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Events starting 12/14/2013
  Saturday, December 14, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas on the Pond
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 6 PM to 8:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us to usher in the holiday season. Visit with Santa, enjoy storytelling, hayrides, a marshmallow roast and homemade refreshments. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Special Excursion - Enchanted Evening
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 4:40 PM to 9:35 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this holiday special train ride as you visit the older days of farm life. Travel to Plains for the special firepots in the streets with marshmallows to roast. The air is filled with musical tunes that are very familiar and the joy ole man himself will be there. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Wonder Hike on Lake Rutledge Horse Trail
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger on this 4 mile hike on the Lake Rutledge Horse Trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills, gentle streams, and lots of forest scenery. Bring a camera to record your journey, and a light lunch to enjoy on the way. This hike is recommended for children over 10 years old. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Full Moon Carriage Ride
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing carriage ride. Meet up will be at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Full Moon Carriage Ride
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing carriage ride. Meet up will be at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geminid Meteor Shower - The Heavens Last Hurrah of 2013
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 to Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 - 11 PM to 1 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us on the beach to view the last major meteor shower of 2013! Bring a lawn chair, a thermos of your favorite warm drink, and a cozy blanket. Reflect on the past year, as we enjoy some of winters best constellations. Preregistration required, meet at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the moon. We'll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register and pay in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Gather the family and join us at our 1850s log cabin. Civil War soldiers will be home for the holidays. The cabin will be the setting as period reenactors demonstrate farm life, chores, toys, games and celebrations of the period. $3 - $5. 770-443-7850.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas with Friends of Reed Bingham
Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 8 PM until Dec 15, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join our dedicated Friends volunteers for Christmas fun, including hayrides and bonfires on the beach. Make s'mores, toast marshmallows, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Santa will be available visit with children. Call to enter your boat in this festive parade. Fees. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas with Friends of Reed Bingham
Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 8 PM until Dec 15, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join our dedicated Friends volunteers for Christmas fun, including hayrides and bonfires on the beach. Make s'mores, toast marshmallows, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Santa will be available visit with children. Call to enter your boat in this festive parade. Fees. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
A Tree of Families
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Robert Toombs House Historic Site - Washington, GA
The Christmas tree takes the center stage as living history performers "Robert Toombs Family and Friends" celebrate post colonial Christmas traditions through the early 1900s. Free Admission. 706-678-2226.
Civil War History Event 
Reading of the Polar Express
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Children can ride the Warm Springs Choo-Choo (kiddie ride) to Mustian Place where a real train conductor will read The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Refreshments will be served along with a visit from Santa. Children will receive a reindeer bell as a gift. Train will depart from the Memorial Fountain at 10 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Tour of Lights Festival - CANCELLED
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
The Tour of Lights Festival has been cancelled due to predicted heavy rain and thunderstorms. The lights will still be lit through the park for you to drive through and view. If the weather clears, we will be offering hayrides through the lights after dark. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Snake Awareness Program
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 2 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger and several snakes and turtles in this educational program as we learn about reptiles of Sweetwater Creek State Park. This will be an up-close experience as everyone will have the opportunity to touch the snakes. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Victorian Christmas
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Traveler's Rest Historic Site - Toccoa, GA
Join us for a Victorian Era Christmas. The Inn will have its halls decked with decorations reflecting the Victorian Era. $3-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-886-2256.
Deck the Halls
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 4 PM to 7 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us for the 10th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, 3-bonfires, hot chocolate, cider, and cookies. Also, please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age. No toy guns or knives. 706-745-2628.
  Sunday, December 15, 2013
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Santa by the Lake
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Have your picture made with Santa on the beach, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and make your own holiday craft at the park's Beach Pavilion. $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Monday, December 16, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Monday, Dec 16, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Register in advance. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tour of Lights on Seminole
Every week
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Lights will be lit throughout the park every Thursday through Sunday evening from November 30 to December 29. These lights are being presented by local businesses and organizations. It's free to drive through the lights, but donations are welcome. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Deck the Halls
Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Friday, December 20, 2013
Lakeside Limited
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 6 PM to 6:45 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy watching the setting sun from our 1949 vintage train cars. Adults: $29.99 Children 2 & up: $19.99 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Solstice Wagon Ride
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with us on this night time wagon ride. We will talk about winter constellations, and take a tour through some open areas for good sky gazing. Bring warm clothes and a blanket, and relax during this holiday time of year. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Solstice Wagon Ride
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with us on this night time wagon ride. We will talk about winter constellations, and take a tour through some open areas for good sky gazing. Bring warm clothes and a blanket, and relax during this holiday time of year. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Luminary Night with Santa
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Bring your children and pets for pictures with Santa. Enjoy a walk along our enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park. Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts. $5 per picture, hayrides $2. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia A Family Solstice Event
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Celebrate the turning of the season with a warm winter drink, a campfire, candle light hike, and “twinkle boats” on the pond. This event will take place at the park’s Education Cabin – call for directions and to let us know you are coming. $1 suggested donation $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Deck the Halls
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Saturday, December 21, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Sensory Awareness Night Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 6 PM to 7 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Attend this evening hike to learn more about your five senses. Please pay at the Park Office. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Tree Walk
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
We speak for the trees during this easy 1 mile winter forest ramble. New natural history discoveries for all of us. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool parking lot. Bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Campfire with Santa & Holiday Hayride
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet Santa at the campfire ring. Make a craft. Roast a marshmallow and enjoy hot chocolate. Sing carols during your hayride through the campground. Rides last 15-20 minutes. Listen to stories read by the Harris County Library staff. Bring a roasting stick and a folding chair if you do not like benches. $6 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Campsite Decoration Contest
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Show us your PG-13 rated creative side at your site. Make us believe you love the holiday season and camping. No nails or staples on plants. No unattended candles or fires. Leave no trace decorating ideas. Judging from 6:00-7:00 PM. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Ribbons/prizes placed at winning campsites. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia "Saturnalia" Campfire Celebration
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Saturnalia was a festival held by the ancient Romans that honored "Saturn". Celebrated during winter's shortening of days, it was a time of celebration, stories and fun. Enjoy S'mores, stories of the ancient festival, and winter tales! $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Solstice Wagon Ride
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with us on this night time wagon ride. We will talk about winter constellations, and take a tour through some open areas for good sky gazing. Bring warm clothes and a blanket, and relax during this holiday time of year. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Sandpiper Trail Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Deck the Halls
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Get Outdoors Georgia Caroling Through The Park
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
What's better than Christmas Parties? How about Caroling Hayrides, Homemade Ornaments & Sugar Cookies? Caroling Through the Park will have that and much more. It will be $2 per person for the hayride, $5 per photo for Pictures With Santa. $2 for hayride $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
  Sunday, December 22, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Walking in a Coastal Wonderland
Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet at the Sempervirens Trailhead for a ranger led hike. We will be looking for different signs of winter and learning about the Coastal environment. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
First-Visit Tour
Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Deck the Halls
Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Monday, December 23, 2013
Deck the Halls
Monday, Dec 23, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Thursday, December 26, 2013
Tour of Lights on Seminole
Every week
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Lights will be lit throughout the park every Thursday through Sunday evening from November 30 to December 29. These lights are being presented by local businesses and organizations. It's free to drive through the lights, but donations are welcome. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
  Friday, December 27, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Sensory Awareness Night Hike
Friday, Dec 27, 2013 6 PM to 7 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Attend this evening hike to learn more about your five senses. Please pay at the Park Office. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Night Sky Watch
Friday, Dec 27, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderate hike will take us to Jack's Hill where we will search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars are recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight are required. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, December 28, 2013
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Tree Walk
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
We speak for the trees during this easy 1 mile winter forest ramble. New natural history discoveries for all of us. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool parking lot. Bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Earlybird First Day Hike at Mistletoe
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 10 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Come start the new year off the the right foot. This ranger led hike will allow guests to discover nature's winter wonder along the Cliatt Creek nature trail. We will meet at the nature center to begin this hike. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, 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 historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia "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 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
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. $10 per person or $25 per family. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, December 29, 2013
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
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
Get Outdoors Georgia A.H. Stephens First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Get started with your New Years resolutions by joining us on a ranger-led hike. We will identify plants, animals and historic structures as you start the New Year with a healthy hike. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 before the trail is built. 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Elijah Clark's First-Day Fitness Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join us for a hike along our 3-mile trail lead by one of the rangers. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day to a 5K at Fort King George
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Start the new year out right. Come take the 1st step toward accomplishing your first 5K run. A coach will teach you weekly strategies to get you to where you can run a complete 5K without stopping. Your fist run will take place on January 1st and will involve interval training. It will take place through a marsh ecosystem and end at the fort. $7.00 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $4.00 for youth 912-437-4770.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at General Coffee
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join a park ranger for a hike around the Heritage Farm Pond, and get a good start on your New Year's fitness resolution. Hike will be an easy 0.5 mile loop. We will discuss the history of the park and the Heritage Farm. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
New Moon/New Year Wagon Ride
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate the New Year on a night when there is a "new" moon. This means the sky will be great for star gazing on this night time wagon ride, and we will see many great winter constellations. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
New Moon/New Year Wagon Ride
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate the New Year on a night when there is a "new" moon. This means the sky will be great for star gazing on this night time wagon ride, and we will see many great winter constellations. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
This staff-led 3.5-mile moderate hike will take you past several scenic and historic sites including the falls, the old powerhouse, and through a mixed pine/hardwood forest. You will learn about the park history and the local ecology. Meet at the park office, wear comfortable shoes, and bring water and a snack. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Frist Day Hike at Indian Springs
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Get back to nature for the new year with a guided tour through our beautiful park. Wear comfortable shoes, appropriate clothes and bring water. All ages welcome. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at James H. Floyd
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 2 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Start your New Year off right with a Ranger led hike (1 & 1/2 Miles) around the Lower Lake to view Flora and Fauna that call James H. Floyd State Park home. Participants will see one of the best views found in the park; as well as, getting a bit of history. This hike is good for all ages and the difficulty is easy. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kolomoki Mounds First Day Night Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Celebrate the new year with a special night hike on White Oak Trail. The hike will be 1.5 miles, and conclude with a climb to the top of the Temple Mound with a rare program led by Ranger Jonathan. S'mores and hot drinks will be provided. Meet at Group Shelter 2. Warm Clothes, flashlights, and excitement for 2014 are recommended! $3 per person $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Laura S. Walker First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come join us for a 1.3 mile ranger-led nature hike along our beautiful Big Creek Nature Trail. We will see and discuss flora and fauna that are native to our area while getting fit for the New Year. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Mountain's First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Make a fresh start on the New Year. Join a park ranger on a journey by writing out, then burning, last year's burdens. Hike to the top of the mountain picturing all the great things you will accomplish in 2014. Finish around a campfire sharing hot chocolate and plans for the New Year. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Providence Canyon First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Meet at the visitor's center and enjoy a hike into beautiful Providence Canyon. Learn the history of how the canyons were formed. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at Red Top
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 8:30 AM to 10 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us for a Ranger-led hike to help get your New Year's resolution of to a good start. Site Manager Daniel Hill will be leading a hike on the White Tail Trail, which is easy to moderate and one mile in length (round trip). Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet at the trailhead in the Park Office parking lot. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Reed Bingham's First Day Hike
Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 to Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 - 12 PM to 2 AM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Please wear appropriate shoes and bring water. Meet at the trail head. There will be two hikes: a gentle hike along our upland loop trail from 12pm to 12:30pm. Then a more advanced hike of about 2.5 miles along our Little River and Birdwalk trail from 1pm - 3pm. Both will be of mild difficulty with mostly flat terrain. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike on Lake Russell
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Welcome in 2014 with a Ranger Led Nature Hike along the Blackwell Bridge Nature Trail. Enjoy views of Lake Richard B. Russell and possible deer and turkey sightings. The 1.4 mile hike will last from 60 to 90 minutes. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Fitness Challenge
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Kick off the New Year with Seminole's First Day Fitness Challenge. Purchase your First Day Fitness game board in the park office for $5. Complete each of the 4 listed tasks and receive 25% off your next camping trip at Seminole State Park. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Skidaway Island First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Take a guided tour of the marsh through our Sandpiper Trail with a park ranger. Plan for about an hour on this one mile hike, where you will learn about life in a Georgia marsh. Please dress in comfortable clothing. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at Smithgall Woods
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take your first hike of the year at Smithgall Woods near Helen. Hike a moderate 1.3 miles on flat roadway to Smithgall's beautiful cottages, where hot cider will be waiting. Learn more about Charlie Smithgall whose generosity made this park possible. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Stephen C. Foster's First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 8:30 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Meet at the park office for a hike on our 3/4 mile Trembling Earth Nature Trail. This hike will take you on our boardwalk through a mixed cypress and blackgum forest. On the way we will be on the lookout for the wildlife that inhabit the area, as well as some of the unique plant life. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek's First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour, moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which includes a trip to the "Indian Cave." $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tallulah Gorge First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Start the year right with a beautiful hike. The hike is a moderate 2 miles and will take you to areas at the gorge that are not normally open to the public. The hike will give you views of waterfalls and the gorge from a different perspective. bring food and water and sturdy hiking shoes. Children must be 8 years or older and no pets. space is limited signup in advance. $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tugaloo First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Enjoy a short hike along a short stretch of the beautiful Lake Hartwell shoreline on the Muscadine Trail. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at Victoria Bryant
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Meet at the office for a Ranger led hike on our scenic Victoria's Path trail. This trail follows along Rice Creek which runs through the middle of the park. This trail is fairly easy walking but closed toe shoes are recommended. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at Vogel
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us to celebrate the New Year with a healthy and moderate hike on the beautiful “Bear Hair Gap Trail” in one of Georgia’s favorite state parks. Please dress for the weather with layered clothing, sturdy shoes or hiking boots, a hat, water, hiking stick, snacks, and a trail lunch if desired. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Watson Mill First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, GA
Join the park ranger for a hike and history lesson about Georgia's longest covered bridge. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, January 2, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia New Year's Camp
Daily until Friday, Jan 3, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Kids ages 6-14 can ring in the new year with fun holiday traditions, indoor and outdoor games, “leaf sledding,” and more. $35 if registered prior to December 15; $40 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike Event
Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Regular admission fees apply. Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking, no open toe shoes. Hike to the Civil War earthworks of Battery Wimberly. Guided hike with site history. Regular admission Prices: $10/adult, $9 Military/Seniors, $4.50/Child, Group discounts available as well. 912-353-3023.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, January 3, 2014
Night Sky Watch
Friday, Jan 3, 2014 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, January 4, 2014
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Basics of Photography
Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join Randall Hollis for a three weekend course combining classroom lectures and discussions, hand outs, image presentation, field experiences and student work critiques to cover the basics of photography. Adults only. Limited space, pre-registration required. $75.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sensory Awareness Night Hike
Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Attend this evening hike to learn more about your five senses. Please pay at the Park Office. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy Wagon Ride
Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek is a great place for star-gazing. Relax on this guided carriage ride by the beach.Call to pre-register, space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy Wagon Ride
Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 8 PM to 9 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 First Saturday Hike
Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Ranger-led hike on the 4 mile Iron Hill Trail. Click link for more details. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia "Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 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 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, January 5, 2014
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jan 5, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jan 5, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
  Saturday, January 11, 2014
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Basics of Photography
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join Randall Hollis for a three weekend course combining classroom lectures and discussions, hand outs, image presentation, field experiences and student work critiques to cover the basics of photography. Adults only. Limited space, pre-registration required. $75.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia 1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this 1st of the year hike on the Blue Mountain Bike Trail. This 6-mile guided hike is the perfect winter outing for the first day of the new year. Enjoy meandering creeks cascading over rocks, and bring a light lunch to enjoy on the way. For children older than 10 and adults in good walking shape $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the moon. We'll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register and pay in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Snaaaaaakes!
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Are you afraid of snakes? Ranger Marcus will show you two of Georgia's non-venomous snakes so you can see how knowledge can turn fear into admiration. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Big Ferry Trail Guided Hike
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
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.
Beginning Bee Keeping
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014
  Handicapped Accessible 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn about basic bee-keeping and how to start a hive. Professional honey producer Berry Wright will discuss assembling equipment and installation of bees. A trip to the apiary will be included, weather permitting. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
 

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