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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunEnjoy 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.
Holiday Gorge Floor Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Friday, Jul 3, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water...  $10 a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Handicapped Accessible July 4th Celebration Blairsville (20 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.
Anna Ruby Tuesdays Sautee Nacoochee (16 Miles)
Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
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What was life like for a well-to-do girl in the Nacoochee Valley in the 1870s? Find out on Tuesdays in July. Period games, hairstyles, clothes and much more will be explored culminating in an in an English Tea with Ms. Kitty and Christina...  $30. 706-878-1077.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes Helen (17 Miles)
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Jul 11, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTake 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.
Volunteer Blitz Thursdays Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
3rd Thursday of Month 1 PM - 3 PM from Jul 16, 2015 until Sep 17, 2015 
Help Tallulah Gorge State Park by volunteering to assist with park projects such as trail maintenance, painting, and litter pickup. Afterwards, you can attend a "Friends of Tallulah Gorge" meeting to learn about how you can help throughout the year. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals Helen (17 Miles)
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM from Jul 18, 2015 until Sep 20, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaChildren 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.
Volunteer Days Mountain City (26 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome out and join us for fun and work! Projects may include clearing and maintaining trails, grounds cleaning and landscaping, painting, etc. Bring work gloves and a can do attitude! $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Handicapped Accessible Emory Jones Book Signing Sautee Nacoochee (16 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 9:30 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEmory 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.
Tightrope Lessons-"Get Outdoors" Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
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A .25 mile hike will take us to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. There we will learn about the history of the tight rope walkers at Tallulah Gorge and teach the basics of walking on a slackline. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, limit 20 spaces  $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Full Moon Paddle Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy a relaxing paddle around Tallulah lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Space is limited, so register in advance.  $15 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Lake Trail Clean-up Blairsville (20 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.
Handicapped Accessible 12th Annual Mountain Music Festival Blairsville (20 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.
Your State Parks Day Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome out to help clean and trim the park with seasoned volunteers. Learn about the park and meet great people who love the outdoors. Also take a 2.6 mile hike along Dukes Creek to our cottages (and back) with commentary on the park history and all sorts of other park details. 706-878-3087.
Your State Parks Day Mountain City (26 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a ranger-led volunteer activity. $5 parkpass required. 706-746-2141.
Fall Celebration at the Hardman Farm Sautee Nacoochee (16 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 12 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy the natural beauty of the season with hands-on pioneer skills exhibits, hayrides through the site, traditional craft vendors, mountain music, and apple cider from a hand-cranked press.  $10 per vehicle. 706-878-1077.
10th Annual Fall Festival Blairsville (20 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.
Whitewater-Watching Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, Nov 15, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 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.
Handicapped Accessible Unicoi Wine Festival Sautee Nacoochee (16 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 11 AM to 5 PM
The Unicoi Wine Festival will take place at Hardman Farm on Hwy 17 in Sautee Nacoochee, across from the Indian Mound. Come enjoy wine tastings, gourmet food, live music, and local art. Call the White County Chamber of Commerce for more information. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible Times and Places of the Cherokee People at Hardman Farm Sautee Nacoochee (16 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with members of the Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association and musical performers, Women of Heart as they interpret the history of the native people in our area.  $5 for program plus $7 for tour of house. 706-878-1077.
Walk Off The Turkey Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 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.
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.
Handicapped Accessible 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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