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A state outdoor recreation map with a listing of activities and facilities. WILDLIFE
YOUR OFFICIAL GEORGIA OUTDOOR RECREATION GUIDE
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Great ideas for your visit and the best places to spend the day. Ranger Dean
HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR PARKS
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• Tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Remember to check in with them when you get back. Rescue teams have been sent to look for people who were safe at home, yet no one knew. • Avoid hiking alone. The “buddy system” is a safer choice. • Carry a map and compass, but make sure you know how to use them. • Stay on marked trails. Making shortcuts and exploring areas off the trail causes erosion, destroys plants and greatly increases your chance of becoming lost.
rocks near waterfalls. A surprising number of injuries and deaths occur on waterfalls because wet rocks are extremely slippery. • All hikers, especially children, should carry a whistle. Three short blasts on a whistle is a sign of distress. When injured or exhausted,
it is much easier to blow a whistle than yell for help. • Teach children to “hug a tree” if they become lost. This means staying in one place so rescue personnel can find them faster. Tell children to answer if they hear someone calling their name in the woods. Rescue
teams have searched for lost children who were scared of strangers’ voices and would not answer their calls. • As you hike, pay attention to trail blazes (paint marks on trees) and landmarks. A double blaze indicates a change in trail direction.
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• Never climb on waterfalls or on wet
A N N U A L PA R K PA S S Save money and help support your state parks. Buy a $50 Annual ParkPass and save the $5 daily parking fee at all of Georgia’s state parks. Seniors 62 and older pay only $25. All funds raised go directly back to Georgia’s state parks and historic sites. To buy a pass, visit any Georgia state park office, call 770-389-7401, or email your information to Jeannene_Woodruff@dnr.state.ga.us
C O N TAC T I N F O EMERGENCY: CALL 911 Or find a park ranger Georgia Department of Natural Resources (404) 656-3500 www.gadnr.org Parks & Historic Sites (404) 656-2770
Wildlife Resource Division (770) 918-6400 Licenses & Boat Registration (800) 366-2661 Reservations (800) 864-7275 Turn in Poachers (800) 241-4113
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For advertising inquiries, call (626) 229-9991. The Park Visitor Welcome Kit was created by Government Solutions Group in partnership with Georgia DNR at no cost to taxpayers. Nothing in the Park Visitor Welcome Kit should be taken to imply endorsement of products, services, or activities of advertisers by any governmental agency. For more information please visit www.parkvisitor.com. GSG is a founding member of America’s State Parks.
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