Free Stuff in the Georgia Mountains – Maps, Travel Guides, Food & More!

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  1. K E N says:

    These are some incredible free offers that are more than enticing. I would have never dreamed that there were so many free “perks” to visit the state of Georgia. I was particularly impressed by the free passes for the public on certain days.

    Free entrances to museums and parks. 5 free days available for the Georgia state parks with no sign-up required. Free entrance days to the national forest sites. Free admission for historical sites all across the state of Georgia on May 2 of 2021. This is good information for those of us on a very limited budget.

    My favorite “perk” was a free planetarium show and night sky telescope viewing. Super awesome info. I have a totally different perspective on traveling there now. Who would have guessed there was so much to offer.

    • Alyce says:

      Hello K E N! I am happy to hear that you are considering a trip to Georgia for your next vacation!

      Many of the offers you mention are available across the country (national parks and Smithsonian museums), but the planetarium and observatory freebies are definitely a local perk. Hopefully, those will be able to open up to the public again soon. 

  2. Benny says:

    hello, it is a great and nice feeling to know that someone will create a great website like this and also create a write up on an article like this. someone once told me that the best things in life are free. this is a typical example. i would not want to miss stuffs like this

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Benny, I’m very happy to hear that you enjoy the article and website!! 

      I hope you have a fantastic time in the Georgia mountains with whatever adventures you choose!

  3. Meka says:

    I like how there are a lot of free things to do in GA, and when I am able to come to visit, I will definitely revisit this website. I love science and would check out the Night Sky Telescope Viewing. The fishing gear loaner program is something I wish they had here in California, and if they do have it, no one knows about it lol. Ok, with all of the free stuff I see here makes me want to move to GA. So many things to do and you don’t have to spend much money if that nothing at all just show up. I love how much information is included on your website. 

  4. Nate MC says:

    This is a great resource! Georgia and its mountains are gorgeous, and it’s nice that there are so many things to do that are completely free. I think it’s great the state offers a day where anyone can fish for free, and that there are free museums visitors can go to.

    • Alyce says:

      It is definitely nice that there are these kinds of various opportunities for everyone to enjoy a fun activity without a big expense. 

  5. Andrew says:

    You really included a lot of activities in this article, thanks for putting it all together. My sister-in-law lives in Georgia during the winter months so a lot of this information will be useful when we go visit her. We enjoy doing a lot of hiking so those guides will be really useful for us. I also am especially interested in the Planetarium Show and Night Sky Telescope viewing, but all of these activities look great. Thanks again!

  6. Andy Zeus Anderson says:

    Of all the things in Georgia that are free. I miss the free fishing the most. Georgia has some of the best fishing and hunting in the world, with people traveling to places from Atlants, to Macon, Brunswick to Savanah to enjoy good food and good old southern hospitality. Some of the spookiest ghost hunter attractions in Georgia are free as well, just don’t bring anything home with you that is otherworldly.

    • Alyce says:

      Haha… I haven’t encountered any ghosts yet, but with all the rich history in the state, there are bound to be more than a few great ghost stories!

  7. Boniface-AndroidBix says:

    Hi Alyce,

    That’s a nice post you have made here, and it’s so resourceful! You make Georgia to be a top list place right about now!

    I like the indicator you have given us on what to find where and how to go about it. And all these would come in handy, each at their own special time. For instance, the maps in different languages would be so helpful when traveling to a vacation destination. Actually, one would very well plan to get most of these free treats as part of the vacation and they could be so enjoyable and memorable. Like fishing, free coffee/donut, free entries to some National Parks- timing here is key!

    What times of the year could most of these treats be available?

    Boniface from AndroidBix

    • Alyce says:

      Some of the free resources are available all year — including the free maps and travel guides. I’d recommend that you request those right away as they could help when planning your trip. The others are scattered throughout the year (and will change from year to year), so once you’ve planned your trip, be sure to check to see if you’ll be able to take advantage of free activities in the Georgia mountains.

  8. Wendy Rahilly says:

    While probably a little hot right now to travel to Georgia, free stuff is always appealing. I live in FL so wouldn’t take me too long to make it up there.  it’s been some time since I’ve gone fishing. Maybe, we’ll have to make it up there on September 28. 🙂 

    Thanks for the valuable resources.

    My boyfriend and I love to camp. Any suggestions for camping?

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Wendy, The Georgia mountains have a very different climate than South Georgia along the Florida border… so you may be surprised by the nice weather year round! It does get hot on occasion though, so it’s great to have ideas for ways to cool off (rafting and tubing are 2 personal favorites).

      There are plenty of camping sites available — you’ll find sites that are suitable for completely roughing it and also hookups for modern RV’s. It just depends on what kind of camping that you enjoy most!

  9. Wayne says:

    Hi, Alyce (unusual spelling).

    As you say, everyone likes “free” stuff and my wife and I are no different.  When we plan trips in our RV we are always looking for ways to cut expenses so this is going to come in handy when we eventually make our way to the state of Georgia and other eastern states to discover the beauty of your mountains.

    We have just recently retired and are looking to expand our horizons and planning a trip North and south through the parks and towns of the mountain ranges along the eastern states sounds like a great idea.

    Going through the lists it looks like if we could plan to hit your state in September (next year), we could take in more of the activities and freebies.

    One thing I didn’t see mentioned in your post was what kind of “Free” camping was available.  We are into Boondocking and would love to find some great spots to camp on BLM land.  Any suggestions?

    Wayne

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Wayne! September is a wonderful time of year to visit as the weather is near perfect. The fall colors will start to arrive towards the end of the month, and with that a lot more visitors to the area. 

      I found a free camping site at Dicks Creek Falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Reviewers give it high ratings, but one reviewer did mention that they aren’t sure how well suited it would be for RV’s.

      So… if that one doesn’t suit you, I would recommend looking on https://freecampsites.net/#!Georgia&query=region to look up places in the Georgia Mountains where you would be able to camp with no fees. 

      Hope you have a great trip!

  10. Henry says:

    Hi! Thank you for putting this list together. I want to visit the Smithsonian Museum, and I think our trip to Georgia will coincide with Museum Day (so it’s good to know that we can enter free that day).

    I’ll also watch out for free monthly workshops at HOME DEPOT. DIY has recently become my thing.

  11. flowstash says:

    Thank you for listing out these free good deals. I normally fish here in Texas, but it requires an expensive fishing license. If I go to Georgia on the free fishing days on, “June 1, June 8, and September 28” will it still require me to get a Georgia fishing license? Because I have family in Georgia and I wouldn’t mind having fun free activities to do with them when I visit.

  12. Mariana says:

    Hi!
    It seems like there are many things you can get for free in the Georgia Mountains. I think the one people will like the most is the food. But I am a bit late to go now and get some free food, since most of the free food promos are in June. I wish I could go in September, but it’s too far away from my country. 

    I also think it also great that they have free travel guides in different languages. There are a lot of people from my country that would be very interested in visiting the Georgia Mountains, but don’t speak English (my country’s language is Spanish by the way.)

    Best, 

    Mariana

    • Alyce says:

      It’s great to attract a diverse group of people to visit the area — the inclusion of 9 different languages for the travel guides definitely helps!

  13. Dave Sweney says:

    The Georgia Mountains seems like a beautiful place to plan a vacation stop at no matter if there were freebies available or not, but the extensive list of the ones you can grab while there provides the icing on the cake so to speak. It is like getting a bonus to an already great prize.

    I have traveled through that part of the world several times over the years and enjoyed each visit. There is always something going on. Each of my visits has been at different times of the year, and there was always some community activities no matter the time. 

    Thanks for the tips on the free stuff, I will have a look at this post again right before I head through that part of the USA so I can tap into whatever freebies that are available. I do not suppose there are any free 5-star hotels I can tap into (kidding)? Great post, thanks much!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Dave, I haven’t found any free hotels, but if you ever find those, please come back and share the hot tip!! 🙂 

  14. Pentrental says:

    Wow the Georgia Mountains look exceptional. Honestly I hadn’t heard a whole lot about the Georgia Mountains before so this peaks my interest and is making me want to go visit. To me, what would interest me the most are the National Parks and Forests, as well as the museum. I’ll save your post for when it’s time to go check out the area, well done!

    • Alyce says:

      Wonderful! I hope you have a fantastic visit!! The busiest time of year to visit is in the fall when the autumn colors peak, but it’s a wonderful area no matter when you arrive.

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  15. Clare says:

    This is a great list of free Georgia mountain resources. The Babyland General Hospital sounds like something my girls would love. Do you have any personal experience with Babyland General Hospital? Do you think it is a worthwhile experience? My family and I would like to visit Georgia but are struggling to find places worth visiting. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Clare, If your girls are still at the age where they enjoy dolls, then the Babyland General Hospital is definitely worth the stop. Older kids and most boys probably wouldn’t appreciate it quite as much.

      It’s easy to stay occupied with fun activities in the North Georgia mountains. There are so many fun typical family things to do like visit zoos, mini golf, horseback riding, and some unique things to the area like panning for gold! This area of Georgia was home to the country’s first gold rush — 20 years before California!!

      The views of the mountains are amazing too. There are lots of great cabins in the area that will accomodate a large family – complete with kitchen, vaulted living room with mountain views, hot tubs, and game rooms with pool table or foosball table. 

      I hope you do get a chance to visit soon. I’ve seen all 50 states and this is still one of my most favorite areas!

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  16. coralie says:

    Being from Canada, I have never been to the Georgia mountains, but I sure want to go now.  There is so much to do and so much free stuff you can get who doesn’t want to go. Krispy Kreme alone has me wanting to go. Then you throw in the others too and my bag is almost packed. I really enjoyed your post. Thank you

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Coralie, 

      Those are definitely some good doughnuts! It’s great to have so many free options throughout the year. 

      For your visit, I’d recommend that you go ahead and order the FREE guides and travel maps and start planning your Georgia mountains trip! 

      In addition to the free options, I highly recommend checking out a few of the local barbecue joints too. They may not be free but they are always a great deal… and so delicious!  🙂 

      Warm Regards, Alyce

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