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Walk Off The Turkey Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Friday, Nov 25, 2016 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Take 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.
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Christmas at the Gorge Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Come and see Santa, make crafts, enjoy Christmas music and have a snack here at the park. If you have a camara you can take your own photos with Santa. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes Helen (17 Miles)
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Dec 12, 2015 
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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12th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Blairsville (20 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.
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Emory Jones Book Signing Sautee Nacoochee (16 Miles)
3rd Saturday of Month 10 AM - 3 PM from Dec 19, 2015 
Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This new historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr...  Book Signing included with price of tour. Books are available on site and are not part of admission. 706-878-1077 ext. thursdaysaturday.
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Appalachian Heritage Holiday Camp Sautee Nacoochee (16 Miles)
Monday, Dec 21, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
When the settlers of Appalachia emigrated from their home countries, they brought holiday traditions that have been passed down over several generations...  $15 per child per day or $40 for all three. 706-878-1077.
First Day Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
What a great way to start the New Year – Go for a Hike! Join a ranger on a moderate 3.5-mile hike along the rim and through the woods. Children must be 8 yrs. or older. Bring water and snacks.  $5 a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Monday, Feb 22, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Enjoy a 1 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.
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Fun with Falconry Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 2 PM to 5 PM
Learn about the art of Falconry with Buster Brown, founder of Ga Mountain Falconry. Located at Buck Shoals, a short presentation will be followed by a live hunt. $40/adult, if pre-registered by 1/23/2016, $45 after. Limit 15. Please call the Visitor's Center for registration and information.  $40/adult, if pre-registered by 1/23/2016, $45 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals Helen (17 Miles)
Saturdays 10 AM - 3:30 PM – Feb 20, 2016 until Feb 27, 2016 
This course will consist of a day of classroom instruction (2/20) and one of outside exercises (2/27). The course will include the psychology, planning, and equipment necessary for survival. Instructor: Bob Finke, Master Sergeant, USA Special Forces (Retired).  $40 pre-registered by February 13th, $45 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Volunteer Training Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Make your mark on Smithgall Woods! Learn more about this special conservation area and what volunteer opportunities are available. Register by February 27th. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Flies and Fly Water Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 12 PM
In preparation for the upcoming spring fishing season, we will have a “how to” on fly tying, stream reading, casting, and more. Come at 9:30 to hear a presentation on Stream Entomology (aka stream critters) by Kathy Church, Interpretive Ranger at Smithgall Woods...  $10/adult pre-registered by March 12th, $15 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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GPS Basics Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Learn to use a hand held GPS unit with Scott Warner, Retired National Park Service Ranger. Classroom and field work will both be used to cover the basic functions of the GPS unit including marking a waypoint and creating a route. GPS units will be available for use. Register in advance.  $30/adult if pre-registered by April 23rd, $35 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
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Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions... $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Kids Day at the Park Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Bring your kids and their endless imaginations for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall. There will be outdoor games, arts & crafts, exhibits, and much more. Bring your sack lunch, and stay the day! $10 parking per vehicle. No registration required.  $10 parking per vehicle. 706-878-3087.
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Master Naturalist Helen (17 Miles)
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 6, 2016 until Jul 25, 2016 
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, an eight week training in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion will be offered. Call Kathy Church at 706-878-3087 for more info. Register by May 23rd.  $200 per person $5 parking. 706-878-4736.
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Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones Helen (17 Miles)
Weekdays 9 AM - 3 PM from Jul 25, 2016 until Jul 29, 2016 
Eco-Kids learn ways to support winged creatures in this active, hands-on camp. Kids will build their own bat house and bluebird house to take home. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. For ages 6-14.  $100 or $95 if registered by July 16. 706-878-3087.
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GPS - Advanced Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 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...  $30/adult if pre-registered by November 26th, $35 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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