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Hiawassee, Georgia
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Handicapped Accessible Saturday Evening Concert Series Helen (17 Miles)
Daily until Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 8 PM
Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music from Appalachian Mountain, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through mid-November. These programs are “pass-the-hat” donations for the musicians. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
Twilight Kayaking on Lake Trahlyta Blairsville (20 Miles)
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Join in on a ranger lead lake paddle on Lake Trahlyta. A ranger will go over kayaking basics. Enjoy the serenity of the lake at twilight. A ranger will go over the history of the lake as the night life becomes active.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Tallulah Gorge Floor Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 1:30 PM to 6 PM
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 1:30 PM to 6 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis is a strenuous hike with activities including hiking down 531 stairs, jumping from rock to rock on a river crossing, climbing over boulders and over and under logs...  $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Friends Fridays Helen (17 Miles)
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
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Join Smithgall’s advocacy group, Friends of Smithgall Woods, for an informal monthly meeting. Learn about volunteer projects and initiatives. Meet volunteers and Friends who volunteer and care for the park. The meeting takes place at the park’s Education Cabin; call for directions $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Rivers Alive! Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHelp clean up the beautiful Chattahoochee River in Helen. Friends of Smithgall Woods join a statewide effort to clean up our waterways and protect critical habitats. T-shirts will be available while supplies last. Register in advance to get directions and details. 706-878-3087.
First-Visit Tour Helen (17 Miles)
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Sep 6, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages.  Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Full Moon Paddle Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy a paddle on Tallulah Lake under a full moon. Space is limited be sure to call and reserve your spot. Children must be 8 or older and no pets. Max number of people per a canoe 2 adults and one child. Children under 15 must have an adult in their canoe.  $15 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunEnjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Handicapped Accessible Mountain Music and Arts & Craft Festival Blairsville (20 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.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Pioneer Day Toccoa (40 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Bring the kids and step back in time with historical demonstrators in period dress. Learn about Georgia’s last Stagecoach Inn and life in the 1830s.  $3-$5. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible Pancakes on the Veranda -- Your State Parks Day Toccoa (40 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8 AM to 11 AM
Join us for pancakes on the veranda to celebrate Your State Parks Day. Each plate includes pancakes, bacon or sausage, coffee and orange juice.  $7 per plate. 706-356-4362.
Mulch at Tallulah Gorge State Park Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTallulah Gorge is one of the oldest geological features in North America and one of the seven wonders of Georgia. Over 300,000 visitors hike our trails each year. Spend "Your State Parks Day" working alongside "Friends" of Tallulah Gorge spreading mulch on our trails.  Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 706-754-7981.
Georgia State Parks Volunteer Service Day - Your State Parks Day Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaFriends of Smithgall Woods invites volunteers out to the park to participate in volunteer projects and if new to the park, learn about volunteer projects that are available. 706-878-3087.
Your State Parks Day, Trail Maintenance Clarkesville (30 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Volunteers will help clean up and cut back overgrown vegetation on the hiking trails. 706-947-3194.
Lake Trail Clean-Up - Your State Parks Day Blairsville (20 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Join in on an park clean-up day along the Lake Trail. Crews will clean the trail by picking up trash and trimming trees. Please register by calling the park office. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Outdoor Adventure Day -- Your State Parks Day Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Tons of FunActivities geared for kids and adults of all ages, including camping, hiking, trout fishing, fly tying and casting, airgun shooting, archery and skeet shooting. Live native Georgia wildlife shows will be featured. 706-878-4738.
"Your State Parks Day" Geo-Caching Event Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis official event listed on www.geocaching.com will be geared to beginning and advanced geocachers alike. Spend time learning topics such as how to use equipment, tips on seeking caches, geocaching etiquette, and details of Georgia Parks' series of caches...  Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park Event. 706-754-7981.
Handicapped Accessible Fall Celebration Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Fall Hoedown Blairsville (20 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.
Trunk or Treat for Halloween Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPark visitors can decorate their cars and hand out treats to children as they walk from car to car. Games will be provided for children while cars are being decorated. Prizes will be awarded for cars and costumes... $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Whitewater-Watching Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunHike down to Bridal Veil Falls to watch brave souls whitewater paddle the Tallulah River. The water flowing through the gorge will be much stronger than usual, making the falls even more beautiful. Bring a snack and lots of water. The hike is strenuous. Register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
"Green" Bee Keeping Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
In this introduction to sustainable practices in hobby bee keeping, guests will learn about pathogen and disease identification, organic treatments, how to help hives overwinter, swarming behavior, creating a bee-friendly yard, and non-toxic pest and disease control...  $20 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Walk Off The Turkey Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Friday, Nov 28, 2014 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunTake a guided hike through the gorge floor to work off those extra pounds you acquired over Thanksgiving. This hike is strenuous and involves climbing over and under rocks and logs, jumping from rock to rock, and possibly getting your feet wet. Participants must be 10 or older. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Handicapped Accessible Using a Hand-held GPS Unit - Advanced Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Students will learn how to load maps and waypoints, create tracks and routes and trip planning using your GPS; performing area calculations using tracks; projecting waypoints; interfacing Google Earth with a GPS unit; using the electronic compass and altimeter...  $25 if paid by 11/15/14; $30 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Christmas Tree Lighting Blairsville (20 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.
Victorian Christmas Toccoa (40 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Visits Georgia’s last standing stagecoach inn while halls are decked with decorations reflecting the Victorian Era. Historical interpreters dressed in period style clothing will be on hand to help you experience the inn as an 1830s visitor. Free hot cider and teacakes will be served.  $3-$5. 706-356-4362.
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