ATLANTA — Georgia’s State Park System is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian and preparing to host those sheltering from the storm. Evacuees and their pets are welcome in Georgia’s State Parks, including horses at parks with equestrian facilities. All cottages and campsites will allow pets during this time.

Jennifer Bexley, the director of the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers said the park took in about 30 evacuee horses over the weekend, most of them coming from Florida. As of Tuesday, Bexley said the calls had slowed down and she did not expect too many more horses at the park.

Campsites and cottages are available at regular rates, and “dry camping” is free during this emergency event. Parking fees and pet fees will be waived for evacuees. Group shelters are also available.

Evacuees should contact park offices directly for assistance. Evacuees are strongly encouraged to travel to northern Georgia State Parks since strong winds and heavy rain may affect southern parks. As of Sept. 1, the parks had approximately 11,500 campsites, cabins and yurts available. For the latest storm notifications, visit Park locations can be found at the following link:


I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.