Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
First Day Hike  

The First Day Hike program organized by "Americas State Parks" is an historic event. It represents the first time that all 50 states have collaborated on a nationwide event occurring on the same day. From California to Maine every state park system in the country is participating.
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Come spend your New Years Day with us!
Call the parks directly for more information and to make your reservations.
updated 12/17/13

  Early Bird First Day Hike at Mistletoe
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 / 10 AM
MistletoeMistletoe 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. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

  First Day Hike at A. H. Stephens
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 11 AM to 1 PM
AH StephensA. H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA

Get started with your New Years resolutions by joining us on a ranger-led hike. We will identify plants, animals and historic structures as you start the New Year with a healthy hike. $5 parking. 706-456-2602

  First Day Hike at Chattahoochee Bend
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 2 PM
Chattahoochee BendChattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA

Be the first to hike along the Chattahoochee in 2014. The 2 mile easy guided hike will start at the boat ramp following the river through old growth forest to the lookout tower. Comfortable shoes and appropriate dress for all ages. $5 parking. 770-254-7271

  First Day Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland CanyonCloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA

Start the New Year off right with a fun and easy hike. The hike will start from the Interpretive Center on the Overlook trail, take the 2 mile Backcountry Loop and return on the Overlook for a total of 4 miles. $5 parking. 706-657-4050

  First Day Hike at Crooked River
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 1 to 3 PM
Crooked RiverCrooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA

Greet the New Year with a "First Day" hike. Meet at the Nature Center for a walk on the Bay Boardwalk trail. Vistas include wetland habitats plus our unique longleaf pine/saw palmetto ecosystem. Enjoy the great outdoors, camaraderie on the trail plus party hats. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256

  First Day Hike at Don Carter
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 11 AM to 1 PM
Don CarterDon 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

  First Day Hike at Elijah Clark
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 1 to 2 PM
Elijah ClarkElijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA

Join us for a hike along our 3-mile trail lead by one of the rangers. $5 parking. 706-359-3458

  First Day Hike at Etowah Mounds
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 9:30 AM
Etowah MoundsEtowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA

Start the New Year with a guided hike around the Etowah Mounds. $1-$5.50 770-387-3747

  First Day Hike at F. D. Roosevelt
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 1 to 4 PM
F. D. RooseveltF. D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA

Celebrate the NEW YEAR in the great outdoors! Bring the family and explore the woodlands along the Overlook Loop Trail with guides from Pine Mountain Trail Association. This 3.4-mile moderate trail will begin at the Country Store on Highway 190 and Highway 27. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858

  First Day Hike to a 5K at Fort King George
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 10 AM to 12 PM
Fort King GeorgeFort King George State Historic Site - Darien, GA

Start the new year out right. Come take the 1st step toward accomplishing your first 5K run. A coach will teach you weekly strategies to get you to where you can run a complete 5K without stopping. Your fist run will take place on January 1st and will involve interval training. It will take place through a marsh ecosystem and end at the fort. $7.00 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $4.00 for youth. 912-437-4770

  Fort McAllisterFirst Day Hike at Fort McAllister / 1 to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA

Come take a leisurely stroll through the woods with us on our 3 mile loop trail as we walk and talk about the winter wildlife in the maritime forests and marshlands of the Georgia Coast. From the chirping in the trees to the rustles in the woods, we'll explore the wild side of Fort McAllister State Historic Park with a focus on the birds of winter. $5 parking. 912-727-2339

  Fort MountainBlack Bear Plunge & First Day Hike at Fort Mountain
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 11 AM and 12 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA

Start your year off right by joining us at 11 AM for the Black Bear Plunge into Fort Mountain Lake, then at 12 PM the Park Naturalist will lead a guided first day hike around the lake. Registration & fee are required for the Plunge. $5 parking. 706-422-1932

  Fort Yargo's First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 1:30 PM
Fort YargoFort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA

Start 2014 right by joining us for a "First Day" staff-led hike following the Yellow Trail for 7 miles around the lake. Hike is moderate and may not be suitable for young children. Meet at Nature Center, wear comfortable shoes, bring water/snack. Hike will last approximately 2-3 hours. $5/person, register in advance at park office $5 parking. 770-867-3489

  First Day Hike at General Coffee
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 10 to 11 AM
General CoffeeGeneral Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA

Join a park ranger for a hike around the Heritage Farm Pond, and get a good start on your New Year's fitness resolution. Hike will be an easy 0.5 mile loop. We will discuss the history of the park and the Heritage Farm. $5 parking. 912-384-7082

  First Day Fitness Hike at George L. Smith
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 9 AM
George L. SmithGeorge 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

  First Day Hike at Gordonia-Alatamaha
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 8 AM to 4 PM
Gordonia-AlatamahaGordonia-Alatamaha State Park - Reidsville, GA

Start your New Year off right by getting outdoors and taking a guided hike. Our Nature Trail is a 1 mile loop that is moderate in duration. $5 parking. 912-557-7744

  First Day Hike on Lake Brantley Trail
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 2 to 5 PM
Hard Labor CreekHard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA

Take this guided hike on the Lake Brantley Horse Trail and exercise off those holiday pounds. Bring a camera to record the scenery of Lake Brantley, rolling woodlands, and cascading creeks. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the walk. 4 miles, moderate, appropriate for children over 10. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001

  First Day Hike at High Falls
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 10 AM to 12 PM
High FallsHigh Falls State Park - Jackson, GA

This staff-led 3.5-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 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053

  First Day Hike at Indian Springs
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 11 AM to 1 PM
Indian SpringsIndian Spring State Park - Flovilla, GA

Get back to nature for the new year with a guided tour through our beautiful park. Wear comfortable shoes, appropriate clothes and bring water. All ages welcome. $5 parking. 770-504-2277. 478-993-3053

  First Day Hike at James H. Floyd
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 2 PM
James H FloydJames H. (Sloppy) State Park - Summerville, GA

Start your New Year off right with a Ranger led hike (1 & 1/2 Miles) around the Lower 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, getting a bit of history. This hike is good for all ages and the difficulty is easy. $5 parking. 706-857-0826

  Kolomoki's First Day Night Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 6 to 8 PM
Kolomoki MoundsKolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA

Celebrate the new year with a special night hike on White Oak Trail. The hike will be 1.5 miles, and conclude with a climb to the top of the Temple Mound with a rare program led by Ranger Jonathan. S'mores and hot drinks will be provided. Meet at Group Shelter 2. Warm Clothes, flashlights, and excitement for 2014 are recommended! $3 per person $5 parking. 229-724-2150

  First Day Hike at Laura S. Walker
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 10 AM
Laura S. WalkerLaura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA

Come join us for a ranger-led nature hike along our beautiful Big Creek Nature Trail. We will see and discuss flora and fauna that are native to our area while getting fit for the New Year. The trail is approximately 1.3 miles and an easy hike for almost all ages so bring the family. Please dress appropriately, bring water and meet at the park office by 10:00 am. $5 parking. 912-287-4900

  First Day Hikes at Magnolia Springs
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 11 AM and 2 PM
MagnoliaSpringsMagnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA

Come enjoy a Camp Lawton history tour and three-quarter mile hike at 11:00 A.M led by a Park Ranger. Then at 2:00 P.M. enjoy an easy and beautiful 3-mile nature hike led by a volunteer. For both hikes meet at the park office, wear comfortable shoes, and bring water and a snack. $5 parking. 478-982-1660

  New Years Day Hike at Panola Mountain
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 2 PM
Panola MountainPanola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA

Make a fresh start on the New Year. Join a park ranger on a journey by writing out, then burning, last year's burdens. Hike to the top of the mountain picturing all the great things you will accomplish in 2013. Finish around a campfire sharing hot chocolate and plans for the New Year. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801

  New Years Day Hike Providence Canyon
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 10 AM to 12 PM
Providence CanyonProvidence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Stockbridge, GA

Please join us for our ranger led First Day Hike. Meet at the visitor's center and enjoy a hike into beautiful Providence Canyon. Learn the history of how the canyons were formed. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706

  First Day Hike at Red Top Mountain
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 8:30 to 10 AM
Red Top MountainRed Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA

Join us for a Ranger-led hike to help get your New Year's resolution of to a good start. Site Manager Daniel Hill will be leading a hike on the White Tail Trail, which is easy to moderate and one mile in length (round trip). Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet at the trailhead in the Park Office parking lot. $5 parking. 770-975-0055

  First Day Hike at Reed Bingham
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 12 to 2 PM
Reed BinghamReed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA

Start off the New Year with a guided hike down our trails. Please wear appropriate shoes and bring water. Meet at the trail head. There will be two hikes: a gentle hike along our upland loop trail from 12pm to 12:30pm. Then a more advanced hike of about 2.5 miles along our Little River and Birdwalk trail from 1pm - 3pm. Both will be of mild difficulty with mostly flat terrain. $5 parking. 229-896-3551

  First Day Hike at Richard B. Russell
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 9 to 11 AM
Richard B RussellRichard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA

Welcome in 2014 with a Ranger Led Nature Hike along the Blackwell Bridge Nature Trail. Enjoys views of Lake Richard B. Russell and possible deer and turkey sightings. The 1.4 mile hike will last from 60 to 90 minutes. $5 parking. 706-213-2045

  First Day Hike at Rocky Mountain
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 10 AM
Rocky Mountain PFARocky Mountain Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA

Start the New Year outdoors with a First Day Hike at Rocky Mountain Public Fishing Area in Rome. This Ranger led hike will take you around the Nature Trail. Learn about the local area history and the plants and animals that inhabi this unique area of Georgia's Ridge and Valley geography. Please meet at the Rocky Mountain Visitor Inforamtion parking lot at 10am on January 1, 2014. 706-802-5087

  First Day Hike at Seminole
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 10 AM
SeminoleSeminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA

Kick off the New Year with Seminole's First Day Fitness Challenge. Purchase your First Day Fitness game board in the park office for $5. Complete each of the 4 listed tasks and receive 25% off your next camping trip at Seminole State Park. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137

  First Day Hike at Skidaway Island
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 2 PM
Skidaway IslandSkidaway Isalnd State Park - Savannah, GA

Take a guided tour of the marsh through our Sandpiper Trail with a park ranger. Plan for about an hour on this one mile hike, where you will learn about life in a Georgia marsh. Please dress in comfortable clothing. $5 parking. 912-598-2300

  First Day Hike at Smithgall Woods
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 2 to 4 PM
Smithgall WoodsSmithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA

Take your first hike of the year at Smithgall Woods State Park! Hike a monderate 1.3 miles on flat roadway to Smithgall's beautiful cottage facility. Staff will lead the hike to Smithgall cottage where hot cider will be waiting. Learn more about Charlie Smithgall whose generosity made the park possible. All ages are welcome. $5 parking. 706-878-3087

  First Day Hike at Stephen C. Foster
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014/ 8:30 AM
Stephen C. FosterStephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA

Meet at the park office for a hike on our 3/4 mile Trembling Earth Nature Trail. This hike will take you on our boardwalk through a mixed cypress and blackgum forest. On the way we will be on the lookout for the wildlife that inhabit the area, as well as some of the unique plant life. Come start the new year off right at Stephen Foster State Park. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274

  First Day Hike at Sweetwater Creek
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater CreekSweetwater 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 includes a trip to the "Indian Cave." $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871

  First Day Hike at Tallulah Gorge
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 10 AM to 1 PM
Tallulah GorgeTallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA

Edit Start the year right with a beautiful hike. The hike will take you to areas at the gorge that are not normally open to the public you will see the gorge from a different perspective. bring food and water and sturdy hiking shoes. Children must be 8 years or older and no pets. $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981

  First Day Hike at Tugaloo
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 10 AM to 12 PM
TugalooTugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA

This guided Nature Hike will include beautiful scenery and a wildlife viewing area. Make sure that you wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. The hike is approximately one mile and considered easy. $5 parking. 706-356-4362

  First Day Hike at Victoria Bryant / 10 to 11 AM
Victoria BryantVictoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA

Meet at the office for a Ranger led hike on our scenic Victoria's Path trail. This trail follows along Rice Creek which runs through the middle of the park. This trail is fairly easy walking but closed toe shoes are recommended. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

  First Day Hike at Vogel
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 9 AM to 1 PM
VogelVogel State Park - Blairsville, GA

Join us to celebrate the New Year with a healthy and moderate hike on the beautiful “Bear Hair Gap Trail” in one of Georgia’s favorite state parks. Please dress for the weather with layered clothing, sturdy shoes or hiking boots, a hat, water, hiking stick, snacks, and a trail lunch if desired. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.

  First Day Hike at Watson Mill
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 / 10 to 11 AM
Watson MillWatson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, GA

Join the park ranger for a hike and history lesson about Georgia's longest covered bridge. $5 parking. 706-245-6270

  First Day Hike at Wormsloe
Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 / 10 to 11:30 AM
WormsloeWormsloe State Historic Site - Savannah, GA

Regular admission fees apply. Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking, no open toe shoes. Hike to the Civil War earthworks of Battery Wimberly. Guided hike with site history. Regular admission Prices: $10/adult, $9 Military/Seniors, $4.50/Child, Group discounts available as well. 912-353-3023


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