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  Saturday, June 14, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 8 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.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Hands-on exhibits in outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education give kids a chance to learn ways to stay healthy and appreciate the great outdoors. Kids can earn a badge through active participation. Archery, animal exhibits, compass games, air rifles, stream critters and more. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 10 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 10:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Basic Photography Workshop
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Want to take better pictures this summer? Join professional photographer Mark Harvell to learn tricks and tips for improving your photography. Mark will begin with inside instruction and then head outside so participates can practice what they have learned. Participates must be 16 or older and pre-register by May 31st by calling the park. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Sssslithery Reptiles
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Snake expert, Don Burdick, will be at the park’s Beach Pavilion. Don will be bring his awesome snake collection to show us as he discusses snake identification, habitant, habits, and more. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Summer Music Series
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
The Cane Creek Band, a five piece bluegrass band, will be at the park's Beach Pavilion. This family friendly event is free, but the band will pass a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kids Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Wolf Creek will be stocked with plenty of trout to be tempted by anglers 12 and younger. Prizes will be given to the lucky ticket holders. Adults must be accompanied with the children that will be fishing at the registration tent prior to fishing. A limited amount of fishing poles will be loaned out. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, June 15, 2014
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Introduction to Archery
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 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.
Tons of Fun 
Father's Day Paddle
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Give Dad the great gift of exploring scenic Lake Rutledge on this special kayak tour. Enjoy this special twilight paddle and enjoy a Sunset over the water. Meet at the Trading Post/Park Office. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
"Ask the Naturalist" - Wilderness Survival Tips
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Visit with the Naturalist at the museum. Learn about the basics of surviving in the woods. Also, take a tour if the museum and sample the natural spring water. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 10:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Monday, June 16, 2014
Roosevelt Stables Summer Horse Camp
Monday, Jun 16, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards ages 7 to 13, this active hands-on adventure includes horse care fundamentals, instructional time and mountain top trail rides along Pine Mountain Ridge. Advanced riders: June 2-6 and 16-20. Beginning riders June 9-13. Register in advance. call for cost $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jun 16, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Jun 17, 2014 until Jun 24, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, June 19, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Thursdays 10 AM - 11 AM – Jun 19, 2014 until Jun 26, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Helping Hands for Wildlife - Gopher Tortoise Series
Thursdays 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Jun 19, 2014 until Jun 26, 2014 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This is a free four-week series about our state reptile, the gopher tortoise, and how you can help protect this keystone species. Learn about the gopher tortoise habitat and why fire is essential to its survival. Find out what a keystone species is and why they are important to an ecosystem. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
  Friday, June 20, 2014
Friday Night Frog Walk
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Listen to an amphibian concert and learn who is splashing about. Geared towards ages 4 & up. Not stroller accessible. Bring flashlight. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Kayak Out to a Twilight Frog Slog
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Listen to, learn about, and see our froggy friends as we paddle out to explore a wetlands area at sunset! Wear shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy. Meet at the Trading Post park office 15 minutes beforehand. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
  Saturday, June 21, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Senior Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 7:30 AM to 11 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
This tournament will be held at Lake Liberty. Anglers 55 and older can compete for great prizes in several categories. Registration will be held from 7:30am to 7:55am at the park office. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 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.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Star Light, Star Bright
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 9 PM to 10 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join the Coca-Cola Space Science Center staff for an evening of star talks, star maps, and night sky viewing. Bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office on Hwy 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 10 AM to 4:50 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Searching for Dragons and Damsels
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most beautiful and beneficial insects in the bug world. They come in many sizes shapes and colors. Join a park ranger on the hunt for these tiny predators, and explore streams, lake and pond. Bring a digital camera and binoculars for the adventure. Ages 10+. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3006.
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 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, Jun 21, 2014 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.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Celebrate the First Day of Summer- Canoe Races
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us to celebrate the first day of summer with canoe races. We will have multiple races for ages 12 and up. Racers will be divided into age groups and we will end with a family canoe race. Prizes will be given for the winner of each group. Arrive by 9:30 am to sign up for your race. All equipment is provided. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Sunday, June 22, 2014
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
  Monday, June 23, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Jun 24, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, June 26, 2014
Peanut Express
Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a tourist train ride through southern Georgia.  Visit the large collection of telephones in Leslie at the Rural Telephone Museum (Train ticket includes FREE admission to the museum). Then travel West to Plains for some delightful peanut treats. 229-276-0755.
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Thursdays 10 AM - 11 AM – Jun 26, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Helping Hands for Wildlife - Gopher Tortoise Series
Thursdays 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Jun 26, 2014 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This is a free four-week series about our state reptile, the gopher tortoise, and how you can help protect this keystone species. Learn about the gopher tortoise habitat and why fire is essential to its survival. Find out what a keystone species is and why they are important to an ecosystem. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
  Friday, June 27, 2014
Friday Night Frog Walk
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Listen to an amphibian concert and learn who is splashing about. Geared towards ages 4 & up. Not stroller accessible. Bring flashlight. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
  Saturday, June 28, 2014
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 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.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Summer Music Series
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Nelson Thomas, will be at the Park's Beach Pavilion playing flatpick & fingerpick style guitar, old time and bluegrass banjo, harmonica, washboard, and occasionally a little mandolin and/or fiddle. Event is free, but Nelson will be passing a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Sunday, June 29, 2014
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
  Monday, June 30, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jun 30, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, July 4, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia July 4th Celebration on the Lake
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM from Jul 4, 2014 until Jul 6, 2014 
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with games, a watermelon eating contest, and educational boat tours on Lake Walter F. George. Make reservations early for campsites and cabins. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Independence Day Celebration
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us as we celebrate our proud country’s birthday and our right to be free! A parking pass is required for those who only want to use the Day Use area outside of the Fort and Museum. For those attending the event at the fort, please pay the Historic Site Admission rates at the museum when you arrive. $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.
Twilight Paddle
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek State Park is just far enough from Atlanta to have a really dark sky - perfect for stargazers. Join this guided paddle and enjoy the stars, and night sounds on this after dark kayak tour. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Fun for the Fourth
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join fellow campers for a fun night, making s'mores playing games and sing-along. Great for all ages. Don't forget to bring your roasting sticks and chairs. Meet at the program hut. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ol' Time Independence Day at Jarrell Plantation
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Put on your red, white and blue, pack a picnic, and spend a day on the farm. Hear the Declaration of Independence at noon and compete in sack race, three legged race, egg toss, and other events. Watch blacksmiths, steam engineers, quilters, and other skills of the past. $4.00-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia Old Fashioned Fourth of July
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us for a host of family fun events. Decorate your bike and join in on the Bicycle Parade at 10am. Old Fashion Games begin at 11am. Family Putt-Putt Tournament starts at 3pm and prizes will be awarded to top 3 winners. $10 per family for Putt-Putt Tournament $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Get Outdoors Georgia Independence Day at Vogel
Friday, Jul 4, 2014
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Come to one of our nation's oldest state parks as we celebrate our independence with a flag-raising ceremony, bicycle parade, pedal boat races, sandcastle building competition, watermelon eating, sack races, egg tosses and greased pole climbing. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, July 5, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Events will begin with our 10 a.m. bicycle parade. Old-time games will start in the field behind the office, at 11 a.m. include sack races, three-legged races, relays, egg and water balloon tosses, and other events. At 3 p.m. we will hold a paddle boat race. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia July 4th Celebration on the Lake
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM from Jul 5, 2014 until Jul 6, 2014 
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with games, a watermelon eating contest, and educational boat tours on Lake Walter F. George. Make reservations early for campsites and cabins. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Kayak Out to a Twilight Frog Slog
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Listen to, learn about, and see our froggy friends as we paddle out to explore a wetlands area at sunset! Wear shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy. Meet at the Trading Post park office 15 minutes beforehand. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek State Park is just far enough from Atlanta to have a really dark sky - perfect for stargazers. Join this guided paddle and enjoy the stars, and night sounds on this after dark kayak tour. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Jul 5, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Sunday, July 6, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia July 4th Celebration on the Lake
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM from Jul 6, 2014 
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with games, a watermelon eating contest, and educational boat tours on Lake Walter F. George. Make reservations early for campsites and cabins. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Get Outdoors Georgia Introduction to Archery
Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 10 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Searching for Dragons and Damsels
Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most beautiful and beneficial insects in the bug world. They come in many sizes shapes and colors. Join a park ranger on the hunt for these tiny predators, and explore streams, lake and pond. Bring a digital camera and binoculars for the adventure. Ages 10+. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3006.
  Monday, July 7, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 7, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Archery Camp
Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 until Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Designed with everything archery in mind, this 3-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 7-14) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the cart barn, static range, and 3-d range. REGISTER IN ADVANCE. $100 plus $5 parking. 770-918-6416.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, July 10, 2014
Peanut Express
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a tourist train ride through southern Georgia.  Visit the large collection of telephones in Leslie at the Rural Telephone Museum (Train ticket includes FREE admission to the museum). Then travel West to Plains for some delightful peanut treats. 229-276-0755.
  Friday, July 11, 2014
A Midsummers Night Stream
Friday, Jul 11, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Invite your friends and family to join us as we paddle past the high grass of the tidal creeks where we’ll make our way to a sandbar to enjoy the night beneath the moonlit sky. Reservations required: maximum 24 participants. Must call office one week prior to event to reserve. $20 per Individual, $ ParkPass per Vehicle. 912-727-2339.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Jul 11, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be "Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, July 12, 2014
Native American Games Day
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Learn about games that early Native Americans played and how they have influenced modern games and sports. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Tons of Fun 
Pine Mountain Trail Summer Ramble
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join PMT Association guides for a hike in the summer woodlands. Geared towards ages 8 & up. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the Fox Den Cove Parking Lot. Ends at the Trading Post in the campground. There will be transportation to get you back to your car. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 10 AM to 4:50 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. 706-557-3001.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be "Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 8 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.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
  Monday, July 14, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 14, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Friday, July 18, 2014
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Jul 18, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:50 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
  Saturday, July 19, 2014
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
3rd Saturday of Month 1 PM ending Jul 19, 2014 
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, Jul 19, 2014 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
3rd Saturday of Month 3 PM ending Jul 19, 2014 
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, Jul 19, 2014 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.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Summer Music Series
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
The Carolina Ceili, a 3 piece Celtic band, will be at the park's Beach Pavilion. This event is free, but the band will pass a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Monday, July 21, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 21, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Adventure Camp for Kids
Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 until Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy three days of outdoor adventure. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, outdoor skills, environmental education and one entire day dedicated to photography. Space is limited, reservations required. Kids age 10-13. $95 per student $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
  Thursday, July 24, 2014
Leslie Local
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:30 AM to 2 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
The Leslie Local takes you from the heart of Downtown Cordele's railroad district through Georgia Veterans State Park and over beautiful Lake Blackshear. After a short ride through the Sumter County countryside, we deboard in the small town of Leslie, home of the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum. 229-276-0755.
  Friday, July 25, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park's history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park's history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
  Saturday, July 26, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Watch 1800s crafts demonstations at the home of Cherokee Indian plantation owner James Vann. Demonstrators show the art of blacksmithing, soap making, weaving, spinning, quilting, doll making, chair and basket weaving, pottery, and much more. $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
  Monday, July 28, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Thursday, July 31, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Solar Astronomy
Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Ever wanted to look at the sun’s flare-ups and spots safely? Join the world’s largest Solar Astronomy outreach program with us. Also, if you want to take a picture of the Sun, bring your camera because a complete imaging setup will be available for you to take your own picture of the Sun. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Saturday, August 2, 2014
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 8 PM to 9:15 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. 706-557-3001.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Aug 2, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Thursday, August 7, 2014
Leslie Local
Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 10:30 AM to 2 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
The Leslie Local takes you from the heart of Downtown Cordele's railroad district through Georgia Veterans State Park and over beautiful Lake Blackshear. After a short ride through the Sumter County countryside, we deboard in the small town of Leslie, home of the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum. 229-276-0755.
  Friday, August 8, 2014
Full Moon Stargazers Party
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Take a trip to Fort McAllister to see the night sky in a new way. With the moon to light up the night, this will be the perfect opportunity to see the stars shining brightly above us. Ms. Mullenax, Professor of Astronomy and Physics at AASU, will be here to help you discover and define the starry sky. $7 per Individual $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be "Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, August 9, 2014
Dowdell's Knob Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 10 AM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet up with Pine Mountain Trail Association guides and loop the highest section of the park. Geared towards ages 10 & up. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather. Meet at Dowdell's Knob Parking Lot off Hwy 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be "Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 7:30 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.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Summer Music Series
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Bob Thomason, master dulcimer musician and storyteller, will be at the park's Beach Pavilion. Bring the kids and enjoy an evening by the lake. Event is free, but Bob will be passing a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Sunday, August 10, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 8:15 PM to 10:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 to Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 to Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, August 16, 2014
Summer's For The Birds
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
This will be a great day to learn about birds and birding. Join us on a bird walk to see if you can identify any birds we see or hear. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM to 4:50 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Monday, August 18, 2014
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Monday, Aug 18, 2014 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Monday, Aug 18, 2014 to Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, August 22, 2014
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 to Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:50 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
  Saturday, August 23, 2014
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 to Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
  Saturday, August 30, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Labor Day On The Lake
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 until Monday, Sep 1, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Let's get outside and have a little fun on the park. Our family celebration including games, nature programs, and crafts. Educational boat tours throughout the day. $1 - $5 $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Labor Day Festival
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
You deserve a little R&R for all your hard work, so gather the family up, kick back and enjoy yourselves at our Labor Day Festival! Visitors who wish to only use the Day Use outside of the fort will require a $5 ParkPass. Fort and museum visitors need to pay for admission at the museum when they arrive. $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.
Get Outdoors Georgia A Labor-less Day
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 until Monday, Sep 1, 2014 11 AM to 9 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
This day is all about play, not work. Come and relax at the park with a picnic or a swim. Challenge your family or friends to a mini-golf game, make some fun crafts, meet a live critter and take a stroll through the woods at night. $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
  Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, September 5, 2014
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be "Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, September 6, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Piedmont CASA Superhero 5K and Fun Run
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7 AM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Come as yourself or come as your Superhero Self! Join us for the Piedmont CASA Superhero 5K Run and 1K Fun Run at Fort Yargo Park in Winder. The course will be walk friendly. Packet pickup and race day registration will begin at 7am. http://www.piedmontcasa.org/ $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Lovebug Festival
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Explore the wonderful world of insects at the parks first annual Lovebug Festival. Activities will include edible bug programs, kids insect related crafts, arts and craft section, dragon fly hikes, beekeeping demonstrations and much more. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. 706-557-3001.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be "Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7 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.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Sep 6, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Sunday, September 7, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, September 12, 2014
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Sep 12, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:50 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 10 AM to 4:50 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Mountain Music and Arts & Craft Festival
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014
  Handicapped Accessible 
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
This popular event includes appalachian, bluegrass and gospel music. There will also be art and craft booths with handmade items for sale, and food concessions provided by Vogel Volunteers/Friends of Georgia State Parks. $2-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
  Thursday, September 18, 2014
Leslie Local
Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 10:30 AM to 2 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
The Leslie Local takes you from the heart of Downtown Cordele's railroad district through Georgia Veterans State Park and over beautiful Lake Blackshear. After a short ride through the Sumter County countryside, we deboard in the small town of Leslie, home of the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum. 229-276-0755.
 

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