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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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Wild Cave Tour Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 10 AM
Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 10 AM
Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 10 AM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunYou will get muddy and wet on this 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. 706-913-7170.
Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered Acworth (16 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Civil War History EventWatch rifle and cannon demonstrations, visit the tent city, and tour the hillside and railroad cut through the pass. SATURDAY EVENING ONLY: Special candle-light tour in honor of the 150th commemoration. Register here: http://friendsofgastateparks.org/index... 770-975-0055.
Art in the Park Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Friday, Oct 24, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Skills of the Past Cartersville
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Come see demonstrations of primitive skills that were essential to the Native Americans of the Southeast in prehistoric times.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Morning Canoe Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Join us for a ranger-lead lake paddle around the lake. A ranger will go over canoeing basics and lead participants in a game. Explore the lake during free paddle. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. All equipment is provided...  $10 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Leaf Identification Hike Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 10:30 AM to 12 PM
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Join in on a ranger lead leaf identification hike. Meet at Pavilion #1 where a wagon will pick you up and take you to the start of the trail. The trail will lead back to the parking lot. Along the trail we will be identifying the different trees found throughout the park.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
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Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis 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.
Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 1:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 3:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 1 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Birds of Prey Newnan (54 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunWinged Ambassadors and Master Falconer Dale Arrowood will give you the rare and exhilarating opportunity of coming face-to-face with these breathtaking animals.  $5.00 per person, or Program free with camping receipt. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Twilight Lake Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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.
Moonlight Mountain Hike Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6 PM to 9 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us on a 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, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Please call to register in advance.  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Eastside Evening Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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. Closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs not permitted on this hike...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Join us for a peaceful ranger-lead lake paddle. A ranger will go over canoeing basics and lead participants in a game. Enjoy the setting sun during free paddle. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. All equipment is provided...  $10 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Sunset Hike to Wall, Tower and West Overlook Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 6 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 6 PM to 7 PM
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Enjoy a Sunset Hike to the ancient rock wall, stone fire tower and west overlook. We will start in top parking lot and go to the rock wall first moving on to the stone fire tower and ending at the overlook where we will be able to watch the sunset. Moderate rocky hike, closed toe shoes required.  $5 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Walking Tour: Haunted Dahlonega's Spirits, Legends & Lore Dahlonega (63 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 7 PM
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 7 PM
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Boo! Join this leisurely walking tour to learn about haunted Dahlonega and the town's rich gold history. Tour run by Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum. Tours last one hour.  $10. 706-864-2257.
Handicapped Accessible Indoor Basic Archery Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
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Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 16 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting) Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, as we learn about lighting. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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.
"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis 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 where we will tour inside the mill. Hikes will continue if it is overcast but will be cancelled if it is raining...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Almost Full Moon" Night Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Friday, Oct 10, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Join us for an evening of enchantment as we paddle the lake at night under the light of the moon. You will have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Limited to 12 people who can swim and are 18 yrs. or older. A flashlight is required. Call for reservations.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Halloween Hayrides Acworth (16 Miles)
Friday, Oct 10, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Oct 17, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaAll new this year, pirates are attacking Ravenwood! The townsfolk need your help defending against a raggedy band of pirates looking for stolen treasure. Tickets are required and can be purchased online at: https://sites.google.com/a/friendschapters...  $10 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 9 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaYou 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 Jimi Ellis, and head off the trail to explore Panola's hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, beaver dams, and more...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
"Rivers Alive" Cleanup Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunRivers Alive is Georgia's annual waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the state. The mission of Rivers alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. We will be cleaning up around Sweetwater Creek and Sparks Reservoir... $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Wagon Ride and S'mores Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Come join us on a wagon ride through the park as we see the changing fall colors at sunset. After the wagon ride we will gather around the campfire and make S'mores. Please sign up early as space is limited.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View) Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual...  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Fall Color Lake Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 16 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required.  $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 8 AM to 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis field trip is designed for anyone 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.
Stargazer Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Friday, Oct 17, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for this evening paddle on the Sparks Reservoir. We will watch the sun set and then search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars as night arrives. This program is for anyone over 17 who can swim. Binoculars recommended...  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible Fall Hoedown Blairsville (72 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunCelebrate autumn’s arrival with noon chili, hotdogs and drinks for sale, followed by a 3 p.m. cakewalk, 4 p.m. hayrides, 5 p.m. bonfire and square/line dancing, 6 p.m. trunk or treats, and 7 p.m. professional storytelling.  A $3 fee will be charged per person, per hayride for 13 years and up. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Geology Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaGeologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a short visit inside the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Paranormal Panola Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 to Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 6 PM to 9 AM
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 to Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 6 PM to 9 AM
Looking for a real fright this October? Spend a night camped out in the shadow of the mountain as we investigate Panola's haunted past. Georgia Paranormal Society experts will bring professional ghost hunting equipment. Ages 14 and up. Dinner and breakfast provided...  $40 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Join a Park Ranger and bring your four-legged companion on this moderate mile long hike to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek with a short visit inside 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.
Handicapped Accessible Intermediate Archery Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaImprove 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.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Snakes Alive Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 2 PM to 3 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.
Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for a peaceful paddle on the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir as the sun sets and we refresh ourselves in preparation for the end of the work week. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this program...  $20 includes boat, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Cabin Life at Pickett's Mill Dallas (18 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Civil War History EventJoin us at the log cabin for this living history event. Discover what life was like on a small farm during the Civil War 150 years ago. Watch people cooking over a fire. Enjoy toys and games...  $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM
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.
Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 4 PM to 6 PM
Tons of FunLooking for a safer way to celebrate Halloween? Join us for the 1st annual Panola State Park's Trunk-O-Treat! Boys and ghouls can collect candy going car to car instead of door to door and play on the playground. There will be contests for best costume and best trunk decoration... $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
2nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM
Enjoy gorgeous fall scenery while browsing handmade crafts and food vendors from all over the U.S. The event will be held at the group shelter. Benefits Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park.  $10 per car; $5 with annual ParkPass. 706-657-4050.
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling Cartersville
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story.  $2 - $8. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible Iron Pour Acworth (16 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 2 PM to 7 PM
Come discover the art of casting metal as we pour molten iron into scratch blocks that you've designed.  Scratch blocks sold at event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Christmas by Candlelight Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 until Saturday, Dec 13, 2014
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...  $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.
Handicapped Accessible Christmas Tree Lighting Blairsville (72 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014
Join us for the 10th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, 3-bonfires, hot chocolate, cider, and cookies. Also, please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age. No toy guns or knives. 706-745-2628.
Handicapped Accessible Christmas at the Cabin Acworth (16 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life as demonstrators take you back in time to Christmas at the Vaughan cabin. Santa will be avaliable for photos and Christmas visits. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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