Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas by Candlelight
Daily until Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 5 PM to 9 PM
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. $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
A Candlelight Christmas at Liberty Hall
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 6 PM to 9 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 a candlelight tour, and crafts all accompanied by the sounds of the Victorian Era. Refreshments will be served. $4 - $6.00 706-456-2602.
Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Winter Trail Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet up with Pine Mountain Trail Association guides and hike 5 miles along the ridge. Begin at Fox Den Cove Parking Lot and End at Mollyhugger Hill Parking Lot. Geared towards ages 10 & up. Bring water and snack. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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A Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join the Friends of Fort King George for a traditional dinner in the soldier's barracks. Reservations Required. Program concludes with a cannon firing. Also, Dr. Roger Smith will be in attendance, and signing copies of books that he has authored. $40. 912-437-4770.
152nd Winter Muster
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 9 AM to 7 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Come by and see our annual Winter Muster! Skirmishes between Confederates and Federals well be going on throughout the day. Visitors will be able to explore the fortifications in its most solemn hour as the Confederates attempt to hold off the advancing armies of General Sherman from taking Fort McAllister, and ultimately, Savannah. $5 for Youth (6-17) $8 for Adults (18+). 912-727-2339.
Handicapped Accessible 
Candle Lantern Tour
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Take a step back in time to the hours before the Battle of Fort McAllister. Watch Confederates prepare for the next day’s events as guides take you through the grounds by candle-light. $5-$8. 912-727-2339.
Christmas on the Pond
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 5 PM to 9 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us as we usher in the holiday season. Visit with Santa, enjoy storytelling, hayrides, a marshmallow roast and homemade refreshments. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. and be available until 8:30 p.m. Hayrides will start at 5:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. Donations appreciated. Hayrides 50 cents per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Geminid Meteor Shower - The Heavens Last Hurrah of 2016
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us on the shore of Lake Brantley to view the last major meteor shower of 2016! Bring a lawn chair, a thermos of your favorite warm drink, and a cozy blanket. Reflect on the past year, as we enjoy some of winters best constellations. Please pre-register for this event by calling the park office. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Emory Jones Book Signing
2nd Saturday of Month 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM from 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 post-WWI historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones afterward. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible 
Holiday on the Hill
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 5 PM to 10 PM
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Candlelight Christmas
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Take a nightly stroll by candlelight and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. You will have the chance to visit two of the historic homes of the Jarrell family and enjoy natural greenery and homemade decorations along with warm cider and cookies. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 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 to head off the trail and explore Panola's hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, beaver dams, and more. Hike is strenuous, 6+ miles. Must register in advance. Ages 14 and older. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Hidden Gem 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 10, 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 start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Wilderness Survival Course
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Going on a day hike? What if your hike turned into a three-day survival trek? Through a series of hands-on classes, we will teach you skills and tricks that could save your life. Classes will take place both indoors and out, so dress for the weather. Must register in advance by calling the Nature Center. Click the program title for more details. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Dec 10, 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 advanced class that takes place on our 3-D and static ranges! Participants must call to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 4:30 PM to 6:30 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. Call the Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Red Top! Come share your Christmas list, and be sure to bring your camera. We will also have many holiday pioneer activities, crafts, and music! Want to help make someone's holiday a little brighter? Bring a book or educational toy to donate to a child in need. Books can be slightly used, but toys should be new. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible 
Mistletoe Express Train
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Have your Christmas Wish List ready! Take a photo with Santa, enjoy hot cocoa, listen to a reading of a Christmas story and pick up a last minute gift at SAM’s gift shop.  Free candy canes for every passenger! Come in your p.j.'s! 229-276-0755.
Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 10, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Luminary Night with Mrs. Claus
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Bring your children and pets and join Mrs. Claus for a very special Luminary Night! 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. Cookies, cookies and more cookies will be served! All activities $2.00 per person. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from 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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Introduction to Archery
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need to be hitting the bulls-eye in no time. Must be 7 and up to participate. Must pre-pay to pre-register. Meet at the Park Office 5 minutes early. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
AmeriCorps 
Dark Sky Celebration - Astronomy Program
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 5 PM to 7:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Celebrate our designation as an official dark sky site by the International Dark Sky Association. We will begin with a ceremony and follow with stargazing in the Okefenokee Swamp. The moon will be in the waxing gibbous phase, allowing us to see craters in detail. We'll also look at Venus, Mars, Polaris and Vega. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 11 AM to 12:30 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 12:30 PM to 1:30 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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a 2 hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Caroling Through The Park
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 4 PM to 6 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
What's better than Christmas Parties? How about Caroling Hayrides, Homemade Ornaments, Hot Chocolate and Pictures with Santa? 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. Come out and join us in the fun! $2 for hayride $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Chinese Winter Solstice Festival
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 5 PM to 7:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Cloudland Canyon welcomes the Chinese American community and all other guests to this popular Chinese cultural festival known as (dongzhi jie). We will indulge in a Chinese celebration food known in English as Dumplings. Bring your own ingredients and please RSVP to sextonjamiej@outlook.com. Click on event for more information. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Holiday on the Hill
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 5 PM to 10 PM
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 11, 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 start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Dec 11, 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. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call Nature Center to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 11, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Okefenokee Swamp Paddle to Billy's Island
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join our park ranger as we paddle 2 miles to Billy's Island. Once there we will dock our boats, hike the short trail and learn about the history of life on the swamp prior to it being a refuge. Ages 5 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No one younger than 5 due to safety reasons. Sign up in advance. $20-$25 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Monday, Dec 12, 2016 10 AM to 2:15 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - 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.
Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 12, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Monday, Dec 12, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is rated "moderate" and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek to the Civil War-era mill ruins of New Manchester (as seen in "Hunger Games: Mockingjay"). Hike will be cancelled if it is raining. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs allowed. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Full Moon Night Hike
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 7 PM to 9 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 3 mile hike depending on you. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 13, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 6 PM to 8 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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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 14, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 15, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Holiday on the Hill
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 5 PM to 10 PM
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Chestnuts on an Open Fire
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 7:30 PM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
We'll be finding out how the American Chestnut was lost to Appalachian Forests and new efforts underway to restore the Mighty American Chestnut Tree - All the while roasting chestnuts around the open fire. Bring your own marshmallows. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps 
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 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 8:15 p.m. and we will carpool to the gazing location. Heavy cloud cover and/or rain cancels this event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible AmeriCorps 
The North Pole Express Train
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 6:30 PM to 9 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Join us for a special nighttime ride from Georgia Veterans State Park to the Downtown Cordele Depot to visit with Santa Claus at the "North Pole". Ticket includes Santa Hat, Hot Cocoa, Candy Cane & entrance to the "Jingle Bell Bazaar", a local artist and artisan marketplace. 229-276-0755.
Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 16, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Holiday on the Hill
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 5 PM to 10 PM
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call (770)389-7801 to register in advance. $5 cash only $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 17, 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 start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Dec 17, 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. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Holiday Elf Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 2 PM to 4 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.
Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Dec 17, 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 advanced class that takes place on our 3-D and static ranges! Participants must call to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Christmas at the Park
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Celebrate Christmas with Friends of Reed Bingham and staff with lights, decorations, hot chocolate, refreshments, hayrides, and a guest appearance from Santa. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Mistletoe Express Train
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Have your Christmas Wish List ready! Take a photo with Santa, enjoy hot cocoa, listen to a reading of a Christmas story and pick up a last minute gift at SAM’s gift shop.  Free candy canes for every passenger! Come in your p.j.'s! 229-276-0755.
Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 17, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Paddle Under the Stars
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger-guided paddle as the sun sets over the Okefenokee Swamp. Watch as the last light of day fades into the dark night, leaving only the twinkling light of stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for alligator eyes glowing from your flashlight, take in a full moon or perhaps the milky way and enjoy a relaxing paddle in the swamp. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Lower Creek/Alexander's Mill Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 12 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This ranger-led, four hour hike will cover the area downstream of our designated trail system including the Civil War era Alexander's Mill area and the area downstream most impacted by the "1000 year flood" of September 2009. This four mile, moderately difficult hike will take you to beautiful and rarely visited areas. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Stargazer Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderate two-mile night hike will take us to a remote area where we will search the night sky for wonders like planets, constellations and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. Ages 6 and older. No dogs. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Discover Tallulah Gorge's Hidden Gems
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 5 PM to 6 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 
Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 1 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.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Holiday on the Hill
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 5 PM to 10 PM
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 18, 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 start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Dec 18, 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. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call Nature Center to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 18, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Okefenokee Swamp Paddle to Billy's Island
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join our park ranger as we paddle 2 miles to Billy's Island. Once there we will dock our boats, hike the short trail and learn about the history of life on the swamp prior to it being a refuge. Ages 5 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No one younger than 5 due to safety reasons. Sign up in advance. $20-$25 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 12:30 PM to 2 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 1 PM to 2 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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a 2 hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 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.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Reptiles in Winter
Monday, Dec 19, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Ever wonder how reptiles survive the winter months? What do they eat and where do they go? Come to the Park Office and learn about the winter habits of local reptiles and see real ones with your own eyes, maybe even touch one if you're brave enough. Bring the family for this fun and informative outdoor program. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible AmeriCorps 
Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 19, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 20, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects. Registration is necessary. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 21, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 22, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Friday, Dec 23, 2016 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Night Hike
Friday, Dec 23, 2016 5 PM to 7 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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Holiday on the Hill
Friday, Dec 23, 2016 5 PM to 10 PM
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Mistletoe Express Train
Friday, Dec 23, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Have your Christmas Wish List ready! Take a photo with Santa, enjoy hot cocoa, listen to a reading of a Christmas story and pick up a last minute gift at SAM’s gift shop.  Free candy canes for every passenger! Come in your p.j.'s! 229-276-0755.
Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 23, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Paddle Under the Stars
Friday, Dec 23, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger-guided paddle as the sun sets over the Okefenokee Swamp. Watch as the last light of day fades into the dark night, leaving only the twinkling light of stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for alligator eyes glowing from your flashlight, take in a full moon or perhaps the milky way and enjoy a relaxing paddle in the swamp. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Christmas Eve Hike
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Enjoy Christmas Eve with us on a hike through the woods on our Magnolia Trail. Hike will be a 3.1 mile long hike. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6 foot lead. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Holiday on the Hill
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 5 PM to 10 PM
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Dec 24, 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 advanced class that takes place on our 3-D and static ranges! Participants must call to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Christmas Eve Hike
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Warm up your day with a brisk hike with a naturalist. Take this opportunity to enjoy the crisp holiday air as we make our way down the Coastal Plain Nature Trails. $2 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Breakfast with Santa Train
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 8:15 AM to 9:35 AM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a special breakfast meal and train ride over Lake Blackshear with Santa aboard the SAM Shortline Train! Includes meal and games & activities at GA Vets Depot. Choose from 8:15 am or 10:15 am departure. Adults: $29.99 Children 2 & up: $19.99 229-276-0755.
Breakfast with Santa Train
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 10:15 AM to 11:35 AM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a special breakfast meal and train ride over Lake Blackshear with Santa aboard the SAM Shortline Train! Includes meal and games & activities at GA Vets Depot. Choose from 8:15 am or 10:15 am departure. Adults: $29.99 Children 2 & up: $19.99 229-276-0755.
Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 24, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 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.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Sunday, Dec 25, 2016 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Holiday on the Hill
Sunday, Dec 25, 2016 5 PM to 10 PM
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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Dec 25, 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. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call Nature Center to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 25, 2016 until Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Seminole Tour of Lights
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 26, 2016 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip
Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
What better way is there to experience the marshes around Crooked River than to kayak? This low-tide, four-mile loop paddle is great for beginners. You'll even have a chance to stretch your legs as you explore sandbars and enjoy the scenery. Reservations are required by 8:00 PM the day prior to the paddle. $35 Single; $45 Tandem. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip
Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 2:15 PM to 5:15 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
What better way is there to experience the marshes around Crooked River than to kayak? This low-tide, four-mile loop paddle is great for beginners. You'll even have a chance to stretch your legs as you explore sandbars and enjoy the scenery. Reservations are required by 8:00 PM the day prior to the paddle. $35 Single; $45 Tandem. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Night Hike
Friday, Dec 30, 2016 5 PM to 7 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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Chestnuts on an Open Fire
Friday, Dec 30, 2016 7:30 PM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
We'll be finding out how the American Chestnut was lost to Appalachian Forests and new efforts underway to restore the Mighty American Chestnut Tree - All the while roasting chestnuts around the open fire. Bring your own marshmallows. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps 
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, Dec 30, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 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 8:15 p.m. and we will carpool to the gazing location. Heavy cloud cover and/or rain cancels this event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible AmeriCorps 
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, Dec 30, 2016 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sunset Boat Cruise (Adults Only)
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a boat cruise on Crooked River while watching the sunset over the river! Pre-registration required by noon on Friday, December 5th. Please call the Park Office to register (912-882-5256). Must be 18 years or older. $30.00 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Last Saturday Hike
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether you want learn some of the site's history or just see some nature, come on out and enjoy part of the last day of the year at Etowah Indian Mounds and hike with a ranger around the site, before it closes for New Year's Eve. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
New Year's Ghosts & Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 to Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 11 PM to 1 AM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
A special New Year's edition of Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation. The tour will start on New Year's Eve and will celebrate the New Year at Midnight by ringing the Historic Plantation Bell and end at 1 am. $15 per person. 912-264-7333.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 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 start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 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 start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Dec 31, 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 advanced class that takes place on our 3-D and static ranges! Participants must call to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your four-legged hiking companion and join a ranger on our 1 and a half mile Red Trail and White Trail Combo. Dogs must be leashed at all times. We’ll explore areas of whitewater rapids (up to class IV) and see the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill, as seen in Hunger Games. Register in advance. $5+ plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Annual Polar Bear Plunge
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Unicoi State Park and Lodge Bring the whole family and gather on the beach at Unicoi Lake starting at 9:30am for our annual Polar Bear Plunge. Registration closes at 10:45am. We take the plunge at 11am. Participants will receive a commemorative patch at the event. $10–$30 $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

First Day Hike 2017
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Kick off the new year with a moderate 3 mile Ranger led and pet friendly hike. We will hike to our C.C.C. firetower and to some never before seen CCC structures located on our horse trails. Shortly after we will stop for lunch on Lake Buncombe. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring your own lunch and water. Each hiker will also receive a special gift. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Start the new year out in a peaceful way. Join us in a two mile hike along the Riverside Trail. It's a scenic trail that borders the Chattahoochee River. We will venture through a few different wildlife habitats. At the halfway mark, an observation tower awaits our tired feet. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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First Day Hike: Beyond the Canyons
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Start the New Year out on the right foot: take a ranger-guided winter hike through a lesser known area of Cloudland Canyon State Park. We'll explore the Can't Hardly Trail and CCT corridor on a four-mile loop. Bring water, a brown bag lunch, wear sturdy shoes, and dress for cold weather. Meet at the Visitor Center/Park Office. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
First Day Hike at Crooked River
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Greet the New Year with a "First Day" hike. Vistas include wetland habitats plus our unique longleaf pine/saw palmetto ecosystem. Enjoy the great outdoors, camaraderie on the trail, and party hats. Please pay at the Park Office. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
First Day Hike on Lake Lanier
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger as we explore a beautiful backcountry area of the park. Our 2 mile cross country adventure will follow old road beds, ridges, hills and valleys. Moderate to strenuous. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water. Meet at the trail-head parking Call the Visitor Center to reserve a spot. Limited to 15 hikers. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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First Day Hike on Lake Lanier
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger as we explore a beautiful backcountry area of the park. Our 2 mile cross country adventure will follow old road beds, ridges, hills and valleys. Moderate to strenuous. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water. Meet at the trail-head parking Call the Visitor Center to reserve a spot. Limited to 15 hikers. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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First Day Hike and Polar Plunge
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join us the first day of 2017 on a three-mile hike through Elijah Clark State Park, then take a plunge into Clark's Hill Lake. Whose brave enough to bare the elements? We will complete the day with a bonfire, hot dog roast and hot chocolate. ($1 for food and drink items.) $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
First Day Hike on the Pine Mountain Trail
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join members of the Pine Mountain Trail Association for a 4.3 mile, moderate Dowdell's Knob Loop hike to celebrate the New Year. Meet at the Dowdell's Knob trailhead. Geared towards ages 8 and up. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather. 706-663-4858.
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First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join a ranger-led hike of the nature trail and fort area at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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First Day Hike on Beautiful Magnolia Trail
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Enjoy the first day of the New Year hiking our Magnolia Trail. Visitors will begin from the visitor's center, walking down our paved causeway to the trail-head of Magnolia Trail. Take in the vistas of salt marshes and maritime forests. Dress for weather. Bring water. Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
First Day Hike at Fort Morris
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
At 11 am and 1 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 at Fort Mountain
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Start the year off right with a First Day Hike to the Stone Wall, Historic CCC Fire Tower and West Overlook to take in some breathtaking views. This is a moderate, rocky one-mile hike with plenty of nature, history and sightseeing to satisfy the whole family. Please register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
First Day Hike of Bird Berry Trail
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Bring in the New Year with a brisk walk and morning 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 appreciated but not required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
First Day 3 Mile Nature Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come join us for a Ranger led hike of our 3 mile nature trail. This will be an excellent chance to observe birds and other wildlife native to the park. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and snacks. Dogs are allowed on 6' or shorter leashes. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Get your heart pumping and enjoy the beauty of nature on New Year’s Day. She will lead an energizing 1 mile hike on the Yucca Trace Trail. Tour will begin at Lake Blackshear Resort front desk and we will conclude the tour at Cordelia’s Restaurant where guests can take part in the New Year’s buffet if they choose too. $2 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park - Reidsville, GA
Come join us on the first day of the new year on a Ranger conducted hike on our 1 mile loop Swamp Bay Nature Trail. We will gather down at the Golf Course Clubhouse before heading out for the hike. $5 parking. 912-557-7745.
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First Day Hike at Hamburg
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Hamburg State Park - Mitchell, GA
Visitors will meet at the Park Office and take a short walk around the lake to the beginning of the Red Trail. From there, we will enter the woods and learn about the plants and animals that call Hamburg their home, while also enjoying some incredible lakeside views. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-552-2393.
First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Start the year off right by enjoying a pet-friendly, ranger-led hike. On this hike we will explore the Beaver Dam Trail, as well as the Brantley trail. The combined trails will cover 2 miles, and will have a varied terrain, including hills and stairs. Meet at the Trading Post, bring water and wear sturdy shoes. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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High Falls First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 to Monday, Jan 2, 2017 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 grist mill, and through a mixed pine/hardwood forest. You will learn about the park history and the local ecology. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and a snack. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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First Day History Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 11 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 while enjoying hot chocolate. This moderate hike will involve some steps and hills. Participants meet at the park museum at 10:00 A.M. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
First Day Hike at James H. Floyd
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Start your New Year off right with a Ranger-led hike (1 & 1/2 Miles) around the Upper Lake to view Flora and Fauna that call James H. Floyd State Park home. Participants will see one of the best views found in the park as well as learning a bit of history. This hike is good for all ages and the difficulty is easy. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
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First Day Hike at Magnolia Springs
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
What better way to start out the New Year than a beautiful easy guided hike down our wooded trails through the park and Camp Lawton? Hikers will pass unique lime sinks and then along the lakeside before making the stroll back to the Visitor's Center. You can choose to complete the first 1.5 miles or hike the entire route for a rewarding 3 miles. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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First Day Hike at Mistletoe
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Come start the new year off the the right foot. This ranger-led hike will allow guests to discover nature's winter wonder along the Cliatt Creek nature trail. We will meet at the nature center to begin this hike. Dogs welcome. Please bring water and sturdy shoes. No strollers. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain! Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2017. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Must register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain! Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2017. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Must register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 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 start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain! Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2017. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Must register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 12 PM to 2:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain! Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2017. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Must register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain! Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2017. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Must register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 2 PM to 4:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain! Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2017. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Must register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 2 PM to 4 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 start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
First Day Fitness Hike on the Sweetgum Trail
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Set the tone for your entire year with a guided hike on the moderate 3 mile Sweetgum Trail. We'll be taking our time to enjoy nature while learning some easy fitness exercises that cost you nothing and require no equipment. Wear closed toed shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water. Pets must be leashed. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia AmeriCorps 
Yoga Flow into the New Year
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Flow into the new year with a beginners yoga session led by an AmeriCorps Interpretive Ranger. This New Year Yoga Flow will focus on mindfulness, balance, and strength. Bring a yoga mat, water, and wear proper attire. We will meet at Group Shelter #1. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps 
First Day Hike - Red Top Mountain
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Start the New Year off on the right foot by exploring Iron Hill on this ranger-lead hike through the wooded pathways of the northwest Georgia Iron Industry. Search for our hidden gems from homesteads to iron mines and more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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