Georgia’s State Parks provide families and couples alike a staycation alternative for the holidays and long winter months ahead. From festive Christmas packages and golf retreats to winter rates with savings up to 30%, Georgia’s State Parks offer a cozy and affordable vacation getaway without the hustle and bustle of traffic and crowds. Below is a sampling of the holiday and winter packages currently available.

  • Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge, Dawsonville.  Home to the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, this secluded 56-room hideaway is kicking off the season of giving with a special “Holiday Shopping”package.  Available November 27 through December 20, and starting at $110 per night, the package includes a standard double lodge room, dinner and breakfast for two in the mountain-view restaurant, and a shoppers VIP pack with offers from the area’s best stores, including the North Georgia Premium Outlets.  Call 1-800-573-9656 for reservations.


  • Mistletoe State Park, Appling.  Located on 71,000-acre Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta, this park is known as one of the finest bass fishing spots in the nation. Mistletoe is welcoming the holidays with a special “Cottage Christmas”package.  Available November 28 through December 23, and starting at $135 per night, the package includes a cozy cabin on the lake, two free tickets to Lights of the South(a top-rated Southeast Christmas attraction), a bundle of firewood, two holiday mugs and hot chocolate, and a Mistletoe State Park keepsake.  For reservations call 706-541-0321.


  • Unicoi State Park & Lodge, Helen.Located in the midst of the Chattahoochee National Forest, just two miles from the quaint Alpine Village of Helen, Unicoi State Park & Lodge is offering a “Stay & Play”special valid through December 31.  Starting at $149 per night, golf enthusiasts can enjoy a comfortable lodge room, full breakfast buffet, and greens fees and cart for unlimited play at the Innsbruck Golf course, located next door to the park.  Call 1-800-573-9659 for reservations. 


  • Winter Getaway Discount.  For those who could use a mini-vacation after the holidays, a secluded staycation to a Georgia State Park can be the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate. Winter is a great time to enjoy fewer crowds and more wildlife sightings. Available January 2 through March 31, 2012, save 25% to 30% on nearly all accommodations.  Guest can choose from lodges with restaurants and great views, cozy cabins with fireplaces, modern campsites and even yurts.  For reservations, call 1-800-864-7275 and ask for the Winter Getaway Discount. 

For help in planning a holiday staycation for your family or to learn about special packages, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.orgor call 1-800-864-PARK (7275).  Georgia’s state parks and historic sites are operated by the Department of Natural Resources.