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Events starting 11/30/2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
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.
Handicapped Accessible 

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.
Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
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
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
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.
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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.
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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 - $5 $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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.
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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.
The North Pole Express Train
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 6:30 PM to 8:40 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Join us for a special nighttime ride from Georgia Veterans State Park to the Downtown Cordele Depot to visit with Santa Claus at the "North Pole". Ticket includes Santa Hat, Hot Cocoa, Candy Cane & entrance to the "Jingle Bell Bazaar", a local artist and artisan marketplace. 229-276-0755.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
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.
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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.
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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.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
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. Play with the pioneer toys that would have been given as presents. Santa will be available for photos and Christmas visits. Help decorate the Christmas Tree. See Christmas dinner cooked in the fireplace. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible 
Pearl Harbor Commemorative Ceremony
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10:30 AM to 3 PM
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
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.
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Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, 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.
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Christmas at the Gorge
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
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.
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.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
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.
Handicapped Accessible 

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

Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 10 AM to 2:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excursion with an hour and ten minute layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger! Santa will be aboard for the ride! 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.
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.
Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
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.
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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

A Candlelight Christmas at 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 a candlelight tour, and crafts all accompanied by the sounds of the Victorian Era. Refreshments will be served. $4 - $6.00 706-456-2602.
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
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.
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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
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
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.
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A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
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. 912-884-5999.
Handicapped Accessible 
Christmas on the Pond
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 6 PM to 8:30 PM
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. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. and be available until 8:30 p.m. Hayrides will start at 5:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. Donations appreciated. Hayrides 50 cents per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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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.
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.
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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.
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Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Moonlight Mountain Hike - National Trails Day!
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us on National Trails Day for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Please call to register in advance. Groups of 10 or more must register for a private hike. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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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. Help decorate the tree. Civil War soldiers will be home for the holidays. The cabin will be the setting as period reenactors demonstrate farm life, chores, and celebrations of the period. Play with the toys pioneer children would have played with. $3.00 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
Christmas with Friends of Reed Bingham
Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 8 PM until Dec 15, 2013 
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.
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Christmas with Friends of Reed Bingham
Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 8 PM until Dec 15, 2013 
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.
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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.
Reading of the Polar Express
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
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.
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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.
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.
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 moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible. Meet and pay (exact change, $5, cash only) at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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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
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us for the 11th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, bonfires, and refreshments. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age, no toy guns or knives. The donations will help the Union County Sheriff's Office toy drive. 706-745-2628.
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
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 Alexander Lakes parking area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Invite a Monarch to Lunch-Conference Room at Visitor Center
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pollinators have been in the news lately because of the dramatic drop in the numbers scientists and citizens have observed and reported data on for the last few years. Learn all about the Monarch butterfly and what we can do to help bring it back. Registration is encouraged for this free program. $0 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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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.
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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

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.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"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 down to 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. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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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

Breakfast/Lunch/Supper with Santa Train
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 6 PM to 6:45 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a special meal with Santa aboard the SAM Shortline Train! Choose from breakfast train, lunch train or supper train. Adults: $29.99 Children 2 & up: $19.99 229-276-0755.
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.
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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.
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Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
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.
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Luminary Night with Mrs. Claus
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Bring your children and pets and join Mrs. Claus for a very special Luminary Night! 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. Cookies, cookies and more cookies will be served! All activities $3.00. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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.
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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 glory of autumn. 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

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.
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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.
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.
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"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.
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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.
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Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
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.
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Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 10 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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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.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, 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.
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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.
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, Hot Chocolate and Pictures with Santa? 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. Come out and join us in the fun! $2 for hayride $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
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.
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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

Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
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
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.
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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.
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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.
Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
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.
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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. Please bring water and sturdy shoes. No strollers. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 28, 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 12 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. No dogs please. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Dec 28, 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.
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Polar Bear Plunge
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 11 AM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
This family friendly event will have participants gather on the beach at Unicoi Lake, put on their brave faces, and plunge into the lake together for a quick dip. Register in advance with the given link or registration the day of the dip starts at 9:30am. $10 per person or $25 per family. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Holiday on the Hill
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM  
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.
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Wilderness Survival
Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Camp Liberty's Fire Tower and it's Enduring Legacy
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Take a hayride through time and see firsthand the enduring legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps. On the hayride we will explore the history of Camp Liberty, it's fire tower. We will meet at Lake Liberty, which is located in front of our park office. Please call to pre-register. $3 - $8 $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Chattahoochee Bend First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 2 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Be the first to hike along the Chattahoochee in 2014. The 2 mile easy guided hike will start at the boat ramp following the river through old growth forest to the lookout tower. Comfortable shoes and appropriate dress for all ages. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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First Day Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Start the New Year off right with a fun and easy hike. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Crooked River's First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet at the Nature Center for a walk on the Bay Boardwalk trail. Vistas include wetland habitats plus our unique longleaf pine/saw palmetto ecosystem. Enjoy the great outdoors, camaraderie on the trail plus party hats. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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First Day Hike on Lake Lanier
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger as we explore a beautiful backcountry area of the park. Our 2 mile cross country adventure will follow old road beds, ridges, hills and valleys. Moderate to strenuous. Call the Visitor Center to reserve a spot. Limited to 15 hikers. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Elijah Clark's First-Day Fitness Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Bring in the New Year with a revitalizing lead hike on our three mile trail that includes a beautiful outlook to rest and gaze upon the serene Clark Hill Lake. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Etowah Indian Mounds First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 9:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Start the New Year with a guided hike around the Etowah Mounds. $1-$5.50 770-387-3747.
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First Day Hike at F. D. Roosevelt
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring the family and explore the woodlands along the Overlook Loop Trail with guides from Pine Mountain Trail Association. This 3.4-mile moderate trail will begin at the Country Store on Highway 190 and Highway 27. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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First Day Hike at Fort King George
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
DUE TO WEATHER, THIS EVENT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON JANUARY 2. Enjoy a twilight "Hike into History" at Fort King George. As the sun sets on the First day of the new year, enjoy a hike into the past. Visitors will be guided through the half mile nature trail as they encounter various historic figures of Fort King George. $7.50 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, $4.50 for youth 912-437-4770.
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Fort McAllister's First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Come take a leisurely stroll through the woods with us on our 3 mile loop trail as we walk and talk about the winter wildlife in the maritime forests and marshlands of the Georgia Coast. From the chirping in the trees to the rustles in the woods, we'll explore the wild side of Fort McAllister State Historic Park with a focus on the birds of winter. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
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Black Bear Plunge & First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 11 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Start your year off right by joining us at 11 AM for the Black Bear Plunge into Fort Mountain Lake, then at 12 PM the Park Naturalist will lead a guided first day hike around the lake. Registration & fee are required for the Plunge. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
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First Day Hike at General Coffee State Park
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Take a ranger-guided birding hike on the 1.5 mile Gopher Loop Trail. We will also discuss resource management and longleaf pine re-introduction. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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First Day Fitness Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 9 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come join us New Year's Day for a hike down our 3-mile nature trail behind the Mill House. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring your own water and snacks. Dog owners welcome, dogs must be kept on leash. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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First-Day Hike at Gordonia-Alatamaha
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 8 AM to 4 PM
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park - Reidsville, GA
Start your New Year off right by getting outdoors and taking a guided hike. Our Nature Trail is a 1 mile loop that is moderate in duration. $5 parking. 912-557-7744.
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First Day Hike on Lake Brantley Trail
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 2 PM to 5 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.
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