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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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Birding Basics Acworth (16 Miles)
Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaNot only is birding a fun hobby, it's also a great way to get kids outdoors and excited about nature. During this program we'll cover how to use binoculars and then go on a short hike to find some of Red Top's winged residents. Binoculars are limited, register in advance.  $1 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Wild Cave Tour Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 10 AM
Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 10 AM
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 10 AM
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.
Handicapped Accessible Indoor Basic Archery Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Aug 3, 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. Register in advance.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Historic New Manchester History Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 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.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 11 AM to 1 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 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.
Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 1 PM
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 3 PM
Saturday, Aug 16, 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 register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Twilight Lake Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 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 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin 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.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 7 AM to 8:30 AM
Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
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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.
Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Monday, Sep 1, 2014 10 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
Geocaching 101 Acworth (16 Miles)
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, Aug 15, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunGeocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt. Learn the basics of this fun and addicting game and then go in search of a cache. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Geology Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 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. There will be a short visit inside the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
A Walk in the Woods Through the Eyes of a Native American Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin naturalist Jeremy Reeme on this walk through the woods as we look at plants and trees and other resources the Native Americans would have used. We will learn about edibles, medicinals, cordage, pottery, shelter, clothing, and firemaking. Closed-toe shoes required. Meet at the Visitor's Center...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Moonlight Mountain Hike Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the moon. We'll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program...  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes inside 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. Meet inside the Visitor's Center...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Keeping it Beautiful Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 9 AM to 12:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin other volunteers as we clean the park near the lake on the Northern Causeway. Wear old clothes, closed toe shoes, bring work gloves and your lunch. We will work from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then break for lunch. Beginning at 2:00 p.m... 770-732-5871.
Full Moon Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 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.
Handicapped Accessible Intermediate Archery Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Friday, Aug 15, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 6 PM to 8 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 register and pay in advance.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Native American Heritage Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 10 AM to 12 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.
Summer's For The Birds Cartersville
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLearn about birds and birding while focusing on several of the area’s most common birds. We will have bird walks to try and identify any birds we see or hear. Walks begin at 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 3 p.m., weather permitting. ($2 - $6) 770-387-3747.
Snakes Alive Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Aug 17, 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.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Wednesday, Aug 20, 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.
Handicapped Accessible Star Party 2014 Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 to Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 8 PM
Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga will present an informative program followed by observation of the night sky. Meet at the tennis courts. Please bring a lawn chair, blanket and insect repellent... $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Art in the Park Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Friday, Aug 29, 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 warmth of summer...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Stargazer Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 8 PM to 10 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...  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 8 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunBring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at the Alexander Lake Area. Register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Eastside Evening Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 7 PM to 9 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.
2nd Annual 3-D and Static Archery Tournament Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 8 AM
Tons of FunPanola Mountain State Park is holding its 2nd annual archery tournament featuring 3-D and static range competitions for ages 9 and up. Participants must register and pay in advance, walk-in registration will be limited to spaces available.  Early Registration $25-$35 Late Registration $30-$40 $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Mountain Music and Arts & Craft Festival Blairsville (72 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis popular event includes appalachian, bluegrass and gospel music. There will also be art and craft booths with handmade items for sale, and food concessions provided by Vogel Volunteers/Friends of Georgia State Parks.  $2-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Red Top Mountain: Your State Parks Day Acworth (16 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHelp us improve the area behind the Park Office by working in the Wildlife Garden, assembling rocking chairs for the patio, and putting together picnic tables. 770-975-0055.
Stone Wall, Fire Tower Overlook, Trail Clean-Up - Your State Parks Day Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin in on a park clean-up day along the Stone Wall, Fire Tower and Overlook trail. Crews will clean trail, cut and trim small trees along the stone wall and trail leading up to the Fire Tower and do landscaping around tower, and work on the stairs leading up to the West Overlook. 706-422-1932.
Your State Parks Day - Grassland Restoration Planting Day Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin park staff and volunteers for the third year of native wildflower planting at a significant grassland restoration area on the park. If all the plants get planted, volunteers can try their hand at removing non-native Privet and Autumn Olive from the site... 770-389-7801.
Sweetwater Creek Cleanup -- Your State Park Day Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin park staff and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" volunteers as we clean up the Sparks reservoir and hiking trails. We will be cleaning the lake by canoe and kayak and also from the banks. You will also have an opportunity to clean the banks of lovely Sweetwater Creek... 770-732-5871.
Outdoor Adventure Day - Your State Parks Day Summerville (43 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Tons of FunEnjoy a day on the water with the kid's 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.
Handicapped Accessible Harvest at the Homestead Acworth (16 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Fall is a busy time at the homestead. Enjoy toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, cooking, contests, and more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
West-Rim Trail Re-routing Project - Your State Parks Day Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHelp re-route sections of the West-Rim Trail, one of the most scenic trails in the nation. Due to its popularity, parts of the trail now suffer from over-use. These views appear on postcards and in magazine/newspaper articles on a regular basis... 706-657-4050.
2014 Your State Parks Day Trail Project Calhoun (25 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHelp re-route a lower stretch of trail out of the floodplain. We'll be cutting a new section of nature trail for the New Town Creek Nature Trail out to the beaver pond. Pack a lunch and join us. We'll tour the historic buildings and grounds of New Echota after the trail project. 706-624-1321.
Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered Acworth (16 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Civil War History EventWatch rifle and cannon demonstrations, visit the tent city, and tour the hillside and railroad cut through the pass. 770-975-0055.
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.
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 GeorgiaTake a "spooktacular" hayride through the old ghost town of Ravenwood and listen closely as storytellers bring ghosts and goblins to life around a campfire. This event is family-friendly and great for all ages. $5 parking. 678-792-9554.
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.
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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