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Events starting 9/28/2013
  Saturday, September 28, 2013
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 Bridge & Sidewalk Refurbishing - Your State Parks Day
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 inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 
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 today to participate in Highland Walk's golf tournament in celebration of Your State Parks Day. It will be a 4-person select shot with a shotgun start at 8 AM. (No handicaps, mulligans, string or T-busters.) Chose your best team. There will be long drive and close up contests and prizes will be based on size of field. Cost includes greens fee, range balls, cart, and prizes. Sign up by September 24th in the Golf Shop. $40 per person. $25 HW members, Friends, Volunteers and Staff. For more information call 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. $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
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. $3.50 -$5.50 770-387-3747.
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. $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. $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. 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 inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, 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. $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. $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. 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
Take a "spooktacular" hayride through the old ghost town of Ravenwood and listen closely as storytellers bring ghosts and goblins to life around a campfire. This event is family-friendly and great for all ages. $5 parking. 678-792-9554.
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 warmth of summer. 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.
Music and Dancing On The Mountain
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet at the rock amphitheater next to the office on Hwy 190. Bring your family and friends for a fall outing on the mountain. Dance, sing-a-long, and enjoy classic vinyl and oldies with our popular local musicians. Bring a chair or cushion. Cement seating. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Dirty Spokes Trail Running Race Series
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
The Dirty Spokes running race series includes four state parks: Red Top Mountain, Unicoi, Fort Yargo and Victoria Bryant. Dates and distances vary. Visit www.dirtyspokes.com to register. Fee plus $5 parking. 404-310-3628.
Tons of Fun 
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 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. Call for meet up directions. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy Wagon Ride
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek is a great place for star-gazing. Relax on this guided carriage ride by the beach.Call to pre-register, space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Annual Kolomoki Festival - 75th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013
  Handicapped Accessible 
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Enjoy a day of eats, shopping, boat tours, Native American demonstrations, singing and dancing performances, music, antique tractor parade and more. Also available is the free children’s section with arts and crafts, moon walk, and blow up slide. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Family Fall Fest
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Welcome fall with our 16th annual Fall Festival featuring a pumpkin scavenger hunt, face painting, children's games, marshmallow roasting, hayrides, cake walk, a reptile program, nocturnal animals program, and more. $10 per vehicle plus some fees. 706-541-0321.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 12 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 3 PM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Day
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is one of the great geographic wonders of the eastern United States. Join Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans for a closeup view of this most unusual park. Pre-registration is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Get Outdoors Georgia Halloween Hayrides
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 7 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Take a "spooktacular" hayride through the old ghost town of Ravenwood and listen closely as storytellers bring ghosts and goblins to life around a campfire. This event is family-friendly and great for all ages. $5 parking. 678-792-9554.
Get Outdoors Georgia Reelin' in the Prizes
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 7 AM to 12 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
There will be a children's fishing rodeo from 9 am until 10:30 am for children 12 and under with prizes awarded for the three largest fish caught. There will also be a bass fishing contest for adults lasting from 7 am until noon, at which point contestants may bring in their catch for measuring. There will be prizes for the three biggest fish caught. Fish must be live when presented for measuring. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Reptiles and Amphibians, Nature Craft, and Campfire
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am learn the differences between reptiles and amphibians. See and touch live examples! At 3:00pm meet and greet fellow park visitors as you make crafts from everyday household items. At 8:00pm join us for S'mores and stories around the campfire. Meet at the Amphitheater across from Picnic Shelter 1. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Celebration
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 12 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy the natural beauty of the season with hands-on pioneer skills exhibits, hayrides, traditional craft vendors, mountain music, and apple cider from a hand-cranked press. $6 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Boat Tour
Saturday, Oct 12, 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 Astronomy
Saturday, Oct 12, 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 2 PM to 4 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 12, 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 inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Oct 12, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Fall Foliage Lake Paddle
Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing on the lake as we enjoy the beauty of the fall colors. 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. Reservations required. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Oct 15, 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 16, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 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 
  Thursday, October 17, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Going Caching 2013 History & Mystery at FDR State Park
Daily until Sunday, Oct 20, 2013 8 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
FREE onsite programs throughout the park. Venture back to 1939 and explore caches, codes and cryptics. Four fun-filled days of events and geochaching await the boldest of adventurers. More info at: www.geocaching.com $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
A Geocaching Mega-Event Series: FDR
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
You are cordially invited to meet President Roosevelt and Sir Winston Churchill at the Little White House. Be sure to bring your Cache-Cards and trade with FDR and Winnie (yes ... they will have theirs!) $6-$10 (Special Discount Available). 706-655-5870.
Brews & Bites
Thursday, Oct 17, 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 18, 2013
Twilight Hike
Friday, Oct 18, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Amicalola Naturalist's for a rare twilight hike to explore the beauty of our waterfall, the sounds of the mountain's nocturnal inhabitants and the history of Amicalola and some of the local moonshine lore. $3 per person or $10 for family. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Haunted Trail
Friday, Oct 18, 2013 7 PM to 11 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Walk and ride a wagon through the Haunted Trail if you dare! Meet the Headless Horseman and other park haunts.
Pony rides, face painting, petting zoo and refreshments. Begins at Roosevelt Stables. $8 ages 4 and up. Additional costs for some activities. $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
Haunted Trail
Friday, Oct 18, 2013 7 PM to 11 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Walk and ride a wagon through the Haunted Trail if you dare! Meet the Headless Horseman and other park haunts.
Pony rides, face painting, petting zoo and refreshments. Begins at Roosevelt Stables. $8 ages 4 and up. Additional costs for some activities. $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
 

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