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Adventure Lodges of Georgia to Debut June 19

Amicalola Falls and Unicoi State Parks Introduce Adventure Programs



DAWSONVILLE Ga. and HELEN, Ga., May 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Residents of the Southeast have more options than ever to enjoy the natural beauty of the North Georgia Mountains this summer with the introduction of Georgia's first adventure lodge experiences at Amicalola Falls State Park and Unicoi State Park on June 19, announced Heath Carter, Regional Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Coral Hospitality.

"Adventure programs offer a unique and exciting way to explore Georgia's state parks, and are designed for visitors with a wide range of fitness levels, interests and ages," said Mr. Carter. "Generally adventure lodges are situated in remote locales with dramatic scenery, offer activities requiring a high level of athletic ability and can come with a big price tag. We've taken the concept and transformed it for broader accessibility and affordability."

Both Amicalola Falls and Unicoi offer treetop zip lines, GPS scavenger hunts, 3-D archery and climbing walls; and both facilities will be designated GoPro Parks, with classes and a rental program enabling guests to make an entertaining record of their day using the action camera mounted on a bike, kayak or helmet. Amicalola Falls also presents guided hikes of the falls and guided fitness trail runs; survivalist camping; and the birds of prey experience, a close look at falcons, owls and hawks taught by an expert handler. Unicoi adds lessons in fly fishing, paddle boarding, kayak fishing; an introduction to mountain biking; and primitive camping under the stars.

"The activities are designed to make participation easy so visitors can try a number of different adventures. For example, guests taking fly fishing classes at Unicoi have the use of fishing equipment," said Mr. Carter.

Adventure activities are available to all park visitors, subject to availability. Each adventure is priced separately and includes guided leadership and equipment.

However, to experience the North Georgia Mountains to the fullest, guests will enjoy staying overnight in the parks' newly-renovated lodges, featuring redesigned lobbies with new furnishings, and refreshed guestrooms and cabins. Guests at Amicalola Falls may relax on a new rocking chair porch with panoramic vistas, or enjoy impressive mountain views from the observation deck outside the Maple Restaurant. At Unicoi and Amicalola Falls, families with children will enjoy fire pit stories, narrated by storytellers and accompanied with s'mores.

Grand Opening Adventure packages with special pricing are offered at both lodges:

All You Can Slam Adventures, from $99 weekdays and from $150 weekends*

  • Overnight stay in a lodge room
  • Unlimited adventure activities can be selected per day, with guided leadership and equipment for adventure activities provided

*Per person, per night, based on double occupancy; rates start at $99 per night for Sunday through Thursday stays and start from $150 per night for Friday and Saturday stays. Price includes park or other admission fees or permits, is exclusive of taxes and subject to availability.

Adventure Like the Boss, from $250**

  • Two-night stay in a lodge room
  • Two adventure activities per person, per day for two days, with guided leadership and equipment for adventure activities
  • Additional adventure activities may be added at an extra cost

**Per room, for two nights, based on double occupancy. Price includes park or other admission fees or permits, is exclusive of taxes and subject to availability.

Visit www.GaAdventureLodge.com for more information about the adventure programs and overnight packages.

About Amicalola State Park and Lodge

Nestled above the Southeast's highest cascading waterfall at 729 feet, and less than nine miles from the southern end of the famous Appalachian Trail, The Lodge at Amicalola Falls offers a spectacular natural setting for weekend getaways and vacations, group meetings, corporate retreats, family gatherings and weddings year round. Completed in early 2015, fresh designs, new furnishings and extensive upgrades of the mountaintop lodge's lobby, guestrooms, suites and free-standing cabins provide new comforts and handsome décor. For information and reservations, please call 800-573-9656 or visit www.amicalolafallslodge.com; and connect on Amicalola Facebook Page.

About Unicoi State Park and Lodge

Situated on 1,050 acres between the Chattahoochee Forest and the Alpine Village of Helen and overlooking a 53-acre lake in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Lodge at Unicoi State Park is a year-round destination for weekend getaways, vacations, group meetings, corporate retreats, family gatherings and weddings. The Lodge Lobby and accommodations are refreshed, and cabins are renovated and feature enhanced amenities, completed in early 2015. For information and reservations please call 800-573-9659 or visit www.unicoilodge.com; and connect on www.facebook.com/Unicoi.

About Coral Hospitality

Established in 1988, Coral Hospitality is a full-service hospitality management and investment company appointed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to operate Georgia's lodges. In addition to Amicalola State Park & Lodge and Unicoi State Park & Lodge, the company also manages Brasstown Valley Resort; George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge; Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club; and Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge. Visit www.coralhospitality.com for information.

CONTACT: Sandra Ryder Sandra@sandraryder.com 404-406-0842Source:AmicalolaandUnicoi State Park & Lodge