Events starting 10/14/2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Which Tree is Which?
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
This easy hike will give you tips on identifying 5 - 6 trees commonly found in the North Georgia Mountains. Meet at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 706.265.1969.
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Guided Hike
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 11 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Come out and join the naturalist for a morning walk while we look for plants and animals found along the trail. Meet at the visitor center in shoes good for 2 mile hike. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Roving Ranger
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 2 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Watch out for the naturalist as he makes rounds and introduces himself to everyone. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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.
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Fall Foliage Hike
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 1 PM until Oct 28, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the overlook trail along the East Rim of the canyon and enjoy the best of the fall colors on the mountain. Hikes are at 10am on Saturdays and 11am Sundays. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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The North Face® Endurance Challenge
Daily until Sunday, Oct 14, 2012
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Watch or participate in this two-day event loaded with races such as 50-Mile, 50K, marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K, and runs for kids. Book camping and cabins early. 214-451-1903.
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Piedmont CASA Superhero 5K and Fun Run
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 2 PM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Come as yourself or come as your Superhero Self! Join us for the Piedmont CASA Superhero 5K Run and 1K Fun Run at Fort Yargo Park in Winder. The course will be walk friendly. Packet pickup and race day registration will begin at 7am. http://www.piedmontcasa.org/ $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Second Sundays on the Farm
2nd Sunday of Month 1 PM - 4 PM until Dec 9, 2012 
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
The Heritage Farm will feature demonstrations of late 1800s farm life on the second Sunday of every month. A different demonstration will take place every month. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 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 Alexander Lakes parking area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Leaping Lizards
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Watch lizards leap at their lunch and toads lick their chops during our feeding show. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
First-Visit Tour
Sundays 2 PM - 4 PM until Oct 28, 2012 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 16 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 2 PM to 3:30 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Circle of Life Hike
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a ranger on this guided hike to discover the cycles, or circles, in the natural world. Seasons are part of a cycle, the waterfall is part of a cycle, and even the stones on the path are part of a cycle. We'll hike about 1 ½ mile. Meet in the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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.
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Birds, Birds, Birds!
Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 8 AM join as we hike in search of the island's local, flapping, and finicky fauna. At 11 AM learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Potluck Supper
Thursdays 6 PM  
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Join campers, cottage guests, and local residents and take part in Black Rock’s traditional weekly supper. Bring a covered dish and us at the Mellinger Center for some great food and fellowship. $5 parking. 706 746 2141.
Senior Ranger Program for Adults
Thursdays 9 AM - 11 AM until Nov 8, 2012 
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Outdoor enthusiasts 60 and older can become “Senior Rangers” through our six-week program. Classes will cover a variety of subjects, from how to identify invasive species that plague our coastal area, an overview of Georgia's barrier islands, and bird identification. Call the park to register. $60 includes parking fee. 912-598-2300.
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Sandpiper Trail Nature Hike
Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join the naturalist as you hike through salt marsh and maritime forest discussing the local area's interesting history and wildlife. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall Leaf & Music Celebration
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 6 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Celebrate the array of neon colors on the mountain by joining us for the Black Rock Band’s live gospel music. There will be pickin’ and singin’, and lots of fun. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
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Evening Hike
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 7 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us for a guided hike to the observation tower, and look for firefly nymphs by the river. Meet at the picnic table by the boat ramp in shoes good for a 1.5 mile hike. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Geo-caching Adventure
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until Nov 4, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You've heard of it, you've considered trying it, here is your chance. Find out how Geo-caching works and what you need to get started then try out a few sample caches hidden in easy location. When you're ready for more, get the info for the official state park cache. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Bear Creek Guided Hike
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Spend the day with a naturalist on our favorite trail in the entire park. We will cover 9-miles as we hike into the canyon, wade through Bear Creek, and hike the rim of Lookout Mountain. Reservations Required. Ages 10 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Tales from the Haunted Trail
Daily until Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 7 PM to 11 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
The Roosevelt Stables at Pine Mountain sponsor this Halloween event with a headless horseman, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo, hay rides and snacks. $10.00 for 10 yrs up and $8.00 for children under 10 yrs old. $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
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ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for a tranquil night in the canopy as you lay in your "tree-boat," viewing stars through shimmering branches. A treetop camp will be established in our secluded climbing tree for an overnight experience. Participants should bring dinner, breakfast and a sleeping bag. Non-climbers allowed to camp. Register in advance. $90 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Halloween Hayrides
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 7 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
All new this year, pirates are attacking Ravenwood! The townsfolk need your help defending against a raggedy band of pirates looking for stolen treasure. Tickets are required and can be purchased online at: https://sites.google.com/a/friendschapters.org/friends-of-red-top-mountain-state-park/2014-haunted-hayrides $10 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Haunted House/Hayride
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 7 PM to 10 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Trick-or-treaters, beware! We will be having our haunted hayride as well as our well known haunted house Friday and Saturday night. Ghosts, goblins and monsters -- oh my! $2 for hayride $2 for haunted house. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Military/Scout/Law Enforcement Night
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 7 PM to 10 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
October 19 night only, active and retired military personnel as well as scouts will be half price for the haunted house and haunted hay ride. Scouts must be in uniform to receive discount. Military and Law Enforcement must show I.D. $1 per scout/military/law enforcement. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Interpretive Center Tour with Toads and Turtles
Friday, Oct 19, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11 AM take a tour packed with history, reptiles, birds, fossils and more. At 3 PM meet our ribbeting and shelled friends as we discuss their characteristics. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Lake Loop Hike at Buck Shoals
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 2 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Walk around Crean Lake at our unopened sister park, Buck Shoals. The reflection of fall leaves, ducks and geese add to the peaceful scenes of the season. This moderate hike is about two miles long. Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Twilight Hike at Buck Shoals
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 5 PM to 7 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy changing fall foliage under sunset skies as we walk around the Catawba Creek trail and along the park roadway to the shoals area of the Chattahoochee River. This two mile hike is moderately difficult. The trail passes through forest and field, and offers a chance to see this unopened state park. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Haunted Hills Hayride
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 8 PM to 10 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join our annual spooktacular haunted hayrides, which are fun for all ages. Come early because ticket sales close at 10 pm. Tickets go on sale at 7:30 each night. We'll be showing a movie, have a bonfire and we will have refreshments for sale. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mornings are for the Birds
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 10 AM to 10:45 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet at the Lodge Lobby for this short bird-brained program with a "meet and greet" finale. See live feathered ambassadors. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
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Evening Hike
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 11 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us for a guided hike to the observation tower, and listen to the cricket frogs by the river. Meet at the picnic table by the boat ramp in shoes good for a 2 mile hike. No dogs please. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Snakes Alive!
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 3 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us on the porch of the visitor center as we discuss how to identify the venomous snakes of Georgia and look at two of our non-venomous snakes. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Arts & Crafts
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 5 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us on the porch of the visitor center as we make bottle cap birds and binoculars. There is a $1 fee. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Geo-caching Adventure
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until Nov 4, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You've heard of it, you've considered trying it, here is your chance. Find out how Geo-caching works and what you need to get started then try out a few sample caches hidden in easy location. When you're ready for more, get the info for the official state park cache. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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.
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Fall Foliage Hike
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 1 PM until Oct 28, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the overlook trail along the East Rim of the canyon and enjoy the best of the fall colors on the mountain. Hikes are at 10am on Saturdays and 11am Sundays. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Gone Fishing
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Nov 4, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Relax from a long drive or a busy week with a trip to the catfish pond. Limited equipment is available for borrow from the the Interpretive Center or bring your own. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Introduction to Caving
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 2 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
This is the perfect cave tour for beginners who are unsure of the underground environment. Guides will take you into the first room of a cave and direct your attention to cave formations and cave critters. You will get muddy and wet by crawling into and out of the cave. Ages 6 and up. Reservations required. These tours are offered November-March. $30 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Birds and Butterflies
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us for a 2-hour moderately strenuous hike at the Old Weed and Ready Plantation Rookery. We’ll look for birds as they transition from nesting to migratory species, butterflies and their host plants. Bring water, bug spray, camera, and comfortable hiking shoes. Binoculars provided. Reservations Required. 15 participant maximum. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Dahlonega Gold Rush Days
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 9 AM to 5 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
Thousands come to see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega's 1828 discovery of gold. Included in the weekend event are 300 arts and craft exhibitors, a parade, children's activities, gold panning, and delicious food. Come tour the Gold Museum as part of your visit. $3.50 - $6 706-864-7247.
Tales from the Haunted Trail
Daily until Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 7 PM to 11 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
The Roosevelt Stables at Pine Mountain sponsor this Halloween event with a headless horseman, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo, hay rides and snacks. $10.00 for 10 yrs up and $8.00 for children under 10 yrs old. $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
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Candle Lantern Tour of Fort McAllister
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Experience the fort by candle light. Walk through these historic grounds and watch the soldiers going through their nightly duties and chores. Be sure to stay with your guide or you may be captured as a spy. $3.75 to $6.50 912-727-2339.
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Emanuel County Bicentennial
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 8 AM to 5 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Visit during the celebration of our county's bicentennial. Living history demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day on the park and in the local town of Twin City. To find out more, call City Hall. $5 parking. 478-763-2795.
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Day Out With Thomas the Tank
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
For two weekends only, Thomas will visit the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends. Visit SAMShortline.com for tickets and more information. $5 parking. 229-276-0755.
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Fall Festival and Nighttime Creepy Carriage Rides
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 10 AM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Welcome the cooler weather and changing leaves with our Fall Festival. Come for face painting, archery, marshmallow roasts, games and more! Join us after nightfall for a "Creepy Carriage" ride through a dark and foggy forest. Rides depart at the top of the hour. Fee includes everything. $10-$20 $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Evening Kayak and Wildlife Watching Adventures
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 4 PM to 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The stealthy kayak is a great vessel to sneak up on all sorts of wildlife. This ranger-led paddle will take participants around Lake Rutledge for viewing birds, mammals, dragonflies and other wildlife. Ages 4 and older. Register in advance. $15 includes equipment. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. 706-557-3001.
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Car Show and Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 1 PM to 7 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Welcome autumn with a car show from 1 to 4:30 PM. Starting at 5 PM, enjoy our fall festival with games, prizes, hayrides, campfire, bingo, cakewalk, haunted house and more. Support our Friends Chapter and visit our concession area for hot dogs, pizza, nachos, and home-baked treats. $2 per family. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Campsite Decorating Contest
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Campers are invited to decorate their sites during the park's Fall Fest weekend. Sites will be judged during daylight hours on originality, creativity and theme. The winner will win a free two-night stay in the park's campground. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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The History of Fox Hunting / Foxes of Georgia
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Visitors will be introduced to the history of fox hunting from a guest speaker from the Belle Meade Hunt Club. Furs, skulls and tracks will be shared after the presentation. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Family Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 4 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Enjoy a snake program, pumpkin scavenger hunt, nature hike, apple bobbing, marshmallow roasting, old-fashioned games, making corn husk dolls, music and storytelling. Friends of Mistletoe will offer $2 hayrides. $10 per vehicle includes parking. 706-541-0321.
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Frontier Day
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 10 AM to 4 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Cooking, weapons demonstrations, music, stories, frontier life skills and craftsman and artist will bring alive the historic grounds and buildings of the Cherokee National Capital as they were in the 1830s. $4.50-$6.50 706-624-1321.
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Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 10 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Halloween Hayrides
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 7 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
All new this year, pirates are attacking Ravenwood! The townsfolk need your help defending against a raggedy band of pirates looking for stolen treasure. Tickets are required and can be purchased online at: https://sites.google.com/a/friendschapters.org/friends-of-red-top-mountain-state-park/2014-haunted-hayrides $10 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Haunted House/Hayride
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 7 PM to 10 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Trick-or-treaters, beware! We will be having our haunted hayride as well as our well known haunted house Friday and Saturday night. Ghosts, goblins and monsters -- oh my! $2 for hayride $2 for haunted house. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Day Out With Thomas
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Thomas will visit the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends. Tickets are $22 plus tax and handling fee. Tickets are $22 plus tax and handling fee through TicketWeb.com Parking Fee: $5. 877-427-2457.
"Rivers Alive" Cleanup
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 9 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in GA. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. We will be cleaning up around Sweetwater Creek and Sparks Reservoir as well as from kayaks and canoes if possible. Register in advance. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is 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 are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible. Meet and pay (exact change, $5, cash only) at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Haunted Hills Hayride
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 8 PM to 10 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join our annual spooktacular haunted hayrides, which are fun for all ages. Come early because ticket sales close at 10 pm. Tickets go on sale at 7:30 each night. We'll be showing a movie, have a bonfire and we will have refreshments for sale. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Fall Hoedown
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 12 PM to 8 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Celebrate autumn’s arrival with noon chili, hotdogs and drinks for sale, followed by a 3 p.m. cakewalk, 4 p.m. hayrides, 5 p.m. bonfire and square/line dancing, 6 p.m. trunk or treats, and 7 p.m. professional storytelling. A $3 fee will be charged per person, per hayride for 13 years and up. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Which Tree is Which?
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
This easy hike will give you tips on identifying 5 - 6 trees commonly found in the North Georgia Mountains. Meet at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 706.265.1969.
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Guided Hike
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 10 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Come out and join the naturalist for a morning walk while we look for plants and animals found along the trail. Meet at the visitor center in shoes good for 2 mile hike. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Roving Ranger
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 2 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Watch out for the naturalist as he makes rounds and introduces himself to everyone. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Geo-caching Adventure
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until Nov 4, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You've heard of it, you've considered trying it, here is your chance. Find out how Geo-caching works and what you need to get started then try out a few sample caches hidden in easy location. When you're ready for more, get the info for the official state park cache. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Wild Cave Adventure
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Our guides will take a back seat to allow you the freedom of exploring all the side passages of a cave. Tours are four hours and can travel over 1 mile underground. Guides will be there to educate you on the geology and animals, ensure your safety, and direct you out of the cave. Ages 12 and up. Reservations required. Offered November-March. $60 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Fall Foliage Hike
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 1 PM until Oct 28, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the overlook trail along the East Rim of the canyon and enjoy the best of the fall colors on the mountain. Hikes are at 10am on Saturdays and 11am Sundays. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Gone Fishing
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Nov 4, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Relax from a long drive or a busy week with a trip to the catfish pond. Limited equipment is available for borrow from the the Interpretive Center or bring your own. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Dahlonega Gold Rush Days
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 9 AM to 5 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
Thousands come to see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega's 1828 discovery of gold. Included in the weekend event are 300 arts and craft exhibitors, a parade, children's activities, gold panning, and delicious food. Come tour the Gold Museum as part of your visit. $3.50 - $6 706-864-7247.
Day Out With Thomas the Tank
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
For two weekends only, Thomas will visit the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends. Visit SAMShortline.com for tickets and more information. $5 parking. 229-276-0755.
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Fall Festival and Nighttime Creepy Carriage Rides
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 10 AM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Welcome the cooler weather and changing leaves with our Fall Festival. Come for face painting, archery, marshmallow roasts, games and more! Join us after nightfall for a "Creepy Carriage" ride through a dark and foggy forest. Rides depart at the top of the hour. Fee includes everything. $10-$20 $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Girl Scout 100th Anniversary: "Go Fish, Georgia"
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 1 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join this Ranger Led Program and earn three steps toward this Girl Scouts Jr. Badge. Learn about fishing rules laws from a Park Ranger, learn about different fish that live in Georgia, and wet your line in scenic Lake Rutledge. Equipment can be loaned out, or participants can bring thier own. Bait will be supplied. A Wagon ride will transport participants to the fishing site. Space is limited, pre-registration required. 5.00 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Day Out With Thomas
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Thomas will visit the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends. Tickets are $22 plus tax and handling fee. Tickets are $22 plus tax and handling fee through TicketWeb.com Parking Fee: $5. 877-427-2457.
Leaping Lizards and Sandpiper Trail Nature Hike
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 2 PM watch as lizards leap at their lunch and toads lick their chops during our feeding show. At 4 PM join the naturalist as you hike through salt marsh and maritime forest discussing the local area's interesting history and wildlife. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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First-Visit Tour
Sundays 2 PM - 4 PM until Oct 28, 2012 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 16 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Invite a Monarch to Lunch-Conference Room at Visitor Center
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pollinators have been in the news lately because of the dramatic drop in the numbers scientists and citizens have observed and reported data on for the last few years. Learn all about the Monarch butterfly and what we can do to help bring it back. Registration is encouraged for this free program. $0 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible 
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 2 PM to 3:30 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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.
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Marsh Hike and Bird Watching
Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 8 AM head out to spot early rising wildlife in the salt marsh. At 11 AM learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Art in the Park
Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 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.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Senior Ranger Program for Adults
Thursdays 9 AM - 11 AM until Nov 8, 2012 
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Outdoor enthusiasts 60 and older can become “Senior Rangers” through our six-week program. Classes will cover a variety of subjects, from how to identify invasive species that plague our coastal area, an overview of Georgia's barrier islands, and bird identification. Call the park to register. $60 includes parking fee. 912-598-2300.
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Haunted Trail and Falloween
Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Thursday, Friday and Saturday night take a walk through our haunted trail as your guide leads you through the frightening woods. Haunted Trail $5 per person. Falloween $2 per child. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Roving Ranger
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 4 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Watch out for the naturalist as he makes rounds and introduces himself to everyone. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Evening Hike
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 6:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us for a guided hike to the observation tower, and look for firefly nymphs by the river. Meet at the picnic table by the boat ramp in shoes good for a 1.5 mile hike. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Geo-caching Adventure
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until Nov 4, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You've heard of it, you've considered trying it, here is your chance. Find out how Geo-caching works and what you need to get started then try out a few sample caches hidden in easy location. When you're ready for more, get the info for the official state park cache. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Haunted Hayride
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 7:30 PM to 10 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Experience this sneak preview night of a narriated haunted hayride of Grims Fairy Tails as they come to life in our haunted forest. A trail full of creepy twists on well known adventures like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood,and more. Not for young children, parental discretion advised. $1 per person per ride $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Tales from the Haunted Trail
Daily until Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7 PM to 11 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
The Roosevelt Stables at Pine Mountain sponsor this Halloween event with a headless horseman, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo, hay rides and snacks. $10.00 for 10 yrs up and $8.00 for children under 10 yrs old. $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
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Howl-o-ween Spooktacular
Daily until Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 11 AM to 11:30 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Get your spook on! Haunted Hayrides, Bodacious Bats, Cool Candles, Spooky Snakes and Boo Ghost Bingo. Some of the most crafty, educational and fun programs in this scary packed weekend. 25 cents-$5. $5 parking. 229-868-7474 x6052.
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Halloween Hayrides
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 7 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
All new this year, pirates are attacking Ravenwood! The townsfolk need your help defending against a raggedy band of pirates looking for stolen treasure. Tickets are required and can be purchased online at: https://sites.google.com/a/friendschapters.org/friends-of-red-top-mountain-state-park/2014-haunted-hayrides $10 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Haunted House/Hayride
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 7 PM to 10 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Trick-or-treaters, beware! We will be having our haunted hayride as well as our well known haunted house Friday and Saturday night. Ghosts, goblins and monsters -- oh my! $2 for hayride $2 for haunted house. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Haunted Trail and Falloween
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Thursday, Friday and Saturday night take a walk through our haunted trail as your guide leads you through the frightening woods. Haunted Trail $5 per person. Falloween $2 per child. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Fall Guided Hike to Martin Mine
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 1 PM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy crunching leaves along the Martin Mine Trail. See vertical mine shafts, “tailings,” the site of the Hamby Mill, and a lovely waterfall. This one mile trail is moderately difficult. A ride to the trail is provided. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Haunted Hills Hayride
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 8 PM to 10 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join our annual spooktacular haunted hayrides, which are fun for all ages. Come early because ticket sales close at 10 pm. Tickets go on sale at 7:30 each night. We'll be showing a movie, have a bonfire and we will have refreshments for sale. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Haunted Evening at A.H. Stephens
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Join park staff and Friends of A.H. Stephens for a fun evening of ghouling events. Activities include a haunted hayride, treats, movie on the lawn, Wii Dance, campfire, costume contest, and a campsite decorating contest for both RV and equestrian campers. $1 -$3 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Halloween Campsite Decorating Contest
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7 PM to 9 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Come camping for the weekend and decorate you campsite for Halloween. Judging will be by park guests. Win a prize and bragging rights for next year. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Mornings are for the Birds
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 10 AM to 10:45 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet at the Lodge Lobby for this short bird-brained program with a "meet and greet" finale. See live feathered ambassadors. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Handicapped Accessible 
Guided Hike
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 11 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Come out and join the naturalist for a morning walk while we look for plants and animals found along the trail. Meet at the visitor center in shoes good for 2 mile hike. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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GeoCaching Adventure
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 1:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join the naturalist in a search for the hidden treasures (geocaches) hidden around the park. We will meet up by the boat ramp and will cache our way out to the tower. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Primitive Fires
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 3:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us on the porch of the visitor center as we discuss how to build different fires and look at some of the ways our ancestors made fire. 770-254-7271.
Arts & Crafts
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 5 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us on the porch of the visitor center as we make bottle cap birds and binoculars. There is a $1 fee. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Geo-caching Adventure
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until Nov 4, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You've heard of it, you've considered trying it, here is your chance. Find out how Geo-caching works and what you need to get started then try out a few sample caches hidden in easy location. When you're ready for more, get the info for the official state park cache. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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.
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Fall Foliage Hike
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 1 PM until Oct 28, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the overlook trail along the East Rim of the canyon and enjoy the best of the fall colors on the mountain. Hikes are at 10am on Saturdays and 11am Sundays. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Gone Fishing
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Nov 4, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Relax from a long drive or a busy week with a trip to the catfish pond. Limited equipment is available for borrow from the the Interpretive Center or bring your own. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Fall Craft: Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Nov 4, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Make a tasty, eco-friendly, treat that will attract a verity of birds to your favorite viewing area. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706.657.4050.
Handicapped Accessible 
Introduction to Caving
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 2 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
This is the perfect cave tour for beginners who are unsure of the underground environment. Guides will take you into the first room of a cave and direct your attention to cave formations and cave critters. You will get muddy and wet by crawling into and out of the cave. Ages 6 and up. Reservations required. These tours are offered November-March. $30 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Fishing Simulator
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 2 PM to 4 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The Walker County chapter of the Georgia Hunting and Fishing Federation is bringing their fishing simulator to the park. Simulations include a verity freshwater and saltwater fish. Experience very realistic struggles and brag to your friends all from the comfort of the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706.657.4050.
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Haunted Hayrides
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7 PM to 9 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
For one night only, the hayrides take on a spooky feel. Rides leave every hour on the hour beginning at 7 PM. If you think you're brave enough, come join the fun, because you never know what you might see in the woods. $8 plus $5 parking. 706.657.4050.
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Creepy Crooked River
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 5 PM to 10 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy trick-or-treating, hayrides, a creepy Nature Center, and campground decorating contest Everyone in the campground who participates will receive a discount on their stay Also, don't forget candy to hand out to the goolish goblins and monsters looking for candy. $3 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Tales from the Haunted Trail
Daily until Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7 PM to 11 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
The Roosevelt Stables at Pine Mountain sponsor this Halloween event with a headless horseman, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo, hay rides and snacks. $10.00 for 10 yrs up and $8.00 for children under 10 yrs old. $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
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Octoberfest
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 6 PM to 9 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Celebrate Halloween with a haunted hayride, games for kids, and a costume contest. Food vendors will be on hand. Games 1 ticket each, hayride 3 tickets, cakewalk 1 ticket. Friends of Florence Marina will be holding the annual Silent Auction. $1 per ticket plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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The Fort by Moonlight and Oyster Roast Overnight
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Guests on this canoe excursion will glide down the river under the moon and stars. Meet at Skipper's Seafood in Darien, and end up at the fort. Oyster roast dinner, and campout in the fort overnight. A once in a lifetime opportunity! $40. 912-437-4770.
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Campsite Decorating Contest
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join us in a spooktacular decorating contest. Judging will be between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and winners will be announced at the campfire gathering. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Handicapped Accessible 
Costume Contest
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 6:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Dress as your favorite ghost or goblin or maybe your favorite super hero and join us at the Naturalist Area for a costume contest. Awards will be given. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Handicapped Accessible 
Halloween Moonlight Madness
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 12 PM to 10 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Kick off your Halloween activities with a kids carnival from 12-4 pm. The parks annual haunted house will begin at 6 pm and run until 10 pm. The haunted trail will open at dark and close at 10 pm. Hayrides will be offered 6 pm - 10 pm for a ride to the campgrounds and back to view the decorations in our campsite decoration contest. $1-$7 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Meet in the evening to paddle in the light of a Full Moon. Jump in a canoe or kayak and enjoy a pleasant paddle under the peaceful night sky. Register at the office any day between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM prior to the event. $15 includes equipment, $8 if you bring your own. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Kids Halloween Carnival
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 6 PM to 7:30 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
The Friends of George L. Smith State Park are hosting a Halloween Carnival with games, treats, and popcorn for kids. Come out and enjoy an evening of spooky activities with us. 10 tickets for $5. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Day Out With Thomas the Tank
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
For two weekends only, Thomas will visit the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends. Visit SAMShortline.com for tickets and more information. $5 parking. 229-276-0755.
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Moonlight Hike
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this guided hike under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, insect repellant, and bring a camera to record the journey, as we listen for insects, frogs and other nocturnal creatures. Meet at the Hard Labor Creek Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 10 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Halloween Arts and Crafts
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us in the Nature Center to make fun Halloween themed arts and crafts, while we learn about bats and spiders native to Georgia. Be sure to come wearing your costume - there will be a prize for the best one! $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 6 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.
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Halloween Hayrides
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
All new this year, pirates are attacking Ravenwood! The townsfolk need your help defending against a raggedy band of pirates looking for stolen treasure. Tickets are required and can be purchased online at: https://sites.google.com/a/friendschapters.org/friends-of-red-top-mountain-state-park/2014-haunted-hayrides $10 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Haunted House/Hayride
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7 PM to 10 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Trick-or-treaters, beware! We will be having our haunted hayride as well as our well known haunted house Friday and Saturday night. Ghosts, goblins and monsters -- oh my! $2 for hayride $2 for haunted house. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Day Out With Thomas
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Thomas will visit the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends. Tickets are $22 plus tax and handling fee. Tickets are $22 plus tax and handling fee through TicketWeb.com Parking Fee: $5. 877-427-2457.
Haunted Trail and Falloween
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 1 PM to 5 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Thursday, Friday and Saturday night take a walk through our haunted trail as your guide leads you through the frightening woods. Haunted Trail $5 per person. Falloween $2 per child. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Turkey Stroll at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Burn a few calories and share this beautiful park with holiday guests. This is not a "turkey trot" fun run; instead this is a leisurely 1.5-mile stroll around Crean Lake at Buck Shoals, a future state park in White County. Hikers will meet at the Buck Shoals entrance at 9 AM and drive to the trailhead. Register in advance. Donations welcome. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Harvest Happenings
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7 PM to 9 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Come to this lakeside park for a hayride, campfire and storytelling. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Haunted Hills Hayride
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 8 PM to 10 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join our annual spooktacular haunted hayrides, which are fun for all ages. Come early because ticket sales close at 10 pm. Tickets go on sale at 7:30 each night. We'll be showing a movie, have a bonfire and we will have refreshments for sale. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Which Tree is Which?
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
This easy hike will give you tips on identifying 5 - 6 trees commonly found in the North Georgia Mountains. Meet at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 706.265.1969.
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Guided Hike
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 11 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Meet at the boat ramp and enjoy a scenic walk by the river with our naturalist. Wear shoes appropriate for a 2 mile hike. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Wandering Naturalist
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 2 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Watch out on the river trail as the naturalist makes rounds and answers questions. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Geo-caching Adventure
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until Nov 4, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You've heard of it, you've considered trying it, here is your chance. Find out how Geo-caching works and what you need to get started then try out a few sample caches hidden in easy location. When you're ready for more, get the info for the official state park cache. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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.
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Fall Foliage Hike
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 1 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the overlook trail along the East Rim of the canyon and enjoy the best of the fall colors on the mountain. Hikes are at 10am on Saturdays and 11am Sundays. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Gone Fishing
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Nov 4, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Relax from a long drive or a busy week with a trip to the catfish pond. Limited equipment is available for borrow from the the Interpretive Center or bring your own. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Fall Craft: Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Nov 4, 2012 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Make a tasty, eco-friendly, treat that will attract a verity of birds to your favorite viewing area. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706.657.4050.
Handicapped Accessible 
Day Out With Thomas the Tank
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
For two weekends only, Thomas will visit the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends. Visit SAMShortline.com for tickets and more information. $5 parking. 229-276-0755.
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Day Out With Thomas
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Thomas will visit the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends. Tickets are $22 plus tax and handling fee. Tickets are $22 plus tax and handling fee through TicketWeb.com Parking Fee: $5. 877-427-2457.
Big Ferry Trail Hike
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join the naturalist on a hike among towering live oaks as you meander to the salt marsh and the observation tower. Also learn how the trail got its interesting name. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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First-Visit Tour
Sundays 2 PM - 4 PM  
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 16 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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