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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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Chief Vann's Three Sisters Garden Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Daily until Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Each Saturday from April to August, volunteers with green thumbs can help plant, maintain, and harvest our traditional Cherokee Three Sisters garden... 706-695-2598.
Wild Cave Tours Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 10 AM
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 10 AM
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM
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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.
Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 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 Dog Obedience Course Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Thursdays 7 PM - 9 PM – Jul 2, 2015 until Jul 30, 2015 
Tons of FunAre you and your pooch ready for the dog-days of summer? Maybe Fido needs to learn a few manners before vacation time. If so, enroll your best friend in this 6 week, tail-wagging training course. Taught by DNR Search & Rescue expert, Dianne Stone, you and your pup are sure to learn some new tricks...  $50 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 8:30 PM to 10:30 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Friday, Jul 3, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 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.
Full Moon Hike Rising Fawn (65 Miles)
Friday, Jul 3, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy 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 as well as learn about currently blooming plants on the trail...  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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.
Independence Day at Fort Mountain Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM to 10 PM
Come celebrate our nation's independence by enjoying the natural beauty of our park. We have a schedule packed with exciting activities including: 10 AM nature scavenger hunt, 11 AM waterfall hike, 1:30 PM kid's activity, 4:30 PM narrated wagon ride, 6 PM wagon ride & s'mores.  $1 - $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 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 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.
Bluegrass Concert Series Acworth (16 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 8 PM
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 8 PM
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 8 PM
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Pack a picnic and chairs to enjoy free concerts at the old log cabin. Please no alcohol. Located behind the park office. Click event for lineup. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
4th of July Fireworks Hike Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Tons of FunSlow down this July 4th and join a ranger for a leisurely stroll to the top of Panola Mountain. As the sun sets we will enjoy a panoramic view of Stone Mountain and Atlanta's Independence Day Celebrations from a distance. Bring water, bug spray, and a flashlight for the walk back down the mountain...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Intermediate Archery Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Aug 2, 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, Jul 5, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
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.
Archery Camp Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jul 6, 2015 until Jul 10, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunDesigned with everything archery in mind, this 5-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 9-15) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the lake pavilion, static range, and 3-d range. Register by June 23, 2015.  $150. 770-389-7801.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 18, 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 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.
Geology Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 11, 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 Indoor Basic Archery Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Jul 18, 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.
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.
Volunteer Day / Heath Lake Rome (30 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Please join our Ranger in helping keep the shoreline clean around the Heath Lake Boat Ramp. Trash bags will be provided. Meet in the Visitor Information parking lot 706-802-5087. 706-802-5087.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 7 AM to 8:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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.
Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Thursday, Jul 16, 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.
Stargazer Paddle Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9 PM to 11 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.
Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb Stockbridge (59 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 3 PM
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.
Women's Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding Lithia Springs (29 Miles)
Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin park staff for an introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and a tour of the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir. This program is intended for women 18 years and older who can swim and are new to SUP.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
MTB Trail Day Newnan (54 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Chatt Bend has 3 miles of mountain bike trail that's so close to being open to the public, but we need a little help. Come out and lend a hand to maintain these trails so we can be ready. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Chief Vann House Days Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Craftsmen will demonstrate 19th century weaving, basket making, quilting, spinning, rug making, blacksmithing, soap making, woodcarving, chair caning, and much more. Several activities will be set up for children including shooting a Cherokee blowgun and making their own butter.  $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Green Corn Clean-Up Day Calhoun (25 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
The farmstead garden will need some mid-season work. Join us as we learn about the 3 sisters of the Cherokee garden while we get it into shape and afterwards help clean up the historic buildings inside. $5 parking. 706-624-1231.
Volunteer Day - Lake Trail Clean-up Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Volunteers will pick up trash, trim trees and do general trail maintenance along the Lake Trail. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Volunteer Day / Nature Trail Rome (30 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
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. 706-802-5087.
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.
Soldier's Life Dallas (18 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLearn about the life of the common soldier who fought in Georgia. A Park Ranger dressed as a soldier will display the items soldiers carried while marching and fighting in north Georgia in 1864.  $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.
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.
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.
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.
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 volunteer's admissions for the day. 770-387-3747.
Stone Wall, Fire Tower Overlook, Trail Clean-Up - Your State Parks Day Chatsworth (39 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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.
Handicapped Accessible Chief Vann "Open Mansion" and Volunteer 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 Erosion Repair - 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. A chance to help further preserve this unique battlefield.  Need Volunteers. 770-443-7850.
Your State Parks Day 2015 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.
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- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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