All Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, including Hard Labor State Park, remain open

No public facilities closed due to Coronavirus

ATLANTA, March 12, 2020 — Officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are reminding citizens that all state parks and historic sites are open and welcoming visitors. With many Georgians avoiding crowds and canceling travel plans, parks provide nearby places to enjoy nature and solitude. Amenities such as campsites, cabins, hiking trails, picnic areas and golf courses remain open.

Hard Labor State Park

A small, wooded section within Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge was recently selected as a temporary location to house Coronavirus patients. At 5,800 acres, Hard Labor Creek is Georgia’s second largest state park. Less than one acre is being used, and security is in place to ensure there is no public access. The park’s trails, campground, cabins and golf course are open.

“We want to do all we can to help health and emergency officials prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Director Jeff Cown. “The safety of all citizens is of utmost importance to the Georgia State Parks team. With this being a fluid situation, we are monitoring it closely and making whatever decisions necessary to ensure the health and well-being of the public, our guests and employees.”

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