Posts Tagged ‘hiking’
15MayPretty soon we’ll all be saying, “Wow! Summer sure went fast! We should have gone camping more.” This weekend several campgrounds along Lake Allatoona will open for the 2012 season, including Clark Creek North, Old Highway 41 #3 and Upper Stamp Creek. Click on the links below for all you’d ever want to know about fees, rules, amenities and where to find the best fireflies. We’ve updated information on fishing licenses, local attractions and GPS coordinates. Get off your rocker. Go camping at Lake Allatoona.
02MayThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains many Day Use areas near Lake Allatoona and the Etowah River. With the exception of Upper Stamp Creek and Knox Bridge, they are handicap accessible. Most have picnic areas that are ideal for barbecues and parties. The Day Use area closing time is 9 PM — with the exception of Sweetwater, which closes at 8 PM. Cooper Branch Park and Riverside Park are open for the season. The Splash & Play at Riverside Park will open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2012. Unfortunately, Kellogg Creek and Old Highway 41 #2 Day Use Area will be closed for the entire 2012 season. Boat ramps at Blockhouse, Clark Creek, Cooper Branch, Galt’s Ferry, Payne, Stamp Creek, Tanyard and Victoria are open year-round 24/7, depending on water levels. Unplug yourself. Try to unplug your kids. Go outside. Have a picnic on Lake Allatoona!
01MayWe had a pleasant winter, but spring has sprung and it’s time to go camping on Lake Allatoona! McKinney Campground and Sweetwater Campground are already open. Friday, May 4th is the opening day for additional parks and campgrounds, including McCaskey Creek Campground, Payne Campground, and Victoria Campground. Click on the links below for complete information on ammenities, costs, rules and where to find the very best fireflies. We’ll let you know when more campgrounds start their seasons.
30MarThe Appalachian Trail means different things to different people. It’s more than just a great alibi when you want leave the governor’s office and fly to Argentina to hang out with your girlfriend. Much more. The motivations, goals and hopes of those who hit the trail are fascinating. We’ve collected many of their tales and published them at AppalachianTrail.com. You’ll read tales of families hiking together, couples, dreamers, professional wanderers, and those who hike for charity or to raise awareness of a cause or two. Read a few tales and you’ll get a sense of who might actually make it all the way. Hike the trail (vicariously) with them. You might even be motivated to make the list yourself someday. Go for it. And keep us posted, please.
05MarThe First-Time Camper Program is a bargain weekend getaway. For just $45, park guests spend two nights in a modern campground, trying out gear from REI — including a six-man tent, sleeping pads, chairs, camp stove and more. Park staff will greet campers upon arrival, help them set up their tent and make a campfire, and even give a Camping 101 lesson. At the end of their two nights away from home, campers return the gear to the park office, but they go home with coupons for their next adventure and memories to last forever. Six Georgia State Parks offer the pilot program:
- A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville
- Fort Yargo State Park in Winder;
- James H. Floyd State Park near Rome
- Reed Bingham State Park in Adel
- Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah and
- Victoria Bryant State Park near Lavonia.
InformationTelephone for Program Coordinator Cindy Reittinger: 404-657-0029.
06FebThis amazing mobile app from Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is available for both iPhones and Androids. The Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger® Mobile Tour Guide uses some of the most advanced GPS smartphone technology to provide outdoor enthusiasts with features to enhance their visits. Developed by ParksByNature Network, the free app is available by visiting Apple iTunes, Android Market or StateParkApps.com. From activity searches and park descriptions, to current weather reports and trail maps, Pocket Ranger® has a wide range of benefits. App users can find stateparks near them, browse events, apply for boat registration, see campground maps, purchase fishing licenses and more. DNR officials emphasize that the app’s extensive features, social sharing options and safety functions make it a valuable resource for not only park users but also park rangers. The app’s advanced GPS section allows hikers to track and share their explorations with other Pocket Ranger® users, family and friends. GPS plays a pivotal role in the app’s safety functions, including an alert feature that informs designated phone contacts of coordinates in case of an emergency. Agency leaders also hope that Pocket Ranger® will help incite a love of nature in children who typically spend a great deal of time inside with electronics. By using the app, parents can involve the whole family in deciding which state parks to explore during free time. Now, even in nature, “there’s an app for that.”
24JanGood news! LakeAllatoona.com has updated information on hiking trails near Lake Allatoona. Just in time, evidently. We would like to apologize to those who decided to take that 5-mile hike we previously suggested on what is now a 12-mile trail. At least those who survived are buffed and ready for “bikini and surfer-dude” summers.
05Janonline here, by calling 1-800-366-2661, or at retail license agents. Click here for a list of the 32 User Fee Areas where a GORP is required.
Quick Facts about GORP:
- A GORP is $3.50 for three days or $19.00 for an annual pass. Group passes are also available. Transaction fees apply.
- GORP requirements apply only to people who are between 16 and 64 years of age.
- People who have a valid WMA License, Honorary License, Sportsmen’s License, Lifetime License or Three-Day Hunting and Fishing License. These licenses already provide for access to the properties. Other hunting and fishing licenses do not qualify for a GORP exemption.