Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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.
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Honeybees and Bobcats
Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 11 AM to 4 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM All About Honeybees: Listen to a lecture about these important pollinated and find out why they are not just important to farmers. 3 PM: All About Bobcats: Learn all about this incredibly elusive animal. We very rarely see them on the park but we know they are here. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Wheels, Water and Woodpeckers
Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Get your bike out and hit the road with a ranger as we ride out to one of our parks hidden gems, a secret pond, hidden just off the road. Well keep an eye out for the many species of woodpeckers that call our area home, including the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Children's Nature Hike
Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike for children (6 years and older) will focus on learning more about the beautiful Piedmont forest we live in, especially the animals and plants of this area. We will be hiking down to the five story Civil War era mill. Along the way we will be searching the creeks with nets for salamanders, tadpoles, crawdads(crayfish), and small fish. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Night Frog Walk
Friday, Jul 29, 2016 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet at the Large Group Camp -10 minutes fr/campground for an half-mile walk. Listen to an amphibian concert. Look for eggs, tadpoles, and adults. Learn who is splashing about. Geared towards ages 4 & up. Not stroller accessible. No lakeside restroom. Bring flashlight. Pay at office and bring receipt or pay onsite correct change. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Iced Lemonade
Friday, Jul 29, 2016 8:45 PM to 10:15 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on Friday evenings to observe the stars above us. Binoculars on hand or bring your own equipment. We will learn about well-known constellations and celestial events. Meet at the Visitor Center by 8:45 p.m. New location at Picnic area 2-3. Located beside Bethany Bridge. New time is - 9:00 p.m. Bring a red lens flashlight. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Iced Lemonade
Fridays 9 PM - 10:30 PM – Jul 29, 2016 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on Friday evenings to observe the stars above us. Binoculars on hand or bring your own equipment. We will learn about well-known constellations and celestial events. Meet at the Visitor Center by 8:45 p.m. New location at Picnic area 2-3. Located beside Bethany Bridge. New time is - 9:00 p.m. Bring a red lens flashlight. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Plains Express Train Ride
Friday, Jul 29, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Georgia Veterans State Park Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults.
Twilight Kayak Paddle
Friday, Jul 29, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Kayak the beautiful Okefenokee Swamp with one of our rangers at sunset. Learn about the ecology, history, and wildlife that inhabits this mysterious land. $15-$10 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jul 29, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Friday, Jul 29, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pokemon Go for a Night Hike
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 9 PM to 11 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Enjoy a pet friendly ranger led night hike in search of nocturnal animals and the elusive Pokemon. We will also explore the C.C.C. trails and buildings. You will need to bring your own smartphone. We will meet at our park office, which is also a Pokestop. 5 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Early Bird Stroll
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 9 AM to 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Early birds catch the worms! Search for and learn about the birds of Cloudland Canyon State Park with Interpretive Host Nell Benfield during this easy, one-hour stroll. Bring binoculars if you have them. All levels of birders welcome. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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.
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Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 8:15 PM to 9 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a short walk with the park naturalist to Sunset Point, Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secret. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturdays 10 AM - 11:30 AM – Jul 30, 2016 until Oct 22, 2016 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Water Wonders - National Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and dip in to see what inhabitants live in our lakes. We provide nets, viewing scopes, and lots of interesting discoveries. Children must be accompanied by adults. Next to fishing dock on Lake Delanor. Please, correct change only. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Fort Yargo's Pokemon Hunt
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join the naturalist for a Pokemon Go hunt on the Birdberry Trail. There are several poke-stops nearby. Bring your own phones and make sure to wear closed toe shoes. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 706-867-3489.
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Guided Kayak/Canoe Tours of Lake Blackshear
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 3 PM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a 1 hour guided tour around Lake Blackshear in kayaks, canoes or standup paddleboards. See wildlife and vegetation that thrives here. Meet at the Visitors Center. Call to reserve your boat. $8 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding for Beginners
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Try your hand at this growing sport with our Park Naturalist. Our class will help you develop fundamental skills such as balance, effective paddling/stroke, steering, and falling/recovery techniques. Open to adults and children 12 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Must be a swimmer. Advance registration required. $15 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Tie-Dye with the Quilters
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Join our Plantation Quilters Guild as they teach about dyeing fabrics and make your very own tie dye shirt. Be sure to bring a 100% cotton t-shirt and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. All ages are welcome. $2. 478-986-5172.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the range! We are now offering advanced archery classes on our static and 3-D ranges. Students must attend intermediate archery class. Participants must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Mountain Music Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM – Jul 30, 2016 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy our free "Mountain Music" concerts every Saturday night May 21 to July 30. A different band each week will play for an hour or more. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and meet at the Vaughan log cabin located behind the park office. Bucket donations are appreciated! $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Twilight Pontoon Tours
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
End your day with a relaxing tour of our lake and river. Learn about the park's history and watch how scenery and animal life changes with the setting sun. Register in advance. $8 per adult $6 for children 12 and under. $5 park pass. $6-$8 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults. 229-276-0755.
Life in the Tidal Creeks
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Our tidal creeks are teaming with life. Come learn about the vast array of life that occupies our marshes. From fiddler crabs and periwinkle snails to bottlenose dolphins and even sharks our tidal creeks will never cease to amaze. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Billy's Island History Tours in the Okefenokee Swamp
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour to historic Billy's Island. Once there, we will take a short hike to see artifacts left over from an early 1900's logging town, the Lee family cemetery from the late 1800's and an Indian mound from around 500 AD. We will discuss the history of the Okefenokee Swamp and the people who tried to tame it. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 10:30 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 2 PM to 4:30 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 5:30 PM to 8 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Summer Concert Series - Yonah Pickers Dulcimer Group
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Come to the Beach Pavillion for the 3rd installment of our Summer Concert Series with the Yonah Pickers. Step back to a time where the romantic, sound of Dulcimers rang throughout the Foothills of the Appalachians and to a time where folk traditions of dance and song where just dawning. Traditional American and Gospel music and lively dance. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Dog Day at Black Rock
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Grab your leash (6’ max) and bring your best buddy out for a little Sunday exercise with some new best friends on the Black Rock Lake Trail. From there we’ll hike up the Edmond's Trail to Greasy Creek Falls. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
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Beyond the Canyons Hike
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Want to explore and learn about areas of the state park beyond the popular Overlook, Waterfalls, and West Rim Loop Trails? Join Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer on a morning hike through a lesser known, lesser hiked portion of the park. The hikes are generally 3-5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $7.50 per person or $20 per family. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Guided Kayak/Canoe Tours of Lake Blackshear
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 11 AM to 12 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a 1 hour guided tour around Lake Blackshear in kayaks, canoes or standup paddleboards. See wildlife and vegetation that thrives here. Meet at the Visitors Center. Call to reserve your boat. $8 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Friends of Panola Mountain Hike
Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 3-mile, moderately strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views. All proceeds go to "Friends of Panola Mountain State Park", a not-for-profit group of volunteers that work diligently to support the park and its programs. $5 cash only $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Slackline 101
Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join us for a unique opportunity to learn the basics of walking on a Slackline at the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 crossing of the Gorge. No experience necessary, just bring a pair of comfortable shoes and your balance! Ages 12 and up. Space is limited so call ahead to reserve your spot. $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Friday, August 5, 2016

Night Hike
Friday, Aug 5, 2016 8 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Who-Who what animal makes that sound? Discover what animal makes that sound as hikers explore Georgia's nightlife on a walk through the woods after dark. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 5, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Tri-State Hike
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Take a refreshing 2.2 mile nature hike through the beautiful wild-flower filled forest of the Tennessee Rock Trail. Stop to rest at the overlook while you enjoy stunning mountain views stretching across North Carolina and into the distance as far as Clingman’s Dome, Tennessee. Meet the Park Naturalist at the Tennessee Rock Trail. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Early Bird Stroll
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 9 AM to 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Early birds catch the worms! Search for and learn about the birds of Cloudland Canyon State Park with Interpretive Host Nell Benfield during this easy, one-hour stroll. Bring binoculars if you have them. All levels of birders welcome. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Archery for Beginners
Saturdays 10 AM - 11:30 AM – Aug 6, 2016 until Oct 22, 2016 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Pine Mountain Trail Summer Ramble
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join PMT guides for a summer adventure along the Pine Mountain Ridge and down to the Liberty Bell Pool. Transportation provided back to your vehicle. Meet at the FDR Park office on hwy 190;3.0 moderate miles. Bring water and snack;geared towards ages 8 and older. Pack your swimsuit for a dip afterwards. $5 swimming pool entry. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Civil War Olympics
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Just like the athletes who show their strength and agility in games of skill, soldiers of the Civil War needed to be strong and agile. Join us for our first Civil War Olympics where kids can test their skills against formidable Confederate opponents. $8 per adult, $5 per youth. 912-727-2339.
Morning Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Beat the heat and journey into the restricted Conservation Area on this guided tour of Panola Mountain. Learn about the intriguing history of this land and the unique ecology of the mountain it protects. This 3 mile hike meets at the Nature Center. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Must Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Must call to register. Ages 8 and up. Click title for details. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Twilight Pontoon Tours
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
End your day with a relaxing tour of our lake and river. Learn about the park's history and watch how scenery and animal life changes with the setting sun. Register in advance. $8 per adult $6 for children 12 and under. $5 park pass. $6-$8 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults. 229-276-0755.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 10 AM to 12:30 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 1:30 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 5 PM to 7:30 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Beyond the Canyons Hike
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Want to explore and learn about areas of the state park beyond the popular Overlook, Waterfalls, and West Rim Loop Trails? Join Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer on a morning hike through a lesser known, lesser hiked portion of the park. The hikes are generally 3-5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $7.50 per person or $20 per family. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Morning Mountain Hike
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Beat the heat and journey into the restricted Conservation Area on this guided tour of Panola Mountain. Learn about the intriguing history of this land and the unique ecology of the mountain it protects. This 3 mile hike meets at the Nature Center. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Must Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Must call to register. Ages 8 and up. Click title for details. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Night Hike
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Enjoy a 2-mile hike on one of the best trails at the park. You will learn interesting facts about the geology and history of the canyon. By the end of the hike, we will be in the dark, enjoying the trail by moonlight and listening for night sounds. Ages 10 and older. Reservations Required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Intro to Paddleboarding
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Think you've got great balance? Try our introduction course to paddle-boarding on the lake. Meet at the boat rental area near the beach. Wear clothes you can get wet! Must be 16 and up to participate. Space is limited. Registration is required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Perseid Shooting Star Party
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 until Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 7 PM to 3 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us on the beach for the peak night (and morning) of the Perseid Meteor Shower. From 7pm-10pm we will have food vendors, live music, and a short presentation on what is considered the year's best meteor shower. The beach will remain open until 3:00am. $5 plus $5 parking - cash only. 706-557-3001. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Pokemon Night Hunt
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Calling all Pokemon Trainers! Beginner or expert, join us for a Pokemon night hike and hunt. We will be setting up lures at some Pokestops in the park. We will also take a short hike to the falls to see what Pokemon are lurking at night. Bring your smartphone, head light and walking shoes. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet Alexander Lakes parking area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Party Under the Perseids
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 9 PM to 10 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Witness one of the most popular meteor showers to grace the skies of our planet from one of the darkest locations in this part of the country. The Perseid meteor shower can produce as many 50-100 meteors per hour. We will also observe other features of the night sky and learn about the effects of night pollution. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Handicapped Accessible 
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Walk to the Stars
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 8:30 PM to 11 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
The evening will start with a sensory hike, where we will learn to use all of our senses to make the night come alive. Our hike will then end at Lake Buncombe, where you will see and learn about star constellations and get a great view of the Perseid meteor shower. We will be meeting in the parking lot at Shelter #3 (also known as the BBQ pit). $4.00 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Hike into the Geological Past
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 to Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Wonder where the mountains came from? Join Geologist Bruce O'Connor as he explores and explains the geological history of Black Rock Mountain. Participants will meet at the Visitor's Center Overlook and follow the Eastern Continental Divide to the Tennessee Rock Overlook and the summit of Black Rock Mountain. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Star Gazing at the Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 9 PM to 10 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us at the Visitor Center for stargazing. We'll be identifying constellations and discussing the ancient tales associated with them. Bring a blanket for sitting and a flashlight with a red lens, cover, or bulb. Binoculars and star charts are recommended. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Early Bird Stroll
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 9 AM to 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Early birds catch the worms! Search for and learn about the birds of Cloudland Canyon State Park with Interpretive Host Nell Benfield during this easy, one-hour stroll. Bring binoculars if you have them. All levels of birders welcome. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 8:15 PM to 9 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a short walk with the park naturalist to Sunset Point, Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secret. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Hidden Gem 
Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturdays 10 AM - 11:30 AM – Aug 13, 2016 until Oct 22, 2016 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
At 10am, and 2pm, Fort King George State Historic Site will be hosting Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills. From the earliest days of the humble tidal powered sawmill, to the later industrial scale steam operated sawmills, this very site was utilized for centuries to process Yellow Pine, as well as Cypress, from the Altamaha River. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
Hidden Gem 
Emory Jones Book Signing
2nd Saturday of Month 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM from Aug 13, 2016 until Dec 10, 2016 
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This pre-WWI historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones afterward. $3 - $12. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible 
Twilight Night Paddle
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Come “let off some steam” by blowing the whistle atop the Jarrell Plantation ‘Mill Complex’, a signal used to communicate between Jarrell’s manning different work positions throughout the mill. See our stationary steam engine in action and experience live steam that puts into motion this important provider of mechanical energy in America's past. $4-6.50 478-986-5172.
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Dog Days of Summer - Dog Day in the Park
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring Fido for a tail-waggin’ time with Friends of Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Team, Lifeline Animal Project and others. Includes a guided dog walk, pet adoptions, canine obstacle course, K-9 demonstrations, silent auction, games for you and your pooch, and even tree climbing (for people, not pups). Leashes required. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Lost But Found Safe and Sound
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn simple techniques for staying safe and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors. Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Dog Team volunteer, Diane Stone, and her trusty K9 companion Keegan will be leading this interactive class (Unless a SAR emergency is occurring). Meet at the Nature Center. Must register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the range! We are now offering advanced archery classes on our static and 3-D ranges. Students must attend intermediate archery class. Participants must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Twilight Pontoon Tours
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
End your day with a relaxing tour of our lake and river. Learn about the park's history and watch how scenery and animal life changes with the setting sun. Register in advance. $8 per adult $6 for children 12 and under. $5 park pass. $6-$8 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults. 229-276-0755.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Aug 13, 2016 until Dec 10, 2016 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Geology Hike
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater creek. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM to 12:30 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 1:30 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 5 PM to 7:30 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Discover Tallulah Gorge's Hidden Gems
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
A series of 12 hidden gems events will will take place in 2016. Each month will offer a unique event ranging from easy hikes to strenuous ones to paddling on a lake. Click this event for details. Please sign up in advance for the events. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Get Outdoors Georgia Hidden Gem 
Georgia's First Fourth
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Did you know that the Declaration of Independence did not make its way to Savannah until August? Hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence as it was read in 1776. Participate in the debate to declare independence or to remain loyal to the king. See cannon and musket firings and more. $4.50 - $10. 912-353-3023.
Handicapped Accessible 
Georgia's First Fourth
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Did you know that the Declaration of Independence did not make its way to Savannah until August? Hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence as it was read in 1776. Participate in the debate to declare independence or to remain loyal to the king. See cannon and musket firings and more. $4.50 - $10. 912-353-3023.
Handicapped Accessible 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Beyond the Canyons Hike
Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Want to explore and learn about areas of the state park beyond the popular Overlook, Waterfalls, and West Rim Loop Trails? Join Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer on a morning hike through a lesser known, lesser hiked portion of the park. The hikes are generally 3-5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $7.50 per person or $20 per family. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Must call to register. Ages 8 and up. Click title for details. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 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 raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Slackline 101
Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join us for a unique opportunity to learn the basics of walking on a Slackline at the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 crossing of the Gorge. No experience necessary, just bring a pair of comfortable shoes and your balance! Ages 12 and up. Space is limited so call ahead to reserve your spot. $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Full Moon Paddle
Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join a guided tour of Clark Hill Lake and enjoy a peaceful paddle under the bright moon. enjoy the night sky as you star gaze and hear the different night sounds. The program will go on if it is cloudy or light rain. Meet at bathhouse 1 to receive your life jackets. Time 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm $10.00 - Person or $15.00 - for a canoe $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Full Moon Night Hike
Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Explore the full moonlit night by using all of your senses while going on a Park Ranger led hike through the wooded trails of Magnolia Springs and Camp Lawton. Listen and look for Whippoorwills, owls, bats, and other creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight, water, and good hiking shoes. This is an easy 1 to 2 mile hike depending on you. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Full Moon Paddle
Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 8:45 PM to 10:45 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a short hike that takes you down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. No pets allowed. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Aug 19, 2016 7:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Enjoy a relaxing paddle on Lake Lanier led by the naturalist as the full moon reflects off the water. Space is limited, so register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring a flash light, insect repellent, and water. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Twilight Night Paddle
Friday, Aug 19, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Friday, Aug 19, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an evening of enchantment as we paddle the lake at night under the light of the moon. You will have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Limited to 12 people who can swim and are 18 yrs. or older. A flashlight is required. Call for reservations. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full Moon Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 19, 2016 9:15 PM to 11:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a relaxing paddle around Tallulah lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Space is limited, so register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Early Bird Stroll
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 9 AM to 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Early birds catch the worms! Search for and learn about the birds of Cloudland Canyon State Park with Interpretive Host Nell Benfield during this easy, one-hour stroll. Bring binoculars if you have them. All levels of birders welcome. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 8:15 PM to 9 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a short walk with the park naturalist to Sunset Point, Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secret. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Hidden Gem 
Almost Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 7:45 AM to 9:45 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Enjoy a relaxing paddle on Lake Lanier led by the naturalist as the full moon still reflects off the water. Space is limited, so register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring a flash light, insect repellent, and water. $15 with personal kayak/canoe. $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturdays 10 AM - 11:30 AM – Aug 20, 2016 until Oct 22, 2016 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Petsmart Bark Camp I
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Splash in the lake, play games, discover sights and sounds on the trail. Learn obedience, nutrition, and grooming tips. Must pre-regsiter and pre-pay. Bring a picnic lunch, drink, towel,folding chair and written proof of current shots. Humans are asked to bring pet food for local pet pantry. Meet at the Small Group Camp near the stables. $20 per dog $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Evening Paddle
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join the Park Naturalist for a calm, serene kayak paddle around the lake after hours. Learn about the history and wildlife of the park. No experience necessary. Ages 10 and up welcome. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. Meet at the boat house near the beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-867-3489.
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding for Beginners
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Try your hand at this growing sport with our Park Naturalist. Our class will help you develop fundamental skills such as balance, effective paddling/stroke, steering, and falling/recovery techniques. Open to adults and children 12 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Must be a swimmer. Advance registration required. $15 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Friends of Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 3-mile, moderately strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views. All proceeds go to "Friends of Panola Mountain State Park", a not-for-profit group of volunteers that work diligently to support the park and its programs. $5 cash only $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Must call to register. Ages 8 and up. Click title for details. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the range! We are now offering advanced archery classes on our static and 3-D ranges. Students must attend intermediate archery class. Participants must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Twilight Pontoon Tours
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
End your day with a relaxing tour of our lake and river. Learn about the park's history and watch how scenery and animal life changes with the setting sun. Register in advance. $8 per adult $6 for children 12 and under. $5 park pass. $6-$8 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 10 AM to 4:25 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - 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. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults. 229-276-0755.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 10 AM to 12:30 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 1:30 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 5 PM to 7:30 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Explore this stunning gorge with a ranger-led hike. First travel down 535 steps to a river crossing, then climb boulders and logs to get to Sliding Rock. Wear your swimsuit if you want to cool off in the natural slide. Bring water, lunch and snacks. space is limited register in advance. No pets; kids must be 10 or older. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Night Time Astronomy with the Atlanta Astronomy Club
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join the Atlanta Astronomy Club at picnic shelter #5 to view the night sky through telescopes. Members of the club will be on hand to assist. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Beyond the Canyons Hike
Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Want to explore and learn about areas of the state park beyond the popular Overlook, Waterfalls, and West Rim Loop Trails? Join Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer on a morning hike through a lesser known, lesser hiked portion of the park. The hikes are generally 3-5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $7.50 per person or $20 per family. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Must call to register. Ages 8 and up. Click title for details. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 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 raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Family Paddle
Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join us for a relaxing family paddle around Tallulah Lake. Kids age 2 and up are welcome, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so call to reserve your spot. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Friday, Aug 26, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Twilight Night Paddle
Friday, Aug 26, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 26, 2016 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 raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Pokemon Go for a Night Hike
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 9 PM to 11 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Enjoy a pet friendly ranger led night hike in search of nocturnal animals and the elusive Pokemon. We will also explore the C.C.C. trails and buildings. You will need to bring your own smartphone. We will meet at our park office, which is also a Pokestop. 5 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tri-State Hike
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Take a refreshing 2.2 mile nature hike through the beautiful wild-flower filled forest of the Tennessee Rock Trail. Stop to rest at the overlook while you enjoy stunning mountain views stretching across North Carolina and into the distance as far as Clingman’s Dome, Tennessee. Meet the Park Naturalist at the Tennessee Rock Trail. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Hike and Paddle - Fall Edition
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Get the best of both worlds here at the Bend: a 5.5-mile hike up the Riverside Trail to the boat launch where we’ll have lunch. A short instruction session to get you on your way to a nice, easy paddle back down the Chattahoochee. Boats are available to rent or bring your own. Register in advance, space is limited. Ages 10+. $12 plus $30 boat rental. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 8:15 PM to 9 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a short walk with the park naturalist to Sunset Point, Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secret. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Hidden Gem 
Archery for Beginners
Saturdays 10 AM - 11:30 AM – Aug 27, 2016 until Oct 22, 2016 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Summer Canning Workshop
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 9 AM to 12:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Monroe County Extension agent, Dana Lynch, will be leading a hands-on canning workshop that will go through canning basics with a step by step recipe. All materials and ingredients will be provided. Program fee includes workshop and historic site admission for the day. Space is limited. Call park office to register in advance. $10. 478-986-5172.
Morning Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Beat the heat and journey into the restricted Conservation Area on this guided tour of Panola Mountain. Learn about the intriguing history of this land and the unique ecology of the mountain it protects. This 3 mile hike meets at the Nature Center. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Must Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Creature Feature
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to all of these questions and more as a Panola Mountain Ranger introduces you to our reptilian residents in this live animal show. Meet in the Nature Center. Space is limited, so please call to register in advance. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the range! We are now offering advanced archery classes on our static and 3-D ranges. Students must attend intermediate archery class. Participants must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Twilight Pontoon Tours
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
End your day with a relaxing tour of our lake and river. Learn about the park's history and watch how scenery and animal life changes with the setting sun. Register in advance. $8 per adult $6 for children 12 and under. $5 park pass. $6-$8 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Forgotten History: Hidden Gems of Richard B. Russell State Park
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Our popular disc golf course and other park areas are home to what remains of past sites and homesteads that visitors easily overlook. This Naturalist-led hike will replay in living history how the families lived in previous centuries. Meet at the disc golf course parking area. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
Hidden Gem 
Plains Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Georgia Veterans State Park Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 10 AM to 12:30 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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