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Hiawassee, Georgia
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Handicapped Accessible Festival of Trees Helen (17 Miles)
Daily until Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 10 PM
Beautifully decorated trees will be shown in the park's lodge. This is sponsored by the park, the White County Chamber of Commerce and the Alpine Helen/White County CVB as a fundraiser for the White County United Way. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Handicapped Accessible Holiday Tours at Hardman Sautee Nacoochee (16 Miles)
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM - 5 PM – Nov 29, 2014 until Dec 14, 2014 
Tour the "Big House" at Hardman Farm, gently dressed with simple holiday decor from the natural world. Tours are available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. An additional 5:00 p.m. tour will provide an opportunity to see the candle-lit house at twilight.  $8 Adults $7 Seniors 62 and over $5 Children 6-17 $3 Children 5 and under. 706-878-1077 ext. fridaysaturday.
Friends Fridays Helen (17 Miles)
Friday, Dec 5, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
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.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Friday, Dec 5, 2014 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM
Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 6:15 PM to 8:15 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.
First-Visit Tour Helen (17 Miles)
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from 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.
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 Holiday Open House at the Gold Museum Dahlonega (33 Miles)
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 9 AM to 4:45 PM
As a gift to the community, the museum will be beautifully decorated and admission will be waived. Dahlonega Gold Museum is housed in the oldest existing courthouse in Georgia, built in 1836. 706-864-2257.
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.
Handicapped Accessible Christmas Tree Lighting Blairsville (20 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 4:30 PM to 8 PM
Join us for the 11th 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... 706-745-2628.
First Day Hike- Bear Hair Gap Trail Blairsville (20 Miles)
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Ring in the new year by joining us for a Hike along the Bear Hair Gap Trail. This is a moderately rocky 4 mile hike. The hike will be lead by Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. Please meet at the Visitors Center Parking lot. Closed toe shoes required... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
First Day Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Tons of FunWhat 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.
First Day Hike at Smithgall Woods Helen (17 Miles)
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTake your first hike of the year at Smithgall Woods State Park! Hike a monderate 1.3 miles on flat roadway to Smithgall's beautiful cottage facility. Staff will lead the hike to one of the cottages where hot cider will be waiting... $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 40th Annual Fireside Arts and Craft Show Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM from Feb 21, 2015 until Feb 22, 2015 
With more than 50 of the Southeast’s finest artists and crafts people inside the Lodge for this Unicoi tradition. This indoor, juried show has a reputation for excellence and is a nice balance between fine arts and quality crafts. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
Campground Clean-up Blairsville (20 Miles)
Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Volunteers should meet at the Visitor Center Parking to help clean-up the campgrounds from 1-4pm. Volunteers will be blowing leaves off campsites, picking up trash and cleaning comfort stations. $5 parking fee applies. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Whitewater-Watching Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
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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.
Spring on the Unicoi Trail at Hardman Farm Sautee Nacoochee (16 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, May 9, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy a ramble through time on the grounds of the Hardman Farm, Georgia's newest State Historic Site. Explore emerging foliage, flowers, historic landscaping and stories of the families who planted them. Weather permitting.  $5. 706-878-1077.
Civilian Conservation Corps Workday and Open House Blairsville (20 Miles)
Saturday, May 16, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Join in on a trail project starting at 9am with the Georgia Appalachian Trial Club that is similar to what would have been done by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Meet at the CCC museum to get started... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
12th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo Blairsville (20 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
Kids 12 and younger come join us for the 12th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo. Wolf Creek will be stocked with plenty of trout and prizes will be given out to lucky ticket holders. An adult must accompany all children. Registration and Fishing start at 8am at Visitor Center parking lot... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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