Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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Events starting 7/6/2013
  Saturday, July 6, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Fourth of July Celebration
Daily until Saturday, Jul 6, 2013
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
This celebration includes a weekend of fun for the whole family, crafts, watermelon-eating contest, and making hiking sticks. $1 - $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fourth of July Firefly Weekend
Daily until Saturday, Jul 6, 2013
  Handicapped Accessible 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Come celebrate independence day with a patriotic bicycle parade, patriotic crafts, face painting, live animal programs, night hikes and much more. $1 for animal shows and crafts. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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 1950s Dance
Saturday, Jul 6, 2013
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Go back in time to poodle skirts, bobby socks and hoola hoops - the wonderful 1950s. Event will be at the park office amphitheater for a '50s costume contest, limbo contest and dance contest. Refreshments will be sold. $1 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 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.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Jul 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 Star Talk
Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 8:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Enjoy a relaxing evening among the stars at our amphitheater by the lake. Bring your best star stories and enjoy some s'mores and good company. Donations welcome. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Kelley Family Bluegrass Concert
Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Some siblings fight, but the five Kelley kids prefer to make music together. This award-winning family from Appling not only entertains, but teaches classical violin, bluegrass/gospel fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and piano. Donations are appreciated. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM until Jul 27, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Boat Tour
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM until Sep 28, 2013 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Dare to venture out in the swamp at night. See which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out & the alligators’ eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Sign up at the office; space is limited. $15 - $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jul 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 inside 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 11 AM to 1 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 Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 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 Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Mountain Style Music
Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us for an evening of old time Appalachian, Bluegrass and Folk music. “The Nearly Normal String Band” will fill the summer air with their fast pickin' and harmonies at our Beach Pavilion. Bring your favorite camping chair and the kids for an evening of family fun. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Saturday Evening Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9 PM until Aug 31, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music from Appalachian Mountain, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through mid-November. These programs are “pass-the-hat” donations for the musicians. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
  Sunday, July 7, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
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 Woodland Walk
Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join this relaxing hike down a 1-mile nature trail. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, wear insect repellent, and bring a camera to record your adventure. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Sounds Kayak Tour
Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy the music of the night while paddling on Lake Rutledge. Musicians include cricket frogs, whippoorwills, and maybe an owl or two. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
Sunday, Jul 7, 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 Waterfall Scenic Hike
Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join a guided hike down to High Falls along the Towaliga River. Learn about the habitat and history that surrounds the river. Hike is approximately 3/4 mile long and moderately strenuous. Meet at Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 9 AM to 10:30 AM
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 Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Monday, July 8, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Labor Day Morning Kayak Paddle
Monday, Jul 8, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate Labor Day on Lake Rutledge. Learn some basic kayak strokes, and enjoy an easy paddle on the calm water. Space is limited, please register in advance. Participants will meet at the Park Office Trading Post. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak out to a Frog Slog
Monday, Jul 8, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Discover some amazing things about wetlands and the many frogs that live in them. We will kayak out to the marshy area of Lake Rutledge, and search for the many frogs that call the wetland home! Bring shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting muddy and wet! $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful paddle on the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir as the sun sets and we refresh ourselves in preparation for the end of the work week. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this program. Open to anyone 16 or older who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. $20 includes boat, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, July 11, 2013
Night Hike
Thursdays 9 PM - 10 PM until Aug 1, 2013 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Hikers will explore Georgia's nightlife on a walk through the woods after dark. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Peanut Express
Thursday, Jul 11, 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.
  Friday, July 12, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Blackberry Pickin'
Friday, Jul 12, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
The blackberries are ready to be picked and the brush surrounding the blackberries has been mowed for easier access to the blackberries. Bring your family and get berries to make your favorite blackberry jams and pies! $3 day use ($1 campers). $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Adventure Walk
Friday, Jul 12, 2013 8 PM to 9:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of the evening. Great program for all ages as we walk and investigate the lives of spectacular spiders, misunderstood bats, and fantastic frogs. Bring a flashlight. Meet below Lake Delanor dam in the campground at Picnic Shelter #2. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fossils Show and Tell
Friday, Jul 12, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 4:00 pm come see and talk about the collection of fossils at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Yoga on the Bridge
Friday, Jul 12, 2013 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This lesson is for beginners to intermediates and does not require experience. Students should expect a fun and gentle practice with an emphasis on grounding, balance, and strength building.The lesson will be held on the Yellow Trail Bridge above beautiful Sweetwater Creek. Yoga mat recommended. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jul 12, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 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.
  Saturday, July 13, 2013
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jul 13, 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 Blackberry Pickin'
Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
The blackberries are ready to be picked and the brush surrounding the blackberries has been mowed for easier access to the blackberries. Bring your family and get berries to make your favorite blackberry jams and pies! $3 day use ($1 campers). $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Bird Walk
Saturdays 9 AM - 10 AM until Aug 3, 2013 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Come see Georgia's birds up close and personal. We'll take a walk and practice our birding and identification skills. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Interpretive Hike
Saturdays 10 AM - 11 AM until Aug 3, 2013 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Take a guided hike through the unique and diverse ecosystems of the Georgia Piedmont. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Stargazing
Saturdays 10 PM - 11 PM until Aug 3, 2013 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Get to know the night skies. We'll find constellations, stars, and planets, and learn stories and facts behind each. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Get Outdoors Georgia Pine Mountain Trail Hike
Saturday, Jul 13, 2013
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Experience the summer woodlands with guides from the PMT Association. This hike is 3.0 moderate miles. Meet at the Fox Den Cove Parking Lot off Hwy 190, 10 minutes from the Park Office. Bring water. Ends at Molly Hugger Hill Parking Lot. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Movie on the Mountain
Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 8:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join our Movie on the Mountain at the ball field across from Liberty Bell Pool. The movie "The Croods" will be showing. Gates will open 8:15 pm, and the movie will start at sundown. $5; children under 4 free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Star Light, Star Bright
Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 9 PM to 10 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join the Coca-Cola Space Science Center staff for an evening of star talks, star maps, and night sky viewing. Bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office on Hwy 190. 706-663-4858.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 13, 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.
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Call for meet up directions. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Lost Person Prevention
Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn simple techniques for not getting lost and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors of Georgia. Search and Rescue Dog Team will be joining the class unless a SAR activity is occurring. Meet at the Nature Center. Register in advance. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM until Jul 27, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Big Ferry Hike, Knot Tying and Sensory Awareness Hike
Saturday, Jul 13, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00 am come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through Maritime Forest, learning the early history of Skidaway. At 3:00 pm learn the basics of some handy knots for everyday use. Later at 8:30 pm, use all of your senses to explore the woods at night. Meet at the Sandpiper Trail. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Boat Tour
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM until Sep 28, 2013 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Dare to venture out in the swamp at night. See which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out & the alligators’ eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Sign up at the office; space is limited. $15 - $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Hike
Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" member John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. There will also be a visit inside the ruins of the Civil War era New Manchester Mill alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jul 13, 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 inside 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 11 AM to 1 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 
"Snakes Alive!" Awareness Program
Saturday, Jul 13, 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, Jul 13, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 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.
Critter Call
Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Naturalist and wildlife rehabilitator Terry Manis always has an interesting collection of wildlife, including a python named Sunshine. Join us for an informative evening that's sure to be fun for the whole family. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Saturday Evening Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9 PM until Aug 31, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music from Appalachian Mountain, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through mid-November. These programs are “pass-the-hat” donations for the musicians. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
  Sunday, July 14, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
  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.
Morning Bird Watch
Sunday, Jul 14, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00 am learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 14, 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.
Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Monday, July 15, 2013
Opening Day Events
Monday, Jul 15, 2013 10:30 AM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us as we open Georgia's newest state park. Events include a 10:30 a.m. ranger-led hike, 11:30 a.m. snake program and 1 p.m. "recreation station" games. Bring your swimsuit to enjoy the park's sandy beach. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
  Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 10 AM
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 
  Thursday, July 18, 2013
Night Hike
Thursdays 9 PM - 10 PM until Aug 1, 2013 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Hikers will explore Georgia's nightlife on a walk through the woods after dark. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
  Friday, July 19, 2013
Roadside Geology of Georgia with Dr. Bill Witherspoon
Friday, Jul 19, 2013 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet Fernbank Museum's geologist in the Lodge as he identifies rocks commonly found in North Georgia. Free. At 7:00 P.M., meet the author of "The Roadside Geology of Georgia" as Dr. Witherspoon shares his knowledge of our vast and diversified geologic wonders, followed by a book signing. $2. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Adventure Walk
Friday, Jul 19, 2013 8 PM to 9:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of the evening. Great program for all ages as we walk and investigate the lives of spectacular spiders, misunderstood bats, and fantastic frogs. Bring a flashlight. Meet below Lake Delanor dam in the campground at Picnic Shelter #2. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Paddle
Friday, Jul 19, 2013 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Join us for a moonlight canoe and kayak paddle under the stars. Register through the office any day prior to the event between 8 AM and 5 PM. $15 includes equipment, $8 if you bring your own. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Awareness Hike
Friday, Jul 19, 2013 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join an interpretive ranger on a late night hike to understand how animals adapt to life in the dark. We'll study our senses to see how we compare. Don't forget a flashlight and comfortable shoes. Meet at park office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Camping and Kayaking
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Jul 21, 2013 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get outdoors and do something different this summer by spending a weekend camping and kayaking with two Park Rangers. Explore Red Top and Lake Allatoona by boat and relax at the campsite afterwards. Fee includes a campsite for two nights, a tandem sit-on-top kayak, paddle, life jacket, paddling instruction, and two days of guided paddling tours. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. $175 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Jul 19, 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.
Fossils Show and Tell
Friday, Jul 19, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 4:00 pm come see and talk about the collection of fossils at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jul 19, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 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.
  Saturday, July 20, 2013
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jul 20, 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 Family Fun Day
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Activities will include competitions, games, 3D archery shooting, fishing simulator, County Sheriff K9 demonstrations, and more. Live musical entertainment throughout the day. This event is sponsored by C. MO’S KIDS. They will have a drink and BBQ sale. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Georgia Geology
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
Dr. William Witherspoon, co-author of "Roadside Geology of Georgia," will discuss how gold was deposited in North Georgia as well as identifying rocks and formations. Bring in your rocks and have a top geologist tell you what it is. Also he will be on hand with his books for a booksigning. $3.50- $6.00 706-864-2257.
Bird Walk
Saturdays 9 AM - 10 AM until Aug 3, 2013 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Come see Georgia's birds up close and personal. We'll take a walk and practice our birding and identification skills. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Interpretive Hike
Saturdays 10 AM - 11 AM until Aug 3, 2013 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Take a guided hike through the unique and diverse ecosystems of the Georgia Piedmont. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Stargazing
Saturdays 10 PM - 11 PM until Aug 3, 2013 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Get to know the night skies. We'll find constellations, stars, and planets, and learn stories and facts behind each. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Paddle
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join a ranger on a kayak paddle around Fort Yargo's beautiful lake this weekend. This program is open to adults and children 5 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak. Reservations required. $15/person, includes gear. Cash or check only. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Living History Chinking Party
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 9 AM to 8 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
It's time to replace the chinking on the 'old fort'. Living History will make the chinking onsite and would love to have everyone come out this weekend and help stomp in the mud. Be prepared to get dirty. There will be a hayride to the beach several times during the day Saturday to help with cleanup. Bring an instrument and let's have an evening of bonfire and music Saturday Night! Dinner will be served on Saturday night at 6 pm. Camp by the Old Fort for $5 per tent per night. $5 parking. 770-867-4632.
Tons of Fun 
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 20, 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 Introduction to Archery
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Archery has been around for over 1,000 years. Try your skill at shooting a "Bull's Eye" and learning the basics of this fun outdoor sport. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be "Super Moons during the month of September. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia The Dam Walk
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 10 AM to 11:15 AM
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 Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Hike
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 8:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Whippoorwills, owls and bats, oh my! Explore the night by using all your senses while going on a hike through the woods led by a ranger. Bring a flashlight and hiking shoes. Easy, half-mile hike. $1 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Hike & Marshmallow Roast
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join us for an old-fashioned marshmallow roast around the campfire, followed by a walk through the dark, night woods. Can you walk quietly enough to discover a night creature before it sees you and gets away? Wear comfortable walking shoes for this exciting night hike. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 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 Basic Canoe Clinic
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join a certified park ranger and learn how to safely use a canoe. Enjoy a nice paddle on scenic Alexander Lake. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 8 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the moon. We'll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register and pay in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Cabin Life at Pickett's Mill
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Join us at the log cabin for this living history event. Discover what life was like on a small farm during the Civil War 150 years ago. Watch people cooking over a fire. Enjoy toys and games. Experience the sights and sounds of a black powder demonstration as authentic style muzzle loading rifles and muskets are fired. $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Camping and Kayaking
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Jul 21, 2013 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get outdoors and do something different this summer by spending a weekend camping and kayaking with two Park Rangers. Explore Red Top and Lake Allatoona by boat and relax at the campsite afterwards. Fee includes a campsite for two nights, a tandem sit-on-top kayak, paddle, life jacket, paddling instruction, and two days of guided paddling tours. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. $175 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM until Jul 27, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Sandpiper Trail Hike, Island History and Spider Seek
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00 am meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable rangers. At 3:00 pm learn the history, formation and inhabitants of the Georgia barrier islands. At 8:30 pm hike the trails at night to find where the spiders go to hide. Meet at the Sandpiper Trail. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM until Sep 21, 2013 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Boat Tour
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM until Sep 28, 2013 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Dare to venture out in the swamp at night. See which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out & the alligators’ eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Sign up at the office; space is limited. $15 - $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jul 20, 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 inside 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 11 AM to 1 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 Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 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.
Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Saturday Evening Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9 PM until Aug 31, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music from Appalachian Mountain, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through mid-November. These programs are “pass-the-hat” donations for the musicians. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
  Sunday, July 21, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
  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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 10 AM
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 
Living History Chinking Party
Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 9 AM to 5 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
It's time to replace the chinking on the 'old fort'. Living History will make the chinking onsite and would love to have everyone come out this weekend and help stomp in the mud. Be prepared to get dirty. There will be a hayride to the beach several times during the day Saturday to help with cleanup. Bring an instrument and let's have an evening of bonfire and music Saturday Night! Dinner will be served on Saturday night at 6 pm. Camp by the Old Fort for $5 per tent per night. $5 parking. 770-867-4632.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Nature Hike
Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This ranger-led hike will lead visitors on the Lake Brantley Nature Trail. We'll see creeks, many different trees, man-made earthworks, and maybe even some of the park's wild animals. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone should wear shoes fit for walking outdoors. Meet at the Trading Post. $5. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak out to a Frog Slog
Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Discover some amazing things about wetlands and the many frogs that live in them. We will kayak out to the marshy area of Lake Rutledge, and search for the many frogs that call the wetland home! Bring shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting muddy and wet! $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Beat the Heat Nature Hike
Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 8 AM to 9:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join us for a 1.5-mile hike to view nature at its finest in the morning. Meet at park office.; $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 8 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Camping and Kayaking
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get outdoors and do something different this summer by spending a weekend camping and kayaking with two Park Rangers. Explore Red Top and Lake Allatoona by boat and relax at the campsite afterwards. Fee includes a campsite for two nights, a tandem sit-on-top kayak, paddle, life jacket, paddling instruction, and two days of guided paddling tours. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. $175 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 9 AM to 10:30 AM
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 Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 7:45 PM to 9:45 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 
Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Monday, July 22, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Outdoor Adventure Camp
Daily until Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 9 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Kids ages 10-14 are invited to attend to parks outdoor adventure camp and have fun while learning outdoor skills. The camp will include canoeing, archery, orienteering and more. $45 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Monday, Jul 22, 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 
  Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Sandpiper Trail Hike and Insects Galore
Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 9:00 am meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. At 3:00 pm learn about the different types of insects in the area. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Sandpiper Trail Hike, Insects Galore, and Whooo is out there?
Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00am meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our rangers. At 2:00pm learn about the different insects in this area. At 8:30pm join us to learn about owls and their behavior and then head out into the night to try and hear a hoot. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 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 
  Thursday, July 25, 2013
Night Hike
Thursdays 9 PM - 10 PM until Aug 1, 2013 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Hikers will explore Georgia's nightlife on a walk through the woods after dark. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Painted Buntings and Toads and Turtles
Thursday, Jul 25, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00 am keep your eyes open to see one of America's most beautiful birds. Join a discussion to learn all about the painted bunting. At 3:00 pm discover the differences between reptiles and amphibians and see and touch live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, July 26, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Adventure Walk
Friday, Jul 26, 2013 8 PM to 9:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of the evening. Great program for all ages as we walk and investigate the lives of spectacular spiders, misunderstood bats, and fantastic frogs. Bring a flashlight. Meet below Lake Delanor dam in the campground at Picnic Shelter #2. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia The Great Fort Yargo Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Jul 26, 2013 4 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a park-wide scavenger hunt starting at the Nature Center at 11 a.m. Saturday morning! Get ready to solve riddles and win prizes! Must have a bike or car to get from place to place inside the park for the hunt. Work alone or in teams; no more than 4 to a team. $3/person. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Paddle
Friday, Jul 26, 2013 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join a ranger on a kayak paddle around Fort Yargo's beautiful lake this weekend. This program is open to adults and children 5 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak. Reservations required. $15/person, includes gear. Cash or check only. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Camp
Friday, Jul 26, 2013 7 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Make your next camping trip extra awesome by spending it with the Friends and staff of Red Top Mountain. Enjoy two fun-filled days of activities, including geocaching, mini golf, campfire cooking, canoeing, pickleball and a scavenger hunt. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. $20 for adults, $15 for youth (6-17), 5 and under free. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Georgia Geology and Fungus Among Us
Friday, Jul 26, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 3:00 pm learn about the Georgia barrier islands and the geology of coastal Georgia. Why doesn't Georgia get hit by hurricanes very often? Come find out. At 9:00 pm come out into the night to look for lichen that glows in the dark. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Yoga on the Bridge
Friday, Jul 26, 2013 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This lesson is for beginners to intermediates and does not require experience. Students should expect a fun and gentle practice with an emphasis on grounding, balance, and strength building.The lesson will be held on the Yellow Trail Bridge above beautiful Sweetwater Creek. Yoga mat recommended. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jul 26, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 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.
  Saturday, July 27, 2013
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jul 27, 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 Can You Canoe?
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Enjoy a relaxing, guided canoe trip with a ranger who is certified as an ACA moving water instructor and swift water rescuer. There is no better way to melt your cares away and take in the beauty of the Chattahoochee basin than with a hay ride to the North Bend boat launch and a peaceful 5 mile float down the graceful Chattahoochee back to the day use area. Register by July 25. $60 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Get Outdoors Georgia Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Watch 1800s crafts demonstations at the home of Cherokee Indian plantation owner James Vann. Demonstrators show the art of blacksmithing, soap making, weaving, spinning, quilting, doll making, chair and basket weaving, pottery, and much more. $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 10 AM
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 
Intro to Pine Needle Basket Making
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 1 PM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Beginners can learn the basics of gathering the needles, treating them and starting a small pine needle basket. Materials are provided. Registration required by July 20. Adults only due to required skill level, class size and time restraints. $25 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Bird Walk
Saturdays 9 AM - 10 AM until Aug 3, 2013 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Come see Georgia's birds up close and personal. We'll take a walk and practice our birding and identification skills. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Interpretive Hike
Saturdays 10 AM - 11 AM until Aug 3, 2013 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Take a guided hike through the unique and diverse ecosystems of the Georgia Piedmont. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Stargazing
Saturdays 10 PM - 11 PM until Aug 3, 2013 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Get to know the night skies. We'll find constellations, stars, and planets, and learn stories and facts behind each. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Get Outdoors Georgia Walk The Talk With A Geologist
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 9:30 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Fernbank geologist Dr. Bill Wetherspoon to explore rocky outcrops of Pine Mountain ridge. His book, Roadside Geology of Georgia, will be available for purchase. Meet at the Amphitheater next to Park Office. 1 mile; ages 8 & up; Easy; Bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Evening Paddle
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Relax and enjoy an evening on our largest lake, 25- acre Lake Franklin. Learn canoe/kayak safety and paddling techniques. Ages 10 and up. Children under 16 must have an adult with them. Requires ability to swim. Meet at Small Group Camp off Kings Gap Road. Pre-registration only. $30 per canoe or kayak ( two people).$15 single kayak; $8 per person bring your own boat $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Searching for Dragons and Damsels
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most beautiful and beneficial insects in the bug world. They come in many sizes shapes and colors. Join a park ranger on the hunt for these tiny predators, and explore streams, lake and pond. Bring a digital camera and binoculars for the adventure. Ages 10+. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3006.
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Call for meet up directions. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Waterfall Scenic Hike
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join a guided hike down to High Falls along the Towaliga River. Learn about the habitat and history that surrounds the river. Hike is approximately 3/4 mile long and moderately strenuous. Meet at Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Herbs and Wild Edibles
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 2 PM to 3 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
You may be a wild gourmet if you spot a new weed in your yard, and instead of reaching for weed killer you begin wondering if it’s edible. In this program, you’ll not only learn about a lot of wild edibles around us, but you’ll get a chance to sample lots of tasty treats. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Double Mountain Hike - Arabia & Panola
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 8 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join rangers for this unique two-mountain hike showcasing two large granite monadnocks in the Piedmont region. The hike will begin at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve and then will carpool to Panola Mountain State Park. Bring water, bug spray, and good hiking shoes. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 12 PM to 2 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. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 3 PM to 5 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. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Camp
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 9 AM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Make your next camping trip extra awesome by spending it with the Friends and staff of Red Top Mountain. Enjoy two fun-filled days of activities, including geocaching, mini golf, campfire cooking, canoeing, pickleball and a scavenger hunt. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. $20 for adults, $15 for youth (6-17), 5 and under free. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 27, 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.
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