Don't Forget These Great Georgia State Park Discounts for Summer or Year-Round Access

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If you're considering trips to Georgia State Parks or Georgia State Historical Areas, don't forget the discount programs that can save you money, extend your park benefits and encourage more frequent visits to locations around the state.

And even better than discounted admissions, with a little planning you may be able to get FREE Georgia State Parks admission with your library card.

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Georgia residents can enjoy discounted -- or even FREE -- admission to State Parks and Historic Sites with available programs.Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

As published on the Georgia State Parks website, current discount programs include:

Combination Annual Pass. A new combination annual pass allows access to Georgia's state parks and historical areas for $85 per year. The combo pass provides parking at Georgia's State Parks and admission for up to four people at Georgia's State Historic Sites. Benefits are good for one year from the month of purchase. Unlike other discount passes, the new combo pass can be purchased online or in person at parks offices. Non-discounted annual passes with comparable benefits are $50 each when purchased separately.

Senior Discounts, Annual Park Pass. Seniors age 62 or older qualify to purchase a discounted annual state park pass for $25, 50% off the regular purchase price. These discounted passes can only be purchased in-person at a parks office or location, and seniors must present a driver's license or other form of identification to confirm their qualification age. Seniors also qualify for a discounted membership in Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, plus 20% off some cottage rental rates, campground fees, and golf course fees.

Military Discount. Perfect for the large number of military families in the state, active duty and retired military — who are Georgia residents — are entitled to a 25% discount on the daily or Annual ParkPass. ID must be shown, according to the Georgia State Parks website.

Disabled Veteran's Discount. Recognizing the sacrifice they've made, Georgia State Parks offers discounts on a wide variety of parks admissions and activities for disabled veterans. A Certificate of Edibility is required from the Georgia Department of Veterans Service.

Free Library Check-Out Program

Just like checking out a book, Georgians with library cards may be able to get limited-time access to free Georgia State Park passes from their local library. A limited number of passes are available for check-out through libraries on a first-come, first-served basis. Check with your local library for availability and access, or read more about the free pass program.

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Annual pass holders can get additional discount on Georgia state park cabin rentals, campground fees and golf coursesPhoto: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

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