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"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Friday, Mar 6, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/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.
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This moderately strenuous, two mile hike along the white trail and beyond will take us through a variety of lovely habitats to view the earliest of our spring wildflowers, the beloved "ephemerals".  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger and bring your four-legged companion on this moderate mile long hike to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and to the five-story Civil War era New Manchester Mill ruins. Ages 6 years and older. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Reservations recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance.  $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required.  $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join Park Manager David Jordan in this up-close hour featuring live, non-venomous snakes. We will learn all about our local snakes, including the venomous ones, as well as the natural history of snakes and all about their behavior and senses. Meet at the Visitor's Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Friday, Mar 20, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 12 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible Green Building Tour
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
The Park's Visitor Center/Museum is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings anywhere. It has received the highest LEED certification (Platinum) from the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn about sustainability, green buildings and what makes this one so special.  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to 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 will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Stargazer Hike
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 8:30 PM to 10:30 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, stars, constellations, and shooting stars(weather permitting). Binoculars are recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight are required...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Trails Work Day
Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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. Registration encouraged at 770-732-5871. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Eastside Night Hike
Friday, Mar 27, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile evening hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave" and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Apr 3, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Apr 10, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required.  $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent...  $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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