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On South Georgia's coastal plain right off I-75, Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park features a military museum with artifacts from conflicts dating from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War, including aircraft, armored vehicles, and weaponry. On the shores of Lake Blackshear, an 8,600-acre Georgia Power impoundment of the Flint River, the park also offers easy access to all kinds of water recreation, including swimming, boating, fishing, and waterskiing. The adjacent Lake Blackshear Resort provides lodging, dining, a marina, and boat rentals. The park itself offers camping and rental cottages. Playing golf at the state park course is ...

On South Georgia's coastal plain right off I-75, Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park features a military museum with artifacts from conflicts dating from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War, including aircraft, armored vehicles, and weaponry. On the shores of Lake Blackshear, an 8,600-acre Georgia Power impoundment of the Flint River, the park also offers easy access to all kinds of water recreation, including swimming, boating, fishing, and waterskiing. The adjacent Lake Blackshear Resort provides lodging, dining, a marina, and boat rentals. The park itself offers camping and rental cottages. Playing golf at the state park course is another popular activity. Georgia Veterans is the eastern terminus of the SAM Shortline Railway, an excursion train that runs from the park westward to Archery, Jimmy Carter's birthplace. Along the way, riders can hop off and check out the Jimmy Carter National Historic District in Plains and the amiable town of Americus, where Habitat for Humanity has a Global Village of homes on display. A car can get you to other sights in the area, such as the powerful National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville National Cemetery or Providence Canyon, known as "Georgia's Little Grand Canyon."

Kap Stann
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Kap Stann has written or contributed to many guidebooks to the American Southeast for such publishers as Moon, Avalon Travel, Lonely Planet, DK Eyewitness, and Mobil Guides.

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