Park Rules & Regulations

Campground Rules and Regulations

Rules and regulations are posted at site offices and must be observed by all guests and their visitors.


Pets are welcome at state parks and campgrounds, but must be accompanied by the owner at all times and on leashes no longer than six feet.  Pets are allowed only in select cottages with advance reservations and a fee.  Kennels are not available.  Owners should clean up after pets.

Pets, however, are not allowed in or around historic sites, lodges, group camps, swimming areas, or some trails at Panola Mountain and Tallulah Gorge.


Consumption or use of alcoholic beverages or intoxicants is unlawful in any public-use area.


All campfires must be kept in designated areas, such as a fire ring.  Never leave a campfire unattended.  Smaller fires with hot coals (rather than large flames) are better for campfire cooking and toasting marshmallows.


Bows and arrows, explosives, fireworks, slingshots, fishing spears or any device that discharges projectiles by any means are prohibited.  Firearms must be unloaded, cased and stored, unless a person possesses a valid weapons-carry license for a firearm that is valid in Georgia.

A person possessing a valid weapon-carry license to carry a firearm valid in this state may carry such firearm on Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, except on sites where carrying such firearm is prohibited by federal law.

Firearms — except those that are unloaded, cased and stored — are not permitted on Army Corps of Engineers property, including:

  • Bobby Brown
  • Elijah Clark
  • Florence Marina
  • George T. Bagby
  • Hart
  • Mistletoe
  • Red Top Mountain
  • Richard B. Russell
  • Seminole
  • Tugaloo

Reciprocal Firearms Agreements

Some states have reciprocal firearms agreements with Georgia.  Their citizens may possess a firearm as long as they possess a valid weapons-carry permit from their respective state.

States with reciprocal firearms agreements include:

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.


All wildlife, plant life, driftwood, artifacts and any other natural or man-made features are protected.  They may not be disturbed or removed.
Please leave wildflowers for other visitors to enjoy.  Possession of metal detecting equipment is prohibited.

Motor Vehicles

Park roads are public roads.  All vehicles are subject to license safety requirements and regulations of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. ATVs are not allowed in state parks.

Noise Levels

Please be considerate of guests who are visiting state parks for a quiet, natural experience.  Radios, televisions, musical instruments and all other noise-making devices are not to be used between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.  They must be kept at low volumes during other times.


Visitors to cottages, campsites and lodge rooms are welcome.  The number of visitors and registered guests, however, must not exceed the stated capacity at any time. Visitors must leave prior to closing times.

Group Activities

All group gatherings must conclude before 10 p.m.

Georgia State Parks Rules & Regulations

Army Corps of Engineers Rules & Regulations