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Second Saturday Guided Hikes Helen (30 Miles)
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Feb 13, 2016 
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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Discover Tallulah Gorge's Hidden Gems Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 11 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 12 PM to 2:30 PM
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A series of 12 hidden gems events will will take place in 2016. Each month will offer a unique event ranging from easy hikes to strenuous ones to paddling on a lake. Click this event for details. Please sign up in advance for the events. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Valentine's Day Hike at Richard B. Russell State Park Elberton (46 Miles)
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Bring your Valentine and join our Park Naturalist on a stroll on our trails and you will leave refreshed and loving nature! We will be looking for signs of Spring and observe how our animal friends at the park are preparing for their new arrivals! Dress appropriately for the weather and bring water ... $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
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Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals Helen (30 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 per day pre-paid by February 13th, $45 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Monday, Feb 22, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 7:45 PM to 9:45 PM
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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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Training for Volunteer Tour Guides Sautee Nacoochee (30 Miles)
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
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Become a Hardman Farm House Docent! Lead guests through the 150 year old Italianate mansion that was the summer home of the 65th governor of Georgia, Dr. Lamartine Hardman. Extensive training, mentoring, and materials are provided. The three part training will occur on Sundays, Feb...  There is a $15 fee to become a volunteer at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sties that includes supplemental insurance. 706-878-1077.
Volunteer Training Helen (30 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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Equestrian Workday 2016 Comer (38 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Join other horse enthusiasts as they help improve equestrian trails and related facilities at the park. Lunch and goodies included. Volunteers should bring tools such as shovels, gloves and pruners. Check back for more detailed information. more information 706-783-5349.
Downstream Privet Project Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Join the Friends of Smithgall Woods for a rewarding volunteer project that will help beautify the Visitor Center area. Learn about the invasive plant privet and help volunteers remove this plant from around the newly rebuilt ADA Visitor Center Trail along Dukes Creek. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Flies and Fly Water Helen (30 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 an Interpretive Ranger at Smithgall Woods...  $10/adult pre-paid by March 12th, $15 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Remarkable Georgia Women Sautee Nacoochee (30 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 11 AM
Prepare to be astonished as you hear about 15 women born before 1900 who made outstanding achievements in Georgia. Sara Hines Martin, author of "Remarkable Georgia Women", wears a historic dress and displays photos of the women as she speaks. Ms. Martin will have her book available for sale... 706-878-1077.
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Twilight Paddle Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Mar 25, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Apr 1, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
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Come out to Fort Yargo to enjoy peaceful night out on Lake Marbury under the bright moon. Learn about the history of the Fort while paddling with family. Space is limited; Pre-registration is required.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Dirty Spokes Off Road Duathlon Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 8:30 AM
Come out and enjoy some healthy competition. Dirty Spokes Production is sponsoring a duathlon (run/bike) on the bike trails. For more information visit Dirty Spokes website $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Forgotten History: Hidden Gems of Richard B. Russell State Park Elberton (46 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, May 28, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
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Our popular disc golf course is home to what remains of past homesteads that visitors easily overlook. This Naturalist-led hike will replay in living history how the families lived in previous centuries. An interactive demonstration garden is also planned for the site... $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
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7th Annual 18th Century Market Faire Winder (49 Miles)
Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 10 AM to 5 PM
Friday, Apr 1, 2016 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 10 AM to 5 PM
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Interact with living historians demonstrating life in 1790s Georgia. See craftsmen and women demonstrate their trade, frontier camps, native warriors, children's activities and music in the 18th century. Children under 12 free. Thursday and Friday will be open free for school groups...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Whitewater-Watching Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
Sunday, Apr 3, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
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Hike 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.
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Greasy Creek Falls Guided Hike Mountain City (24 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
This 3 hour guided hike will take guests through lush forest and rhododendron thickets to a remote creek and small waterfall. This is a moderate hike with some elevation gain and loss along the way. Appropriate clothing, foot wear, water and snacks are recommended. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
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Hike to Beaver Pond Overlook: Victoria Bryant's Hidden Gem Royston (25 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
This ranger led hike will take visitors to the very cool yet very under-visited Beaver Pond observation deck. This quiet spot is a haven for wildlife and is one of the most beautiful places within the park. The hike will be 3 miles long, so bring comfortable walking shoes, and plenty to drink... $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Full Moon Lake Paddle Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Friday, Apr 22, 2016 8:45 PM to 10:45 PM
Friday, May 20, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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Enjoy 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.
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Turtle Creek Bike Trail Ride Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Bring the whole family to ride this 1-mile beginner bike trail. The ride will be guided by a ranger stopping to look at cool things along the trail. Enjoy refreshments and games for those who do not want to ride. Meet at the Turtle Creek Trail across from the Nature Center...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Slackline 101 Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
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Join us for a unique opportunity to learn the basics of walking on a Slackline at the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 crossing of the Gorge. No experience necessary, just bring a pair of comfortable shoes and your balance! Ages 12 and up. Space is limited so call ahead to reserve your spot.  $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Firewise Community Preparedness Project Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Join the Friends of Smithgall Woods as we aim to keep our forest more prepared to fend off a wildfire. Volunteers will clean limb debris piles, blow leaves and remove invasive shrubs. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Junior Fishing Rodeo Royston (25 Miles)
Saturday, May 14, 2016 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Does your child enjoy the outdoors, fishing, spending time with their peers, and a chance to win great prizes? Then this Fishing Tournament is for them. The rodeo will be at the back pond. It is for children ages 16 yrs. or younger... $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Dirty Spokes Bike Race Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, May 14, 2016 9 AM
Come out and enjoy Fort Yargo's bike trails during this Dirty Spokes sponsored bike race. For more information visit their website at www.dirtyspokes.com $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals Helen (30 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 (30 Miles)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
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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Walking in Lady's Slippers Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM
The Pink Lady's Slipper is an orchid native to North Georgia and can be found at Don Carter. Join us to learn about this unique plant, its role in the environment and some of its traditional uses. We will also go on a hike to try and spot some Lady's Slippers in bloom. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Georgia's First Dig Sautee Nacoochee (30 Miles)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Hear about the first professional archaeological dig in Georgia with Archaeologist Max White, PhD. The Nacoochee Mound was partially excavated in 1915. Questions about who built it and what was discovered will be addressed as well as the significance of the dig. Call to register.  $5 and add a tour for $7. 706-878-1077.
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Tugaloo's Moonshine "Hidden Gem" Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Learn about the life of early settlers who once lived at what is now Tugaloo State Park. We will hike near unique remnants of old moonshine stills and see evidence of an old home place located on the park. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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A Memorable Memorial Day Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM to 9 PM
Join us for a holiday you and your family won't soon forget. Begin with our special "Hidden Gems" event followed by our 3rd Annual Doggie Pageant. Later we'll have Wiffleball on the Baseball field, all culminating with a campfire at the amphitheater, with s'mores, story telling, and campfire songs. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Gorge Floor Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Sunday, May 29, 2016 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Monday, May 30, 2016 10:30 AM to 3 PM
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Explore this stunning gorge with a ranger-led hike. First travel down 535 steps to a river crossing, then climb boulders and logs to get to Sliding Rock. Wear your swimsuit if you want to cool off in the natural slide. Bring water, lunch and snacks. space is limited register in advance  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Junior Ranger Camp Winder (49 Miles)
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, Jun 2, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Friday, Jun 3, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
This 3-day camp will include tons of outdoor recreational, educational opportunities including hiking, kayaking, fishing, nature art, and more. There will also be a living history component to the camp, with actors at the fort dressed in period clothing demonstrating life in the 1790s...  $75 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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National Trails Day Hike to Hemlock Falls Clarkesville (10 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Take a staff led hike to Hemlock Falls with us and enjoy the outdoors. 2.2 mile moderate hike in the North Georgia Mountains. Please bring water and be prepared to walk on uneven and sometimes muddy terrain. Park and meet at the Hemlock Falls Trail Head. 706-947-3194.
National Trails Day at Richard B. Russell State Park Elberton (46 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
National Trails Day Volunteer Work Day at Richard B. Russell State Park. Join us for a 2-hour Naturalist-guided hike while participating in general trail beautification. Meet at the Blackwell Bridge trailhead. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
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Master Naturalist Helen (30 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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Highland Walk Junior Golf Camp Royston (25 Miles)
Weekdays 9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 6, 2016 until Jun 10, 2016 
Whether a player is swinging the club for the first time or looking to refine his or her skills, Junior Golf Camp is a fun way for kids to learn the lifelong game of golf. By the end of the week, players will have learned fundamental skills, etiquette, rules and sportsmanship.  1/2 Day Session $150; All Day Session $250. $5 parking. 706-245-6770.
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13th Annual Highland Walk Adult/Junior Tournament Royston (25 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
This will be a Two-Person Scramble. The tournament requires one adult & one Junior. Ages 7 to 97 are welcome to play. $85 covers all fees, range balls, lunch and prizes. Call the Pro Shop to get signed up.  $85. 706-245-6770.
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Get Outdoors Day- Hike to Hemlock Falls Clarkesville (10 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Join a staff led hike to Hemlock Falls, a waterfall above the park. 2.2 miles moderate hike in North Georgia mountains. Please bring water and be prepared to walk on uneven and sometimes muddy terrain. Park and meet at Hemlock Falls Trail head. 706-947-3194.
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Witches Head Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
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This guided hike will take you to the bottom of the dam to view the witch's head rock and enjoy a relaxing lunch. Bring lots of water, lunch and proper foot wear. Children must be 8 or older no pets. Register in advance.  $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Family Paddle Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Join us for a relaxing family paddle around Tallulah Lake. Kids age 2 and up are welcome, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so call to reserve your spot.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones Helen (30 Miles)
Monday, Jul 25, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Monday, Jul 25, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
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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 pre-paid by July 16. 706-878-3087.
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Night Time Astronomy with the Atlanta Astronomy Club Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Join the Atlanta Astronomy Club at picnic shelter #5 to view the night sky through telescopes. Members of the club will be on hand to assist. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Travelers Rest "Hidden Gem" Toccoa
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Join the Ranger guided tour at the Travelers Rest Historic site Inn and discover the old post office and find the hidden compartment where Mr. Jarrett used to hide his gold. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Campsite and Trail Maintenance- Your State Parks Day Clarkesville (10 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Come out and volunteer to help with minor maintenance of hiking trails and primitive campsites. Work will include picking up litter and cleaning fire pits. Please bring water and be prepared to get dirty. Park and meet at Hemlock Falls Trail Head. 706-947-3194.
Jail Tales Trail Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Friday, Oct 21, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Participants will begin at the old jail house where there will be storytelling, then walk from the beginning of the Shortline Trail to a bonfire at the suspension bridge, where they'll enjoy roasting marshmallows and a hayride. The last walk beings at 8:30. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Haunted Hills Hayride Royston (25 Miles)
Friday, Oct 21, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Oct 28, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
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Join our annual spooktacular haunted hayrides, which are fun for all ages. Come early because ticket sales close at 10 pm. Tickets go on sale at 7:30 each night. We'll be showing a movie, have a bonfire and we will have refreshments for sale.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Ghost Legends of the Valley Sautee Nacoochee (30 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Storytellers transport visitors through the misty veil into a realm of ghosts and creatures of the night. Co-sponsored with the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association (SNCA), the event offers guests an opportunity to experience two historic landscapes under a fall night sky...  $15 per adult includes 6 stories, 3 at each site. $8 for teens. $12 for members of Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites or SNCA. A small handling fee will be added for each ticket sold. For tickets please visit http://snca.tix.com 706-878-1077.
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Trunk or Treat for Halloween Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Monday, Oct 31, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Park visitors can decorate their cars and hand out treats to children as they walk from car to car. Games will be provided for children while cars are being decorated. Prizes will be awarded for cars and costumes... $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Walk Off The Turkey with a hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
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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10K and 5K Trail Running Race Royston (25 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
Lace up your shoes and join this race. Register at www.dirtyspokes.com. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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GPS - Advanced Helen (30 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-paid by November 26th, $35 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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