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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 Tours Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunYou 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Sep 18, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
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.
Twilight Lake Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 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 who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and 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.
Labor Day Weekend Activities Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 9:30 AM to 9 PM
Celebrate Labor Day at Fort Mountain! We will have a 9:30 AM nature scavenger hunt, 10 AM leaf ID hike, 1:30 PM kid's activity (including face painting, balloon animals, crafts, etc...  $1 - $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
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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 a 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. who can swim with a parent...  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible Indoor Basic Archery Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 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.
Labor Day at The Bend Newnan (54 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
It'll be a leisurely day with games here at the Bend. A simple, yet fun way to close out the summer with corn hole tournaments, horseshoe tournaments, water balloon games, and more. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 18 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.
Handicapped Accessible Intermediate Archery Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
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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.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Stand Up Paddleboard Tour Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin instructors on the George H. Sparks Reservoir for an afternoon of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). This program is intended for anyone 16 and over who can swim and is interested in SUP, and will include an introduction to the sport as well as a recreational tour...  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Kayaking Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for men and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are required. Meet at the Bait Shop.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
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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 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.
Rivers Alive Chattahoochee Bend River Clean-up Newnan (54 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 8:30 AM
Paddle cleanup covers 3.3 miles of river along the park's western boundary. We also have trail-based cleanup duties if you don't want to paddle. Lunch will be provided, too! You must sign up with our Friends group to reserve a space. More info http://bendfriend.com/bendvolunteers_river_riversalive... $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Geology Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 10 AM to 12 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...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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.
Volunteer Day / East Antioch Boat Ramp Rome (30 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Please join our Ranger in helping keep the shoreline clean around the East boat ramp. Trash bags will be provided. Meet in the Visitor Information parking lot 706-802-5087.
Stargazer Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 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.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 8 AM to 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis field trip is designed for anyone 10 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.
Geocaching the Flat Rocks Newnan (54 Miles)
Friday, Sep 18, 2015 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
We’re going out with the Official Chatt Bend Geocaching Map and a GPS device to hunt caches in the Flat Rock area. Bring your own GPS device or share ours. For beginners to experts, all ages.  $5 per person, cash only please $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 9 AM to 10 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.
Hike and Paddle Newnan (54 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Get the best of both worlds here at the Bend -- a 5.5 mile hike up the Riverside Trail to the boat launch where we’ll have lunch. A short instruction session to get you on your way to a nice, easy paddle back down the Chattahoochee. Boats are available to rent or bring your own...  $12 plus $30 boat rental. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Harvest at the Homestead Acworth (16 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 11 AM
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 11 AM
Fall was a busy time at old homesteads. Join us by the log cabin for old-timy toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, cooking and more. Also enjoy the park's trails, picnic areas, fishing and boating. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 1 PM
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 3 PM
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 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, very unique activity. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. Ages 8 and up.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Snakes Alive Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 3 PM to 4 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.
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge) Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 1 PM to 6 PM
This day camp is for Jr. Rangers ages 6-12 years old who have already attained their deer badge and are wishing to advance to the fox badge...  $25 includes Junior Ranger book and fox patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
Outdoor Adventure Day - Your State Parks Day Summerville (43 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
Tons of FunEnjoy a day on the water with the kids' fishing event and canoe instruction. On land, a live reptile show will be offered. Children can learn more about hunter’s safety at the archery range, BB gun range and the laser shooting system. Hot dogs and drinks will be available... 706-857-0826.
Wildflowers and Lake Cleanup -- Your State Parks Day Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin park staff and volunteers as we work to keep our public lands beautiful and clean. We will be planting local wildflowers in our sweeping "Power of Flight" grassland habitat area, cleaning litter from our lake shores, and giving your park the care she deserves...  Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 770-389-7801.
Pollinators in your Backyard - Your State Parks Day Cartersville
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 4 PM
Come help rebuild our native plant beds and make a section into a pollinator garden while enjoying the park and learning about the importance of pollinators. The Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is sponsoring this event.  Volunteers get in free. 770-387-3747.
Trail Clean Up & Pollinator Garden- Your State Parks Day Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Join in on a park clean-up day along the Stone Wall, Fire Tower and Overlook trail. Crews will pick up trash along the trail, cut and trim small trees along the stone wall and trail leading up to the Fire Tower... 706-422-1932.
Your State Parks Day Blairsville (72 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome join park staff and volunteers in various service projects to help keep Vogel beautiful. Projects include maintenance of the Byron Herbert Reese and bike trail. Meet at the Byron Reese trail head at 9AM. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Handicapped Accessible Artifact Inventory and Spruce Up - Your State Parks Day Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
As part of "Your State Parks Day," Chief Vann House will host a volunteer day to assist with cleaning Cherokee structures (including the house itself), taking artifact inventory, and sprucing the grounds in preparation for winter...  $5.50 - $6.50; free for volunteers. 706-695-2598.
Trail Maintenance - Your State Parks Day Dallas (18 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHelp with controlling erosion on the Site's Historic Red and Blue Trails. Breaks and Buffers will be used to direct water away from the walking trails. We will also be installing a POLLINATOR GARDEN to benefit butterflies. There will be something for the whole family to participate in...  Volunteers get in free. 770-443-7850.
Spruce the Old Cherokee Capital - Your State Parks Day Calhoun (25 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Volunteers around the country will be helping to improve their favorite historic site and parks on this special day. Join us as we spruce up the old Cherokee Capital town of New Echota. Bring the entire family out or call to register your Scout or other groups... 706-624-1321.
Beautify Outdoor Classroom & Create a Pollinator Garden - Your State Parks Day Acworth (16 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPut finishing touches on our new outdoor classroom, explore the climbing area and help with the nature art area. Plus help install a pollinator garden to attract monarch butterflies and insects. We'll spruce up our backyard wildlife habitat, pulling weeds.  Parking is free for volunteers. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible Your State Parks Day Family Fun & Volunteer Projects Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Enjoy disc golf, fishing, hiking and geocaching or participate in various service projects to help keep the park beautiful. Volunteer opportunities will feature mulching/planting in garden areas, trail maintenance and work in the group shelter. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Moonlight Mountain Hike Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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. please call to register in advance.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 8 PM to 10 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.
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.
Halloween Hayrides Acworth (16 Miles)
Friday, Oct 9, 2015 6 PM
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 6 PM
Friday, Oct 16, 2015 6 PM
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Take a spooky hayride through the haunted forest and along Lake Allatoona's mystery-filled trails. Reservations are required and fill up quickly. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Volunteer Day / West Antioch Boat Ramp Rome (30 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 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.
Volunteer Day- Decorate Apple Festival Parade Float Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Friday, Oct 16, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Volunteers will assist in decorating the float for the Apple Festival Parade in Ellijay. Any volunteers willing to ride the float on Saturday the 17th would be greatly appreciated. Please let park staff know what your willing to help with. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
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.
Cabin Life at Pickett's Mill Dallas (18 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Join 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 17, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis 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.
Volunteer Day - Decorate Christmas Parade Float Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Friday, Nov 6, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Volunteers will help decorate the Chatsworth Christmas Parade float. Any volunteers willing to ride the float in the parade on December 7th would be greatly appreciated. Please let a staff member know of your availability. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
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.
Mountain Arts & Crafts Celebration Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Nov 8, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
Enjoy the Mountain Arts & Craft Celebration amidst the beautiful autumn foliage atop Lookout Mountain. This family-friendly event offers over 100 exhibitors displaying quality arts and crafts for sale, as well as music and spoken word performances. Food vendors will offer snacks and full meals...  $3, 13 and over. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Marble Springs Arts and Crafts Festival Summerville (43 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 10 AM to 7 PM
Tons of FunCelebrate the arts with live concerts and vendors from around the region. Autumn leaves should be peaking, so bring the family out for a wonderful day in the park. Arts and Crafts festival starts at 10:00 AM and acoustic family friendly music starts at 2:00 PM.  $5 to $10 plus $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Volunteer Day / Heath Lake Rome (30 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 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.
Winter's Coming Volunteer Day Calhoun (25 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 12:30 PM to 3 PM
We'll be pruning the fruit trees and adding fertilizer, tearing down some beaver dams and cleaning out the Bluebird and Wood Duck nesting boxes in preparation for winter. 706-624-1321.
Fall Candlelight Tours Dallas (18 Miles)
Friday, Nov 20, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaNov 20 & 21,2015 Confederate and Federal soldiers will recreate the night attack of the Battle of Pickett's Mill. During guided tours at 6:30, 7:30,and 8:30 PM, visitors will witness Brig. Gen. Hiram Granbury's Brigade advance into the dark ravine and Capt. Thomas Key's artillery bombardment...  Available October 2015. 770-443-7850.
Handicapped Accessible Holiday on the Hill Summerville (43 Miles)
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 until Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 5 PM to 10 PM
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.
Christmas at the Cabin Dallas (18 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Gather the family and join us at our 1850s log cabin. Civil War soldiers will be home for the holidays. The cabin will be the setting as period reenactors demonstrate farm life, chores, toys, games and celebrations of the period.  $3.00 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
Christmas by Candlelight Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Friday, Dec 11, 2015 until Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 5 PM to 9 PM
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...  $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Volunteer Day / Nature Trail Rome (30 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Please join our Ranger in helping keep the shoreline clean around the Nature Trail. Trash bags will be provided. Meet in the Visitor Information parking lot 706-802-5087.
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.
First Saturday Hike Cartersville
Saturday, Jan 2, 2016 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Celebrate the New Year by going for a short leisure hike around Etowah Mounds. The hike includes a tour of the mounds and nature trail. The hike will be about 1. 5 miles long and takes about 2 hours (depending on the weather, wildlife seen, and the questions asked).  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
A Mid-Winters Day at Etowah Cartersville
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Learn about preparing for gardens in the spring, invasive plants, and helping wildlife thrive through the rest of the winter. Winter is the perfect time to prepare wildflower gardens, control invasive plants, and give wildlife a helping hand. Plus, we will have wildlife crafts for the kids.  $2 - $6 call for more details. 770-387-3747.
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