Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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  Friday, October 31, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Guided Tours
Every week 9 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
The historic Hardman House across from the Nacoochee Indian mound will be open for tours on Thursdays through Sundays in October at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Learn the secrets and history of this 145-year-old former governor’s farm while on a guided tour. Pathways on the grounds and the first floor of the house are wheelchair $8 - $3. Prices increase when site renovations are completed. 706-878-1077.
Scooby-Doo Mystery Hayride and Games
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 6 PM to 10 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Come to the Amicalola Falls Lodge for the Scooby-Doo Mystery Hayride and Games. The hayride will be a Scooby-Doo mystery titled "the mystery of the Amicalola Gold." Halloween games and activities will be played at the lodge. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Crisp Days of Fall Festival
Friday 6 PM - 10 PM – Oct 31, 2014 
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Georgia Veterans is celebrating the joys of Fall & Halloween and we want you here! There will be a Piles of Smiles Hayride, Pumpkin Decorating, and for those brave enough there is the Dark Forest Haunted Trail!! $3 - $7 $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. As we stroll through moss laden Live Oak trees hear the stories of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here. There will be tales of recent ghost sightings, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 4 PM to 6 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Looking for a safer way to celebrate Halloween? Join us for the 1st annual Panola State Park's Trunk-O-Treat! Boys and ghouls can collect candy going car to car instead of door to door and play on the playground. There will be contests for best costume and best trunk decoration. For those who want to pass out candy please call to register. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Graveyard Road
Fridays 7 PM - 10 PM – Oct 31, 2014 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Don't forget to bring your scared face at the annual Haunted trail. Enjoy a leisurely hay ride until you turn into the dreaded haunted trail. $3/person $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Trunk or Treat for Halloween
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Park visitors can decorate their cars and hand out treats to children as they walk from car to car. Games will be provided for children while cars are being decorated. Prizes will be awarded for cars and costumes. Please show up on time so that no cars are driving in the parking lot while children are trick-or-treating. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Get Outdoors Georgia Haunted Hills Hayride
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join our annual spooktacular haunted hayrides, which are fun for all ages. Come early because ticket sales close at 10 pm. We'll be showing a movie, have a bonfire and we will have refreshments for sale. $5/person $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
  Saturday, November 1, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Haunted Hayride
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 6 PM to 11 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Join park staff and Friends of A.H. Stephens for a fun evening of ghouling events. Activities include a haunted hayride, treats, movie on the lawn, Wii Dance, Campfire, Costume Contest, and a Campsite decorating contest for both RV and Equestrian Campers. $1 -$3 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
2nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Enjoy gorgeous fall scenery while browsing handmade crafts and food vendors from all over the U.S. The event will be held at the group shelter. Benefits Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park. $10 per car; $5 with annual ParkPass. 706-657-4050.
Fall Hayrides & Campfires
Saturdays 2 PM - 6 PM – Nov 1, 2014 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Happy Falll y'all! Go on a hayride trough the park and around the field of wildflowers by the pond. What better way to spend a fall day and see the colors. Then join us at the campfire. S'mores and hotdogs, along with other concessions will be for sale. Hayrides leave every hour on the hour and last about 45 min. $5 adults; $3 children; 2 & under FREE $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Walking Tour: Haunted Dahlonega's Spirits, Legends & Lore
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 7 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
Boo! Join this leisurely walking tour to learn about haunted Dahlonega and the town's rich gold history. Tour run by Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum. Tours last one hour. $10. 706-864-2257.
Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Wagon Ride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Come join us on a wagon ride through the park as we see the changing fall colors at sunset. After the wagon ride we will gather around the campfire and make S'mores. Please sign up early as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Sunset Hike to Wall, Tower and West Overlook
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Enjoy a Sunset Hike to the ancient rock wall, stone fire tower and west overlook. We will start in top parking lot and go to the rock wall first moving on to the stone fire tower and ending at the overlook where we will be able to watch the sunset. Moderate rocky hike, closed toe shoes required. $5 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Graveyard Road
Saturdays 7 PM - 10 PM – Nov 1, 2014 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Don't forget to bring your scared face at the annual Haunted trail. Enjoy a leisurely hay ride until you turn into the dreaded haunted trail. $3/person $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Digging Savannah Hike
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
The popular Digging Savannah Guided Hikes return to the park! The three-mile hikes will be led by Armstrong Atlantic State University archaeologist Laura Seifert and starts at the Big Ferry Trail head. 912-598-2300.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Nov 1, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Make Your Own Basket
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Make a bread basket with Ms. Randy Sells. Spend a day crafting a basket and go home with a completed basket to keep or give away at the holidays. All materials included. Advance registration required. $38 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 12 PM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Eastside Evening Hike
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile evening hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave" and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. Closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs not permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Whitewater-Watching Hike
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Hike down to Bridal Veil Falls to watch brave souls whitewater paddle the Tallulah River. The water flowing through the gorge will be much stronger than usual, making the falls even more beautiful. Bring a snack and lots of water. The hike is strenuous. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Haunted Hills Hayride
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join our annual spooktacular haunted hayrides, which are fun for all ages. Come early because ticket sales close at 10 pm. We'll be showing a movie, have a bonfire and we will have refreshments for sale. $5/person $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
  Sunday, November 2, 2014
2nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Enjoy gorgeous fall scenery while browsing handmade crafts and food vendors from all over the U.S. The event will be held at the group shelter. Benefits Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park. $10 per car; $5 with annual ParkPass. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, as we learn about lighting. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 16 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, November 6, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Guided Tours
Every week 9 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
The historic Hardman House across from the Nacoochee Indian mound will be open for tours on Thursdays through Sundays in October at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Learn the secrets and history of this 145-year-old former governor’s farm while on a guided tour. Pathways on the grounds and the first floor of the house are wheelchair $8 - $3. Prices increase when site renovations are completed. 706-878-1077.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, November 7, 2014
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story. $2 - $8. 770-387-3747.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:50 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for reservations and group rates) and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, November 8, 2014
American Frontier Days
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 10 AM to 5 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See living skills displays from local historians. Walk through time from the mid 1700's to the late 1800's. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Wagon Ride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Come join us on a wagon ride through the park as we see the changing fall colors at sunset. After the wagon ride we will gather around the campfire and make S'mores. Please sign up early as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Native American Heritage in the Nacoochee Valley
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Dr. Max White will speak on the prehistoric time periods represented in northeast Georgia, including the period during which the Nacoochee Mound was built. Dr. White will discuss the historic tribes of our area, the Creeks and Cherokees, and will end with the story of the Cherokees up to and including the Removal known as the "Trail of Tears." 706-878-1077.
Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Have you ever sipped fresh sugar cane juice, or tasted fresh cane syrup on a biscuit? Find out how in times past farmers made their own. Come experience syrup makin' day in the country. Plus craft making demonstrations throughout the farm. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us on a hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire where we'll enjoy s'mores. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Please call to register in advance. Groups of 10 or more must register for a private hike. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Day
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is one of the great geographic wonders of the eastern United States. Join Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans for a closeup view of this most unusual park. Pre-registration is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Get Outdoors Georgia Veteran's Day Pontoon Tour
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 3 PM to 5 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife by joining us on a pontoon boat tour. The journey will take you around the lake and up the Little River. Much will be seen on this adventurous trip. $8/Adult. $5/Child. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 12 PM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 16 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Wormsloe Lantern Tours
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Ever wanted to see Wormsloe at night? This is your chance to see Wormsloe in a whole new light. Guided tours by lantern take you to the Tabby Ruins where you will meet Noble Jones himself. The Colonial life area will be aglow with a lively village celebrating the arrival of Spring. $4.50-$10.00 912-353-3023.
  Sunday, November 9, 2014
American Frontier Days
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 10 AM to 5 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See living skills displays from local historians. Walk through time from the mid 1700's to the late 1800's. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. This class offers easy instructions, classroom time and a hike in the woods. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 16 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Whitewater-Watching Hike
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Hike down to Bridal Veil Falls to watch brave souls whitewater paddle the Tallulah River. The water flowing through the gorge will be much stronger than usual, making the falls even more beautiful. Bring a snack and lots of water. The hike is strenuous. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Monday, November 10, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Herp, Herp, Hurray Nature Camp
Monday, Nov 10, 2014 until Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
School's out and parents are invited to send their Pre-K - 8th graders to two full days of nature camp. Participants will meet all the reptiles that live in the Nature Center and get a chance to learn what characteristics make them reptiles. Bring snacks and drinks. Limited space, pre-register required. $20.00 per student $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
  Thursday, November 13, 2014
Leslie Local
Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 10:30 AM to 2 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
The Leslie Local takes you from the heart of Downtown Cordele's railroad district through Georgia Veterans State Park and over beautiful Lake Blackshear. After a short ride through the Sumter County countryside, we deboard in the small town of Leslie, home of the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum. 229-276-0755.
  Friday, November 14, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Autumn Encampment 2014
Friday, Nov 14, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
A wide range of living history presentations will be given highlighting all the various cultures and people that inhabited our region before Georgia was established in the 1730's. A battle re-enactment will take place at 2pm. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Autumn Encampment 2014
Friday, Nov 14, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
A wide range of living history presentations will be given highlighting all the various cultures and people that inhabited our region before Georgia was established in the 1730's. A battle re-enactment will take place at 2pm. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Girl Scout Adventure Weekend
Friday, Nov 14, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 5 PM to 5 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Activities will include boat tours, hiking and live animals. Scouts will camp in the ball field and participate in a variety of events. This is open to Girl Scout levels Daisy and Brownie. Registration deadline is October 25, 2014. $25 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Nov 14, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:50 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for reservations and group rates) and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
  Saturday, November 15, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Geocache 101 Workshop
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn the basics of this fun game and then search for a cache. Bring your GPS and/or smart phone (if you have one). A limited number of loaner GPS units may be available for use. Sign up and prepay at the Park Office. Meets at the campground amphitheater below Lake Delanor Dam. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
A Paddlers Picnic
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for a Sunday canoe and kayak excursion out to the local sandbar for a scenic lunch. Participants must bring their own food and are allowed to bring their own kayaks and canoes, but Park Office must be notified before the event. Advance registration required, on a first come – first serve basis. $20 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Paddlers Picnic
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for a canoe trip on Redbird Creek. Bring your lunch and we will provide the canoes. We will talk about the marsh while we paddle to a sandbar to enjoy our picnic. Each canoe can hold 2 adults and a child. Call for reservations. $20 per person or $10 if you bring your own boat. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Wagon Ride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Come join us on a wagon ride through the park as we see the changing fall colors at sunset. After the wagon ride we will gather around the campfire and make S'mores. Please sign up early as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Get Outdoors Georgia Pioneer Harvest Festival
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Celebrate the history of farm life in the wiregrass region of south Georgia at the parks annual festival. The day will include demonstrations of farm life, and arts and craft show, local entertainers, and more. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-1581.
Annual Sugar Cane Festival
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Enjoy a fun day in the park with fresh cane syrup, fresh ground corn meal, live music, and a wide variety of food and crafts vendors. $1 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Tons of Fun 
Civil War Living History Event at High Falls
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 8 AM to 5 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
This day long event will include educational presentations on U.S. Gen. Kilpatrick's troops, cooking demonstration, firing demonstration, and camp life of the soldiers. Free but donations accepted $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Civil War History Event 
Quilting Bee at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Beginner quilters can learn about hand piecing and stitching in the big frame, and the steps of making a quilt. Also the Plantation Quilters Guild welcomes visitors to their meeting. 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia Heritage Day 2014: 150 Years of Camp Lawton
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 9 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Enjoy a living history encampment, live cannon fire, and the replica of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley. Georgia Southern will be hosting an archaeology presentation while vendors and other presenters join in the festivities in the picnic area. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Civil War History Event 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Women's Safety Awareness
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ladies, join us for this Local Law enforcement officer led class on how to keep yourself safe while at home, out on the trail, or out and about down town. Great for women of all ages, so bring your mother, daughters, and friends! There will be special safety giveaways, but space is limited. Must register and pay in advance. Meet at Nature Center. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Iron Pour
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 2 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Come discover the art of casting metal as we pour molten iron into scratch blocks that you've designed. Scratch blocks go on sale at 2 PM behind the Park Office. Limit 5 per person. Supplies are limited. Pour begins at 6 PM. Scratch blocks sold at event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Whitewater-Watching Hike
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Hike down to Bridal Veil Falls to watch brave souls whitewater paddle the Tallulah River. The water flowing through the gorge will be much stronger than usual, making the falls even more beautiful. Bring a snack and lots of water. The hike is strenuous. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, November 16, 2014
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 16 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, November 22, 2014
Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Come and Take It!" Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 11 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, a skirmish and more. Free admission. 912-884-5999.
Wagon Ride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Come join us on a wagon ride through the park as we see the changing fall colors at sunset. After the wagon ride we will gather around the campfire and make S'mores. Please sign up early as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 10 AM to 4:50 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Battle of Griswoldville 150th Anniversary Commemoration
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman’s March to the Sea in November 1864. Civil War soldier life portrayals and Union and Confederate encampments followed with a noon memorial service and battlefield tours. Donations appreciated to help preserve this historic site. 478-986-5172.
Civil War History Event 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Turkey Trek Night Hike
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Do you love the smell of turkey roasting over an open fire? Join us for this unique evening program where we will learn to cook your own Thanksgiving feast over the campfire. Worried about all those extra calories? Don't be! We will take a moderate mountain hike while they cook. Food provided by park. Bring flashlight, jacket and good hiking shoes. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Day
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is one of the great geographic wonders of the eastern United States. Join Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans for a closeup view of this most unusual park. Pre-registration is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy Night
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 6 PM to 9 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is an ideal location to view night skies because there is virtually no light pollution. Join Columbus State University as they reveal the night skies through the use of telescopes and share mythological stories about the constellations. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
"Green" Bee Keeping
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In this introduction to sustainable practices in hobby bee keeping, guests will learn about pathogen and disease identification, organic treatments, how to help hives overwinter, swarming behavior, creating a bee-friendly yard, and non-toxic pest and disease control. Taught by entomologist and bee-keeper Amanda Rose Newton. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Sunday, November 23, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Pioneer and Indian Lifestyles
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 9:30 AM to 2 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
This program is for children 7-12 years old. Children will dip candles, make butter, make pioneer stew and create a pioneer toy. They will learn why wildlife and plants played an important role in Pioneer and Indian living. Pre-registration required by November 22. $20. 706-541-0321.
  Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Home School Wednesdays
Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, November 27, 2014
Fall Hayrides
Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
  Friday, November 28, 2014
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Nov 28, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Walk Off The Turkey
Friday, Nov 28, 2014 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Take a guided hike through the gorge floor to work off those extra pounds you acquired over Thanksgiving. This hike is strenuous and involves climbing over and under rocks and logs, jumping from rock to rock, and possibly getting your feet wet. Participants must be 10 or older. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, November 29, 2014
Wagon Ride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Come join us on a wagon ride through the park as we see the changing fall colors at sunset. After the wagon ride we will gather around the campfire and make S'mores. Please sign up early as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Christmas in Plains
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 4 PM to 9 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Get your tickets today to enjoy Christmas in Plains. There will be a Christmas parade and music to put you in the spirit of Christmas. You'll be riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. 229-276-0755.
Storytime with Santa
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 6 PM to 9 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Santa Claus is coming to Indian Springs State Park. Children will enjoy stories with Santa, reindeer games, crafts, cookies, and hot chocolate. Remember the evening with a free picture with Santa! Tours of Idlewilde, the historic house used as the park office, will be available. Meet at the Stone Pavilion. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Nov 29, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Thanksgiving Throwdown
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 11 AM to 7 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Its football and turkey season the best time of year. However, we all need that break from sitting down and watching football eventually. Whether you need a break all day to come out for our hike, animal program, and campfire, or just want to come out for a few hours. We can help you out. $1/s'more $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Sunday, November 30, 2014
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Nov 30, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Friday, December 5, 2014
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Friday, Dec 5, 2014 10 AM to 2:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excursion with an hour and ten minute layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger! Santa will be aboard for the ride! 229-276-0755.
33rd Annual Plantation Christmas
6 PM - 9 PM from Dec 5, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house, hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
Civil War History Event 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 5, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Friday, Dec 5, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Friday, Dec 5, 2014 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
Christmas On The Lake
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Make Christmas decorations out of natural ornaments such as pine cones, sweetgum balls, magnolia seedpods and seashells. We provide all the materials you will need. Then from 1 to 3, be sure to bring your wish list as pictures will be taken with Santa Claus. $1 - $5 $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 5 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns. Free admission sponsored by the Friends of Ft Morris, Flemington and Liberty County. 912-884-5999.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10 AM to 4:50 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
33rd Annual Plantation Christmas
6 PM - 9 PM from Dec 6, 2014 
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house, hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
Civil War History Event 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 6, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia A Jarrell Plantation Christmas
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Greenery from the woods decorates the 1847 plantation house and 1895 farm house. Learn to make simple paper decorations. Enjoy homemade spiced cider cooked on the wood burning stove and old style cookies, and warm up by the fireplace for music and stories. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us on a hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire where we'll enjoy s'mores. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Please call to register in advance. Groups of 10 or more must register for a private hike. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
FDR portrayer will recite the "Day of Infamy" speech declaring that a state of war exists sending the United States into the Second World War. Performances at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. WWII Uniforms on displayby Ga DNR Archivist. US Signal Corps Pearl Harbor exhibit. $9-$14. 706-655-5870.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Using a Hand-held GPS Unit - Advanced
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Students will learn how to load maps and waypoints, create tracks and routes and trip planning using your GPS; performing area calculations using tracks; projecting waypoints; interfacing Google Earth with a GPS unit; using the electronic compass and altimeter. A basic knowledge of the GPS is necessary prior to taking this course. $25 if paid by 11/15/14; $30 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Dirty Spokes Race
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 7 AM to 12 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
The Dirty Spokes running race series includes four state parks: Red Top Mountain, Unicoi, Fort Yargo and Victoria Bryant. Dates and distances vary. Visit http://www.dirtyspokes.com/victoria-bryant-georgia-series/ for more information and to register. Race Fee plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, December 7, 2014
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 7, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 10 AM to 2:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excursion with an hour and ten minute layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger! Santa will be aboard for the ride! 229-276-0755.
  Thursday, December 11, 2014
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 10 AM to 2:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excursion with an hour and ten minute layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger! Santa will be aboard for the ride! 229-276-0755.
  Friday, December 12, 2014
Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 until Saturday, Dec 13, 2014
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation. To honor this tradition, visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America’s best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes. $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.
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