Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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Events starting 9/21/2013
  Sunday, September 22, 2013
Elijah Clark Annual Bluegrass Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 10 PM  
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy three days of food and bluegrass. Join us for a foot-stomping good time with lots of great music. Rain or shine. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Harvest at the Homestead
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Fall is a busy time at the homestead. Enjoy toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, cooking, contests, and more. (Parking fee waived on Sept. 27 - Your State Parks Day.) $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Skidaway Narrows Clean Up
Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 9 AM to 12 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Help us to clean up the Skidaway Narrows and Butterbean Beach. Bring your own boat, kayak or canoe. Limited number of kayaks and canoes will be provided. Walking clean-up volunteers are also welcome. Register before September 21. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 16 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
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 
  Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013
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 27, 2013
Twilight Hike
Friday, Sep 27, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join Ranger Marcus on a hike as day ends and night begins. Start in the Discovery Room at the Park Office to meet a resident snake and then set out on the trail. Moderately difficult 1 mile hike. $3 per person or $15 for groups of 5 or more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Sep 27, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, September 28, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Ride and Clip - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 AM to 5 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Volunteer equestrians can assemble new picnic tables, help clip limbs and then ride the trails for free. Bring your own clippers and safety gear. 706-456-2602.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Fun Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Test your skills against the Ranger and other families in the following fun exercises: Bean bag toss, Horseshoe contest, Just dance contest, Paddle boat races, Three legged race, tug of war and basketball. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Trail Cleanup at Amicalola -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 12 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Park wide and trail trash pickup, trail maintenance, removal of rocks and dead trees from climbing wall area, cleaning out of recycling trailer, removal of non-native invasive plants. Free volunteer tee shirts while supplies last. Groups and scout troops please contact Kathy Brigman, khbfriends@gmail.com 706-265-4703.
Get Outdoors Georgia Black Rock's State Park Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 12 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Join us for a beautification of the playground. We will clean equipment and spread mulch. Wear work clothes (long sleeves and pants), sturdy footwear and gloves. 706-746-2141.
Chief Vann "Open Mansion" and Volunteer Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
As part of Georgia's statewide "Your State Parks Day" the Chief Vann House will host an "Open Mansion" (we are so much more than just a house!) Volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors around the historic estate where a special quilt exhibition will be presented throughout. After touring, guests are welcome to help plant a winter garden at the Cherokee farmstead. 706-695-2598.
Get Outdoors Georgia Crooked River Beautifaction Program - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Celebrate "State Parks Day" by volunteering to help pick up litter in the park. Meet at the Nature Center. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kid's Fish Fest - State Parks Day Program
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 12 PM to 5 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
This is a great opportunity for junior anglers to learn fishing fundamentals that will improve fishing skills. A fishing tournament will challenge the kids to use their new skills. Prizes will be awarded. Hot dog lunch will be provided at 12pm. 706-359-3458.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 5 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come help with one or more service projects while enjoying the park. The Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is sponsoring everone's admission, this day only. 770-387-3747.
The North Face Endurance Challenge
Saturday & Sunday 5 AM - 6 PM until Sep 29, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
A hardy test for trail runners of all levels, this North Face Endurance Challenge is on the southern-most edge of the Appalachian Mountain range. The Finish Line Festival features music, refreshments and food, free samples, product trials, demonstrations and raffle prizes from The North Face, GORE-TEX and more. Race fee. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Fishing Day on Lake Franklin -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Families are invited to bring a picnic and fishing gear to try their luck with bream, bass and catfish on 25-acre Lake Franklin. A fishing license is not required this day, and minnows are not allowed.  Worms will be available for purchase.  Meet at the small group camp past Roosevelt Stables. $5. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Star Light, Star Bright
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 PM to 9 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. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fence and Garden Projects -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Help reconstruct the vine fence or work on the raised vegetable garden in the yard of the new Scottish house. Also, our nature trail is in need of trimming over-hanging limbs. Bring your work gloves and hat. 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fort McAllister - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
By helping us maintain our park, you are saving you local natural and historical resource that is irreplaceable. Come out and get your hands dirty as we roll up our sleeves and clean-up our park to maintain its natural beauty and historical signifigance. No fees required, lunch provided to volunteers. All ages welcomed. 912-727-2339.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Volunteer at the Fort Work Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Bring your blue tee shirt (from last year), work clothes, work gloves, sun block, bug spray and some enthusiasm to help the staff clean up the fort and grounds. Refreshments provided. 912-884-5999.
Get Outdoors Georgia Trail Volunteer Workday at Fort Yargo - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join Friends of Georgia State Parks and the Yargo Area Biking Association (YABA) for National Public Lands Day. Help improve the mountain biking and hiking trails. Bring water, work gloves, long pants and sturdy footwear. No open-toed shoes. Bring a change of clothes for after the project along with your mountain bike or boat to enjoy the trails and lake. Snacks and refreshments will be available. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Junior Ranger - Get Outdoors Mini Camp
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Children ages 6-12 are invited to earn their "Get Outdoors" Badge. Children will participate in hiking, games, crafts and more. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia Birding, River Clean-Up and Games - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 AM to 6 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join an 8am bird hike around the pond. Migration should be picking up, so several different species should be seen. Join the ranger from 9am-12pm for a River Clean-Up on the 17-Mile River. Barnyard Olympics will start at 2pm, with an obstacle course at the farm with prizes. At 4pm, join a wiffleball game for alll ages. 912-384-7082.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia George L. Smith Volunteer Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Join us by helping to clean up and beautify the park for our volunteer program. T-shirts, water bottles, and other give-away items will be offered throughout the morning. 478-763-2759.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kids Fishing Rodeo/Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8:30 AM to 3 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Kids Fishing Rodeo from 8:30-12:00 for kids ages 5-12, with free refreshments and prizes. Volunteer projects from 1:00-3:00. 229-276-2372.
State Park Day 5 K Run -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 AM to 12 PM
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park - Reidsville, GA
In conjunction with the Wiregrass Festival held in Reidsville, Gordonia Alatamaha State Park will hold a 5K Run through the park. $20 Pre Registration-$25 Day of event. 912-557-6323.
Get Outdoors Georgia Corn Grinding Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013
Hamburg State Outdoor Recreation Area - Mitchell, GA
Step back in time to watch history in action. Hamburg Mill will be open for tours and grinding corn all afternoon. The water-powered millstones churn out fresh white cornmeal that can be purchased at the millhouse. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Get Outdoors Georgia Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Help revitalize the front of the visitor center by creating a butterfly garden and encouraging wildlife visitors. Volunteers will be planting plants that encourage pollinators and produce habitat. Lunch provided by the Friends of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Parking is free for volunteers, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia State Parks Day - Volunteer Clean Up Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Help clean up High Falls State Park. We will be removing metal from an old dump site. Please wear long pants and close toe shoes. Meet at the park office. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Junior Angler Fishing Rodeo and Lake Cleanup
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Each fish caught makes you a prize-winning angler! Participants ages 15 and younger are welcome with an adult. Please bring poles, tackle and chairs. Participants, parents, and volunteers will be picking up trash along the lake and around the park during and after the rodeo to help keep the park beautiful. 770-504-2277.
Outdoor Adventure Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Enjoy a day on the water with the kid's fishing event and canoe instruction. On land, a live reptile show will be offered. Children can learn more about hunter’s safety at the archery range, BB gun range and the laser shooting system. Hot dogs and drinks will be available. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Waycross - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Enjoy free admission and get involved in a project or activity to support Laura S. Walker State Park. Volunteer projects will include brush removal, lake shore clean-up, and clean-up of our nature trails. Food and water will be provided. Please dress appropriately and don't forget your work boots and gloves. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors Georgia Flower Bed Beautification - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 AM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
PLEASE help us to clean up the large flowerbed by the phone booth along with a few others, beginning at 8 am. Bring your gloves, a rake, and a shovel. Clippers may also come in handy too. We will start at 8:00 am. Drinks will be provided. It's time for us to spruce up Little O!
ALSO: All volunteers who work at the flower bed cleanup will be registered in the “KEY START” LAWN MOWER GIVEAWAY which will be given away during the day. 229-868-7474.
Get Outdoors Georgia State Parks Day: Amazingly Awesome Animals
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 9 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
5 different programs throughout the day. Meet live animals, catch animals in the lake, make your own track and take a night hike. All with an animal theme. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Your State Parks Day - Magnolia Springs
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Enjoy the park on this free day by participating in a clean-up in the morning and hiking yoga in the afternoon. Throughout the day you can talk with Georgia Southern University's archaeology team about recent findings at Camp Lawton, a Confederate Prison Camp for Union POWs. 478-982-1660.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kids Fishing Rodeo - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Kids, we’re stocking a special area with fish just so you can catch dinner for the family tonight. Friends of Mistletoe State Park will be on hand with a quick lunch for anglers and prizes. Kids ages 15 and under. Fish from the bank only; bring your own pole and tackle; no fishing license required. Free ParkPass Day sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Moccasin Creek Clean Up - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 1 PM
Moccasin Creek State Park - Clarkesville, GA
Volunteers will help remove dead trees, limbs and trash from Moccasin Creek and the surrounding trail. Be prepared to get dirty so wear appropriate clothing, gloves and shoes. Park and meet at the lakeside pavillion at 1 PM. Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 706-947-3194.
New Echota Trail Project - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9:30 AM to 1 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
New Town Creek Trail: Join other trail lovers as we perform various tlc projects along the one-mile New Town Creek Nature Trail. Bring a picnic lunch and tour the historic grounds and buildings after the project. FREE. 706-624-1321.
Get Outdoors Georgia Rivers Alive Cleanup - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for a Rivers Alive cleanup event on Georgia State Park's Day. We will be cleaning up along the Panola Mountain South River corridor. Bring work gloves, eye protection, water, and good walking shoes. Lunch will be provided after the cleanup is finished for participants. Parking is waived on this date so plan to spend the day at the park afterwards at no cost! Call the nature center to register in advance. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Native Plant Restoration Event - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Panola Mountain has been transforming an old fescue pasture into a biologically diverse native grassland for over 10 years! Help us make the area even better this year, as we need volunteers to help us plant hundreds of native wildflowers of various species. Please pre-register to help us on this event. Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 770-389-7801.
Trail Erosion Repair - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Help with controlling erosion on the Site's Historic Red and Blue Trails. Breaks and Buffers will be used to direct water away from the walking trails. A chance to help further preserve this unique battlefield. 770-443-7850.
Get Outdoors Georgia Red Top Service Project - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Support the park and leave your legacy by joining the staff and Friends of Red Top Mountain to complete a service project. We'll be building an amphitheater behind the Park Office as well as picnic table pads along the lake. This is a free day at the park so relax and enjoy yourself afterward. 770-966-8199.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Clean Up Day at Reed Bingham - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 AM to 12 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Community volunteers can join Friends of Reed Bingham and park staff to assist in cleaning and repainting the mini-golf course. Lunch will be provided to volunteers. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Richard B. Russell State Park Volunteer Day -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 12 PM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Please join us to help and revitalize the Day use area of park. We will be clearing limbs, fallen debris and spreading mulch into the playground areas. 706-213-2045.
Get Outdoors Georgia Your State Parks Day - Bridge & Sidewalk Refurbishing
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Volunteers are being sought to help pressure wash the bridge and sidewalks on the drive into the Historic Site. We want to enlist your support to help with this project. Equipment will be provided. You may get wet, bring an extra set of clothes or shoes. Come for an hour or make a day of it. 706-655-5870.
Special Excursion - "The Peanut Festival Special"
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 4:10 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
All aboard for a wonderful adventure with a parade, food and lots of peanuts. Vendors with arts and crafts will fill the park as you step off the train. You can also ride to the Boyhood Farm for an additional fee. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Do Your Part to Preserve Seminole - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 AM to 3 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Take part in the "Do Your Part to Preserve Your State Parks Day" workday at Seminole. We plan to continue clearing brush and debris from campsites to create more waterfront sites. Volunteers will meet at picnic shelter #3 (by the restrooms & playground) at 8 AM and we plan to work until 3 PM. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Tools will not be provided so please bring gloves, hole diggers, chainsaws, limb trimmers, axes, weed eaters, shovels, rakes and comfortable shoes. Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 229-861-3137.
Get Outdoors Georgia Skidaway Island - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join us to celebrate State Parks Day by volunteering at your park. We will be working to eliminating the Chinese Tallow Tree, an invasive species found on our park. Please register by Friday, Sept. 27th. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Invasive Species Removal - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We will be working to eliminate the Chinese Tallow Tree, an invasive species found in our park. Please register by Friday, Sept. 26th. 912-598-2300.
Parks Clean-up - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Come hike and clean-up the woods with park naturalists. Learn about invasive species and remove them from trails. Come for one hike or all three! Hikes will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Park Clean-up - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Come show your support of Stephen C. Foster State Park by participating in a park clean-up and beautification project. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Boat Tour
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM  
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Dare to venture out in the swamp at night. See which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out & the alligators’ eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Sign up at the office; space is limited. $15 - $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Your State Parks Day-Sweetwater Creek Trails Work Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us working on the lovely trails of Sweetwater Creek State Park in this event sponsored by the "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park". Parking will be free this day. We will be pruning, trimming. and sawing branches and trees as well as picking up trash along the trails as well as doing other trail work as needed. All ages 6 yrs. and over are welcome. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia North Rim Beautification Project - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy free admission to the park on September 28, 2013. In addition, if you want to find out what it's like to be a local volunteer, bring your pitchforks, rakes, and work gloves, and join the Friends of Tallulah Gorge as they spread mulch on the north rim trail. Come to the interpretative center, sign the release, get a volunteer shirt (as long as supplies last) and volunteer your time. Scout groups are welcomed. For additional info, send an email to jpurvis@windstream.net. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Travelers Rest Historic Site - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Traveler's Rest Historic Site - Toccoa, GA
Bring the kids and step back in time with historical artisans. Learn about Georgia's last Stagecoach Inn and life in the 1830's with Ranger Ray. 706-886-2256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Canoe Races -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
We are celebrating Lake Hartwell being full pool by inviting ages 12 and older for a day of fun canoe racing. Racers will be divided into age groups. Prizes will be given for the winner of each group. Arrive by 9:30 am to sign up for your race. 706-356-4362.
Outdoor Adventure Day -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Activities geared for kids and adults of all ages, including camping, hiking, trout fishing, fly tying and casting, airgun shooting, archery and skeet shooting. Live native Georgia wildlife shows will be featured. 706-878-4738.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Your State Parks Day Golf Tournament at Highland Walk
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 AM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Attention Golfers! Make plans to participate in Highland Walk's golf tournament in celebration of Your State Parks Day. It will be a 4-person team at 8 AM (No handicaps). All golfers welcome so bring the family out and play! $50 per person. (Includes prizes, greens fee and cart) 706-245-6770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geocaching at 2 Parks -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 AM to 10 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Search for this special cache at both Watson Mill Bridge and Victoria Bryant and receive 10% off of your next camping trip. Cards from the geocache will need to be presented for discount. 706-245-6270.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia River Clean Up -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
We will be working on a river clean-up and a park beautification project. Remember to bring your work gloves. Volunteers will receive a free lunch and t-shirt. Visitors will also be permitted to fish without a license this day. 706-245-6270.
Wildlife Opening Project -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Help revive the wildlife openings at Victoria Bryant State Park! Volunteers will be taking soil samples of the park's wildlife openings in preparation for the planting of crops that are beneficial to a variety of wildlife. 706-245-6270.
Music in the Park
Saturdays  
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Come to the Lake Trahlyta Pavilion and enjoy a cool mountain evening listening to the Appalachian music of Nelson Thomas. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Music in the Park
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Come to the Lake Trahlyta Pavilion and enjoy a cool mountain evening listening to the Appalachian music of Nelson Thomas. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Get Outdoors Georgia Your State Parks Day - Clip and Ride at Watson Mill
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 AM to 8 PM
Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, GA
Bring your clippers and your horse and ride the trails for free. Please call the office to sign up for the event. 706-783-5349.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geocaching at 2 Parks -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 8 AM to 10 PM
Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, GA
Search for this special cache at both Watson Mill Bridge and Victoria Bryant state parks, then receive 10% off of your next camping trip. Cards from the geocache will need to be presented for discount. 706-783-5349.
Tons of Fun 
Wormsloe Historic Site - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Celebrate State Parks Day by cleaning up the interpretive trail and organizing the colonial life area. Volunteers will be helping to stack firewood, cleaning up tree litter and working in the colonial life area. Wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes. Please register by Sept. 27th. 912-353-3023.
  Sunday, September 29, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Sundays 1 PM until Oct 27, 2013 
  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.
Waterfall Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Sundays  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Water is a powerfull thing. Come see the powerful role water played in the past at Cloudland Canyon State Park an how it continues to shape the natural landscape on a hike to Cherokee Falls. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
The North Face Endurance Challenge
Saturday & Sunday 5 AM - 6 PM  
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
A hardy test for trail runners of all levels, this North Face Endurance Challenge is on the southern-most edge of the Appalachian Mountain range. The Finish Line Festival features music, refreshments and food, free samples, product trials, demonstrations and raffle prizes from The North Face, GORE-TEX and more. Race fee. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Bird Hike
Sunday, Sep 29, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 9:00am join Camphost Nell for an informative morning bird hike. Bring binoculars or borrow limited pairs from the museum. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
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 
  Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013
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, October 4, 2013
Movie Night at the Park
Friday, Oct 4, 2013 7 PM to 9:30 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Grab you lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a night of popcorn, soda, candy, and a movie under the stars with the family. For this Movie Night we will be showing Wall-E. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Sloppy Floyd State Park. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Friday, Oct 4, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 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.
  Saturday, October 5, 2013
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM until Oct 26, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013
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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Foliage Hike
Saturdays & Sundays until Oct 27, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the overlook trail along the East Rim of the canyon and enjoy the best of the fall colors on the mountain. Hikes are at 10am on Saturdays and 11am Sundays. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Foliage Hike
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the overlook trail along the East Rim of the canyon and enjoy the best of the fall colors on the mountain. Hikes are at 10am on Saturdays and 11am Sundays. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 10 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Watch demonstrations of crafts from the past. Learn about the skills Native Americans had that helped them survive their everyday lives. $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Butterfly Discovery Station
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Test your Butterfly IQ and learn what you can do to attract butterflies to your yard. Meet on the front porch of the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Raptor Program & Release
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 12 PM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center for a birds of prey program ending with the release of rehabilitated owls & hawks. Meets at the amphitheater next to the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fall Funfest
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 10 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Fort Yargo State Park is hosting a Fall Funfest on Saturday, October 5, at the old fort. There will be activities for the entire family including games, hayrides, kid crafts, food, music, and more! TBA. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 9:30 AM to 5:20 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.
Beginning Digital Photography Workshop
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park - Reidsville, GA
At the end of the workshop, participants will become capable of making sound exposure, metering, and focus area settings on their digital SLR cameras, as well as they will learn to apply creative composition principles. Hike in the park afterwards and practice new skills. $22-$30. $5 parking. 912-580-5308.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 7 PM to 9 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. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM until Oct 6, 2013 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Watch rifle and cannon demonstrations, visit the tent city, and tour the hillside and railroad cut through the pass. SATURDAY EVENING ONLY: Special candle-light tour in honor of the 150th commemoration. Register here: http://friendsofgastateparks.org/index.php/red-top-mountain/item/790-allatoona-pass-nighttime-guided-tours Tours start times are: 7 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm, 8:30 pm, 9 pm. $10 per person. Experience what the soldiers felt the night before the battle. 770-975-0055.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Canoe Trip
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 6 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Come out to take a twilight paddle on the Okefenokee Swamp. Learn some basics of canoeing from certified instructors and learn about some of the animals that lurk the swamp at night. We will be providing canoes, paddles, and PFDs. Sign up in the park office by 5:00 PM on the day of the paddle. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Boat Tour
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 7:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Dare to venture out in the swamp at night. See which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out & the alligators’ eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Sign up at the office; space is limited. $15 - $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Sunday, October 6, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Sundays 1 PM until Oct 27, 2013 
  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 Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013
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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Foliage Hike
Saturdays & Sundays until Oct 27, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the overlook trail along the East Rim of the canyon and enjoy the best of the fall colors on the mountain. Hikes are at 10am on Saturdays and 11am Sundays. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM  
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Watch rifle and cannon demonstrations, visit the tent city, and tour the hillside and railroad cut through the pass. SATURDAY EVENING ONLY: Special candle-light tour in honor of the 150th commemoration. Register here: http://friendsofgastateparks.org/index.php/red-top-mountain/item/790-allatoona-pass-nighttime-guided-tours Tours start times are: 7 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm, 8:30 pm, 9 pm. $10 per person. Experience what the soldiers felt the night before the battle. 770-975-0055.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Rivers Alive!
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Help clean up the beautiful Chattahoochee River in Helen. Friends of Smithgall Woods join a statewide effort to clean up our waterways and protect critical habitats. T-shirts will be available while supplies last. Register in advance to get directions and details. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 16 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Monday, October 7, 2013
Meteor Shower Paddle - the Draconids
Monday, Oct 7, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This 2-hour guided paddle will give guests an opportunity to witness the "odd" Draconid meteor shower. Unlike many meteor showers, the Draconids are more likely to be visible in the evening hours, just after nightfall. Register in advance. Meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013
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 
  Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013
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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful paddle on the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir as the sun sets and we refresh ourselves in preparation for the end of the work week. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this program. Open to anyone 16 or older who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. $20 includes boat, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, October 10, 2013
Brews & Bites
Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 6 PM to 9 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come to the park for Brews & Bites, Savannah’s newest local food festival and park fundraiser. Brewers and chefs will discuss their process and their appreciation of local ingredients. Guests will also have a chance to learn about many exciting local and park projects. Tickets are $30 or $25 for Friends of Georgia State Parks Members. Ticket price includes the parking pass. Tickets available at http://gastateparks.givezooks.com. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, October 11, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Hike & Marshmallow Roast
Friday, Oct 11, 2013 7:30 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join us for an old-fashioned marshmallow roast around the campfire, followed by a walk through the dark, night woods. Can you walk quietly enough to discover a night creature before it sees you and gets away? Wear comfortable walking shoes for this exciting night hike. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Halloween Hayrides
Friday, Oct 11, 2013 7 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
All new this year, pirates are attacking Ravenwood! The townsfolk need your help defending against a raggedy band of pirates looking for stolen treasure. Tickets are required and can be purchased online at: https://sites.google.com/a/friendschapters.org/friends-of-red-top-mountain-state-park/2014-haunted-hayrides $10 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Art in the Park
Friday, Oct 11, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Friday, Oct 11, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 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.
  Saturday, October 12, 2013
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM until Oct 26, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013
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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Foliage Hike
Saturdays & Sundays until Oct 27, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the overlook trail along the East Rim of the canyon and enjoy the best of the fall colors on the mountain. Hikes are at 10am on Saturdays and 11am Sundays. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia International Observe the Moon Night
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The Barnard Astronomical Society will be setting up telescopes and Amateur Astronomers will be on hand to man the telescopes, so you can get a good look at the moon and other celestial night time object. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Dyeing with Mushrooms
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 10 AM to 4:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Participants will learn how to identify, collect and preserve dye mushrooms; prepare dye baths; and safely use mordants and pH enhancers. Everyone will dye wool yarn, create sample cards and have the opportunity to make premordanted silk chiffon scarf to take home. Adults only; register by Oct. 5. $35 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Oct 12, 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.
Butterfly Discovery Station
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Test your Butterfly IQ and learn what you can do to attract butterflies to your yard. Meet on the front porch of the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
 

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