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#OptOutside on Black Friday


Trade shopping malls for waterfalls this Black Friday when you choose to #OptOutside. Created by outdoor retailer REI and celebrated by Georgia’s State Parks, the national movement encourages Americans to spend time with friends and family in the great outdoors, rather than fighting shopping mall crowds and traffic. Added bonus: working of that pumpkin pie! Many Georgia State Parks are hosting ranger-led events on Friday, November 29, including:

  • Birding for Beginners at Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs (9 a.m.)
  • 7-Mile Hike at Fort Yargo State Park, Winder (10 a.m.)
  • Colonial Toys and Games Outdoors at Fort King George Historic Site, Darien (1 p.m.)
  • Nature Walk at Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen (1 p.m.)
  • Nature Sketching at Etowah Indian Mounds, Cartersville (2 p.m.)
  • Post-Thanksgiving Paddle at Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge (3 p.m.)

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