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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Christmas On The Lake
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 10 AM to 3 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Make Christmas decorations out of natural ornaments such as pine cones, sweetgum balls, magnolia seedpods and seashells. We provide all the materials you will need. Then from 1 to 3, be sure to bring your wish list as pictures will be taken with Santa Claus. $1 - $5 $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join the garrison for a traditional dinner in the soldier's barracks and an evening of colonial-style Yule Tide jollification. Menu consists of traditional colonial Christmas fare. Event ends with a cannon firing! $35 for dinner. Reservations required. 912-437-4770.
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Winter Muster & Battle at Fort McAllister
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 8 AM to 6 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Watch Confederate troops prepare for their final battle. The fort will be open with the battle taking place around 5pm. A self-guided tour will be held right after the battle at which time visitors will learn about the destruction of war. $3.75-$6.50 912-727-2339.
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A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 5 PM to 8 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns. Free admission sponsored by the Friends of Ft Morris, Flemington and Liberty County. 912-884-5999.
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Archery Explorer
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 2:45 PM to 10:25 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
1-877-427-2457.
Christmas in Plains
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 3 PM to 10:25 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Get your tickets today to enjoy Christmas in Plains. There will be a Christmas parade and music to put you in the spirit of Christmas. You'll be riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. 229-276-0755.
Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7 PM - 9 PM until Dec 23, 2012 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the 2nd weekend in December, 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 Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
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A Jarrell Plantation Christmas
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 1 PM to 4 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Greenery from the woods decorates the 1847 plantation house and 1895 farm house. Learn to make simple paper decorations. Enjoy homemade spiced cider cooked on the wood burning stove and old style cookies, and warm up by the fireplace for music and stories. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
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Archaeology At Camp Lawton
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Talk with Georgia Southern University's archaeology team about recent findings at Camp Lawton, a Confederate Prison Camp for Union POWs. Learn about the camp's history and daily lives of the prisoners, and see some of the equipment being used to uncover artifacts. Photos of the artifacts will be available for viewing. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Heritage Day 2014: 150 Years of Camp Lawton
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 10 AM to 5 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Enjoy a living history encampment, live cannon fire, and the replica of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley. Georgia Southern will be hosting an archaeology presentation while vendors and other presenters join in the festivities in the picnic area. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Christmas Crafts With Kids
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 9:30 AM to 2 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Parents, use the morning to do holiday shopping while kids have their own time to make special gifts for the family. Kids ages 6-12 will have fun making key chains, jewelry from recycled paper, strings of popcorn, angels, and more Christmas and nature crafts. Register in advance. $20. 706-541-0321.
Basic Fly Fishing Clinic
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM  
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
The clinic covers casting, safety issues and other tricks of the trade. If time permits participants may stay to catch the Fish of Fish. Instructors suggest wearing long pants/shorts and hiking shoes, and bringing snacks, water and sunscreen. Georgia fishing license required. Register in advance. $15 or $12 with own gear. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Lost Person Prevention
2nd Saturday of Month 10 AM  
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn simple techniques for not getting lost and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors of Georgia. Search and Rescue Dog Team will be joining the class unless a SAR activity is occurring. Meet at the Nature Center. Register in advance. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 4 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us for the 11th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, bonfires, and refreshments. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age, no toy guns or knives. The donations will help the Union County Sheriff's Office toy drive. 706-745-2628.
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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Dahlonega Gold Museum Christmas Open House
Sunday, Dec 9, 2012 10 AM to 4 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
As part of Dahlonega's Old Fashion Christmas, the Gold Museum has free admission on thefirst Sunday in December. Come learn about America's first gold rush while enjoying warm apple cider and cookies. Afterward, enjoy the sites and sounds of Christmas on Dahlonega's historic town square. 706-864-2257.
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Winter Walk
Sundays 9:30 AM - 11 AM until Dec 30, 2012 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bird Tree
Sundays 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM until Dec 30, 2012 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and test your Bird IQ. Learn about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for your birds. Meet at the Park Office. Craft charge of $2 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Second Sundays on the Farm
2nd Sunday of Month 1 PM - 4 PM  
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
The Heritage Farm will feature demonstrations of late 1800s farm life on the second Sunday of every month. A different demonstration will take place every month. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7 PM - 9 PM until Dec 23, 2012 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the 2nd weekend in December, 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 Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Dec 9, 2012 8 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet Alexander Lakes parking area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Trail Hike and Feeding Show
Sunday, Dec 9, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 1 PM join the naturalist as you hike through salt marsh and maritime forest, discussing local history and wildlife. At 3:30 PM watch lizards and snakes chomp at their lunch during our feeding show. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 9, 2012 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. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Dec 9, 2012 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe
Sunday, Dec 9, 2012 1 PM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Participate in activities such as caroling, burning of the yule log, dancing to live period music, and other holiday observances of the colonial period, including games and refreshments. $4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Across the South
Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 9:30 AM to 3:35 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a trip on the SAM Shortline Excursion Train "Across the South." We'll board at Georgia Veterans State Park and travel to Americus, Plains, Archery and back. You'll ride in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars and get a taste of how traveling in South Georgia used to be. 1-877-427-2457.
Insect-a-Mania
Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join in on a chat about insects, see local specimens, and explore our butterfly garden. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 10 AM to 2:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excursion with an hour and ten minute layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger! Santa will be aboard for the ride! 229-276-0755.
Wilderness Survival and Fire Building
Thursday, Dec 13, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11 AM we will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. At 3 PM learn how to start a fire with a 9-volt battery or a piece of glass. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 14, 2012 5 PM to 9 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation. To honor this tradition, visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America’s best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes. $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Friday, Dec 14, 2012 10 AM to 2:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excursion with an hour and ten minute layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger! Santa will be aboard for the ride! 229-276-0755.
Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7 PM - 9 PM until Dec 23, 2012 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the 2nd weekend in December, 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 Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Victorian Christmas
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 2 PM to 5 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens home, Liberty Hall, will be beautifully decorated with styles of Christmas past. His home will be interpreted by hosts in period costume. Refreshments will be served. $2.50 to $4.00 706-456-2602.
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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Christmas by Candlelight
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 5 PM to 9 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation. To honor this tradition, visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America’s best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes. $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Pine Mountain Trail / Dowdell’s Knob Hike
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 10 AM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a moderate 4.3 mile Dowdell's Knob hike. Bring water & snack. Meet at the Dowdell’s Knob Trailhead Parking Lot off Hwy 190, 15 minutes from the Park Office, then venture into the piedmont woodlands with guides from the Pine Mountain Trail Association. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM until Dec 29, 2012 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Christmas on the Pond
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 6 PM to 8 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us to usher in the holiday season. Visit with Santa, enjoy storytelling, hayrides, a marshmallow roast and homemade refreshments. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. and be available until 8:30 p.m. Hayrides will start at 5:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. Donations appreciated. Hayrides 50 cents per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Special Excursion - Enchanted Evening
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 2:45 PM to 9:05 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.
Introduction to Archery
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 1 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Archery has been around for over 1,000 years. Try your skill at shooting a "Bull's Eye" and learning the basics of this fun outdoor sport. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7 PM - 9 PM until Dec 23, 2012 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the 2nd weekend in December, 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 Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
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Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 8 AM to 10 AM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Enjoy an awesome variety of breakfast foods and beverages, buffet style, at the Fairway Restaurant here at the park. Children can personally visit with Santa and give him their list for Christmas. Parents are invited to bring their cameras to make memories for their photo treasures. Adult $7.95. Ages 5 to 11 $4.95. 4 & Under - No Charge when accompanied by a paying adult. *Buffet prices do not include taxes and gratuities. 229-868-7474.
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Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Gather the family and join us at our 1850s log cabin. Help decorate the tree. Civil War soldiers will be home for the holidays. The cabin will be the setting as period reenactors demonstrate farm life, chores, and celebrations of the period. Play with the toys pioneer children would have played with. $3.00 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
Christmas at the Park
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 6 PM to 8 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Celebrate Christmas with Friends of Reed Bingham and staff at Group Shelter 3 with lights, decorations, hot chocolate, refreshments, hayrides, and a guest appearance from Santa. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Reading of the Polar Express
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 10:30 AM to 2 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Children can ride the Warm Springs Choo-Choo (kiddie ride) to Mustian Place where a real train conductor will read The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Refreshments will be served along with a visit from Santa. Children will receive a reindeer bell as a gift. Train will depart from the Memorial Fountain at 10 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
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Tour of Lights Festival - CANCELLED
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 3 PM to 10 PM
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.
Luminary Night with Santa
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 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. $2 - $5 photos and hayrides. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible. Meet and pay (exact change, $5, cash only) at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Christmas for Travelers
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 1 PM to 5 PM
Traveler's Rest Historic Site - Toccoa, GA
Visitors will enjoy live music and period dances by the 1860s Civilian Society. Craft demonstrators will show their skills in blacksmithing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and more -- all in an 1800s seasonal setting created by the Friends of Traveler’s Rest. Cider and tea cakes are served. $2.50-$4.00 706-356-4362.
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Caroling Through The Park
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 6 PM to 8 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
What's better than Christmas Parties? How about Caroling Hayrides, Homemade Ornaments, Hot Chocolate and Pictures with Santa? Caroling Through the Park will have that and much more. It will be $2 per person for the hayride, $5 per photo for Pictures With Santa. Come out and join us in the fun! $2 for hayride $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Winter Walk
Sundays 9:30 AM - 11 AM until Dec 30, 2012 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bird Tree
Sundays 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM until Dec 30, 2012 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and test your Bird IQ. Learn about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for your birds. Meet at the Park Office. Craft charge of $2 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7 PM - 9 PM until Dec 23, 2012 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the 2nd weekend in December, 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 Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Peculiar 'Possum
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 3:30 PM to 4 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Learn why the humble opossum is amazing and meet our "opossum ambassador." Meet at the Park Visitor Center. $5 parking. 706.265.1969.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Trail Hike
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join the naturalist on a hike through salt marsh and maritime forest, while discussing local wildlife. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Fossil Show 'N' Tell and Island History
Thursday, Dec 20, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am come see and talk about Naturalist Kerry's impressive fossil collection. At 3:00pm learn the history, formation, and inhabitants of the Georgia barrier islands. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Holly-Day Camp
Friday, Dec 21, 2012 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Do parents need a little extra time to do some holiday shopping? Send your kids to Holly-Day Camp where they can learn about the winter season and enjoy outdoor fun. Don't forget to send your students (preK - 8th grade) with a snack, water bottle, and proper outdoor clothes. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Winter Wildlife Discovery and Crafts
Friday, Dec 21, 2012 5 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Get up close and personal with live animals and interactive displays. Make a natural, take-home decoration to celebrate the season. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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The North Pole Express Train
Friday, Dec 21, 2012 6:30 PM to 8:40 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Join us for a special nighttime ride from Georgia Veterans State Park to the Downtown Cordele Depot to visit with Santa Claus at the "North Pole". Ticket includes Santa Hat, Hot Cocoa, Candy Cane & entrance to the "Jingle Bell Bazaar", a local artist and artisan marketplace. 229-276-0755.
Last-Day Hike
Friday, Dec 21, 2012 5:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Maybe the Mayans were right! If not, then enjoy a relaxing evening hike to the falls. Meet at the Visitor Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 478.993.3053.
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Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7 PM - 9 PM until Dec 23, 2012 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the 2nd weekend in December, 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 Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Winter Wildlife Discovery & Crafts
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 10 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Get up close and personal with live animals and interactive displays. Make a natural, take home decoration to celebrate the season. Meet inside the Group Shelter building below the Lake Delanor dam in the campground. Craft charge $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM until Dec 29, 2012 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Hayride with Santa & Stories around the Campfire
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 5:30 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Santa as he rides through the campground. Rides are 15-20 minutes long. Afterwards enjoy a campfire with marshmallows, hot chocolate and stories read by the Harris County Library staff. Bring a roasting stick and a folding chair if you do not like benches. For hayrides, meet next to the Trading Post. Fee $2.00 per person ages 4 & up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Hound Hike to the Falls
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 1:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Bring your four legged friends to the park to enjoy a short 0.5 mile guided hike to see the falls. All dogs must be on a leash. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7 PM - 9 PM until Dec 23, 2012 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the 2nd weekend in December, 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 Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
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Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 4:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Listen to whippoorwills and owls as the sun slowly sets and the moon begins to rise. Panola Mountain is one of the best places to see the wildlife of the night. Bring flashlights and hiking boots. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Toads and Turtles and Big Ferry Trail Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am meet our ribbeting and shelled friends as we discuss their characteristics. At 2:00pm join the naturalist on a hike among towering live oaks as you meander to the salt marsh and the observation tower. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Holiday Stroll
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 10 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Leslie and Everett Avery will treat hikers to a leisurely stroll on the Laurel Ridge Trail, stopping at points of interest along the way. Enjoy the richness of the woods with evergreen Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and Christmas Fern. This is a 1.5 mile hike, moderate difficulty level. Burn some calories and get some stress relieving fresh air with fellow nature lovers. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Winter Walk
Sundays 9:30 AM - 11 AM until Dec 30, 2012 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bird Tree
Sundays 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM until Dec 30, 2012 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and test your Bird IQ. Learn about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for your birds. Meet at the Park Office. Craft charge of $2 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7 PM - 9 PM  
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the 2nd weekend in December, 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 Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Bird Watch and Coastal Reptiles
Thursday, Dec 27, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00am learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. At 2:00pm learn all about lizards, turtles and snakes. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Winter Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Dec 28, 2012 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
What has nature hidden outside for us to find? Dress warmly. Meet at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
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Cold Moon Ramble
Friday, Dec 28, 2012
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses on a 1-mile night trail easy walk lit by the full moon, stars and lights from the valley below. Meet at the Amphitheater next to Park Office. Ages 7 & up.Bring a flashlight & water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Craft and Big Ferry Trail Hike
Friday, Dec 28, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am join us to make rain sticks. At 2:00pm join the naturalist on a hike among towering live oaks as you meander to the salt marsh and the observation tower. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Friday, Dec 28, 2012 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Bicycle Rally
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 1 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet at the Park Office for a tour of the park. Learn about the area and enjoy the great outdoors. Bring your own bike or rent one form the park office. Bike Helmets are required for children under the age of 16. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM  
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Moonlight Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 6 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this guided hike under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, insect repellant, and bring a camera to record the journey, as we listen for insects, frogs and other nocturnal creatures. Meet at the Hard Labor Creek Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Sandpiper Trail Nature Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join the naturalist as you hike through salt marsh and maritime forest discussing the local area's interesting history and wildlife. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Winter Walk
Sundays 9:30 AM - 11 AM  
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bird Tree
Sundays 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM  
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and test your Bird IQ. Learn about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for your birds. Meet at the Park Office. Craft charge of $2 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Monday, December 31, 2012
Trains, Boats & Plains Ride
Monday, Dec 31, 2012
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
This excursion has been cancelled. 1-877-427-2457.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
New Year's Day Hike at Amicalola Falls
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Start 2013 off with a brisk walk full of winter views to the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Meet at the West Ridge Falls Access Trailhead, 0.6 of a mile roundtrip. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
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First Day Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Join our outfitter guides for a short but challenging hike to Hemlock and Cherokee Falls to learn about the unique geology and history of the park. All participants staying in the campground will receive a 25% discount off their stay. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Crooked River's First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet at the Nature Center for a walk on the Bay Boardwalk trail. Vistas include wetland habitats plus our unique longleaf pine/saw palmetto ecosystem. Enjoy the great outdoors, camaraderie on the trail plus party hats. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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First Day Hike at F. D. Roosevelt
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring the family and explore the woodlands along the Overlook Loop Trail with guides from Pine Mountain Trail Association. This 3.4-mile moderate trail will begin at the Country Store on Highway 190 and Highway 27. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Come celebrate the first day of 2013 at with a short hike guided by our naturalist. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
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Black Bear Plunge
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
See how brave you are as we race and plunge into Fort Mountain's cold mountain lake. Start a great New Year's tradition with us. Register in advanced. $20-$25 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
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Summer Time Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy an early morning hike by going for a moderate, 2.5-mile excursion along the lake. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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First Day Hike at General Coffee State Park
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Take a ranger-guided birding hike on the 1.5 mile Gopher Loop Trail. We will also discuss resource management and longleaf pine re-introduction. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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First Day Hike on Lake Brantley Trail
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take this guided hike on the Lake Brantley Horse Trail and exercise off those holiday pounds. Bring a camera to record the scenery of Lake Brantley, rolling woodlands, and cascading creeks. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the walk. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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High Falls First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
This staff-led 1.5 mile moderate hike will take you past several scenic and historic sites including the falls, the old grist mill, and through a mixed pine/hardwood forest. You will learn about the park history and the local ecology. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and a snack. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Kolomoki Mounds First Day Night Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 2 PM to 4 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.
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First Day Hike with a Ranger
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Hike with a Ranger on Big Creek Nature Trail to start the New Year off right by getting fit. Hike starts at 10:00 a.m. and finishes by 11:00 a.m.. Meet at the park office by 9:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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First Day Hike at Mistletoe
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Come start the new year off the the right foot. This ranger-led hike will allow guests to discover nature's winter wonder along the Cliatt Creek nature trail. We will meet at the nature center to begin this hike. Please bring water and sturdy shoes. No strollers. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain! Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2016. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Please register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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First Day Hike at Reed Bingham
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Start off the New Year in a healthy way by taking a ranger-led hike. Please wear appropriate walking shoes and bug spray, and bring water. Reservations required. The nature nook will be open from 10:30-11 before the hike. $1 for nature nook. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
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New Year's Camp
Daily until Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 11 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.
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Second Saturday Guided Hikes
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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First Day Hike on Billy's Island
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Take a guided boat tour to Billy's Island. See turtles and gators out basking on the logs. Keep your fingers crossed for a river otter sighting. Once we arrive, we will tour the island. You'll see how the Hebbard Cypress Company once had their boom town laid out. You'll also be able to see the Lee Family Cemetery. $5 Refuge Parking. $15-20. 912-637-5274.
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Sweetwater Creek's First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 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.
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First Day Hike at Tallulah
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
What a great way to start the New Year – Go for a Hike! Join a ranger on a moderate 3.5-mile hike along the rim and through the woods. Children must be 8 yrs. or older. Bring water and snacks. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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"First Day" Along with a Little Luck Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Welcome the New Year with a 2 1/2-mile moderate hike around Unicoi Lake. Finish the trail at our campfire ring where hikers can add a little luck to their year by enjoying a small meal of black eyed peas, greens, and pork cooked in Dutch ovens over an open fire. Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
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First Day Hike at Vogel
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 9:15 AM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join members of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club for a healthy hike on New Year's Day. We'll explore the 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail which has a beautiful overlook with Lake Trahlyta in view. Vogel Volunteers will provide lunch afterward. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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Thursday, January 3, 2013
"Wagging Trails" Evening Dog Hike
Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your dog and join us for a most enjoyable evening dog hike. We will cover approximately two miles including walking alongside the whitewater rapids and visiting the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill. Dogs must be leashed. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Friday, January 4, 2013
Beginner Birding
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
We will begin by discussing the different birds you might see in Georgia then take a walk to see what we can discover on the park. Binoculars available. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Art in the Park
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible. Meet and pay (exact change, $5, cash only) at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, January 5, 2013
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Family Nature Quest
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 12 PM until Dec 7, 2013 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Want to learn about nature as a family? Come to our “fundana” activities each month and learn about a different topic. There will be 12 quests and at each program the family will receive one bandana about the topic. The family that completes the most quests will receive a bonus bandana for the entire family. Register in advance. $10 per family $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Bird Walk
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM until Jan 26, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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High Falls Historic Walk
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11 AM until Mar 2, 2013 
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 2 AM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Sun Over Panola Mountain
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wondered what the sun looks like up close? Take a look at the Earth's closest star. Using special telescopes that are safe for your eyes, you will be able to see the sun's surface and the fusion of hydrogen on the sun. Join us for some super solar system fun. We will meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Wormsloe's New Year's Resolution Run
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Wormsloe is partnering with Savannah's NonStop Fitness for the first-ever 10K trail run through the historic site. Runners will pass through three centuries of history while enjoying some of the best natural scenery on the Georgia coast. Register at www.active.com or call 912-349-4902. $35 through Active.com. 912-349-4902.
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Sunday, January 6, 2013
Winter Walk
Sundays until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bird Tree
Sundays 11 AM - 1 PM until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and test your Bird IQ. Learn about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for your birds. Meet at the Park Office. Craft charge of $2 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Walk
Sunday, Jan 6, 2013 1:30 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Jan 6, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet Alexander Lakes parking area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Monday, January 7, 2013
Wild Discovery Camp - PreK - 8th grade
Daily until Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 9 AM to 5 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Discover the outdoors and make new friends during this two-day camp. Enjoy hands-on learning about native animals, outdoor survival and safety skills, wild games, hikes, scavenger hunts, and more. Grades PreK- 8th. Remember to send your students with lunch, snacks, plenty of water, and proper outdoor clothing. Pre-registration required. $30. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Growing Up Wild
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Bring your child age 3-7 to experience “Growing Up Wild," an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature, plus invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
 

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