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"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.
Handicapped Accessible Festival of Trees Helen (30 Miles)
Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 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 (30 Miles)
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM - 5 PM – Nov 28, 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.
Walk Off The Turkey Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Friday, Nov 28, 2014 10:30 AM to 3 PM
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.
Friends Fridays Helen (30 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 (12 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.
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.
First-Visit Tour Helen (30 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 (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.
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.
Handicapped Accessible Christmas Tree Lighting Blairsville (53 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.
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.
First Day Hike- Bear Hair Gap Trail Blairsville (53 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 Lavonia (18 Miles)
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunWelcome the New Year with a 1.2 mile moderate hike on the Muscadine Trail. Finish the hike at our Beach Pavilion where hikers can add a little "Luck and Wealth" to their year. Come enjoy a sampling of black eye peas and collard greens to your New Year... $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
First Day Hike Tallulah Falls (12 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 Victoria Bryant Royston (25 Miles)
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 11 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunMeet at the office for a Ranger led hike on our scenic Victoria's Path trail. This trail follows along Rice Creek which runs through the middle of the park. This trail is fairly easy walking but closed toe shoes are recommended. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
First Day Hike at Smithgall Woods Helen (30 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 (40 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 (49 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.
CCC Museum Workday Blairsville (53 Miles)
Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Meet at the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum for a CCC Museum work day from 1-4pm. Volunteers will be re-staining the outside of the building, doing general cleaning inside and general doing landscaping of the grounds. $5 parking fee applies. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Handicapped Accessible 40th Annual Fireside Arts and Craft Show Helen (30 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.
Lake Trail Clean-up Blairsville (53 Miles)
Wednesday, Feb 25, 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.
Campground Clean-up Blairsville (53 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 (12 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.
Annual Volunteer Workday Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 7 AM to 12 PM
Come volunteer to help with various projects to help prepare for the summer season. Projects include, refurbishing campsites, spreading mulch throughout the park, installing bricks in the “Memory Walkway”, cleaning trials, and a spring clean-up throughout the park... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Spring on the Unicoi Trail at Hardman Farm Sautee Nacoochee (30 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.
CCC Workday Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8 AM to 12 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.
Highland Walk Junior Golf Camp Royston (25 Miles)
Weekdays 9 AM - 3 PM – Jun 1, 2015 until Jun 8, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunWhether 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. Discounted rate for additional siblings. $5 parking. 706-245-6770.
12th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo Blairsville (53 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.
July 4th Celebration Blairsville (53 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... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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.
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. Music starts at 10am... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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.
Christmas Decorating Volunteer Day Blairsville (53 Miles)
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Volunteers should meet at the ball field to help decorate the ball field from 1-3pm weather permitting. Rain day to be scheduled later. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Tree Decorating Volunteer Day Blairsville (53 Miles)
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Volunteers should meet at the ball field to decorate the Blue Spruce for the Annual Tree lighting. Decorating will start at 1pm. Volunteers are also wanted to help clean-up after the tree lighting on December 13th. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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