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Events starting 10/21/2012
  Sunday, October 21, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak the Salt Marsh
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 8 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Take a 3-hour tour exploring one of Georgia's beautiful coastal salt marshes. Learn about birds, dolphin and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Reservations required. $35-$95. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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. 1-877-427-2457.
Thomas the Tank Engine Live!
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - 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.

The 2013 Ticket Information to come . . . 1-877-427-2457.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 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 
  Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
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 as we welcome spring. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Thursday, October 25, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
  Friday, October 26, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Halloween Hayrides
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 7 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Take a "spooktacular" hayride through the old ghost town of Ravenwood and listen closely as storytellers bring ghosts and goblins to life around a campfire. This event is family-friendly and great for all ages. $5 parking. 678-792-9554.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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. We'll be showing a movie and we will have refreshments for sale. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
  Saturday, October 27, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Haunted Hayride
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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Mornings are for the Birds
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 10 AM to 10:45 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 Tour
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Fall Craft: Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Nov 4, 2012 
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Fishing Simulator
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Campsite Decorating Contest
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Costume Contest
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 6:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 1-4 pm. The parks annual haunted house and haunted hayrides will begin at dark and run until 10 pm. $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 trick-or-treating with us and hiking along a spooky kids trail. 10 tickets for $5. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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. 1-877-427-2457.
Thomas the Tank Engine Live!
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - 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.

The 2013 Ticket Information to come . . . 1-877-427-2457.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Spooky Halloween
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Hike to the falls and roast smores under the moon light! During campfire, we will have a costume contest for adults, children, and pets. Prizes will be award to most creative and best dressed! Meet at the program area next to Lakeside Camping. $5 participation fee plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 3 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. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Halloween Hayrides
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 7 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Take a "spooktacular" hayride through the old ghost town of Ravenwood and listen closely as storytellers bring ghosts and goblins to life around a campfire. This event is family-friendly and great for all ages. $5 parking. 678-792-9554.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 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 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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. We'll be showing a movie and we will have refreshments for sale. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
  Sunday, October 28, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 Tour
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Fall Craft: Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Nov 4, 2012 
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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. 1-877-427-2457.
Thomas the Tank Engine Live!
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - 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.

The 2013 Ticket Information to come . . . 1-877-427-2457.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Oct 28, 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 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 Full Moon Hike
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy the gorge in the magical, shimmering light of the full moon. The hike will begin at the Interpretive Center, following the North Rim Trail, with a descent of the Hurricane Falls Trail staircase to the suspension bridge over Hurricane Falls. This is considered a strenuous hike, consisting of approximately 1.5 miles and 1,099 steps. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Monday, October 29, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Monday, Oct 29, 2012 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Register in advance. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Hike
Monday, Oct 29, 2012 7 PM to 9 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy the gorge in the magical, shimmering light of the full moon. The hike will begin at the Interpretive Center, following the North Rim Trail, with a descent of the Hurricane Falls Trail staircase to the suspension bridge over Hurricane Falls. This is considered a strenuous hike, consisting of approximately 1.5 miles and 1,099 steps. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 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 
Gold Museum Halloween
Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 5 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
Kids, come just to trick-or-treat or take part in our costume contest for a chance to win prizes. After receiving your Gold Museum treats, take a trip around the historic Dahlonega Square where local merchants will also have special treats for all. 706-864-2257.
Get Outdoors Georgia All Hallows Eve Event/Autumn Hayride
Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 4 PM to 10 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Learn about All Hallows Eve from the 18th century as well as taking a good ol' fashion hayride through the park. Join us at the historic fort to learn about life in the late 1700s. Tours includes interactive activities and educational opportunities. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk and Intro-to-Geocaching
Wednesday, Oct 31, 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 2 PM come learn about geocaching -- the outdoor, GPS-enabled, treasure hunting game. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Tons of Fun 
Art in the Park
Wednesday, Oct 31, 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 as we welcome spring. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Thursday, November 1, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
  Friday, November 2, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Roving Ranger
Friday, Nov 2, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Evening Hike
Friday, Nov 2, 2012 6:30 PM
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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 Nighttime Hayrides & Native American Storytelling
Friday, Nov 2, 2012 7 PM to 9 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Hayrides around the mounds are offered at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30. Conclude your evening with refreshments and Native American storytelling by Gary Greene. Reservations required. $5 (4 and younger free). 770-387-3747.
  Saturday, November 3, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Guided Hike
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 10 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Come out and join the naturalist for a morning walk while we identify the plants and animals found along the trail. Meet at the visitor center in shoes good for 1.5 mile hike. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geocache Hike
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 12:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Looking for another reason to get out and explore? Join us at the visitor center for a 2 mile Geocache Adventure. The naturalist will be leading a walk with the parks GPS unit or you can use your own. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Tons of Fun 
Snakes Alive!
Saturday, Nov 3, 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, Nov 3, 2012 5 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us on the porch of the visitor center as we make paper bag birds. There is a $1 fee. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 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.
Fall Craft: Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Nov 4, 2012 
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Fishing Simulator
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Nighttime Hayrides & Native American Storytelling
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 7 PM to 9 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Hayrides around the mounds are offered at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30. Conclude your evening with refreshments and Native American storytelling by Gary Greene. Reservations required. $5 (4 and younger free). 770-387-3747.
Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Have you ever sipped fresh sugar cane juice, or tasted fresh cane syrup on a biscuit? Find out how in times past farmers made their own. Come experience syrup makin' day in the country. Plus craft making demonstrations throughout the farm. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Archaeology At Camp Lawton
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012
  Handicapped Accessible 
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Talk with Georgia Southern University's archaeology team about recent findings at Camp Lawton, a Confederate Prison Camp for Union POWs. Learn about the camp's history and daily lives of the prisoners, and see some of the equipment being used to uncover artifacts. Photos of the artifacts will be available for viewing. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 3, 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Basic Photography
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 2:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Spring is here and Panola Mountain will be photo-ready with Diamorpha abound, the wildflowers appearing, and butterflies fluttering. Meet at the Nature Center for instruction on Digital-SLR techniques that apply to point and shoot cameras. Then hike onto Panola Mountain for some great photo opportunities. Register in advance. $17 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Frog Slog
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 5:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn how to identify frogs by their calls. Investigate wetlands and streams in search of frogs and salamanders. Be prepared to get wet, muddy, and bring a flashlight and headlamp, nets, seines and buckets. Meet at the Nature Center. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Nautical Program
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
One of President Roosevelt’s hobbies was sailing. Activities will be on hand to share FDR’s love of sailing. There will be the opportunity to make a boat out of recycle materials, learn the history and workings of a sextant, and participate in a rain gutter race and much more. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Saturday Morning Billy's Island Tour
Saturdays 8 AM - 7 PM until Nov 24, 2012 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Take the 10 AM Guided Boat Tour to Billy's Island. See turtles and gators out basking on the logs. Once we arrive, we will tour the island. You'll see how the Hebbard Cypress Company once had their boom town laid out. You'll also be able to see the Lee Family Cemetery. $5 Refuge Parking. $15 - $20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 3, 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 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 
"Snakes Alive!" Awareness Program
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 2 PM to 3 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 Fall Color Lake Paddle
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 16 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 3, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 3, 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.
  Sunday, November 4, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Guided Hike
Sunday, Nov 4, 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geo-caching Adventure
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 
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 Gone Fishing
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM  
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.
Fall Craft: Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
First-Visit Tour
Sundays 2 PM - 3:30 PM until Nov 18, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Nov 4, 2012 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 16 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Nov 4, 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 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 
  Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Pioneer and Indian Lifestyles
Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 9:30 AM to 2 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
This program is for children 7-12 years old. Children will dip candles, make butter, make pioneer stew and create a pioneer toy. They will learn why wildlife and plants played an important role in Pioneer and Indian living. Pre-registration required by November 22 $20. 706-541-0321.
  Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Birding, Lizards-Lunch and Knot Tying
Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join us at 8 AM as we hit the trail in search of our flapping, finicky, feathered friends. At 2 PM, watch lizards leap and chomp down crickets during our live animal feeding show. At 4 PM, learn some handy knots for use around the campfire, or perhaps your boat. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, November 8, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Senior Ranger Program for Adults
Thursdays 9 AM - 11 AM  
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fantastic Fire Building
Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Did you know you can start a fire with a 9-volt battery or simply the glass lens from a telescope? Come join us as we discuss fire building techniques which include some rather interesting approaches. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Art in the Park
Thursday, Nov 8, 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 as we welcome spring. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Friday, November 9, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Viewing Area Hike
Friday, Nov 9, 2012 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take the short hike to the wildlife viewing areas where you might see deer, turkey, coyotes and any other wild creatures that wander in. Get directions from the Visitor Center or Interpretive Center. This hike is best done in the early morning or at dusk when animals are most active. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Evening Kayak and Wildlife Watching Adventures
Friday, Nov 9, 2012 4 PM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
The stealthy kayak is a great vessel to sneak up on all sorts of wildlife. This ranger-led paddle will take participants around Yargo Lake for viewing birds, mammals, dragonflies and other wildlife. Ages 4 and older. Register in advance. Please arrive no later than 5:30pm. Meet at the Beach Boat Dock area. $15 includes equipment, plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Presidents and Patriots Park-to-Park Bike Ride
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Nov 11, 2012 
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
This 3-day bike ride travels from Florence Marina State Park to Georgia Veterans State Park, SAM Shortline Excursion Train, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and Andersonville National Historic Site and Cemetery. The registration fee includes camping, entertainment, some food and activities. $35-$55. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Tons of Fun 
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Nov 9, 2012 9:30 AM to 3:25 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, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Smithgall's Park After Dark
Friday, Nov 9, 2012 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn about our native bats and how important they are to our ecosystem. This program is perfect for families featuring lots of bat-facts, and bat props compliments of Bat Conservation International. Following the program, a short hike will provide an opportunity to search the sky for bat activity. $5 per family or $2 per person. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, November 10, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Geo-caching Adventure
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 5 PM until Dec 2, 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 Gone Fishing
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Nov 18, 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.
Veterans Day Program Honoring Crew and Survivor of 1953 Plane Crash
Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Honor Navy veteran Richard K. Schmidt, the sole survivor of an October 1, 1953 airplane crash.  The USAF B-25 bomber took off from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida with six on board and crashed near Dowdell’s Knob in F.D. Roosevelt State Park. Only Mr. Schmidt survived.  After the ceremony and an Air Force flyover, guests can join Mr. Schmidt for a short walk to the crash site. Meet at Dowdell’s Knob. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia The Debatable Land
Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
A range of living history presentations will highlight the various cultures and peoples that inhabited our region before Georgia was established in the 1730s. A battle re-enactment will take place a 2 p.m. $3.75- $6.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Pioneer Harvest Festival
Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 9 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Celebrate the history of farm life in the wiregrass region of south Georgia at the parks annual festival. The day will include demonstrations of farm life, and arts and craft show, local entertainers, and more. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-1581.
Get Outdoors Georgia Presidents and Patriots Park-to-Park Bike Ride
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Nov 11, 2012 
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
This 3-day bike ride travels from Florence Marina State Park to Georgia Veterans State Park, SAM Shortline Excursion Train, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and Andersonville National Historic Site and Cemetery. The registration fee includes camping, entertainment, some food and activities. $35-$55. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Tons of Fun 
Tribute to Veterans
Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Veterans Day celebration with a radio-controlled model airplane fly-in and 1:00 pm ceremony with guest speaker, bagpipes and drums, and color guard. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Providence, Presidents & Patriots Train Ride
Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 11:30 AM to 5 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Join us for this terrific ride to spend 2 1/2 hours in Plains. There will be bikers from the Providence, Presidents and Patriots Bike Ride plus a fabulous car show. The Vintage Vocals will be on board SAM Shortline to entertain you with all their beautiful tunes. HURRY, very limited seating. NO coupons or discounts allowed on this special. 1-877-427-2457.
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike on Lake Brantley Trail
Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 9 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take this guided hike on the Lake Brantley Horse Trail and exercise off those holiday pounds. Bring a camera to record the scenery of Lake Brantley, rolling woodlands, and cascading creeks. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the walk. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia GeoCaching 101
Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 4 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join the modern day treasure hunt in this family fun event. Learn the basics of geocaching and find your first cache. Meet at the park office. $4 plus $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Backpacking 101
Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 10 AM to 11 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Ever wanted to go backpacking but never knew where to start? Learn what to bring, where to go and get your hands on some of the gear. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 4.8-mile Cross Country Race
Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 9 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Compete in a 4.8-mile race through this pretty park, then stay for a tribute to America's military. Prizes will be awarded by age. Sponsored by Millen Milers and Friends of Magnolia. Register on www.active.com and www.millenmilersandmore.com. Questions: jimjoyce34@bellsouth.net Race fee plus $5 parking. 478 982 4881.
Tons of Fun 
 

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