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Polar Bear Plunge Helen (22 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 27, 2014 11 AM
Tons of FunThis family friendly event will have participants gather on the beach at Unicoi Lake, put on their brave faces, and plunge into the lake together for a quick dip. Register in advance with the given link or registration the day of the dip starts at 9:30am.  $10 per person or $25 per family. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
First Day Hike Tallulah Falls (30 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 (22 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.
First Day Hike on Lake Lanier Gainesville (14 Miles)
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin a ranger as we explore a beautiful backcountry area of the park before the trail is built. Our 2 mile cross country adventure will follow old road beds, ridges, hills and valleys. Moderate to strenuous. Call the Visitor Center to reserve a spot. Limited to 15 hikers.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
First Day Hike Winder (28 Miles)
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 2 PM
Bring in the New Year with a brisk walk and afternoon viewing of beautiful Marbury Creek water shed. Hikers will meet at the Nature Center for the 1/2-mile hike around Bird Berry Trail. No minimum age and ADA Accessible. Pre-registration required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Slackline 101 Tallulah Falls (30 Miles)
Saturday, Jan 3, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
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. No experience required. Ages 12 and up...  $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Volunteer Work Day Gainesville (14 Miles)
Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome join the Friends of Don Carter State Park every second Saturday of the month to participate in a variety of volunteer projects. Meet at park's visitor center. 678-450-7726.
"Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park" Meeting Tallulah Falls (30 Miles)
3rd Thursday of Month 3:30 PM - 5 PM from Jan 15, 2015 until Dec 17, 2015 
Join "Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park" to learn about the many volunteer opportunities available at Tallulah Gorge State Park. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Falls (30 Miles)
Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM
Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Friday, Mar 6, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 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.
Handicapped Accessible 40th Annual Fireside Arts and Craft Show Helen (22 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.
Whitewater-Watching Hike Tallulah Falls (30 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 (23 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.
Frogging by Ear (and other night sounds) by Kayak Winder (28 Miles)
Saturday, May 9, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin Linda May, Environmental Outreach Coordinator for Georgia's Non-Game Conservation Division and Frog expert, on this "frogging" by kayak tour. Learn what species of frogs live in Georgia, and how to identify frogs by ear, as we kayak around Lake Marbury...  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Holiday Gorge Floor Hike Tallulah Falls (30 Miles)
Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Monday, May 25, 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...  $5 a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Kids Day at the Park Helen (22 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHands-on exhibits in outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education give kids a chance to learn ways to stay healthy and appreciate the great outdoors. Kids can earn a badge through active participation. Archery, animal exhibits, compass games, air rifles, stream critters and more. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Your State Parks Day Shoreline Cleanup Gainesville (14 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 8 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us in supporting Don Carter State Park by participating in a shoreline cleanup. More details coming soon. 678-450-7726.
Your State Parks Day Helen (22 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.
Fall Celebration at the Hardman Farm Sautee Nacoochee (23 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.
Walk Off The Turkey Tallulah Falls (30 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.
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