Splash in a lake, play in a park

lshirley@macon.comMay 5, 2013 

Recreational water sports are available across Georgia and are a large part of what the state has to offer. Many are within a short drive of Macon. Whether they are for swimming, boating, fishing, skiing or camping, there are plenty of options from which to choose.

High Falls State Park: 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson. The park features hiking, fishing, boating, camping and miniature golf (for an additional fee). Kayaks, canoes and pedal boats are available to rent. (478) 993-3053. www.gastateparks.org/HighFalls. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. $5 daily parking fee; annual pass available.

Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge: 80 Live Oak Trail, Helena. Features of the park include the 18-hole Wallace Adams Golf Course, the splash pad with fountains for children and the 2.6-mile Oak Ridge Trail for hikers. A campground, rental cottages and lodge are available for guests who want to stay a little longer. (229) 868-7474. www.gastateparks.org/LittleOcmulgee. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. $5 daily parking fee; annual pass available.

Indian Springs State Park: 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla. Camping, boating, hiking, miniature golf and geocaching are just a few of the activities available at this state park. Visitors can also sample the spring water that first attracted Creek Indians to the area. (770) 504-2277. www.gastateparks.org/IndianSprings. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. $5 daily parking fee; annual pass available.

Sprewell Bluff Outdoor Recreation Area: 740 Sprewell Bluff Road, Thomaston. Hike the 3-mile trail, cool off in the river or look for a variety of local birds, butterflies and wildflowers. A boat ramp is available. (478) 825-6354. www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/4242-sprewell-bluff-state-outdoor-recreation-area. 7 a.m-10 p.m. daily. $5 daily parking fee.

Lake Tobesofkee: 6600 Moseley Dixon Road, Macon. Visitors can enjoy white sand beaches staffed with lifeguards during the summer months. Playgrounds, tennis courts and a softball field are available, as are camping, fishing and trails for hiking and bicycling. 474-8770. www.co.bibb.ga.us/LakeTobesofkee. Claystone and Arrowhead parks hours: 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily; Sandy Beach Park hours vary according to the season. $3 per person daily admission to Claystone, Arrowhead and Sandy Beach parks; free for kids ages 6 and younger; additional fees apply for boats, camping and shelter rentals; annual permits available.

Lake Oconee: Greene County Tourism, 111 North Main St., Greensboro. Boating, fishing and camping are among the many activities visitors can participate in. Shopping, golf and historic sites are nearby. (706) 453-0380 or (866) 341-4466. www.visitlakeoconee.com.

Lake Blackshear: 2459 U.S. 280 West, Cordele. Visitors will enjoy boating, skiing, trophy fishing and swimming at Lake Blackshear. Campsites and picnic facilities are available. (229) 273-3820. www.crispcountypower.com/aboutlake.html.

Lake Sinclair: Milledgeville Convention and Visitors Bureau, 200 West Hancock St., Milledgeville. A variety of public boat ramps and recreational areas are available. Campgrounds, picnic areas and unsupervised beaches also provide family entertainment. (800) 653-1804 or (478) 452-4687. www.visitmilledgeville.org.

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