, biking, picnicking, birding and more,” Kelley said in a news release. “All visitors will pay for are rental facilities, some events or programs, activities such as canoe rental and mini golf, and accommodations like cottages, lodge rooms or campsites.”

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