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Second Saturday Guided Hikes Helen (30 Miles)
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Aug 8, 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.
Tightrope Lessons-"Get Outdoors" Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 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.
Lake Trail Clean-up Blairsville (53 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.
Perseids Party Elberton (46 Miles)
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a night viewing of the annual Perseid meteor shower... $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals Helen (30 Miles)
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM from Aug 15, 2015 until Sep 19, 2015 
4th Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM from May 28, 2016 until Aug 27, 2016 
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 (24 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Oct 18, 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.
Volunteer Blitz Thursdays Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
3rd Thursday of Month 1 PM - 3 PM from Aug 20, 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.
Full Moon Paddling Tour Gainesville (40 Miles)
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy paddling at night along the beautiful Lake Lanier under the light of a full moon! Experience the wonders of nature that are unique to nighttime and create a memory that you will never forget! Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance...  $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Fungus Frolic Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Why does everyone want to hang out with the mushroom? Because he is a fun-gi to be around! Want to learn more about mushrooms and other fungi? Join us for a fungus presentation and hike with Associate Professor of Mycology at Clemson University, Julia Kerrigan.  $15 if pre-paid, $20 after 8/21. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Full Moon Paddle Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
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 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Monday, Oct 26, 2015 7 PM to 9 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.
Labor Day Twilight Paddle Winder (49 Miles)
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy this relaxing paddle around scenic Lake Marbury. Learn about the history of the old fort, and enjoy the view under the setting sun. Space is limited, advance registration required.  15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Holiday Gorge Floor Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
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.
Volunteer Work Day Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 9 AM
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 9 AM
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 9 AM
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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.
Handicapped Accessible 12th Annual Mountain Music Festival Blairsville (53 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.
Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 12 PM
Join us for an afternoon in the park with live old time music, arts and crafts vendors and good food. This will be Don Carter State Park's second annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Lake Lanier Shore Sweep - Your State Parks Day Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 8 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us in supporting Don Carter State Park and Lake Lanier by participating in Lake Lanier Association's annual Shore Sweep. This annual event is organized for the benefit of Lake Lanier and all that enjoy its beauty. In past years Shore Sweep has had over 1,000 volunteers! 678-450-7726.
Beginner's Birding - Your State Parks Day Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaChickadee vs sparrow. Jay vs cardinal. Would you like to be able to tell the difference? Then, bring your binoculars, Beginner's Birding is just for you! Come see an identification presentation, receive your own i.d. guide, & go birding with us, at Smithgall!  $10 if pre-paid by 09/19, $15 after. 706-878-3087.
Your State Parks Day Mountain City (24 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.
Pollinator Garden Project - Your State Parks Day with "Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park" Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Join "Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park" for a volunteer work day. Projects will include creating a pollinator garden and sprucing up our rim trails. There will also be special lectures on creating your own pollinator gardens and monarch butterflies. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Richard B. Russell Trail Beautification - Your State Parks Day Elberton (46 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaDoes your organization need a volunteer project? Do you love nature and are looking for a way to get involved? This is YOUR day! Enrich your experience at the park by joining our Naturalist for an educational hike while we beautify our trails... 706-213-2045.
Paint up the Park - Your State Parks Day Royston (25 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Celebrate Your State Parks Day at Victoria Bryant by helping with various painting projects around the park. Bring some clothes you don't mind getting paint on and we will take care of the rest. Volunteers will receive free admission to the park... 706-245-6270.
Your State Parks Day at Tugaloo Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 11 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunTugaloo State Park will be having family fun with to celebrate the end of summer. We will have canoe races in the cove by the park office. After the races we will also have a volunteer event to clean up the shoreline after a very busy summer season. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Total Lunar Eclipse Paddle Winder (49 Miles)
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 8 PM to 10:30 PM
Don't miss this rare occasion to see a total lunar eclipse while paddling on Lake Marbury. Join a ranger and enjoy the beautiful night sky by kayak. Tour will meet at the beach area. Space is limited, please preregister.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Fall Celebration at the Hardman Farm Sautee Nacoochee (30 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 (53 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.
Haunted Hills Hayride Royston (25 Miles)
Friday, Oct 23, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Oct 30, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin our annual spooktacular haunted hayrides, which are fun for all ages. Come early because ticket sales close at 10 pm. We'll be showing a movie, have a bonfire and we will have refreshments for sale.  $5/person plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Whitewater-Watching Hike Tallulah Falls (12 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 Times and Places of the Cherokee People at Hardman Farm Sautee Nacoochee (30 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 (12 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 (12 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 (53 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.
Volunteer Training Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaMake 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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