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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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Fall Into Quilts Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Daily until Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM
Every Thursday through Saturday 9am-5pm in November come view an amazing array of historic hand made quilts from the 19th and 20th centuries.  $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.
Handicapped Accessible Indoor Basic Archery Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 10 AM to 12 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 20, 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.
Wagon Ride and S'mores Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Join us for a narrated wagon ride through the park at sunset. We will end the evening at the campfire and make s'mores. Please make sure to bundle up. Sign up early as space is limited.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Hayride and S'mores Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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.
Handicapped Accessible Lights Up on the Lake Summerville (43 Miles)
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM – Nov 29, 2014 until Dec 28, 2014 
Tons of FunOn Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season... $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Native American Heritage Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
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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.
Moonlight Mountain Hike Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, Jan 3, 2015 5 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 5 PM to 7 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.
Handicapped Accessible Holiday Open House at the Gold Museum Dahlonega (63 Miles)
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 9 AM to 4:45 PM
As a gift to the community, the museum will be beautifully decorated and admission will be waived. Dahlonega Gold Museum is housed in the oldest existing courthouse in Georgia, built in 1836. 706-864-2257.
Backcountry Geology Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunGeologist 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.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible Intermediate Archery Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Dec 14, 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.
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.
Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
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.
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.
Holiday Elf Hike Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Elf tired of siting on a shelf? Fresh air is good for our magical friends too. Bring your elf, doll, or favorite stuffed friend to Panola Mountain for a hike. There will be a fun craft followed by a short hike on our Rock Outcrop Loop...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Christmas Tree Lighting Blairsville (72 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 4:30 PM to 8 PM
Join us for the 11th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, bonfires, and refreshments. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age, no toy guns or knives... 706-745-2628.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
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.
First Day Hike- Bear Hair Gap Trail Blairsville (72 Miles)
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Ring in the new year by joining us for a Hike along the Bear Hair Gap Trail. This is a moderately rocky 4 mile hike. The hike will be lead by Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. Please meet at the Visitors Center Parking lot. Closed toe shoes required... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
First Day Hike Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunStart the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain! Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Hike to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2015...  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
First Day Hike at James H. Floyd Summerville (43 Miles)
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 1 PM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunStart 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... $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
First Friday Hike Cartersville
Friday, Jan 2, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Celebrate the new year by getting out and hiking. The leisure 1/2 mile guided hike around the site will including a tour of the mounds and a walk through our nature trail.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Campground Clean-up Blairsville (72 Miles)
Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Volunteers should meet at the Visitor Center Parking to help clean-up the campgrounds from 1-4pm. Volunteers will be blowing leaves off campsites, picking up trash and cleaning comfort stations. $5 parking fee applies. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Handicapped Accessible Native American Heritage Day at Etowah Cartersville
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 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...  $1 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Civilian Conservation Corps Workday and Open House Blairsville (72 Miles)
Saturday, May 16, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Join in on a trail project starting at 9am with the Georgia Appalachian Trial Club that is similar to what would have been done by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Meet at the CCC museum to get started... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Handicapped Accessible Archaeology and Artifact ID Day Cartersville
Saturday, May 16, 2015 to Sunday, May 17, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Celebrate Archaeology month by learning about archaeology. we will have someone here to identify your artifacts, so bring them by. Discover how archaeologist learn things from artifacts. Park staff will host games and activities throughout the day.  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
12th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo Blairsville (72 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
Kids 12 and younger come join us for the 12th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo. Wolf Creek will be stocked with plenty of trout and prizes will be given out to lucky ticket holders. An adult must accompany all children. Registration and Fishing start at 8am at Visitor Center parking lot... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge Cartersville
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLearn about Native American life, archaeology, and nature through fun activities like The Scavenger Hunt Challenge where guests get outside to see and do things around the park.  $2 - $6. 706-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible July 4th Celebration Blairsville (72 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 8 AM to 5 PM
Celebrate July 4th at one of the nation’s oldest state parks. We will start the day with a flag raising ceremony at 8am at the Visitors Center, followed by a day of games for the whole family...  $2 pedal boat race. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Native American Games Day Cartersville
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Tons of FunLearn about games that early Native Americans played and how they have influenced modern games and sports.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Lake Trail Clean-up Blairsville (72 Miles)
Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Meet at the Visitor Center Parking lot for a Lake Trail Clean-up from 1-4pm. Volunteers will be trimming trees, picking up trash and general trail maintenance. $5 parking fee applies. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Handicapped Accessible 12th Annual Mountain Music Festival Blairsville (72 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
Join us again for our 12th Annual Mountain Music Festival. There will be bluegrass and gospel music as well as art and craft booths with handmade items for sale. A food concession will be provided by Vogel Volunteers. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Your State Parks Day Cartersville
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 4 PM
Come help with one or more service projects while enjoying the park. The Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is sponsoring everone's admission, this day only. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible Skills of the Past Cartersville
Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Watch demonstrations of crafts from the past. Learn about the skills Native Americans had that helped them survive their everyday lives.  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
10th Annual Fall Festival Blairsville (72 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015
Enjoy the arrival of autumn at Vogel’s 10th Annual Fall Festival. There will be hay rides, a cake walk, concessions, square dancing and storytelling. Festivities begin at 12pm. Volunteers will assist with set-up and clean-up and the concessions. Fee for hay rides and $5 park pass fee applies. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling Cartersville
Friday, Nov 13, 2015 until Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story.  $2 - $10. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible 12th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Blairsville (72 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 4:30 PM to 8 PM
Join us for the 12th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, bonfires, and refreshments. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age, no toy guns or knives... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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