Ga. state parks to offer free admission Sept. 25

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Visitors to Georgia's state parks and historic sites will get in free on Saturday, Sept. 25 as part of National Public Lands Day.

The celebration is statewide and thanks park visitors and volunteers for their support of outdoor recreation and historic preservation.

Several volunteer projects are being carried out by the non-profit Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, which has nearly 50 chapters across the state.

On Free Day in the Parks, the regular $5 parking fee will be waived, historic sites will open their doors for free, and even anglers will not need a fishing license. Sept. 25 is also National Hunting and Fishing Day, which will be celebrated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at many events and locations.

Here are some local events going on at state parks on Sept. 25:

Colonial Cricket
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah

The sport of cricket returns to Savannah as it was played among the first colonists in the 1730s. Capt. Noble Jones will be on hand to explain the rules and umpire the matches. No equipment is necessary and anyone can play. 912-353-3023.

Invasive Plant Day
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah

Volunteer to be a "Tallow Terror" and learn how to "hack and squirt" for the removal of the highly invasive Chinese Tallow Trees. 912-598-2300.

Scavenger Hunt and Blackpowder
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort King George Historic Site, Darien

Visit the fort and complete the Family Scavenger Hunt to be eligible to win one of three gift certificates. Living history and black powder demonstrations will be on-going. 912-437-4770.

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