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Written by Matt Davis on May 15, 2018. Posted in News/Weather

When the temperatures hit the 90s in North Georgia over the weekend, there is no doubt that locals had a strong desire to jump in a body of water.

Kim Hatcher, Public Affairs Coordinator for Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, attests that you don’t have to travel to Florida to reach the beach.  Many state parks around this area offer lakeside beaches with swimming spots, such as Fort Mountain and Red Top Mountain.

Vacation season, of course, is right around the corner.  Along with swimming, state parks offer many options to those searching for some affordable summer vacation ideas, says Hatcher.  Options include geocaching, golf, kayaking and even ziplining.

Hatcher adds that state parks also offer affordable camping, along with site-specific reservations at some parks.  For more information, visit the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites’ website at www.gastateparks.org.

Residents of Rome and Floyd County will have another option for swimming soon as the Northside Swim Center on Kingston Avenue is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 26th.  For more information about the swim center, visit the website of Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation at www.rfpra.com.

There is also a swimming beach at Rocky Mountain Recreation, located on Big Texas Valley Road in Rome.

You might want to avoid the area’s waterways this week, though.  Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast all week, reports the National Weather Service.

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