Although not technically the end of summer, Labor Day weekend has long been considered summer’s final vacation weekend. As vacation season winds down and travel budgets have been depleted, there are still travel bargains to be found this Labor Day weekend. Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites offer a variety of activities for the long weekend. Whether you prefer to stay close to Atlanta, travel to the North Georgia Mountains or head towards the coast, there is a park to suit the tastes of virtually all outdoor enthusiasts that won’t break the bank.
According to Kim Hatcher, Public Affairs Coordinator for Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, although limited, there are still some reservations available across the state. Walk-in campsites begin as low as $10 a night and regular campsites from $25 to $28. Cabins are also a great way to save money because they have 2 to 3 bedrooms and a kitchen. Rates for cabins vary across the state but run from $60 to $160 a night. If you are looking for a little more luxury this holiday weekend four of the state parks have hotels. Rates for hotels range from $75 to $120 per night.
Hatcher also said ‘Labor Day weekend is when many of our swimming facilities close for the season, so it’s a last chance to enjoy playing in the water. We have many lakeside swimming beaches, a few pools, and one splash pad.’
In addition to camping and overnight accommodations, parks all across the state will celebrate Labor Day with a number of fun activities. Sunday September 4th from 10am to 2pm is the Holiday Gorge Floor Hike at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls, GA. This is a hike for serious hikers that spans from the rim to the river. Participants must be 10 and older and come prepared with sturdy shoes, lunch and lots of drinking water. The hike is reasonably priced at $5. Reservations are required in advance.
‘Family Fun Day’ at A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville, GA is Saturday September 3rd from 9am to 1pm. The family oriented day features hay-rides, fishing, sack races, horse shoes, basketball and other fun. Kids will love the pedal boat races which cost just $2.
At Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site in Warm Springs, GA visitors can ‘Swim the Warm Springs – Dip into the Past.’ The historic pools once used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and others who suffered from polio are kept empty throughout the year but will be filled with warm spring water for the weekend. Guests may experience the therapeutic mineral waters Saturday September 3rd through Monday September 5th from 10 am to 4 pm. Space in the swimming sessions is limited to 80 people so reservations are strongly recommended.
These are just a few of a multitude of activities scheduled this Labor Day weekend. A full list of activities, fees and information on reservations can be found on the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites website.
Keeping holiday travel expenses to a minimum is always a challenge but for those who enjoy the outdoors, Georgia State Parks and Historical Sites is a budget friendly option.