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Events starting 11/26/2013
  Thursday, November 28, 2013
Fall Hayrides
Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
  Friday, November 29, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia It's a Hoot!
Friday, Nov 29, 2013 6 PM to 7 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
During this evening walk, you will learn why owls are such good hunters at night and other amazing facts about these birds. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Turkey Waddle
Friday, Nov 29, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Hike off that extra slice of pumpkin pie with this exhilarating 3.5-mile hike. Enjoy the outdoors in the crisp fall air. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Island History and Big Ferry Guided Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am learn about the history and inhabitants of Skidaway Island. At 2:00pm come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through a Maritime Forest, learning the early history of Skidaway. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail Head. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
"Walk Off That Turkey" Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join Rangers on a strenuous hike to help shed the extra pounds you ate the day before. the hike is 3 miles and consists of rock hopping across a river, climbing boulders and logs. You need to wear proper foot wear (no flip flops or crocs) children must be 10 or older. bring water, snacks, light lunch and a bathing suite. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, November 30, 2013
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Cloudland Connector Trail Hike
Saturdays & Sundays until Dec 1, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Be one of the first to hike to newest section of the connector trail. Saturday 10am & Sunday 11 am. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Christmas in Plains
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 4:15 PM to 9 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Get your tickets today to enjoy Christmas in Plains. There will be a Christmas parade and music to put you in the spirit of Christmas. You'll be riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 3 PM to 4:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Unlimited
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wear your hiking boots, pack a lunch and bring plenty of water for a rigorous half-day, ranger-led hike through Panola's rugged conservation area. May involve some off trail hiking. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before hike departs. Ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tour of Lights on Seminole
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Lights will be lit throughout the park every Thursday through Sunday evening from November 30 to December 29. These lights are being presented by local businesses and organizations. It's free to drive through the lights, but donations are welcome. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Morning Bird Watch and Sandpiper Trail Hike
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00am learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. At 1:00pm meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. Watch for the elusive pileated woodpecker, pick some sea pickle, and spot raccoon tracks. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going 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, Nov 30, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Sunday, December 1, 2013
Cloudland Connector Trail Hike
Saturdays & Sundays 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Be one of the first to hike to newest section of the connector trail. Saturday 10am & Sunday 11 am. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Dahlonega Gold Museum Christmas Open House
Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 9 AM to 4:45 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
As part of Dahlonega's Old Fashion Christmas, the Gold Museum has free admission on thefirst Sunday in December. Come learn about America's first gold rush while enjoying warm apple cider and cookies. Afterward, enjoy the sites and sounds of Christmas on Dahlonega's historic town square. 706-864-2257.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Night Sky Watch
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderate hike will take us to Jack's Hill where we will search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars are recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight are required. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Thursday, December 5, 2013
President Carter's Boyhood Farm Tour
Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 9:45 AM to 3 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Ride in air conditioned 1949 vintage train cars from Georgia Veterans State Park in Cordele to Plains and Archery where you'll learn about President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm. Go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. (There will not be a stop in Americus.) 229-276-0755.
Tour of Lights on Seminole
Every week
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Lights will be lit throughout the park every Thursday through Sunday evening from November 30 to December 29. These lights are being presented by local businesses and organizations. It's free to drive through the lights, but donations are welcome. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
  Friday, December 6, 2013
School Express
Friday, Dec 6, 2013 10:15 AM to 2:40 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
All Aboard! Bring the kids and come rid in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars. You'll board at Georgia Veterans State Park and travel to Americus and Plains. Be sure and take advantage of our special St. Nick's HOBO Lunch Package for only $11.99 and the Wonderland Kit of lots of special items for only $8.99. Ticket prices vary. Visit SAMShortline.com for more information. 229-276-0755.
33rd Annual Plantation Christmas
Daily until Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 6 PM to 9 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house, hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
Civil War History Event 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Deck the Halls
Friday, Dec 6, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Saturday, December 7, 2013
Liberty Hall Candlelit Tour
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Come enjoy a relaxing candlelit tour of the Confederate Vice President's house. Enjoy the house with no electric lights on for the night and walk in the footsteps as they did back then. $3.00 - $5.00 706-456-2602.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Nature Quest
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 12 PM  
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Want to learn about nature as a family? Come to our “fundana” activities each month and learn about a different topic. There will be 12 quests and at each program the family will receive one bandana about the topic. The family that completes the most quests will receive a bonus bandana for the entire family. Register in advance. $10 per family $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Tree Walk
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
We speak for the trees during this easy 1 mile winter forest ramble. New natural history discoveries for all of us. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool parking lot. Bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Christmas On The Lake
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10 AM to 3 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Make Christmas decorations out of natural ornaments such as pine cones, sweetgum balls, magnolia seedpods and seashells. We provide all the materials you will need. Then from 1 to 3, be sure to bring your wish list as pictures will be taken with Santa Claus. $1 - $3 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Get Outdoors Georgia Toy Trot 5K Trail Run/Walk
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
This 5K Run/Walk race is being held by Walton-Barrow Board of Realtors to benefit the "Shop With A Cop" program for needy children. Race/Walk start TBA. Contact 706-215-3893 or DonnaSanders05@bellsouth.net for more information. $5 parking. 706-215-3893.
Tons of Fun 
St. Nick at the Old Fort
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 11 AM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Step back in time for a visit with Jolly Old St. Nicholas, who will welcome children at the Historic Blockhouse. Stay afterwards to decorate your own cookie and enjoy some hot cocoa, cider, or coffee. $5 parking. 706-867-3489.
Rudolph's Favorite
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 6:30 PM to 8:40 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a relaxing ride from Georgia Veterans State Park into Cordele. Vendors will be awaiting your arrival to show you all the exciting things for Christmas. Games, music and reading of The Polar Express await younger ones. Make your reservation now. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia 1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this 1st of the year hike on the Blue Mountain Bike Trail. This 6-mile guided hike is the perfect winter outing for the first day of the new year. Enjoy meandering creeks cascading over rocks, and bring a light lunch to enjoy on the way. For children older than 10 and adults in good walking shape $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy Wagon Ride
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek is a great place for star-gazing. Relax on this guided carriage ride by the beach.Call to pre-register, space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy Wagon Ride
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek is a great place for star-gazing. Relax on this guided carriage ride by the beach.Call to pre-register, space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
33rd Annual Plantation Christmas
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 6 PM to 9 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house, hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
Civil War History Event 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia A Jarrell Plantation Christmas
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Greenery from the woods decorates the 1847 plantation house and 1895 farm house. Learn to make simple paper decorations. Enjoy homemade spiced cider cooked on the wood burning stove and old style cookies, and warm up by the fireplace for music and stories. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia Heritage Day 2014: 150 Years of Camp Lawton
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Enjoy a living history encampment, live cannon fire, and the replica of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley. Georgia Southern will be hosting an archaeology presentation while vendors and other presenters join in the festivities in the picnic area. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas Candlelight Tour
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 6 PM to 9:30 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Luminaries will light the pathways, and decorations will welcome visitors to the historic buildings and Christmas carols, hot apple cider, refreshments and Christmas cheer will kick off the holiday season at the historic Cherokee Capital. Grab your candle lantern and dress for the weather as we welcome in the holiday season. $5.50-$7.50 706-624-1321.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 1 PM to 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. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life as demonstrators take you back in time to Christmas at the Vaughan cabin. Santa will be avaliable for photos and Christmas visits. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Pearl Harbor Commemorative Ceremony
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10:30 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Special Guest Dixie Harris, Pearl Harbor Survivor will meet and greet guests. Living History with Kellys Zeroes. A re-enactment of the Declaration of War will be delivered by Pres.Roosevelt. Brian Roslund will offer the Keynote address. Two ceremonies will be offered 10:30 a.m. and 1:48 p.m. WWII Veterans admitted free. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Suwannee River Paddle
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Come enjoy a paddle down the slow-moving waters of the Suwannee River. See alligators, birds, turtles and other types of wildlife as we wind through the cypress and tupelo trees. People of all skill levels will enjoy this paddle with our certified guide. Sign up by 5 pm the day before the paddle. $20-$30 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going 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, Dec 7, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Christmas at the Gorge
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Come and see Santa, make crafts, enjoy Christmas music and have a snack here at the park. If you have a camara you can take your own photos with Santa. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Deck the Halls
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Get Outdoors Georgia Dirty Spokes Race
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
The Dirty Spokes running race series includes four state parks: Red Top Mountain, Unicoi, Fort Yargo and Victoria Bryant. Dates and distances vary. Visit http://www.dirtyspokes.com/victoria-bryant-georgia-series/ for more information and to register. Race Fee plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, December 8, 2013
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
  Monday, December 9, 2013
Special Excursion - Taste of Winter
Monday, Dec 9, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
This special excursion allows you to experience Cordele's Taste of Winter. Be sure to call and make reservations today! 229-276-0755.
  Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Bells Over Plains Train Ride
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 10 AM to 2:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excurison with a 1 hour layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrappling and ready for your visit. 229-276-0755.
  Thursday, December 12, 2013
School Express
Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 10:15 AM to 2:40 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
All Aboard! Bring the kids and come rid in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars. You'll board at Georgia Veterans State Park and travel to Americus and Plains. Be sure and take advantage of our special St. Nick's HOBO Lunch Package for only $11.99 and the Wonderland Kit of lots of special items for only $8.99. Ticket prices vary. Visit SAMShortline.com for more information. 229-276-0755.
Tour of Lights on Seminole
Every week
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Lights will be lit throughout the park every Thursday through Sunday evening from November 30 to December 29. These lights are being presented by local businesses and organizations. It's free to drive through the lights, but donations are welcome. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
  Friday, December 13, 2013
Christmas by Candlelight - Cherokee Home Tour
Daily until Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 5 PM to 9 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Enjoy Christmas in one of the best preserved Cherokee Indian homes. The 1800s house is decorated in the Moravian-style with all natural garland, paper ornaments and more than 300 candles. $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.
Full Moon Carriage Ride
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing carriage ride. Meet up will be at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Full Moon Carriage Ride
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing carriage ride. Meet up will be at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Birding Basics
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn the basic of the growing hobby of bird watching, then put your skills to test with a short guided bird walk. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Sandpiper Trail Hike
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Deck the Halls
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Saturday, December 14, 2013
Christmas Comes to Liberty Hall
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 11 AM to 3 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens' home, Liberty Hall, will be decorated with styles of the Victorian Christmas past. Come enjoy Victorian Era games, Music, role players, our Confederate museum, and we promise a great time will be had. Refreshments will be served. $1.00 - $5.00 706-456-2602.
Civil War History Event 
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Tree Walk
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
We speak for the trees during this easy 1 mile winter forest ramble. New natural history discoveries for all of us. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool parking lot. Bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join the garrison for a traditional dinner in the soldier's barracks and an evening of colonial-style Yule Tide jollification. Menu consists of traditional colonial Christmas fare. Event ends with a cannon firing! $35 for dinner. Reservations required. 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Muster Reenactment
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
On December 13, 1864, General Sherman ended his March to the Sea by ordering his troops to take Fort McAllister. Come and watch as we reenact this historically significant moment in our country's history. Program & demonstration from 9am - 4pm. Battle at 5:00pm. Adults $6.50, Seniors $6.00, Youth (6-17) $3.75, 5 & Under Free. 912.727.2339.
A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns. Free admission sponsored by the Friends of Ft Morris, Flemington and Liberty County. 912-884-5999.
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas on the Pond
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 6 PM to 8:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us to usher in the holiday season. Visit with Santa, enjoy storytelling, hayrides, a marshmallow roast and homemade refreshments. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Special Excursion - Enchanted Evening
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 4:40 PM to 9:35 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this holiday special train ride as you visit the older days of farm life. Travel to Plains for the special firepots in the streets with marshmallows to roast. The air is filled with musical tunes that are very familiar and the joy ole man himself will be there. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Wonder Hike on Lake Rutledge Horse Trail
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger on this 4 mile hike on the Lake Rutledge Horse Trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills, gentle streams, and lots of forest scenery. Bring a camera to record your journey, and a light lunch to enjoy on the way. This hike is recommended for children over 10 years old. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Full Moon Carriage Ride
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing carriage ride. Meet up will be at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Full Moon Carriage Ride
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing carriage ride. Meet up will be at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geminid Meteor Shower - The Heavens Last Hurrah of 2013
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 to Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 - 11 PM to 1 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us on the beach to view the last major meteor shower of 2013! Bring a lawn chair, a thermos of your favorite warm drink, and a cozy blanket. Reflect on the past year, as we enjoy some of winters best constellations. Preregistration required, meet at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 1 PM to 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. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the moon. We'll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register and pay in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Gather the family and join us at our 1850s log cabin. Civil War soldiers will be home for the holidays. The cabin will be the setting as period reenactors demonstrate farm life, chores, toys, games and celebrations of the period. $3 - $5. 770-443-7850.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas with Friends of Reed Bingham
Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 8 PM until Dec 15, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join our dedicated Friends volunteers for Christmas fun, including hayrides and bonfires on the beach. Make s'mores, toast marshmallows, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Santa will be available visit with children. Call to enter your boat in this festive parade. Fees. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas with Friends of Reed Bingham
Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 8 PM until Dec 15, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join our dedicated Friends volunteers for Christmas fun, including hayrides and bonfires on the beach. Make s'mores, toast marshmallows, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Santa will be available visit with children. Call to enter your boat in this festive parade. Fees. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
A Tree of Families
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Robert Toombs House Historic Site - Washington, GA
The Christmas tree takes the center stage as living history performers "Robert Toombs Family and Friends" celebrate post colonial Christmas traditions through the early 1900s. Free Admission. 706-678-2226.
Civil War History Event 
Reading of the Polar Express
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Children can ride the Warm Springs Choo-Choo (kiddie ride) to Mustian Place where a real train conductor will read The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Refreshments will be served along with a visit from Santa. Children will receive a reindeer bell as a gift. Train will depart from the Memorial Fountain at 10 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Tour of Lights Festival - CANCELLED
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
The Tour of Lights Festival has been cancelled due to predicted heavy rain and thunderstorms. The lights will still be lit through the park for you to drive through and view. If the weather clears, we will be offering hayrides through the lights after dark. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Snake Awareness Program
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 2 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger and several snakes and turtles in this educational program as we learn about reptiles of Sweetwater Creek State Park. This will be an up-close experience as everyone will have the opportunity to touch the snakes. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Victorian Christmas
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Traveler's Rest Historic Site - Toccoa, GA
Join us for a Victorian Era Christmas. The Inn will have its halls decked with decorations reflecting the Victorian Era. $3-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-886-2256.
Deck the Halls
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 4 PM to 7 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us for the 10th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, 3-bonfires, hot chocolate, cider, and cookies. Also, please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age. No toy guns or knives. 706-745-2628.
  Sunday, December 15, 2013
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 1 PM to 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. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 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 Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Santa by the Lake
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Have your picture made with Santa on the beach, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and make your own holiday craft at the park's Beach Pavilion. $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Monday, December 16, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Monday, Dec 16, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 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 
  Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tour of Lights on Seminole
Every week
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Lights will be lit throughout the park every Thursday through Sunday evening from November 30 to December 29. These lights are being presented by local businesses and organizations. It's free to drive through the lights, but donations are welcome. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Deck the Halls
Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Friday, December 20, 2013
Lakeside Limited
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 6 PM to 6:45 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy watching the setting sun from our 1949 vintage train cars. Adults: $29.99 Children 2 & up: $19.99 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Solstice Wagon Ride
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with us on this night time wagon ride. We will talk about winter constellations, and take a tour through some open areas for good sky gazing. Bring warm clothes and a blanket, and relax during this holiday time of year. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Solstice Wagon Ride
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with us on this night time wagon ride. We will talk about winter constellations, and take a tour through some open areas for good sky gazing. Bring warm clothes and a blanket, and relax during this holiday time of year. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Luminary Night with Santa
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Bring your children and pets for pictures with Santa. Enjoy a walk along our enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park. Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts. $5 per picture, hayrides $2. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia A Family Solstice Event
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Celebrate the turning of the season with a warm winter drink, a campfire, candle light hike, and “twinkle boats” on the pond. This event will take place at the park’s Education Cabin – call for directions and to let us know you are coming. $1 suggested donation $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Art in the Park
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the warmth of summer. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Deck the Halls
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Saturday, December 21, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Sensory Awareness Night Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 6 PM to 7 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Attend this evening hike to learn more about your five senses. Please pay at the Park Office. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Tree Walk
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
We speak for the trees during this easy 1 mile winter forest ramble. New natural history discoveries for all of us. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool parking lot. Bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Campfire with Santa & Holiday Hayride
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet Santa at the campfire ring. Make a craft. Roast a marshmallow and enjoy hot chocolate. Sing carols during your hayride through the campground. Rides last 15-20 minutes. Listen to stories read by the Harris County Library staff. Bring a roasting stick and a folding chair if you do not like benches. $6 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Campsite Decoration Contest
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Show us your PG-13 rated creative side at your site. Make us believe you love the holiday season and camping. No nails or staples on plants. No unattended candles or fires. Leave no trace decorating ideas. Judging from 5:30PM -6:30 PM. Winners announced at Dec 21 campfire! Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia "Saturnalia" Campfire Celebration
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Saturnalia was a festival held by the ancient Romans that honored "Saturn". Celebrated during winter's shortening of days, it was a time of celebration, stories and fun. Enjoy S'mores, stories of the ancient festival, and winter tales! $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Solstice Wagon Ride
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with us on this night time wagon ride. We will talk about winter constellations, and take a tour through some open areas for good sky gazing. Bring warm clothes and a blanket, and relax during this holiday time of year. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Sandpiper Trail Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going 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, Dec 21, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Deck the Halls
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Get Outdoors Georgia Caroling Through The Park
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
What's better than Christmas Parties? How about Caroling Hayrides, Homemade Ornaments & Sugar Cookies? Caroling Through the Park will have that and much more. It will be $2 per person for the hayride, $5 per photo for Pictures With Santa. $2 for hayride $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
  Sunday, December 22, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Walking in a Coastal Wonderland
Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet at the Sempervirens Trailhead for a ranger led hike. We will be looking for different signs of winter and learning about the Coastal environment. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
First-Visit Tour
Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 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.
Deck the Halls
Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Monday, December 23, 2013
Deck the Halls
Monday, Dec 23, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Thursday, December 26, 2013
Tour of Lights on Seminole
Every week
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Lights will be lit throughout the park every Thursday through Sunday evening from November 30 to December 29. These lights are being presented by local businesses and organizations. It's free to drive through the lights, but donations are welcome. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
  Friday, December 27, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Sensory Awareness Night Hike
Friday, Dec 27, 2013 6 PM to 7 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Attend this evening hike to learn more about your five senses. Please pay at the Park Office. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Night Sky Watch
Friday, Dec 27, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderate hike will take us to Jack's Hill where we will search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars are recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight are required. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, December 28, 2013
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Tree Walk
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
We speak for the trees during this easy 1 mile winter forest ramble. New natural history discoveries for all of us. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool parking lot. Bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Earlybird First Day Hike at Mistletoe
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 10 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Come start the new year off the the right foot. This ranger led hike will allow guests to discover nature's winter wonder along the Cliatt Creek nature trail. We will meet at the nature center to begin this hike. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
 

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