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Handicapped Accessible Saturday Evening Concert Series Helen (30 Miles)
Daily until Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 8 PM
Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music from Appalachian Mountain, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through mid-November. These programs are “pass-the-hat” donations for the musicians. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
Tallulah Gorge Floor Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 1:30 PM to 6 PM
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 1:30 PM to 6 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis is a strenuous hike with activities including hiking down 531 stairs, jumping from rock to rock on a river crossing, climbing over boulders and over and under logs...  $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Moonlight Movie Night Royston (25 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 8:30 PM to 11 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaWe will be showing a movie in the field behind the office, so bring your blankets or chairs and get ready for some fun. We will have popcorn and refreshments for sale. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Handicapped Accessible Jr. Ranger Mini-Camp Lavonia (18 Miles)
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to join the Naturalist at the Nature Hut to do two activities towards earning their first Jr. Ranger Badge. Pre-registration is required.  $5 participation fee $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Friends Fridays Helen (30 Miles)
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
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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.
Twilight Kayaking on Lake Trahlyta Blairsville (53 Miles)
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Join in on a ranger lead lake paddle on Lake Trahlyta. A ranger will go over kayaking basics. Enjoy the serenity of the lake at twilight. A ranger will go over the history of the lake as the night life becomes active.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Piedmont CASA Superhero 5K and Fun Run Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunCome as yourself or come as your Superhero Self! Join us for the Piedmont CASA Superhero 5K Run and 1K Fun Run at Fort Yargo Park in Winder. The course will be walk friendly. Packet pickup and race day registration will begin at 7am.  http://www.piedmontcasa.org/ $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Rivers Alive! Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHelp clean up the beautiful Chattahoochee River in Helen. Friends of Smithgall Woods join a statewide effort to clean up our waterways and protect critical habitats. T-shirts will be available while supplies last. Register in advance to get directions and details. 706-878-3087.
First-Visit Tour Helen (30 Miles)
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Sep 6, 2014 until 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.
Full Moon Paddle Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy a paddle on Tallulah Lake under a full moon. Space is limited be sure to call and reserve your spot. Children must be 8 or older and no pets. Max number of people per a canoe 2 adults and one child. Children under 15 must have an adult in their canoe.  $15 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:30 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.
Handicapped Accessible Mountain Music and Arts & Craft Festival Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis popular event includes appalachian, bluegrass and gospel music. There will also be art and craft booths with handmade items for sale, and food concessions provided by Vogel Volunteers/Friends of Georgia State Parks.  $2-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk/Run Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 7 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance as they celebrate, honor, and remember gynecologic cancer survivors and patients, their families, caregivers and friends. Proceeds will support Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA) community outreach programs. www.gaovariancancer.org  For event fees, please visit: www.gaovariancancer.org $5 parking. 404-255-1337.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Pioneer Day Toccoa
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Bring the kids and step back in time with historical demonstrators in period dress. Learn about Georgia’s last Stagecoach Inn and life in the 1830s.  $3-$5. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible Pancakes on the Veranda -- Your State Parks Day Toccoa
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8 AM to 11 AM
Join us for pancakes on the veranda to celebrate Your State Parks Day. Each plate includes pancakes, bacon or sausage, coffee and orange juice.  $7 per plate. 706-356-4362.
Trail Clean Up-Your State Parks Day Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin the Fort Yargo staff in volunteering on our site working on the mountain bike and hiking trails, cleaning up the lakeshore, and working on erosion sites as we make the park better for our visitors. Bring gloves, shovels, loppers, or any other tools you may have. Meet at the Old Fort at 9 a.m... 770-867-3489.
Mulch at Tallulah Gorge State Park Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTallulah Gorge is one of the oldest geological features in North America and one of the seven wonders of Georgia. Over 300,000 visitors hike our trails each year. Spend "Your State Parks Day" working alongside "Friends" of Tallulah Gorge spreading mulch on our trails.  Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 706-754-7981.
Georgia State Parks Volunteer Service Day - Your State Parks Day Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaFriends of Smithgall Woods invites volunteers out to the park to participate in volunteer projects and if new to the park, learn about volunteer projects that are available. 706-878-3087.
Your State Parks Day, Trail Maintenance Clarkesville (10 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Volunteers will help clean up and cut back overgrown vegetation on the hiking trails. 706-947-3194.
Lake Trail Clean-Up - Your State Parks Day Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Join in on an park clean-up day along the Lake Trail. Crews will clean the trail by picking up trash and trimming trees. Please register by calling the park office. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Spruce up the Signs at Victoria Bryant Royston (25 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin the staff and volunteers at Victoria Bryant State Park for a day of putting up new signs in the park with lunch provided afterwords. Take the opportunity to learn more about how you can get involved with Friends of Victoria Bryant State Park. 706-245-6270.
Outdoor Adventure Day -- Your State Parks Day Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Tons of FunActivities geared for kids and adults of all ages, including camping, hiking, trout fishing, fly tying and casting, airgun shooting, archery and skeet shooting. Live native Georgia wildlife shows will be featured. 706-878-4738.
Your State Parks Day - Canoe Races Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunAges 12 and up are invited to join us for canoe races in the cove right behind the park's Visitor Center. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and prizes will be given to the winner of each race. Races are age specific and we will finish off with a Family Race. 706-356-4362.
Help Dress Up The Park at Your State Parks Day Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin volunteers at the park to help dress up the park entrance and visitor center with native plants and shrubs. Learn more about the newly organized Friends group and stay later for the bluegrass festival! 678-450-7226.
Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 12 PM to 7 PM
What welcomes the first weekend in fall more than an afternoon in the park with live old time music, arts and crafts vendors and good food. Join us for the first annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival. 678-450-7726.
"Your State Parks Day" Geo-Caching Event Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis official event listed on www.geocaching.com will be geared to beginning and advanced geocachers alike. Spend time learning topics such as how to use equipment, tips on seeking caches, geocaching etiquette, and details of Georgia Parks' series of caches...  Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park Event. 706-754-7981.
Shore Clean Up - Your State Parks Day Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHelp keep Lake Hartwell clean and participate in our annual shore cleanup. Check in at the park's Visitors Center to pick up clean-up equipment and to get an assignment. 706-356-4362.
Pup and Cat 5k Walk/Run/Hike Winder (49 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Tons of FunPup and Cat Co. will be conducting a 5k fundraising walk/run/hike for participants with their dogs. $5 parking. 678-420-4383.
Dirty Spokes Trail Running Race Series Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 7 AM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThe Dirty Spokes running race series includes four state parks: Red Top Mountain, Unicoi, Fort Yargo and Victoria Bryant. Dates and distances vary. Visit www.dirtyspokes.com to register.  Fee plus $5 parking. 404-310-3628.
Handicapped Accessible Fall Celebration Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Fall Hoedown Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunCelebrate autumn’s arrival with noon chili, hotdogs and drinks for sale, followed by a 3 p.m. cakewalk, 4 p.m. hayrides, 5 p.m. bonfire and square/line dancing, 6 p.m. trunk or treats, and 7 p.m. professional storytelling.  A $3 fee will be charged per person, per hayride for 13 years and up. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Solar and Night Time Astronomy Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 2 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEver wanted to safely look at the magnetic ferocity of solar flares and sunspots on our nearest star or view the wonders of the night time sky? Mr... $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Haunted Hills Hayride Royston (25 Miles)
Friday, Oct 24, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 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.
Trunk or Treat for Halloween Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPark 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.
Whitewater-Watching Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 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.
"Green" Bee Keeping Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
In this introduction to sustainable practices in hobby bee keeping, guests will learn about pathogen and disease identification, organic treatments, how to help hives overwinter, swarming behavior, creating a bee-friendly yard, and non-toxic pest and disease control...  $20 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Walk Off The Turkey Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Friday, Nov 28, 2014 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.
Dirty Spokes Race Royston (25 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 7 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThe Dirty Spokes running race series includes four state parks: Red Top Mountain, Unicoi, Fort Yargo and Victoria Bryant. Dates and distances vary. Visit http://www.dirtyspokes.com/victoria-bryant-georgia-series/ for more information and to register.  Race Fee plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Handicapped Accessible Using a Hand-held GPS Unit - Advanced Helen (30 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 Christmas Tree Lighting Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014
Join us for the 10th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, 3-bonfires, hot chocolate, cider, and cookies. Also, please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age. No toy guns or knives. 706-745-2628.
Victorian Christmas Toccoa
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.
Caroling Through The Park Royston (25 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaWhat's better than Christmas Parties? How about Caroling Hayrides, Homemade Ornaments & Sugar Cookies? Caroling Through the Park will have that and much more. It will be $2 per person for the hayride, $5 per photo for Pictures With Santa.  $2 for hayride $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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