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Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 PM
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Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 12 PM to 1 PM
Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 12 PM to 1 PM
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Invasive Plant Workshop and Hike
Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 12:30 PM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Learn all about invasive plants in the classroom and then on a short hike to identify some of the more common ones (Invasive species are those that are non-native to the ecosystem and is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health...  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Geologist and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" president John Johnston will lead a moderately strenuous three mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom-visited quarry of the New Manchester mill...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Photographer's Morning Out
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger who will take you to their favorite photogenic areas to catch the morning light on the magnificent rapids and rocks of Sweetwater Creek as well as the spectacular New Manchester mill (as seen in the film "Hunger Games:Mockingjay").  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Trails Work Day
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a volunteer work day performing general trail maintenance on the beautiful trails of the park. Bring gloves, water, comfortable work clothes, and closed-toe, sturdy shoes. Recommended age 12 and up. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Hidden Gem" New Manchester Daily Life Hike
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This "Hidden Gem" hike will focus on the everyday life of the New Manchester residents and will visit sites not normally visited to see where they lived, where they got their drinking water, the 1850's roads they used, etc.  $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Hidden Gem
"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Monday, Dec 12, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Lower Creek/Alexander's Mill Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 12 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Eastside Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This ranger-led hike will take us to the beautiful east side of the park and will focus on both nature and history. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required on this moderately strenuous two and a half mile hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Stargazer Hike
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
First Day Of Winter Hike
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Celebrate the first day of Winter with a hike guided by a park ranger to the most scenic areas of Sweetwater Creek. Along the way we will discuss the winter traditions of the settlers of the town of New Manchester, along with winter tree identification. (meet at the Visitor Center)  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ridge to Rapids Eastside Hike
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 12 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger for a four hour strenuous hike on the beautiful East Side where we will walk through impressive forests and drop down to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek (including the Class IV rapid). Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Meet at the Visitor Center.  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $5+ plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park"- First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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 Center...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage: First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Celebrate the new year by joining 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."  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Historic New Manchester History- First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.