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Events starting 12/7/2013
  Saturday, December 7, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy Wagon Ride
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek is a great place for star-gazing. Relax on this guided carriage ride by the beach.Call to pre-register, space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy Wagon Ride
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek is a great place for star-gazing. Relax on this guided carriage ride by the beach.Call to pre-register, space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia 31st 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. $4-$7. 912-264-7333.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia A Jarrell Plantation Christmas
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Greenery from the woods decorates the 1847 plantation house and 1895 farm house. Learn to make simple paper decorations. Enjoy homemade spiced cider cooked on the wood burning stove and old style cookies, and warm up by the fireplace for music and stories. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia Heritage Day 2014: 150 Years of Camp Lawton
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Enjoy a living history encampment, live cannon fire, and the replica of the H.L. Hunley. Georgia Southern will be hosting an archaeology presentation while vendors and other presenters join in the festivities in the picnic area. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas Candlelight Tour
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 6 PM to 9:30 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Luminaries will light the pathways, and decorations will welcome visitors to the historic buildings and Christmas carols, hot apple cider, refreshments and Christmas cheer will kick off the holiday season at the historic Cherokee Capital. Grab your candle lantern and dress for the weather as we welcome in the holiday season. $5.50-$7.50 706-624-1321.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life as demonstrators take you back in time to Christmas at the Vaughan cabin. Santa will be avaliable for photos and Christmas visits. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Pearl Harbor Commemorative Ceremony
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10:30 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Special Guest Dixie Harris, Pearl Harbor Survivor will meet and greet guests. Living History with Kellys Zeroes. A re-enactment of the Declaration of War will be delivered by Pres.Roosevelt. Brian Roslund will offer the Keynote address. Two ceremonies will be offered 10:30 a.m. and 1:48 p.m. WWII Veterans admitted free. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Suwannee River Paddle
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Come enjoy a paddle down the slow-moving waters of the Suwannee River. See alligators, birds, turtles and other types of wildlife as we wind through the cypress and tupelo trees. People of all skill levels will enjoy this paddle with our certified guide. Sign up by 5 pm the day before the paddle. $20-$30 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Christmas at the Gorge
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Come and see Santa, make crafts, enjoy Christmas music and have a snack here at the park. If you have a camara you can take your own photos with Santa. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Deck the Halls
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Get Outdoors Georgia Dirty Spokes Race
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
The Dirty Spokes running race series includes four state parks: Red Top Mountain, Unicoi, Fort Yargo and Victoria Bryant. Dates and distances vary. Visit http://www.dirtyspokes.com/victoria-bryant-georgia-series/ for more information and to register. Race Fee plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, December 8, 2013
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
  Monday, December 9, 2013
Special Excursion - Taste of Winter
Monday, Dec 9, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
This special excursion allows you to experience Cordele's Taste of Winter. Be sure to call and make reservations today! 229-276-0755.
  Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Bells Over Plains Train Ride
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 10 AM to 2:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excurison with a 1 hour layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrappling and ready for your visit. 229-276-0755.
  Thursday, December 12, 2013
School Express
Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 10:15 AM to 2:40 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
All Aboard! Bring the kids and come rid in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars. You'll board at Georgia Veterans State Park and travel to Americus and Plains. Be sure and take advantage of our special St. Nick's HOBO Lunch Package for only $11.99 and the Wonderland Kit of lots of special items for only $8.99. Ticket prices vary. Visit SAMShortline.com for more information. 229-276-0755.
Tour of Lights on Seminole
Every week
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Lights will be lit throughout the park every Thursday through Sunday evening from November 30 to December 29. These lights are being presented by local businesses and organizations. It's free to drive through the lights, but donations are welcome. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
  Friday, December 13, 2013
Christmas by Candlelight - Cherokee Home Tour
Daily until Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 5 PM to 9 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Enjoy Christmas in one of the best preserved Cherokee Indian homes. The 1800s house is decorated in the Moravian-style with all natural garland, paper ornaments and more than 300 candles. $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.
Full Moon Carriage Ride
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing carriage ride. Meet up will be at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Full Moon Carriage Ride
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing carriage ride. Meet up will be at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Birding Basics
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn the basic of the growing hobby of bird watching, then put your skills to test with a short guided bird walk. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Sandpiper Trail Hike
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Deck the Halls
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Saturday, December 14, 2013
Christmas Comes to Liberty Hall
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 11 AM to 3 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens' home, Liberty Hall, will be decorated with styles of the Victorian Christmas past. Come enjoy Victorian Era games, Music, role players, our Confederate museum, and if we're all good boys and girls, Santa may make an appearance. Refreshments will be served. $1.00 - $5.00 706-456-2602.
Civil War History Event 
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Tree Walk
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
We speak for the trees during this easy 1 mile winter forest ramble. New natural history discoveries for all of us. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool parking lot. Bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join the garrison for a traditional dinner in the soldier's barracks and an evening of colonial-style Yule Tide jollification. $35 for dinner. Reservations required. 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Muster Reenactment
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
On December 13, 1864, General Sherman ended his March to the Sea by ordering his troops to take Fort McAllister. Come and watch as we reenact this historically significant moment in our country's history. Program & demonstration from 9am - 4pm. Battle at 5:00pm. Adults $6.50, Seniors $6.00, Youth (6-17) $3.75, 5 & Under Free. 912.727.2339.
A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns. 912-884-5999.
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas on the Pond
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 6 PM to 8:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us to usher in the holiday season. Visit with Santa, enjoy storytelling, hayrides, a marshmallow roast and homemade refreshments. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Special Excursion - Enchanted Evening
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 4:40 PM to 9:35 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this holiday special train ride as you visit the older days of farm life. Travel to Plains for the special firepots in the streets with marshmallows to roast. The air is filled with musical tunes that are very familiar and the joy ole man himself will be there. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Wonder Hike on Lake Rutledge Horse Trail
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger on this 4 mile hike on the Lake Rutledge Horse Trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills, gentle streams, and lots of forest scenery. Bring a camera to record your journey, and a light lunch to enjoy on the way. This hike is recommended for children over 10 years old. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Full Moon Carriage Ride
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing carriage ride. Meet up will be at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Full Moon Carriage Ride
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing carriage ride. Meet up will be at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geminid Meteor Shower - The Heavens Last Hurrah of 2013
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 to Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 - 11 PM to 1 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us on the beach to view the last major meteor shower of 2013! Bring a lawn chair, a thermos of your favorite warm drink, and a cozy blanket. Reflect on the past year, as we enjoy some of winters best constellations. Preregistration required, meet at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. 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. 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 register and pay in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Gather the family and join us at our 1850s log cabin. Civil War soldiers will be home for the holidays. The cabin will be the setting as period reenactors demonstrate farm life, chores, toys, games and celebrations of the period. $3 - $5. 770-443-7850.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas with Friends of Reed Bingham
Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 8 PM until Dec 15, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join our dedicated Friends volunteers for Christmas fun, including hayrides and bonfires on the beach. Make s'mores, toast marshmallows, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Santa will be available visit with children. Call to enter your boat in this festive parade. Fees. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas with Friends of Reed Bingham
Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 8 PM until Dec 15, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join our dedicated Friends volunteers for Christmas fun, including hayrides and bonfires on the beach. Make s'mores, toast marshmallows, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Santa will be available visit with children. Call to enter your boat in this festive parade. Fees. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
A Tree of Families
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Robert Toombs House Historic Site - Washington, GA
The Christmas tree takes the center stage as living history performers "Robert Toombs Family and Friends" celebrate post colonial Christmas traditions through the early 1900s. Free Admission. 706-678-2226.
Civil War History Event 
Reading of the Polar Express
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Children can ride the Warm Springs Choo-Choo (kiddie ride) to Mustian Place where a real train conductor will read The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Refreshments will be served along with a visit from Santa. Children will receive a reindeer bell as a gift. Train will depart from the Memorial Fountain at 10 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Tour of Lights Festival - CANCELLED
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
The Tour of Lights Festival has been cancelled due to predicted heavy rain and thunderstorms. The lights will still be lit through the park for you to drive through and view. If the weather clears, we will be offering hayrides through the lights after dark. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Snake Awareness Program
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 2 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger and several snakes and turtles in this educational program as we learn about reptiles of Sweetwater Creek State Park. This will be an up-close experience as everyone will have the opportunity to touch the snakes. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Victorian Christmas
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Traveler's Rest Historic Site - Toccoa, GA
Join us for a Victorian Era Christmas. The Inn will have its halls decked with decorations reflecting the Victorian Era. $3-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-886-2256.
Deck the Halls
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 4 PM to 7 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us for the 10th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, 3-bonfires, hot chocolate, cider, and cookies. Also, please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age. No toy guns or knives. 706-745-2628.
  Sunday, December 15, 2013
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at the Alexander Lake Area. 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. 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. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Santa by the Lake
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Have your picture made with Santa on the beach, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and make your own holiday craft at the park's Beach Pavilion. $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Monday, December 16, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Monday, Dec 16, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Register in advance. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tour of Lights on Seminole
Every week
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Lights will be lit throughout the park every Thursday through Sunday evening from November 30 to December 29. These lights are being presented by local businesses and organizations. It's free to drive through the lights, but donations are welcome. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Deck the Halls
Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Friday, December 20, 2013
Lakeside Limited
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 6 PM to 6:45 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy watching the setting sun from our 1949 vintage train cars. Adults: $29.99 Children 2 & up: $19.99 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Solstice Wagon Ride
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with us on this night time wagon ride. We will talk about winter constellations, and take a tour through some open areas for good sky gazing. Bring warm clothes and a blanket, and relax during this holiday time of year. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Solstice Wagon Ride
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with us on this night time wagon ride. We will talk about winter constellations, and take a tour through some open areas for good sky gazing. Bring warm clothes and a blanket, and relax during this holiday time of year. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Luminary Night with Santa
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Bring your children and pets for pictures with Santa. Enjoy a walk along our enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park. Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts. $5 per picture, hayrides $2. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia A Family Solstice Event
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Celebrate the turning of the season with a warm winter drink, a campfire, candle light hike, and “twinkle boats” on the pond. This event will take place at the park’s Education Cabin – call for directions and to let us know you are coming. $1 suggested donation $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Art in the Park
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins as we welcome spring. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Deck the Halls
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for days filled with holiday festivities, including a visit with Santa, marshmallow roasting, holiday dinner, Christmas caroling and more. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Saturday, December 21, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Tree Walk
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
We speak for the trees during this easy 1 mile winter forest ramble. New natural history discoveries for all of us. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool parking lot. Bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Campfire with Santa & Holiday Hayride
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet Santa at the campfire ring. Make a craft. Roast a marshmallow and enjoy hot chocolate. Sing carols during your hayride through the campground. Rides last 15-20 minutes. Listen to stories read by the Harris County Library staff. Bring a roasting stick and a folding chair if you do not like benches. $6 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Campsite Decoration Contest
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Show us your PG-13 rated creative side at your site. Make us believe you love the holiday season and camping. No nails or staples on plants. No unattended candles or fires. Leave no trace decorating ideas. Judging from 5:30PM -6:30 PM. Winners announced at Dec 21 campfire! Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $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 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 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 $1 per person for the hayride, $5 per photo for Pictures With Santa. $1 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
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 - Cartersville, 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 
 

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