Georgia Magazine - January 2018 - 34

the facts of life ... in georgia

Georgia State
Parks clubs

Tails on Trails

Bring your four-legged friend along
as you explore trails at seven parks.
A $15 membership fee is required.
To join online, visit gastateparks.
org/tailsontrailsclub.

Jay and Becky Oliver proudly display the T-shirts they were awarded as the first members of
the Canyon Climbers Club.

Get moving at
Georgia's state parks!
BY LAUREL GEORGE
PHOTOS COURTESY GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Georgia's state parks have always been renowned for their natural beauty, but in recent years the
parks also have become known for
programs that get your heart pumping. In 2007, the Georgia Department
of Natural Resources State Parks Division began a series of park "clubs"
designed to encourage residents to
"get out; get dirty; get fit."
The Canyon Climbers Club, the
first and most popular, challenges
hikers to explore Amicalola Falls,
Cloudland Canyon, Tallulah Gorge
and Providence Canyon state parks.
Visitors get their membership cards
punched after completing each trek,
earning them "I climbed the canyons"
T-shirts. Similar clubs encourage
kayaking or canoeing (Park Paddlers
Club) and biking (Muddy Spokes
Club); both offer bragging-rights
shirts.
Four-legged park visitors now
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have their own club as well. Tails on
Trails kicked off in 2015, challenging
canine hikers to complete walks at
seven parks.
There's no time limit to finish,
and each club member is rewarded
with a T-shirt plus a matching bandanna for his or her pup. Some of
the parks even offer ranger-led hikes,
during which dogs can meet new
friends.
"Many visitors tell us they like
having a specific goal to accomplish,"
says Kim Hatcher, public affairs
coordinator for Georgia State Parks
and Historic Sites. "Sometimes there's
friendly competition to see who
can earn their T-shirts first. And, of
course, we love to see everyone enjoying the great outdoors!"
For more information about
these and other clubs and challenges
at state parks, visit gastateparks.org/
parkclubs.
More online at www.georgiamagazine.org

Park Paddlers

Explore Georgia's rivers and lakes
as well as the Okefenokee Swamp.
A $10 membership fee is required.
For information, visit gastateparks.
org/parkpaddlersclub.

Muddy Spokes

Cyclists can tackle 69 miles of trails
at 11 state parks. A $10 membership
fee is required. For more information, visit gastateparks.org/muddy
spokesclub.

Canyon Climbers

Challenge yourself to see the most
beautiful views in the state. A $10
membership fee is required. To
join online, visit gastateparks.org/
canyonclimbersclub.
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