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Crystal Springs, Georgia
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Trail Maintenance Rising Fawn (32 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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Help upkeep trails in the park and get your Saturday morning workout on by volunteering with "Trail Dudes" Greg Foster, Gary Holsted, and other members of Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park. Specific projects may include trail repair, sign installation, tool organization, etc... 423-702-1218.
Volunteer Day / West Antioch Boat Ramp Rome (10 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 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.
Hike to the Heart -- Valentine's Weekend Chatsworth (37 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Love is in the mountain air at Fort Mountain State Park. Join a ranger on a hike to the Historic CCC fire tower and learn about the love story that is carved in stone. This is a moderate, rocky one mile hike with plenty of nature, history and sightseeing to satisfy the whole family.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Introduction to Archery Chatsworth (37 Miles)
Saturday 1 PM - 4 PM – Feb 20, 2016 
Every other Saturday. Come learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. Ages 8 and up only, Minors must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment needed is on site. We will have longbows, recurve and compound bows, available.  $5.50-$6.50 706-695-2598.
Friends Membership Meeting Rising Fawn (32 Miles)
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Thursday, May 26, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
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Learn more about Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park and how you can help your favorite state park during this monthly meeting. Meet at the Group Shelter. 706-657-4050.
Native American Heritage Day at Etowah Cartersville (33 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 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...  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible
Volunteer Day / Heath Lake Rome (10 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 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.
Scenic Natural Overlook Hike Chatsworth (37 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Take a guided tour on the 301 Mountain Bike trail to a naturally formed scenic overlook. High winds from a storm system cleared trees opening up a beautiful view of the Cohutta mountains and the western valley. Approximately 4 miles of moderate to strenuous hiking.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Hidden Gem
Wildflower Hike Rising Fawn (32 Miles)
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
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Take a walk through Sitton's Gulch to observe the abundance of blooming wildflowers in our limestone rich soil. Using a checklist and identification books, we will identify and record many of the species in bloom. We will hike 1 mile on a flat trail by the river. Ages 10 and up...  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Night Hike Rising Fawn (32 Miles)
Friday, Mar 25, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Apr 8, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, May 27, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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Enjoy 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. By the end of the hike, we will be in the dark, enjoying the trail by moonlight and listening for night sounds. Ages 10 and older. Reservations Required.  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Spring EGG-Stravaganza Summerville (10 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
What is plastic and likes to hide? Easter Eggs! Join park staff and the Friends of Sloppy Floyd for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The festivities will be going at Pavilion 1 and the egg hunt will start at 2:00 PM. We will divide visitors into age groups, so it will be fun for the whole family. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Wild Cave Tours Rising Fawn (32 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Apr 3, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
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You 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.
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Hidden Gem: A Walk Through the Mining Industry Summerville (10 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, May 14, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
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The hills of NW Georgia use to be rich with mining operations in the 1960's and 1970's. Join a ranger led hike to the old Marble Mine and discover the history that lies in these hills. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Hidden Gem
Sunset Point: Cloudland Canyon's Hidden Gem Rising Fawn (32 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, May 7, 2016 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 8:15 PM to 9:15 PM
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Take a short walk with the park naturalist to Sunset Point, Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secret. Enjoy expansive views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Hidden Gem
Native American Tools & Weapons Cartersville (33 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Learn from an expert how to make, use and care for ancient tools and weapons. See why their uses often meant survival. Also explore the earthen mounds and visit the museum.  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Volunteer Day / Nature Trail Rome (10 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
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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.
Torchlight Tour Cartersville (33 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Step back in time as you enjoy our guided tour along a torch-lit path at night and explore the illuminated mounds and grounds at night.  $5. 770-387-3747.
Adopt-A-Trail Training Rising Fawn (32 Miles)
Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Interested in adopting a trail in the state park? See what this entails and sign up for your trail during this special training. For more information and to sign up, email "Trail Dude" Greg Foster at atthruhiker2006@yahoo.com. 423-702-1218.
Cherokee Hidden Gems-the other half of Echota Calhoun (21 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 9 AM to 11 PM
Explore the lesser known 'natural side' of this historic site with the Park Ranger as we walk the Pond Overlook and New Town Creek Nature Trails. Geocache activities and wildlife, including birds and wildflowers of the Ridge and Valley Province of Georgia will be the highlight...  $5.50-$7; under 5 free 706-624-1321.
Hidden Gem
Imagination Playground Calhoun (21 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 12 PM to 4 PM
We’re setting up the Imagination Playground, a collection of giant blue building blocks for kids to build and create with. Bring your kids ages 4-12 to share in this interactive, transformable environment while you relax and enjoy the view at New Echota. This program is weather permitting...  $5.50-$7 706-624-1321.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience Calhoun (21 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 3 PM to 4 PM
Bats are a necessary and cool part of our ecosystem; build your own bat habitats to strengthen their population. Call to pre-register. We're meeting at the Visitor's Center. Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov.  $5.50-$7.00 $10 per Bat Habitat 706-624-1321.
Handicapped Accessible
Bat Conservation in Georgia Rising Fawn (32 Miles)
Friday, May 13, 2016 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Presented by Wildlife Biologist Trina Morris of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, this program will highlight bat species of Georgia, fun facts about bats, why bats are important to us, and the cause of bat decline. A bat mist-netting demonstration will follow... $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Archaeology and Artifact ID Day Cartersville (33 Miles)
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Celebrate Archaeology month by bringing in your artifacts to be identified by professionals. Discover what archaeologists do and how they learn from artifacts. There will be various activities throughout the day.  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible
Volunteer Day / East Antioch Boat Ramp Rome (10 Miles)
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 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.
Junior Ranger Summer Camp Rising Fawn (32 Miles)
Monday, Jun 6, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 6, 2016 until Jun 12, 2016 
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
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Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to spend a week hiking, fishing, geocaching, learning outdoor skills, and having fun in nature...  $60 for the week. 706-657-4050.
Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge Cartersville (33 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Learn 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Etowah Games Day Cartersville (33 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Learn about games that early Native Americans played and how they have influenced modern games and sports.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Chief Vann House Days Chatsworth (37 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 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.
Volunteer Day / Heath Lake Rome (10 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
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.
Catfish Rodeo Rising Fawn (32 Miles)
10 AM - 3 PM from Sep 3, 2016 until Sep 5, 2016 
Bring the family fishing at our stocked catfish pond for the first weekend of the catch 'n' keep season. A limited amount of fishing gear is available for loan. Bait included in the price. Fishing lessons available.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Volunteer Event: Your State Park Day Rising Fawn (32 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
With free admission to the park in exchange for volunteering, Georgia State Parks Day is a great day to assist park staff and Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park in a number of needed service projects. Plan on getting a little dirty, having fun, and meeting new people... 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Invasive Plant Awareness - Your State Parks Day Cartersville (33 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Etowah and come learn about the invasive plants in your backyard, then participate in a park cleanup project. 770-387-3747.
Skills of the Past Cartersville (33 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Watch live demonstrations of crafts from the past. Learn about the skills Native Americans had that helped them survive in their everyday lives.  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling Cartersville (33 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Enjoy a hayride tour of the Etowah Mounds at night by torchlight followed by a fun evening of snacks and Native American stories. This is a Friends of Etowah Indian Mounds hosted event.  $5. 770-387-3747.
Christmas by Candlelight Chatsworth (37 Miles)
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 until Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 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.
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