There is plenty to be enjoyed for those who may not hunt or fish. Georgia has a beautiful landscape that can be used for biking, hiking, camping, wildlife watching, shooting sports, and many other recreational activities. Whether at a state park or in a Wildlife Management Area, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy.
ABOUT OUTDOOR RECREATION IN GEORGIA
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The Georgia Outdoor Recreation Plan is a statewide blueprint for maintaining and sustaining public outdoor recreation resources to meet the demands of Georgia’s diverse and growing population. Click here to learn more about the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Plan.
OUTDOOR RECREATION ACTIVITIES
Biking is available on paved roads at all Georgia state parks, as well as on designated bike trails at several parks. Opportunities are available for the casual biker as well as those who prefer the challenge of mountain biking. Click these links for more information on where to bike at Georgia state parks or sign up for the Muddy Spokes Club, which spans over 68 miles of trails on 11 state parks.
Birdwatching can be as easy as sitting at your kitchen table watching goldfinches and cardinals on your feeders or as adventurous as searching the pinewoods of Georgia for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Whatever your pleasure, be sure to check out the Colonial Coast Birding Trail and the Southern Rivers Birding Trail. For young birding enthusiasts, check out the Youth Birding Competition. The Wildlife Resources Division also has information on planting gardens to attract birds and butterflies, nest box plans and much more. Visit backyard wildlife for more information.
Boating is a popular pastime in Georgia. Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier both rank among the busiest Corps of Engineer lakes in the country. Thousands of boaters head to Georgia’s rivers, reservoirs and the Atlantic Ocean during the peak boating season, which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. To learn more about Georgia’s boating regulations, boat ramp locations, boater education, or how to register your boat, visit the Wildlife Resources Division’s boating information. In addition, more than 30 state parks have boats for rent by the hour, including motorized fishing boats, pedal boats or canoes.
State parks offer a wide range of camping opportunities, from RV pull-throughs to primitive backpacking sites, and from walk-in tent sites to yurts. For more information on camping opportunities, visit the Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division’s activities and accommodations and plan your next trip to one of Georgia’s state parks. Primitive camping also is allowed on wildlife management areas in designated campgrounds unless otherwise posted at the check station. Check the outdoor hunting regulations in the hunting regulations for more information on camping on wildlife management areas.
From pristine trout streams winding their way through the state parks, to bass fishing on one of the state’s reservoirs, to casting a line in pursuit of redfish on Georgia’s coast, Georgia has plenty to offer both the beginning and experienced