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​Take a Hike (No, Really, Take a Hike)

Jeanne Peloquin
Mar 13, 2016


You’re probably a frequent library patron. You check out books by the armful and DVDs by the handful. You probably have all the Zinio magazines and oneClick digital eBooks and eAudio you can fit on your device. Maybe you know about the continuing education available through Universal Class. Maybe you’ve learned languages with Transparent Languages. You know your stuff.

Did you know that in addition to all those benefits, your library card can also get you free access to Georgia State Parks? With the ParkPass every Georgian can visit state parks and historic sites for free. All you need is your library card in good standing. The passes are good for free parking or admission at any of the 63 state parks and historic sites statewide.

The ParkPass comes with a booklet listing information about those parks and historic sites, and there is something for nearly everyone. You can visit your choice of 45 state parks, three state historic parks and 15 historic sites, stretching from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Colonial Coast. Together, the sites offer an exceptional variety of resources, including mountains, canyons, forests, fields, marshes, waterfalls, lakes, swamps, rivers, battlefields, historic homes and Native American artifacts. The number of passes is limited, and holds are not allowed.

I love hiking with my dogs in the state parks nearest Columbia County. Being out in the fresh air, scrambling up and down hills and over uneven terrain is the ultimate antidote to the stresses and over-connectedness of my daily life.

This is a beautiful time of year to explore Georgia’s State Parks. Load up the car with your family, your friends, or just your dogs, and take a hike!