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Cartersville Red Top Mountain State Park
Work on the Bethany Bridge is over. The park can be accessed via Red Top Road across the bridge.  (more details)

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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Friday, Feb 12, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
Friday, Mar 11, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
Friday, Apr 8, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area OR Vaughter's Farm Meadow Loop. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Click event title for Walk locations... $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate Acworth (16 Miles)
Friday, Feb 12, 2016 8:15 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 8:15 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 8:15 PM to 10 PM
Join us on Friday evenings at Red Top Mountain to observe the stars above us. Telescopes on hand, and you can bring your own equipment as well. We will talk about well-known constellations. Meet us at the Visitor's Center by 8:15pm to sign in. We will carpool to the Park Office/Lodge... $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Trail Maintenance Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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Help upkeep trails in the park and get your Saturday morning workout on by volunteering with "Trail Dudes" Greg Foster, Gary Holsted, and other members of Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park. Specific projects may include trail repair, sign installation, tool organization, etc... 423-702-1218.
Stewardship Saturday Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
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Join us as we partner with the South River Watershed Alliance to help clean-up and restore native vegetation to the bank of the South River. Wear work shoes that you don't mind getting muddy and long pants. Don't forget gloves, a water bottle, and snacks too. Meet at Alexander Lake Area Parking Lot... 770-389-7801.
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Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
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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 brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor...  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
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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.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Volunteer Day / West Antioch Boat Ramp Rome (30 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Please join our Ranger in helping keep the shoreline clean around the West boat ramp. Trash bags will be provided. Meet in the Visitor Information parking lot 706-802-5087.
Hike to the Heart -- Valentine's Weekend Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Love is in the mountain air at Fort Mountain State Park. Join a ranger on a hike to the Historic CCC fire tower and learn about the love story that is carved in stone. This is a moderate, rocky one mile hike with plenty of nature, history and sightseeing to satisfy the whole family.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Intermediate Archery Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
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Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 PM
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.
Valentine's Day Cupid Shoot Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Looking to spice things up this Valentine's Day? Nothing fans the flames of love like a little competition. Take aim and see which of you are the best Cupid in this indoors, intro archery class JUST FOR COUPLES! Bring your Beau, we'll bring the arrows. Ages 18 and up. All equipment provided...  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Winter Splendor West Side Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
This will be a three-mile moderately strenuous hike to a beautiful, little known area off the main trails. This ranger-led hike will focus on the splendor of nature in winter. Meet in the Visitor Center.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Advanced Archery Class Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
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Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the range! We are now offering advanced archery classes on our static and 3-D ranges. Students must attend intermediate archery class...  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Introduction to Birdwatching Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
This field trip is designed for anyone 11 years or older who is interested in learning more about birds, the important habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the park's Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Atlanta Audubon: Birding For Beginners Acworth (16 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 8 AM to 9 AM
We will look for resident birds and see if we can find some early spring migrants. This trip will start on the Lakeside Trail, which makes a 0.5 mile loop around a restored 1869 log cabin with field and woodland habitats and a view of Allatoona Lake. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch) Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
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.
Introduction to Archery Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday 1 PM - 4 PM – Feb 20, 2016 
Every other Saturday. Come learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. Ages 8 and up only, Minors must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment needed is on site. We will have longbows, recurve and compound bows, available.  $5.50-$6.50 706-695-2598.
Intro to Tree Climbing Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
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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...  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
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. Advance registration is required.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience Acworth (16 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 3 PM to 4 PM
Bats are a necessary and cool part of our ecosystem; join us at the Park Office to build your own bat habitats to strengthen their population! Call to pre-register, spaces are limited! Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Backcountry Geology Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
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.
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"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Monday, Feb 22, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 PM
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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Friends Membership Meeting Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Thursday, May 26, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
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Learn more about Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park and how you can help your favorite state park during this monthly meeting. Meet at the Group Shelter. 706-657-4050.
"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
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 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Snakes Alive Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
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.
River Flood Clean Up Efforts Newnan (54 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Our team has been working hard to clean up the site of the flood here at the Bend, but we still need a hand in clean-up efforts. Donate 2 hours of your day with us to walk the river side to collect trash that has washed up on shore... $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Monadnock Madness 2016 Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016 until Thursday, Mar 31, 2016
Just 30 minutes east of Atlanta you can see vernal pools, snorkelwort, and diamorpha at our local monadnocks. In March, you can experience these unique places first-hand through guided hikes and events at Arabia, Panola, and Stone Mountain... $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Triple Hike Challenge: Monadnock Madness Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 1 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Ready, steady, GO! Climb Stone, Arabia, and Panola Mountain all in one unforgettable day. We’ve set up a fast-paced schedule that will allow you to conquer each peak while learning about the incredible ecosystems of each monadnock along the way...  $15 adult/$7 child (up to 10 years old). 770-389-7801.
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
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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Landscape, Macro, and Wildlife Photography 101 Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
During an exciting day you’ll visit Stone, Arabia and Panola Mountains and use different photography techniques in these unique landscapes. In this small, personal class you’ll be taught by Larry Winslett, an expert nature photographer who has chronicled the natural world all over North America...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Trails Work Day Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
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. Registration encouraged at 770-732-5871. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Arabia/Panola Bike Ride Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Grab your bike and sense of adventure as we bike 14 miles round trip from Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve to Panola Mountain and back. We’ll make stops at several cultural sites and trails to learn about the history and landscape of Arabia National Heritage Area... $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Reptile Day at Panola Mountain Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Are you in love with lizards? Silly for snakes? Head-over-heels for herpetofauna? Or maybe you just think they're neat. Learn about and meet fascinating reptiles from our own backyards and around the world...  $5. Kids younger than 3 are free. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Native American Heritage Day at Etowah Cartersville
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Etowah will be hosting a lecture on historic Creek and Cherokee cultures in Georgia. Come learn about how our modern society still carries the past on its shoulders...  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
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Volunteer Day / Heath Lake Rome (30 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Please join our Ranger in helping keep the shoreline clean around the Heath Lake. Trash bags will be provided. Meet in the Heath Lake parking lot 706-802-5087.
Scenic Natural Overlook Hike Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Take a guided tour on the 301 Mountain Bike trail to a naturally formed scenic overlook. High winds from a storm system cleared trees opening up a beautiful view of the Cohutta mountains and the western valley. Approximately 4 miles of moderate to strenuous hiking.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
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Wildflower Hike Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
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Take a walk through Sitton's Gulch to observe the abundance of blooming wildflowers in our limestone rich soil. Using a checklist and identification books, we will identify and record many of the species in bloom. We will hike 1 mile on a flat trail by the river. Ages 10 and up...  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Hills of Iron and Iron Pour Acworth (16 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 11 AM
The iron industry was one of Georgia's first businesses long before the Civil War. Take guided wagon ride tours of the historic Iron Hill section of the park. Later that evening, watch molten iron pour from a blast furnace at 2800 degrees Fahrenheit... $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 18 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.
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Night Hike Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Friday, Mar 25, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Apr 8, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, May 27, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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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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Eggciting Hike Hunt Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails. Can you help us find them all? Bring your basket and be ready for the hunt! Ages 2 and less, 3-6, and 7-12 will have their own trails to search for eggs and prizes...  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Spring EGG-Stravaganza Summerville (43 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
What is plastic and likes to hide? Easter Eggs! Join park staff and the Friends of Sloppy Floyd for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The festivities will be going at Pavilion 1 and the egg hunt will start at 2:00 PM. We will divide visitors into age groups, so it will be fun for the whole family. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Easter Eggcitement at the Bend Newnan (54 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Bring your baskets and camera; 1000 candy and prize filled eggs and the Easter bunny will be here. Age groups 0-4, 5-8, 9-12. After the hunt get drawing in the sidewalk chalk art contest. Chalk is provided. Ages groups 4-8 and 9-13, prizes for each age group announced at 3:30...  $3 for egg hunt, $3 for chalk contest. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 8, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
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Join us in beautifying Sweetwater Creek as we pick up trash from the water by canoe and along the banks. Pre-registration is required and previous canoe experience is required for those in canoes. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Wild Cave Tours Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Apr 3, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
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You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required.  $30-$60 plus $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
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Hidden Gem: A Walk Through the Mining Industry Summerville (43 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, May 14, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
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The hills of NW Georgia use to be rich with mining operations in the 1960's and 1970's. Join a ranger led hike to the old Marble Mine and discover the history that lies in these hills. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
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