Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
ZIP SEARCH:  go  
Events starting 3/10/2013
  Sunday, March 10, 2013
Appalachian Trail Kick Off (ATKO)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join authors, vendors, hiking clubs and AT hikers during this presentation-packed weekend designed for anyone who has ever dreamed about hiking the AT. The latest hiking gear, books, and t-shirts are available for purchase. For a complete schedule, visit friendsofamicalolafalls.org. Lower lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Walk
Monday, Mar 11, 2013 to Monday, Mar 11, 2013 - 1:30 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Search for sights and sounds of inhabitants of the Piedmont region as we trek through the spring woodlands to the old fish ponds. We will take along field guides and learn how to identify animal signs. Meet at Noname Parking Lot; Less than 1 mile; ages 6 & up; Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
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 
Monadnock Madness
Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Invigorating hikes, surreal views and a rockin’ good time are all in store. This family friendly event encourages amateur adventurers to reach the peaks of Arabia, Panola and Stone Mountains. Must register in advance for this ranger-led hike on Panola. See www.monadnockmadness.com for complete schedule. $5 parking. 770-492-5231.
  Thursday, March 14, 2013
Peanut Express
Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a tourist train ride through southern Georgia.  Visit the large collection of telephones in Leslie at the Rural Telephone Museum (Train ticket includes FREE admission to the museum). Then travel West to Plains for some delightful peanut treats. 229-276-0755.
Bird Watch and Big Ferry Trail Hike
Thursday, Mar 14, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am learn the basics about local bird varieties. At 2:00pm come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through a maritime forest. Meet at the Big Ferry trail head. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, March 15, 2013
"Ruins to Rapids" Comet Hike
Friday, Mar 15, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This will be a 2-hour, 1.5-mile moderately difficult guided hike along the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and into the ruins of the Civil War-era textile mill of New Manchester. We will be comet-watching, so bring binoculars if you wish. Bring a flashlight and closed-toe shoes, and meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
All About Beavers
Friday, Mar 15, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join Anne Warner, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger with Acadia National Park, as she shares the many secrets of beavers. This evening will begin with a short presentation on beavers and will end after a short walk to Unicoi Lake. $5 parking. 706-878-4739.
  Saturday, March 16, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Turkey Calling Contest
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Kick off turkey Hunting Season with Chattahoochee State Park. To get ready, we will proactice turkey calls. Middle School and High School Students can win prizes. Judged by members of the Wild Turkey Federation. Please preregister by calling the park or coming by the visitor's center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Know the Enemy - White Nose Syndrome
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 10:30 AM until Mar 17, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Cases of the deadly fungus that kills bats have been confirmed in Sitton’s Cave in the park. Find out what WNS is, how it harms bats and what can be done to counteract the detrimental effects of this disease. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backyard Birds Challenge - The Game
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Mar 31, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The birds are back! Step up the excitement on your bird watching excursions with a fun and friendly challenge. Keep track of the birds you see then stop by the Interpretive Center to add up your points and add your name to the score board. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia St. Patrick's Lucky Clovers
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 12 PM until Mar 17, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Everyone could use a little more luck, and four leaf clovers are especially lucky. Nestled in right alongside all of the less lucky, but equally ecologically important three leaf clovers, searching for four leaf clovers can be fun and interesting. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Leprechaun Hunt
Saturday & Sunday 1 PM - 2:30 PM until Mar 17, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the 2 mile Backcountry Loop trail in search of the elusive leprechaun. This easy hike through pristine leprechaun habitat is perfect for both beginner and experienced trackers. But remember any gold acquired must be shared with the naturalist. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Georgia's Native American Heritage
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come learn how our heritage has been influenced by those who were here before us. We will spend the day examining how people and cultures from the past have helped create today's world. $2.00-$6.00. 770-387-3747.
Feed The Birds Workshop
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Explore the basics of backyard bird feeding so you will know how to attract a range of feathered friends from hummingbirds to cardinals. We will go over bird baths, feeder types, and food choices including bird attracting plants. Meet at the enclosed Group Shelter in the campground. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Friends of Fort McAllister Kickoff Cookout
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us to make a difference at a local level to support your state park and historic site. Enjoy grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, good fellowship with neighbors, and education about what we can do to improve and protect our amazing natural and historical resource on Bryan Neck. 912-727-2339.
Get Outdoors Georgia Pot of Gold Hike
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join our naturalist to hike a 2-mile section of the Gold Mine Creek Trail and search for a "Pot of Gold". See if you have the luck of the Irish! Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Who Lives In A Tree?
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for crafts and a nature walk along our Bird Berry Trail to lean about trees and animals that call them home. Recommended ages are 3-12, but all are welcomed. Location: Nature Center Shelter $4 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Who Lives in a Tree?
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 11 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for crafts and a nature walk down the Bird Berry Trail where we'll talk about the animals that call trees their home. Recommended for ages 3-12 but all ages are welcome. $4 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Fest
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Welcome spring back to south Georgia with a day full of family fun activities. Included will be a "painted" 5-k fun run, games, face painting, and much more. Please call the park for information and to register for the 5-K. Pre-registration required for the race. $20 race registration. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Sounds Hike
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Let your ears be your guide on this ranger-led hike. While exploring many different habitats on our nature trails, we will be listening for creatures of the night, including frogs, chuck-wills-widow's, and maybe an owl or two. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bug spray, and bring water. Meet at Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia The Dam Walk
3rd Saturday of Month 10 AM until May 18, 2013 
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Get up close and personal with the most predominant feature at High Falls State Park . . . the dam. Walk availability is dependent on river flow. No dogs. Must be 6 or older. Please wear durable shoes. Meet at Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Unlimited
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wear your hiking boots, pack a lunch and bring plenty of water for a rigorous half-day, ranger-led hike through Panola's rugged conservation area. May involve some off trail hiking. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before hike departs. Ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Healthy Hike
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Grab your walking shoes and join us for a free fitness walk. This will last about 45 minutes and be adjusted to the level of the participants. Beginners are encouraged to participate. Please arrive 5 minutes early. Meet at the Nature Center. Don’t forget to bring water. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hills of Iron
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Discover the park's iron-mining history by touring an iron mine with a park ranger, visiting our blacksmith, etching a scratch block, and watching an iron pour. Fee for scratch block molds. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Focus on Fitness Hike
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 4 PM to 5 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join the Interpretative Ranger to hike along our upland loop nature trail which is also our fitness trail. Stop along markers to do jumping jacks and other fitness related activities. Please wear appropriate work out clothes, jogging shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 9:45 AM to 1:45 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 Flies and Fly Water
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In preparation for the upcoming spring fishing season, we will have a show and tell, helpful hints, and “how to” on fly tying, stream reading, casting and more. Hear a presentation on Stream Entomology (aka stream critters) by Wildlife Interpretive Specialist Sheila Humphrey. Register in advance. $5. Kids under 12 free. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 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 Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 7 PM to 9 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 
  Sunday, March 17, 2013
Know the Enemy - White Nose Syndrome
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 10:30 AM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Cases of the deadly fungus that kills bats have been confirmed in Sitton’s Cave in the park. Find out what WNS is, how it harms bats and what can be done to counteract the detrimental effects of this disease. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backyard Birds Challenge - The Game
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Mar 31, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The birds are back! Step up the excitement on your bird watching excursions with a fun and friendly challenge. Keep track of the birds you see then stop by the Interpretive Center to add up your points and add your name to the score board. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia St. Patrick's Lucky Clovers
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 12 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Everyone could use a little more luck, and four leaf clovers are especially lucky. Nestled in right alongside all of the less lucky, but equally ecologically important three leaf clovers, searching for four leaf clovers can be fun and interesting. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Leprechaun Hunt
Saturday & Sunday 1 PM - 2:30 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the 2 mile Backcountry Loop trail in search of the elusive leprechaun. This easy hike through pristine leprechaun habitat is perfect for both beginner and experienced trackers. But remember any gold acquired must be shared with the naturalist. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Walk
Monday, Mar 18, 2013 to Monday, Mar 18, 2013 - 1:30 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Search for sights and sounds of inhabitants of the Piedmont region as we trek through the spring woodlands to the old fish ponds. We will take along field guides and learn how to identify animal signs. Meet at Noname Parking Lot; Less than 1 mile; ages 6 & up; Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 8 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Walk on the Beaver Pond Loop Trail
Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger and seach for woodpeckers dashing through the trees, ducks foraging in a natural beaver pond, and the always possible deer, chipmunk or frog. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Butterfly Hike
Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This ranger-led walk near the mountain bike trails will feature spring butterflies that live in forests and fields. Zebra Swallowtails, Cloudless Suphurs, and Sleepy Orange butterflies, as well as many others can be found. Bring a camera to record your journey. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Happy St. Patrick's Day - Parade & Craft
Sunday, Mar 17, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Look for our float in Savannah's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Or at 1:00 pm in the park, we will make a craft focused on the celebration of St. Patrick's Day. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day of Spring Hike
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 10 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Spring is official here! Emerge from winter hibernation and join a park naturalist on a walk through the park to find the first signs of spring. $4 plus $5 parking. 478.993.3053.
Birds of Prey, Nature Hike, and Campfire
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am learn about the different birds of prey in this area. At 3:00pm come for a 1.5 mile walk to learn about native plants and animals that inhabit the marsh. At 7:30pm meet at the amphitheater for a campfire, storytelling, and s'mores. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Thursday, March 21, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia "Wagging Trails" Evening Dog Hike
Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your dog and join us for a most enjoyable evening dog hike. We will cover approximately two miles including walking alongside the whitewater rapids and visiting the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill. Dogs must be leashed. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Friday, March 22, 2013
Night Eggstravaganza
Friday, Mar 22, 2013 7:45 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your basket and your flashlight for a noctural egg hunt. Three hunts separated by age: up to 3 yrs, 4-6 yrs, and 7-9 yrs. Have your picture taken with R.B., Roosevelt Bunny! “Shaker” flashlights will be available for purchase. Parents may hunt with younger children. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Scottish Heritage Day
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM until Mar 24, 2013 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
A variety of living history demonstrations devoted to Scottish and colonial culture will be featured. Numerous Scottish conveners, and genealogists will be in attendance. A battle re-enactment will take place at 2 p.m on Saturday. $4-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Weekend Programs
Daily until Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 2 PM to 9 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Programs on history, nature, kayaks and canoes, with astronomy at 8 PM Saturday night. $1 per program. Kayaks and canoes $8 for 2 hour rental. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Weekend
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 11 AM until Mar 24, 2013 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join our park staff for a fun weekend of wildlife activities showcasing alligators, turtles, snakes and more. Interpretative boat rides, guided hikes, and live animal shows will highlight wildlife found at the park. Donations for animal programs appreciated. $4 boat rides. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Mar 22, 2013 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.
Giants of Skidaway and Observation Tower Hike
Friday, Mar 22, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am come learn about the amazing Giant Ground Sloth and others that roamed Skidaway during the Ice Age. See and touch real fossils! At 6:30pm take a nice evening walk to the Observation Tower to watch the sunset. Bring your camera and a flashlight. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Art in the Park
Friday, Mar 22, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, March 23, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Equestrian Poker Ride
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 8 AM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
The Friends of A.H. Stephens invites you to be a part of benefit for the park's equestrian facilities. Registration is from 8-9am., ride starts at 9:30am., $30 per rider includes one poker hand, lunch, parking and riding fee. $15 per non-rider. Negative coggings is required. $5 parking. 770-466-4430.
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backyard Birds Challenge - The Game
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Mar 31, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The birds are back! Step up the excitement on your bird watching excursions with a fun and friendly challenge. Keep track of the birds you see then stop by the Interpretive Center to add up your points and add your name to the score board. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Nighttime Sky Watch
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Local astronomers are back for an evening up-close tour of the night sky. Constellations visible might include Orion, Taurus, Lepus, Canis Major and Minor, Gemini and Leo will be rising in the east. Weather permitting. $3.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Scottish Heritage Day
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM until Mar 24, 2013 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
A variety of living history demonstrations devoted to Scottish and colonial culture will be featured. Numerous Scottish conveners, and genealogists will be in attendance. A battle re-enactment will take place at 2 p.m on Saturday. $4-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Sounds - An Ear for Wildlife
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
There is a whole world of discovery on the Bird Berry Trail when the sun goes down. Frogs, Bugs, Spiders, and maybe an owl or bat! Join a park ranger on this 1/2 mile loop trail. Flashlights are welcome, bring a digital camera to record your adventure. 5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 9:30 AM to 5:20 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 Wildflower Walk on Brantley Trail
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This easy ranger-Led walk will take visitors on the Lake Brantley Nature Trail, exploring the path for different spring wildflowers. Bring a digital camera to document the journey. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Signs of Spring Hike
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 10 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join the park naturalist during this refreshing 1.5 mile hike looking for signs of spring. We will be searching for wildflowers, blooming trees, and singing birds. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. $4 plus $5 parking. 478.993.3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia State Parks Day - Volunteer Trails Day
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Get out, get fit, and make a difference! Volunteers are needed to join the park staff in cleaning the trails at Mistletoe. We’ll pick up trash, trim the paths as needed, and removed fallen trees where we are able. This is a great service project for organizations, and a bonding time for parents and their teenagers. Please bring your own tools. 706-541-0321.
Get Outdoors Georgia Basic Photography
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Spring is here and Panola Mountain will be photo-ready with Diamorpha abound, the wildflowers appearing, and butterflies fluttering. Meet at the Nature Center for instruction on Digital-SLR techniques that apply to point and shoot cameras. Then hike onto Panola Mountain for some great photo opportunities. Register in advance. $17 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 7 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Listen to whippoorwills and owls as the sun slowly sets and the moon begins to rise. Panola Mountain is one of the best places to see the wildlife of the night. Bring flashlights and hiking boots. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Weekend
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 11 AM until Mar 24, 2013 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join our park staff for a fun weekend of wildlife activities showcasing alligators, turtles, snakes and more. Interpretative boat rides, guided hikes, and live animal shows will highlight wildlife found at the park. Donations for animal programs appreciated. $4 boat rides. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Wilderness Survival and Night Sensory Hike
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 3:00pm we will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. At 7:00pm use all your senses to explore the woods in the dark. Meet at the Sandpiper Trail. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 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 Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Snakes Alive!" Awareness Program
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 3 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join herpetologist Aly Lecznar for this fascinating hour with live snakes where we will learn about the natural history of snakes, understand their senses and behavior, identify venomous snakes of Georgia, and become familiar with native snakes. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geocaching Class
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Learn the basics of geocaching, then head out with your GPS to look for caches hidden in the park, including a new one. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
  Sunday, March 24, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Backyard Birds Challenge - The Game
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Mar 31, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The birds are back! Step up the excitement on your bird watching excursions with a fun and friendly challenge. Keep track of the birds you see then stop by the Interpretive Center to add up your points and add your name to the score board. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Walk
Monday, Mar 25, 2013 to Monday, Mar 25, 2013 - 1:30 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Search for sights and sounds of inhabitants of the Piedmont region as we trek through the spring woodlands to the old fish ponds. We will take along field guides and learn how to identify animal signs. Meet at Noname Parking Lot; Less than 1 mile; ages 6 & up; Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Scottish Heritage Day
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM  
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
A variety of living history demonstrations devoted to Scottish and colonial culture will be featured. Numerous Scottish conveners, and genealogists will be in attendance. A battle re-enactment will take place at 2 p.m on Saturday. $4-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Weekend
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 11 AM  
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join our park staff for a fun weekend of wildlife activities showcasing alligators, turtles, snakes and more. Interpretative boat rides, guided hikes, and live animal shows will highlight wildlife found at the park. Donations for animal programs appreciated. $4 boat rides. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, March 28, 2013
Coastal Georgia Geology and Trail Hike
Thursday, Mar 28, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am, what is a barrier island? Why doesn't Georgia get hit by hurricanes very often? What is the Georgia Bight thing? Come learn the answers to these questions. At 2:00pm come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through maritime forest. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, March 29, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Egg Hunt - Ages 0-5
Friday, Mar 29, 2013 8 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Bring your kids ages 0 to 5 to Crooked River's Egg Hunt. Limited participation, early wristband purchase available. $3 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Flashlight Egg Hunt - Family Hunt
Friday, Mar 29, 2013 8:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Bring your family, friends, flashlights and baskets to Crooked River's Egg Hunt in the Dark. Limited participation, early wristband purchase available. Entertainment and music will be provided by Camden DJ! $3.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Georgia on My Mind Days
Friday, Mar 29, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
The Georgia Visitor Information Center in Sylvania, Georgia will be hosting different attractions and destinations -- along with the Georgia State Parks Gopher Mascot and our park. Stop by and take pictures with your favorite furry friend. 912-829-3331.
Easter Weekend Programs
Daily until Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 2 PM to 9 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Programs on Easter crafts, history, nature, kayaks and canoes, with astronomy at 8 PM Saturday night. $1 per program; kayaks and canoes $8 for 2 hour rental. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
  Saturday, March 30, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 11 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs, and they are waiting for you. Children bring your own basket, join the fun and search for a few. Little hunters will have their own small patch; and if we are lucky, there may be a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backyard Birds Challenge - The Game
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Mar 31, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The birds are back! Step up the excitement on your bird watching excursions with a fun and friendly challenge. Keep track of the birds you see then stop by the Interpretive Center to add up your points and add your name to the score board. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Beginner Birding
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
We will begin by discussing the different birds you might see in Georgia then take a walk to see what we can discover on the park. Binoculars available. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Marsh Kayak Trip
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
This three-hour low tide paddle is through the salt marshes around Crooked River. Paddlers will watch for birds, dolphin and other wildlife while learning about the wonders of the marsh. Limited space, registration required. $25-$35 $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia An Evening of Astronomy
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join the Coca-Cola Space Science Center for an evening of star talks, star maps, and night sky viewing. Great for the entire family. Meet at the Park Office on Hwy 190 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Feathers, and Beaks, and Feet, Oh My!
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 9 AM to 10:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Specially designed for young birders and their families, this interactive program is part of PBS kids “Explore the Outdoors,” inspiring families to get outdoors and explore nature. Participants will learn the basics of birds and bird watching through fun activities and a walk. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Egg Hunt at Florence Marina
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Children can bring their baskets and hunt for eggs and prizes, while the giant Easter Bunny will be on hand. Enjoy our Festival By The Lake with craft vendors, food vendors, games and entertainment. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Native Americans and the American Revolution
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Jim Sawgrass of the Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe will present Native American life, tools, weapons and their role in the American Revolution with presentations at 1 pm and 3 pm. $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
Get Outdoors Georgia Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 8:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Meet us next to the lake to search for Easter eggs which glow in the dark. Advance cabin and campsite reservations are encouraged. Register in advance for the egg hunt. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Children's Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for egg hunting fun and face painting at the Turtle Creek Trail area (next to tennis courts). Please arrive by 10:45 am- the hunt will start promptly at 11 am. For ages 10 and under. Remember to bring your basket. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia 24th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10 AM to 10:20 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Children 8 and younger will hunt for 3,000 candy-filled plastic eggs, while little tykes 2 and younger can search in a baby patch. $1 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 9:30 AM to 5:20 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 Leave No Trace Workshop
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Leave No Trace teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team and learn more about protecting your outdoor recreational areas. Participants will explore the principles of Leave No Trace through hands-on, engaging activities. $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Forest Night Life Hike
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 6:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Bring your flashlight and walking shoes for this short mile hike to the falls under the moon. We will also discover how nocturnal creatures live in the dark woods. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Bring your flashlight because this year we will hunt in the dark. Children 0-5 will start at 8 p.m. Ages 6-9 and 10 and up will kick off at 8:30 p.m. Meet at Picnic Shelter 4, with treats and refreshments provided by Friends of Kolomoki. There will be prize eggs for each category that the whole family can enjoy. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10 AM to 7 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Go on an Easter treasure hunt to seek the prize, play some Easter bingo for prizes and meet the cutest and smallest live baby animals. $1-$3 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 x6052.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Baskets, Eggs and Rabbits
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Ages 3 - 10 will create their own Easter baskets then go on a egg scavenger hunt looking for clues through the woods. We will finish with the 4-H Bunny Club sharing their rabbits. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Butterflies and Blooms
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Panola Mountain is an excellent place to visit in the spring. An amazing array of wildflowers bloom on the granite outcrops, which in turn attract a wide assortmant of butterflies. Join a park ranger for this 2-mile walk up Panola Mountain and bring a camera to record your adventure. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Plein Air Painting on Panola
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
This ranger-led program up Panola Mountain is for anyone who loves the natrual environments of Georgia and wants to try a hand at "Plein Air," or painting from life, outside, in real time. In the traditions of the impressionist painters who strove to capture the changes of light on the landscape, Panola Mountain is full of places to inspire artists. Supplies included. Meet at the Park Office/Nature Center. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
The Friends of Reed Bingham group will hide 2,000 eggs for children 12 years old and younger to find. There is a special prize egg in each age group. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Easter Blast
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Bring the whole family for a day filled with hayrides, games and crafts. Picnics welcome. Egg hunt is at 1 p.m. Egg hunt $2 per child. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderately strenuous 2-mile hike with elevation changes will visit several beautiful areas to admire our early spring woodland wildflowers. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 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 Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is rated "moderate" and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek to the Civil War-era mill ruins of New Manchester. Hikes will continue if it is overcast but will be cancelled if it is raining. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Fun at Unicoi State Park
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Make an Easter Craft, get your photo taking with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera), enjoy a hayride, and participate in an Easter egg hunt (12 years and under.) Try your chances for an Easter basket raffle. Sponsored by "Friends of Unicoi State Park." All activities will be held in Unicoi Bottoms. $5 parking. 706-878-4739.
  Sunday, March 31, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Backyard Birds Challenge - The Game
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The birds are back! Step up the excitement on your bird watching excursions with a fun and friendly challenge. Keep track of the birds you see then stop by the Interpretive Center to add up your points and add your name to the score board. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
3rd Annual Easter Egg Roll and Egg Hunt
Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Bring your Easter basket and camera for a fun day set in the Little White House grounds. The 3-5 year old group will begin at 1:00 p.m. The 6-8 year old group will begin at 1:30 p.m. The 9-11 year old group will begin at 2:00 p.m. Following the Easter egg hunt, children can participate in an authentic Easter Egg Roll similar $10 - $14. 706-655-5870.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, April 5, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Bear Creek Trail Guided Hike
Friday, Apr 5, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
After 10 years of being closed, this park treasure is now open again. This is a strenuous hike, but we will go slow and enjoy the beautiful scenery this 9-mile trail has to offer. Bring plenty of water, lunch and hiking poles. We will cross the creek, so if water levels are too high, we will contact registrants. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Rookery Trip
Friday, Apr 5, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join a park ranger on a field trip to springtime breeding grounds for hundreds of birds. Nesting birds include wood storks, herons, egrets, pelicans, shorebirds, ibis, avocets, stilts and roseate spoonbills. Binoculars available. Limited space, register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Fort Yargo Colonial Market Faire
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM until Apr 7, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
During this 19th century living-history event, tradesmen and artisans will demonstrate crafts and knowledge of the time. Enjoy frontier frybread and kettlecorn. $5. Children under 12 free. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Morning Bird Walk
Friday, Apr 5, 2013 8 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Wear your walking shoes and bring your binoculars for a guided walk in search for some of the common birds in the area. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Apr 5, 2013 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 "Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Friday, Apr 5, 2013 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, April 6, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Composting
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 10:30 AM until Apr 7, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Composting is easy and interesting. This intro to composting will describe the basics concept of composting and what you need to get started. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Save the Hemlocks
Saturday & Sunday 3 PM - 4:30 PM until Apr 7, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Georgia’s Hemlocks are under attack from the woolly adelgid. Help park staff check some of the hemlocks for infestation symptoms, and find out what can be done to save theses majestic trees. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Nature Quest
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 12 PM until Dec 7, 2013 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Want to learn about nature as a family? Come to our “fundana” activities each month and learn about a different topic. There will be 12 quests and at each program the family will receive one bandana about the topic. The family that completes the most quests will receive a bonus bandana for the entire family. Register in advance. $10 per family $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Feathers, and Beaks, and Feet, Oh My!
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Specially designed for young birders and their families, this interactive program is part of PBS kids “Explore the Outdoors,” inspiring families to get outdoors and explore nature. Participants will learn the basics of birds and bird watching through fun activities and a walk. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Feathers, and Beaks, and Feet, Oh My!
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 9 AM to 10:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Specially designed for young birders and their families, this interactive program is part of PBS kids “Explore the Outdoors,” inspiring families to get outdoors and explore nature. Participants will learn the basics of birds and bird watching through fun activities and a walk. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Kelley Family Concert
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join us for an outdoor concert featuring the Kelley Family. They will start playing at Shelter #1. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Fort Yargo Colonial Market Faire
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM until Apr 7, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
During this 19th century living-history event, tradesmen and artisans will demonstrate crafts and knowledge of the time. Enjoy frontier frybread and kettlecorn. $5. Children under 12 free. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Corn Grinding
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Now that the pond is full of water, our historic grist mill is up and running again! Join us as we grind corn like it was done in the 1800s. Freshly ground cornmeal will be available for purchase, including recipes for hush puppies and corn bread. $4 per bag of fresh cornmeal. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 9:30 AM to 5:20 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 High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 10 AM to 11:15 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Spring is a great time to see the incredible diversity of wildflowers on Panola Mountain. Not your typical habitat, this 100-acre granitic rock is a tough place to grow! See the beautiful Red-leaved Diamorpha, the delicate Sandwort, and the rare Granite Stonecrop. Register in advance. Meet at the Park's Interpretive Center. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Observe the Night Sky
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 8:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join astronomers as we learn about the planets, and if conditions allow, see objects such as planets, open and globular star clusters, planetary nebulas, and double stars. Register in Advance. Meets at the Mountain Lake; call for directions. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Night Climb
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 8:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Get an owl's eye view of the stars and full moon from up in a 50-foot tree! This nocturnal rope and harness climb will include spotting fluorescent lichen, stargazing and a camp fire with s'mores! Please register in advance. For ages 8 and up. Meets at Alexander Lake parking lot. $20 per person $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
A Southern Historic Garden
Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 to Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 - 10 AM to 4 AM
Robert Toombs House Historic Site - Washington, GA
"Robert Toombs Family and Friends" will present a living history program and volunteers will demonstrate the importance of the Southern Garden from Post Colonial times to the early 1900s. Admission is Free. 706-678-2226.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Colors of Cancer 5k
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 8:30 AM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
A one mile track will be set up along with the 5k track to encourage participation at any age or fitness level. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Relay for Life to support cancer research. Registration forms are available from members of the Friends of Seminole State Park as well as the park office. $25 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderately strenuous 2-mile hike with elevation changes will visit several beautiful areas to admire our early spring woodland wildflowers. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 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 Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Snakes Alive!" Awareness Program
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 3 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join herpetologist Aly Lecznar for this fascinating hour with live snakes where we will learn about the natural history of snakes, understand their senses and behavior, identify venomous snakes of Georgia, and become familiar with native snakes. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflowers Around Unicoi
Saturdays until Apr 27, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Enjoy beautiful spring blooms with a guided hike every Saturday in April. Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
  Sunday, April 7, 2013
Composting
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 10:30 AM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Composting is easy and interesting. This intro to composting will describe the basics concept of composting and what you need to get started. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Save the Hemlocks
Saturday & Sunday 3 PM - 4:30 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Georgia’s Hemlocks are under attack from the woolly adelgid. Help park staff check some of the hemlocks for infestation symptoms, and find out what can be done to save theses majestic trees. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Earth Day Nature crafts
Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your own Earth Day Every Day park souvenir from tree cross sections and collected, nuts, twigs, and lichens. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
  Next

Free Mobile App! eNews GeorgiaAmerica's State Parks