Events starting 11/9/2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pioneer Harvest Festival
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Celebrate the history of farm life in the wiregrass region of south Georgia at the parks annual fall festival. The day will include demonstrations of farm life, an arts and craft show, local entertainers, syrup making and more. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Tribute to Veterans
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Veterans Day celebration with a radio-controlled model airplane fly-in and 1:00 pm ceremony with guest speaker, bagpipes and drums, and color guard. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
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Fall Color Hike
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy the changing colors on a 5 mile hike on the "Green" horse trail. Bring snacks, plenty of water, and sturdy shoes. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Have you ever wondered how sugar cane syrup is made? Find out how in times past farmers made their very own. Sip on fresh sugar cane juice while watching the syrup making process and enjoy demonstrations around the farm. Come experience Syrup Makin' Day in the country. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Mountain Dulcimer
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Have fun learning to play this beautiful folk instrument, with free, hands-on instruction from members of the Garden City Strummers Dulcimer Club. If you already play, come on to get in on the jam session. Extra instruments are available. Bring a folding chair. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 12 PM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Iron Pour
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Starting at 6 p.m., see a demonstration of our iron furnace, harking back to the days of iron production in the Allatoona community. Our furnace operates at more then 2500 degrees! Buy a scratch block mold at 2:00 pm. to create your own cast-iron art. Limit 1 per person. Supplies limited. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Reptiles and Amphibians
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 2:00pm join us to learn the differences between reptiles and amphibians. We have snakes, baby turtles, even an alligator! See and touch live examples! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 9 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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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 12 PM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Invite a Monarch to Lunch-Conference Room at Visitor Center
Saturday, Nov 9, 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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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible. Meet and pay (exact change, $5, cash only) at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

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.
Birding Basics
Sunday, Nov 10, 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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Ranger-led Fall Foliage Lake Paddle
Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing on the lake as we enjoy the beauty of the fall colors. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. Reservations required. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Dinner Time
Monday, Nov 11, 2013 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Watch as the ranger feeds the reptiles, leaping lizards, chopping turtles, slithering snakes, and the alligator licking his chops. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Ranger-led Fall Foliage Lake Paddle
Monday, Nov 11, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing on the lake as we enjoy the beauty of the fall colors. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. Reservations required. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Monday, Nov 11, 2013 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Peanut Express Train Ride
Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 10:30 AM to 4 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Visit the large collection of telephones in Leslie at the Rural Telephone Museum (Train ticket includes FREE admission to the museum). Then travel west to Plains for some delightful peanut treats. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults. 229-276-0755.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Twilight Hike
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Amicalola Naturalist's for a rare twilight hike to explore the beauty of our waterfall, the sounds of the mountain's nocturnal inhabitants and the history of Amicalola and some of the local moonshine lore. $3 per person or $10 for family. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Full Moon Night Hike
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join a ranger for a full moon night hike along the lake on Friday to enjoy the sites and sounds of the park at night. Bring a flashlight and wear appropriate clothing/footwear. No dogs, please. Meet at the boat ramp in Campground #2. $5/person $5 parking. 706-867-3489.
Art in the Park
Friday, Nov 15, 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.
Full Moon Eastside Hike
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 7 PM to 9 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 climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave", and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Dogs are not permitted on this hike. Register in advance. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Friday, Nov 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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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturdays 1 AM - 2 AM until Nov 30, 2013 
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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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.
Birding Boat Cruise on Crooked River
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 2 PM to 5 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Learn about birds that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Limited space, pre-registration required. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Bird Walk
Saturday, Nov 16, 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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Have You Thanked A Tree Today?
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Test your tree IQ. Learn how to read the rings and identify local tree species during an interactive program and short walk. Participants will receive a tree “cookie” medallion to take home. Geared towards ages 6 & up. Meet at the Group Shelter below the dam in the campground. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Nov 16, 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.
Mountain Creek Beaver Moon Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Venture along the 3.2 easy miles of Mountain Creek Trail with local PMT guides. Geared towards ages 10 and up. Bring a flashlight and water. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
3rd Annual Sugar Cane Festival
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
We will be enjoying a fun-filled day of activities including making cane syrup from sugar cane and cornmeal at the gristmill.  There will be arts and crafts vendors selling their wares.  Food being served will include turkey legs, fried gator tail, funnel cakes and good Southern cookin'.  Demonstrations will include cannon firing, a reptile show and helicopter. $1 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Fall Trees and Leaves Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy the changing leaves, and learn some of our native trees. Join a Park Ranger on this Guided walk of the Brantley Nature Trail and discover how much fun learning our native trees can be. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Register in advance. 5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Moonlight Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this guided hike under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, insect repellant, and bring a camera to record the journey, as we listen for insects, frogs and other nocturnal creatures. Meet at the Hard Labor Creek Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Lounge under the Leonids - Meteor Shower Program
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 to Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 - 11 PM to 1 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The Leonid meteor shower can be a spectacular viewing experience. Join us for this special night on the beach, bring a thermos of coffee, hot chocolate or cider, pack a blanket and lounge chair, and watch the sky. As we gaze for meteors, learn about some of our prominent winter constellations. Preregistration required, meet at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 16, 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 16, 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 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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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 4 PM to 6 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike - National Trails Day!
Saturday, Nov 16, 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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Soldier and Civilian Life during the Civil War and Candlelight Tours
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Join us to learn about the life of Soldiers and Civilians during the Civil War. See civilian and military living History Demonstrations. Later that night, participate in a guided interpretive tour. Relive the tense moments of the night battle at Pickett's Mill. Preregistration is required. $10.00 770-443-7850.
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Meteors and More
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 5:30 PM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Learn to appreciate the beautiful skies above. Join staff and the North Georgia Astronomers behind the Park Office to view the night sky. You're welcome to bring your own telescopes. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Special Excursion - Plains Car Show
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 12:15 PM to 5 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Ride a tourist train over Lake Blackshear to the 4th Annual Plains Classic Car Show and Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. You’ll have plenty of time to explore beautiful cars and the president’s boyhood farm before the train returns to Georgia Veterans State Park. 229-276-0755.
Twilight Canoe Trip
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 5 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Come out to take a twilight paddle on the Okefenokee Swamp. Learn some basics of canoeing from certified instructors and learn about some of the animals that lurk the swamp at night. We will be providing canoes, paddles, and PFDs. Sign up in the park office by 5:00 PM on the day of the paddle. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 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, Nov 16, 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.
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Rapids to Ruins Night Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a night hike to the five story Civil War era ruins of the New Manchester Mill alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Sturdy shoes and flashlights are required. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 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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Sunday, November 17, 2013

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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Dinner Time
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Watch as the ranger feeds the reptiles, leaping lizards, chopping turtles, slithering snakes, and the alligator licking his chops. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 6 PM to 8 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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Road Apple Trail Race
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, GA
This trail duathlon race is a park fundraiser hosted by the Friends of Watson Mill Bridge State Park and is open to all ages. 3 mile run, 10 mile bike race, 3 mile run. The race will be held on the equestrian trails. Registration and Fees at Active.com. $5 parking. 706-783-5349.
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Monday, Nov 18, 2013 6:30 PM to 8:30 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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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mystery of the Giant Ground Sloth and Wilderness Surivival
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am, come learn about the amazing Giant Ground Sloth, the Mastodon, and others that roamed Skidaway during the Ice Age, more than 10,000 years ago. At 1:00pm we will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Friday, November 22, 2013

It's a Hoot!
Friday, Nov 22, 2013 7 PM to 8 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.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM until Nov 30, 2013 
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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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.
Beginner Birding
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
We will begin by discussing the different birds you might see in Georgia then take a walk to see what we can discover on the park. Binoculars available. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Bird Walk
Saturday, Nov 23, 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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Waterfall Picnic Hike
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Experience nature’s bounty in our rich woodlands while we discover five waterfalls at the eastern terminus of the Pine Mountain trail. Pack your lunch and drink and join the naturalist for a 4 mile adventure. Geared towards ages 8 & up. Meet at the parking lot of the WJSP TV Tower on GA Alt 85 off Hwy 190 in Warm Springs. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Nov 23, 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.
"Come and Take It!" A Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 11 AM to 4 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket & cannon drills, musket, blacksmithing and more. 912-884-5999.
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Battle of Griswoldville Commemoration
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Come to Griswoldville Battlefild to learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864. Civil War soldier life portrayals followed by noon memorial service. Call for directions. Free. Donations appreciated. 478-986-5172.
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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Saturday, Nov 23, 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
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 12 PM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 3 PM to 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 9:30 AM to 5:20 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults. 229-276-0755.
Sandpiper Trail Hike and Whoooooo is out there?
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. Watch for the elusive pileated woodpecker and spot raccoon tracks. At 6:00pm we'll learn about owls and their behavior and then head out into the night to try and hear a hoot. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Trail of Hope 5K & 10K Road Race
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 8 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come out to support Covenant Care Adoption Services by running the trails of Skidaway Island State Park. Children can join in on the Kids Fun Run. Register online. $25-$35 $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Make Your Own Basket
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 10 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Make a bread basket with Ms. Randy Sells. Spend a day crafting a basket and go home with a completed basket to keep or give away at the holidays. All materials included. Advance registration required. $38 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 
Suwannee River Paddle
Saturday, Nov 23, 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, Nov 23, 2013 9 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, Nov 23, 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, Nov 23, 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.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

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.
Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, Nov 24, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
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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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 24, 2013 3 PM to 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pioneer and Indian Lifestyles
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Children will dip candles, make butter, make pioneer stew and create a pioneer toy. They will also learn Indian sign language, make an Indian bead craft and play some Indian games. Pre-registration is required by November 20. Space is limited each day to 20 children. $25. 706-541-0321.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Interpretive Center Tour & Reptiles and Amphibians
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am explore our museum and get all the details about our native wildlife, the history of the island, and check out live rare birds. At 3:00pm join us to learn the differences between reptiles and amphibians. See and touch live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

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

Birding Boat Cruise on Crooked River
Friday, Nov 29, 2013 2 PM to 5 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Learn about birds that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Limited space, pre-registration required. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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.
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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.
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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 
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.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturdays 1 PM - 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 
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 
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.
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Christmas in Plains Special Train Ride
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 4:15 PM to 9 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - 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. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults. 229-276-0755.
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.
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 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, 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.
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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
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
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
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - 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

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 
School Express
Friday, Dec 6, 2013 10:15 AM to 2:40 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - 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.
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.
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
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. $15 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 
The North Pole Express Train
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 6:30 PM to 8:40 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - 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.
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.
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.
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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
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - 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
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - 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
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - 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.