Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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  Saturday, November 22, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Candlelight Tours
Daily until Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Nov 21 & 22,2014 Confederate and Federal soldiers will recreate the night attack of the Battle of Pickett's Mill. During guided tours at 6:30, 7:30,and 8:30 PM, visitors will witness Brig. Gen. Hiram Granbury's Brigade advance into the dark ravine and Capt. Thomas Key's artillery bombardment. Register in advance at http://tinyurl.com/picketts2014 $7 per ticket. 770-443-7850.
Civil War History Event 
Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Come and Take It!" Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 11 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, a skirmish and more. Free admission. 912-884-5999.
Wagon Ride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join us for a narrated wagon ride through the park at sunset. We will end the evening at the campfire and make s'mores. Please make sure to bundle up. Sign up early as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 10 AM to 4:50 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Battle of Griswoldville 150th Anniversary Commemoration
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman’s March to the Sea in November 1864. Civil War soldier life portrayals and Union and Confederate encampments followed with a noon memorial service and battlefield tours. Donations appreciated to help preserve this historic site. 478-986-5172.
Civil War History Event 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Turkey Trek Night Hike
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Do you love the smell of turkey roasting over an open fire? Join us for this unique evening program where we will learn to cook your own Thanksgiving feast over the campfire. Worried about all those extra calories? Don't be! We will take a moderate mountain hike while they cook. Food provided by park. Bring flashlight, jacket and good hiking shoes. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Day
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 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 Astronomy Night
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 6 PM to 9 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is an ideal location to view night skies because there is virtually no light pollution. Join Columbus State University as they reveal the night skies through the use of telescopes and share mythological stories about the constellations. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
"Green" Bee Keeping
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In this introduction to sustainable practices in hobby bee keeping, guests will learn about pathogen and disease identification, organic treatments, how to help hives overwinter, swarming behavior, creating a bee-friendly yard, and non-toxic pest and disease control. Taught by entomologist and bee-keeper Amanda Rose Newton. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Sunday, November 23, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Birding Boat Cruise on Crooked River
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Learn about birds that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Limited space, pre-registration required. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Pioneer and Indian Lifestyles
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 9:30 AM to 2 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
This program is for children 7-12 years old. Children will dip candles, make butter, make pioneer stew and create a pioneer toy. They will learn why wildlife and plants played an important role in Pioneer and Indian living. Pre-registration required by November 22. $20. 706-541-0321.
  Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Birding Boat Cruise on Crooked River
Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Learn about birds that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Limited space, pre-registration required. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
  Thursday, November 27, 2014
Fall Hayrides
Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
  Friday, November 28, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Nov 28, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Guided Tours
Every week 9 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
The historic Hardman House across from the Nacoochee Indian mound will be open for guided tours on Fridays through Sundays at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Learn the secrets and history of this 145-year-old former governor’s farm while on a guided tour. Pathways on the grounds and the first floor of the house are wheelchair $8 - $3. Prices increase when site renovations are completed. 706-878-1077.
Holiday Tours at Hardman
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM - 5 PM – Nov 28, 2014 until Dec 14, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Tour the "Big House" at Hardman Farm, gently dressed with simple holiday decor from the natural world. Tours are available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. An additional 5:00 p.m. tour will provide an opportunity to see the candle-lit house at twilight. $8 Adults $7 Seniors 62 and over $5 Children 6-17 $3 Children 5 and under. 706-878-1077 ext. fridaysaturday.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Nov 28, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Skull Identification & Sandpiper Trail Hike
Friday, Nov 28, 2014 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
1:00PM SKULL IDENTIFICATION: Have you ever come across an animal skull and wonder what it is you're seeing? Come learn how to identify some different skulls. 3:00PM SANDPIPER TRAIL HIKE; Meander through the marsh on a one mile guided hike with one of out knowledgeable park rangers. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Walk Off The Turkey
Friday, Nov 28, 2014 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Take a guided hike through the gorge floor to work off those extra pounds you acquired over Thanksgiving. This hike is strenuous and involves climbing over and under rocks and logs, jumping from rock to rock, and possibly getting your feet wet. Participants must be 10 or older. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, November 29, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Nov 29, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Rookery Trip
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join a park ranger on a field trip to winter grounds for hundreds of birds. Binoculars available. Limited space, register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Wagon Ride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join us for a narrated wagon ride through the park at sunset. We will end the evening at the campfire and make s'mores. Please make sure to bundle up. Sign up early as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Christmas in Plains
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 4 PM to 9 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Get your tickets today to enjoy Christmas in Plains. There will be a Christmas parade and music to put you in the spirit of Christmas. You'll be riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. 229-276-0755.
Holiday Tours at Hardman
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM - 5 PM – Nov 29, 2014 until Dec 14, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Tour the "Big House" at Hardman Farm, gently dressed with simple holiday decor from the natural world. Tours are available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. An additional 5:00 p.m. tour will provide an opportunity to see the candle-lit house at twilight. $8 Adults $7 Seniors 62 and over $5 Children 6-17 $3 Children 5 and under. 706-878-1077 ext. fridaysaturday.
Storytime with Santa
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 6 PM to 9 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Santa Claus is coming to Indian Springs State Park. Children will enjoy stories with Santa, reindeer games, crafts, cookies, and hot chocolate. Remember the evening with a free picture with Santa! Tours of Idlewilde, the historic house used as the park office, will be available. Meet at the Stone Pavilion. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Nov 29, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Thanksgiving Throwdown
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 11 AM to 7 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Its football and turkey season the best time of year. However, we all need that break from sitting down and watching football eventually. Whether you need a break all day to come out for our hike, animal program, and campfire, or just want to come out for a few hours. We can help you out. $1/s'more $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Sunday, November 30, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Nov 30, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Holiday Tours at Hardman
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM - 5 PM – Nov 30, 2014 until Dec 14, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Tour the "Big House" at Hardman Farm, gently dressed with simple holiday decor from the natural world. Tours are available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. An additional 5:00 p.m. tour will provide an opportunity to see the candle-lit house at twilight. $8 Adults $7 Seniors 62 and over $5 Children 6-17 $3 Children 5 and under. 706-878-1077 ext. fridaysaturday.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Nov 30, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Friday, December 5, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 5, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Friday, Dec 5, 2014 10 AM to 2:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excursion with an hour and ten minute layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger! Santa will be aboard for the ride! 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Guided Tours
Every week 9 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
The historic Hardman House across from the Nacoochee Indian mound will be open for guided tours on Fridays through Sundays at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Learn the secrets and history of this 145-year-old former governor’s farm while on a guided tour. Pathways on the grounds and the first floor of the house are wheelchair $8 - $3. Prices increase when site renovations are completed. 706-878-1077.
Holiday Tours at Hardman
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM - 5 PM – Dec 5, 2014 until Dec 14, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Tour the "Big House" at Hardman Farm, gently dressed with simple holiday decor from the natural world. Tours are available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. An additional 5:00 p.m. tour will provide an opportunity to see the candle-lit house at twilight. $8 Adults $7 Seniors 62 and over $5 Children 6-17 $3 Children 5 and under. 706-878-1077 ext. fridaysaturday.
33rd Annual Plantation Christmas
6 PM - 9 PM from Dec 5, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house, hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
Civil War History Event 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 5, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Friday, Dec 5, 2014 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 6, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Christmas On The Lake
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Make Christmas decorations out of natural ornaments such as pine cones, sweetgum balls, magnolia seedpods and seashells. We provide all the materials you will need. Then from 1 to 3, be sure to bring your wish list as pictures will be taken with Santa Claus. $1 - $5 $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 5 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns. Free admission sponsored by the Friends of Ft Morris, Flemington and Liberty County. 912-884-5999.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10 AM to 4:50 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Holiday Tours at Hardman
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM - 5 PM – Dec 6, 2014 until Dec 14, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Tour the "Big House" at Hardman Farm, gently dressed with simple holiday decor from the natural world. Tours are available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. An additional 5:00 p.m. tour will provide an opportunity to see the candle-lit house at twilight. $8 Adults $7 Seniors 62 and over $5 Children 6-17 $3 Children 5 and under. 706-878-1077 ext. fridaysaturday.
33rd Annual Plantation Christmas
6 PM - 9 PM from Dec 6, 2014 
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house, hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
Civil War History Event 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 6, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia A Jarrell Plantation Christmas
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Greenery from the woods decorates the 1847 plantation house and 1895 farm house. Learn to make simple paper decorations. Enjoy homemade spiced cider cooked on the wood burning stove and old style cookies, and warm up by the fireplace for music and stories. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us on a 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, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Please call to register in advance. Groups of 10 or more must register for a private hike. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
WWII Veterans on hand for Meet and Greet. FDR portrayer will recite the "Day of Infamy" speech declaring that a state of war exists sending the United States into WWII. Performances at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. WWII Uniforms on display by Ga DNR Archivist. US Signal Corps Pearl Harbor exhibit. $9-$14. 706-655-5870.
Festival of Lights and Frosty 5k Race
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 4 PM to 9 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Celebrate the park's 3rd annual Festival of Lights with a visit from Santa, inflatables for the kids, crafts, music and food. For the Merry Mile and Frosty 5k, come dressed in holiday attire and you may find your picture on our Facebook page. Registration forms available from Friends of Seminole, our Facebook Page and the park office. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Using a Hand-held GPS Unit - Advanced
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Students will learn how to load maps and waypoints, create tracks and routes and trip planning using your GPS; performing area calculations using tracks; projecting waypoints; interfacing Google Earth with a GPS unit; using the electronic compass and altimeter. A basic knowledge of the GPS is necessary prior to taking this course. $25 if paid by 11/15/14; $30 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Dirty Spokes Race
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 7 AM to 12 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, 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 http://www.dirtyspokes.com/victoria-bryant-georgia-series/ for more information and to register. Race Fee plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, December 7, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 7, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Holiday Tours at Hardman
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM - 5 PM – Dec 7, 2014 until Dec 14, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Tour the "Big House" at Hardman Farm, gently dressed with simple holiday decor from the natural world. Tours are available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. An additional 5:00 p.m. tour will provide an opportunity to see the candle-lit house at twilight. $8 Adults $7 Seniors 62 and over $5 Children 6-17 $3 Children 5 and under. 706-878-1077 ext. fridaysaturday.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 7, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 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 
  Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 10 AM to 2:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excursion with an hour and ten minute layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger! Santa will be aboard for the ride! 229-276-0755.
  Thursday, December 11, 2014
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 10 AM to 2:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excursion with an hour and ten minute layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger! Santa will be aboard for the ride! 229-276-0755.
  Friday, December 12, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 12, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 until Saturday, Dec 13, 2014
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation. To honor this tradition, visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America’s best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes. $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.
Bird Walk
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Fishing Dock on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join the garrison for a traditional dinner in the soldier's barracks and an evening of colonial-style Yule Tide jollification. Menu consists of traditional colonial Christmas fare. Event ends with a cannon firing! $35 for dinner. Reservations required. 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Guided Tours
Every week 9 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
The historic Hardman House across from the Nacoochee Indian mound will be open for guided tours on Fridays through Sundays at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Learn the secrets and history of this 145-year-old former governor’s farm while on a guided tour. Pathways on the grounds and the first floor of the house are wheelchair $8 - $3. Prices increase when site renovations are completed. 706-878-1077.
Holiday Tours at Hardman
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM - 5 PM – Dec 12, 2014 until Dec 14, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Tour the "Big House" at Hardman Farm, gently dressed with simple holiday decor from the natural world. Tours are available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. An additional 5:00 p.m. tour will provide an opportunity to see the candle-lit house at twilight. $8 Adults $7 Seniors 62 and over $5 Children 6-17 $3 Children 5 and under. 706-878-1077 ext. fridaysaturday.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 12, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, December 13, 2014
Christmas Comes to Liberty Hall
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens' home, Liberty Hall, will be decorated with styles of the Victorian Christmas past. Come enjoy Victorian Era games, Music, role players, our Confederate museum, and we promise a great time will be had. Refreshments will be served. $1.00 - $5.00 706-456-2602.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 13, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Lake Paddle with Santa
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Santa’s flotilla on Lake Delanor. Hot chocolate & cookies included. We provide Santa & basic paddle instruction for canoe or kayak. Must pre-register & prepay at the park office. Limited space. Dress for the weather. Meet at Fishing Dock. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
150th Winter Muster
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Come join us on the actual date -- 150 years since General Sherman ordered his troops to take Ft. McAllister. Watch as we reenact this significant moment in our country’s history. Help us make this 150th Winter Muster the greatest one yet. The museum and staging area will be closed to the public at 4:00pm, and will reopen for the battle at 5:00pm. $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas on the Pond
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 6 PM to 8:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us to usher in the holiday season. Visit with Santa, enjoy storytelling, hayrides, a marshmallow roast and homemade refreshments. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Holiday Tours at Hardman
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM - 5 PM – Dec 13, 2014 until Dec 14, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Tour the "Big House" at Hardman Farm, gently dressed with simple holiday decor from the natural world. Tours are available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. An additional 5:00 p.m. tour will provide an opportunity to see the candle-lit house at twilight. $8 Adults $7 Seniors 62 and over $5 Children 6-17 $3 Children 5 and under. 706-878-1077 ext. fridaysaturday.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 13, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
You may have heard about Panola Mountain's unique ecology, but are you ready to discover some of the mountain's lesser-known history? Join our expert tracker and guide Jimi Ellis, and head off the trail to explore Panola's hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, beaver dams, and more. Please register in advance. Ages 14 and up. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Holiday Elf Hike
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Elf tired of siting on a shelf? Fresh air is good for our magical friends too. Bring your elf, doll, or favorite stuffed friend to Panola Mountain for a hike. There will be a fun craft followed by a short hike on our Rock Outcrop Loop. Get a goody bag and hot cocoa for you, and a special souvenir for your elf. Must register for event in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life as demonstrators take you back in time to Christmas at the Vaughan cabin. Santa will be avaliable for photos and Christmas visits. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at the Park
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Celebrate Christmas with Friends of Reed Bingham and staff at our beach pavilion with lights, decorations, hot chocolate, refreshments, Christmas crafts, music, a silent auction, and a guest appearance from Santa. $1/craft $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Luminary Night with Santa
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Bring your children and pets for pictures with Santa. Enjoy a walk along our enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park. Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts. $5 per picture, hayrides $2. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Victorian Christmas
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Traveler's Rest Historic Site - Toccoa, GA
Visits Georgia’s last standing stagecoach inn while halls are decked with decorations reflecting the Victorian Era. Historical interpreters dressed in period style clothing will be on hand to help you experience the inn as an 1830s visitor. Free hot cider and teacakes will be served. $3-$5. 706-356-4362.
Get Outdoors Georgia Caroling Through The Park
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
What's better than Christmas Parties? How about Caroling Hayrides, Homemade Ornaments & Sugar Cookies? Caroling Through the Park will have that and much more. It will be $2 per person for the hayride, $5 per photo for Pictures With Santa. $2 for hayride $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 4:30 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us for the 11th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, bonfires, and refreshments. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age, no toy guns or knives. The donations will help the Union County Sheriff's Office toy drive. 706-745-2628.
  Sunday, December 14, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 14, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Holiday Tours at Hardman
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM - 5 PM – Dec 14, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Tour the "Big House" at Hardman Farm, gently dressed with simple holiday decor from the natural world. Tours are available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. An additional 5:00 p.m. tour will provide an opportunity to see the candle-lit house at twilight. $8 Adults $7 Seniors 62 and over $5 Children 6-17 $3 Children 5 and under. 706-878-1077 ext. fridaysaturday.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 14, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
  Monday, December 15, 2014
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Monday, Dec 15, 2014 10 AM to 2:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excursion with an hour and ten minute layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger! Santa will be aboard for the ride! 229-276-0755.
  Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, December 19, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 19, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Bird Walk
Friday, Dec 19, 2014 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Fishing Dock on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Cordelia Special Train Ride
Friday, Dec 19, 2014 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Join Santa on a special nighttime ride to the Downtown Cordele Depot to visit the Jingle Bell Market where vendors and artist will have great gifts and homemade treats for sale. Ticket includes Santa Hat, Hot Cocoa, Candy Cane & Entrance to Jingle Bell Market 229-276-0755.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 19, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, December 20, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 20, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Holiday Crafts with Santa & Sleigh-Hayride
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join up with our picture perfect Santa and his elves at their workshop. Create holiday ornaments and crafts to take home. Enjoy music, hot chocolate, and a 15-minute hayride around the campground. You may pay in advance at office & bring receipt.Cash only at the door. Meet at Group Shelter below Lake Delanor dam. $6 ages 4 and up $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Campsite Decoration Contest
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Show us your PG-13 rated creative side at your site. Make us believe you love the holiday season and camping. No nails or staples on plants. No unattended candles or fires. Leave no trace decorating ideas. Judging from 6:00-7:00 PM. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Ribbons/prizes placed at winning campsites. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Breakfast/Supper with Santa Train
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 8:30 AM to 10 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a special meal with Santa aboard the SAM Shortline Train! Choose from breakfast train or supper train. Adults: $29.99 Children 2 & up: $19.99 229-276-0755.
Breakfast/Supper with Santa Train
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a special meal with Santa aboard the SAM Shortline Train! Choose from breakfast train or supper train. Adults: $29.99 Children 2 & up: $19.99 229-276-0755.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 20, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
  Sunday, December 21, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 21, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 21, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe
Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Participate in activities such as caroling, burning of the yule log, dancing to live period music, and other holiday observances of the colonial period, including games and refreshments. $4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, December 26, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 26, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 26, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, December 27, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 27, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 27, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 27, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 27, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
  Sunday, December 28, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 28, 2014 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10 acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 28, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 28, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 28, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
  Thursday, January 1, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia A.H. Stephens First Day Hike
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Get started with your New Years resolutions by joining us on a pet friendly ranger-led hike. On the hike we will identify plants, animals and historic structures as you start the New Year with a healthy hike. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike on Lake Lanier
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 2 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger as we explore a beautiful backcountry area of the park before the trail is built. Our 2 mile cross country adventure will follow old road beds, ridges, hills and valleys. Moderate to strenuous. Call the Visitor Center to reserve a spot. Limited to 15 hikers. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Elijah Clark's First-Day Fitness Hike
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Bring in the New Year with a revitalizing lead hike on our three mile trail that includes a beautiful outlook to rest and gaze upon the serene Clark Hill Lake. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at Fort King George
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 5 PM to 6 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Enjoy a Twilight "Hike into History" at Fort King George. As the sunsets on the First day of the new year, enjoy a hike into the past. Visitors will be guided through the half mile nature trail as they encounter various historic figures of Fort King George. The historic figures will offer their own new years thoughts, as well as some tidbits of the $7.50 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, $4.50 for youth 912-437-4770.
Tons of Fun 
First Day Hikes
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 10 AM to 2:30 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us at 10:00am for a 3 mile nature hike with Ranger Rowe on the Redbird Creek Trail. This hike is medium difficulty and requires sturdy shoes and water. At 1:00 there will be a History Hike in and around the fort. An Interpretative Ranger will walk you through the past and tell you about the daily life at Fort McAllister during the war. $3. Children under 5 free. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
First Day Hike at Fort Morris
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
At 11 am and 2 pm site interpreters will present soldier talks, musket demonstrations and a guided walk around the historic remains of the Revolutionary War fort, Fort Morris (Sunbury Fort). $3- $5. 912-884-5999.
First Day Hike
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Bring in the New Year with a brisk walk and afternoon viewing of beautiful Marbury Creek water shed. Hikers will meet at the Nature Center for the 1/2-mile hike around Bird Berry Trail. No minimum age and ADA Accessible. Pre-registration required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at General Coffee State Park
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Take a ranger-guided birding hike on the 1.5 mile Gopher Loop Trail. We will also discuss resource management and longleaf pine re-introduction. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Fitness Hike
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 9 AM to 11:30 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come join us New Year's Day for a hike down our 3-mile nature trail behind the Mill House. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring your own water and snacks. Dog owners welcome, dogs must be kept on leash. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Get Outdoors Georgia 1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this 1st of the year hike on the Blue Mountain Bike Trail. This 6-mile guided hike is the perfect winter outing for the first day of the new year. Enjoy meandering creeks cascading over rocks, and bring a light lunch to enjoy on the way. For children older than 10 and adults in good walking shape $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls First Day Hike
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
This staff-led 1.5 mile moderate hike will take you past several scenic and historic sites including the falls, the old powerhouse, and through a mixed pine/hardwood forest. You will learn about the park history and the local ecology. Meet at the park office, wear comfortable shoes, and bring water and a snack. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day History Hike
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 10 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join a park ranger for a journey through time. Discover the history of Indian Springs State Park, sample the famous spring water, and tour the park museum. This moderate hike will involve some steps and hills. Participants meet at the park museum at 10am. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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