Events starting 12/20/2019


Friday, December 20, 2019

Campfire, S'mores, oh my!
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come enjoy a campfire, S'mores, and good company. Meet at picnic shelter 5. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 4 PM to 7 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Come see the Mansion at West End in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, visits with Santa, and a trip down the Unicoi Turnpike by horse drawn wagon. Adults: $15, Seniors (62+): $12, Youth (6-17): $10, Children 5 and under: Free, Family Rate (2 adults+children): $40. 706-878-1077.
Fact or Faked Animal Myths
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 4:30 PM to 5 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Challenge your animal knowledge with this naturalist-guided activity to explore common animal myths. Meet at the program hut (behind mini golf). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Christmas Movie Night
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for a Christmas movie under the stars. Bring a lawn chair, water and bug repellent. Bring blankets or wear warn clothing. Meet at picnic shelter across from campground. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Cosmic Archery
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Archery Instructor for this spectacular program! During our Cosmic Archery program you will get to fine tune your archery skills in the dark with the assistance of black lights, glow in the dark targets, and glow sticks. Cost is $25/person (ages 18+). Call 770-389-7801 to register. Space is limited. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Holiday Movie Under the Stars!
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come out for a movie under the stars! We'll give clues throughout the week of what we're showing. Bring a blanket, chairs, bug spray, and your favorite movie snacks! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Saturdays 6 PM - 10 PM  
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Thanksgiving through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field and office area which have been beautifully decorated with Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Winter Solstice Sunset and Shopping at Black Rock Mountain State Park
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Enjoy the sunset on the Winter Solstice while enjoying Smores and hot chocolate. The gift shop will also be open with extended hours so that you can shop for those last minute unique gift items. Annual Park Passes and gift cards will also be available for purchase. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM until Dec 28, 2019 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Bring your camera and take a look around our park for the items on our scavenger hunt list. Take a picture with each item on our list and bring your completed list and pictures to the office to claim your prize. Remember, this is not a race, have fun! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Holiday Craft - Pinecone Christmas Tree
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us at the Nature Center for this special craft where we'll decorate pinecones to transform them into tiny Christmas Trees. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Escape the Gold Museum: Santa's Missing List
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
It's almost time for Christmas, but this year Santa has a problem. Blitzen has eaten the nice list! Santa has backup list, but he keeps it hidden the Dahlonega Gold Museum. He needs your help to find the backup list in 20 minutes and save Christmas! $5. 706-864-2257.
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Pine Cone Reindeer Ornaments
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Make your very own natural Reindeer ornament! Festive, perfect for the Christmas Tree, and super cute! Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. $1 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Archery
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join us for a fun afternoon of shooting compound bows! Beginners and experts alike welcome. No licence required. Suitable for all ages, although children under 6 may need adult assistance. Meet @ Pavilion by Archery Range. Please arrive on time so you are able to participate. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Holiday Music
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 5 PM to 7 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join us and relax by listening to wonderful music. Free with Park Pass. Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Holiday Movie and Campfire
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 8 PM to 10 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Enjoy a holiday movie at the Park held at the shelter by the Archery Range. Feel free to bring blankets, and if you get a little chilly, warm up by the fire! Free Event, snacks available for $1. Free, Snacks for $1 $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 8 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up (2-6 people) and compete in our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4:00 PM Saturday. Winner announced at 4:00 PM. Prizes awarded. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Sock Shoot
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 12:30 PM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Help us collect new youth or adult socks for local shelters and enjoy a stationary, archery-target shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction and equipment. Pre-register and pay at park office or register and bring 3 pairs of new socks for a donation. Walk-ins must pay correct change on-site. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Reindeer Ride
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Saddle up with the wrangler elves at Roosevelt Stables, Celebrate the holiday season with a 1-hour, guided horseback ride through the winter woodlands. Must pre-register and pre-pay by calling Roosevelt Stables. Geared towards ages 6 and up. $50 plus $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
Holiday Bingo And Winter Campfire
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Adults and families play our famous winter bingo under the trees and stars. Prizes and campfire with marshmallow roast. Wear your ugliest Holiday Sweater. Sweater awards each program. Meet at covered shelter next to Trading Post. Bring a flashlight or lantern and dress for the weather. Correct change at the door. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Decorated Campsite Contest
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 6 PM to 7:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Show us your PG-13 rated, creative side at your site. Make us believe you love the winter holidays and camping. No nails or staples on plants. No unattended candles or fires. Leave no trace decorating ideas. You do not have to be present to win. Ribbons/Prizes placed at winning campsites for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Make A Homemade Ornament
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join one of our rangers in a fun craft and make your loved one a homemade Christmas ornament! 912-437-4770.
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Make A Homemade Ornament
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join one of our rangers in a fun craft and make your loved one a homemade Christmas ornament! 912-437-4770.
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Winter Festival
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 5 PM to 9 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy the lights throughout the campground and cabins on a festive wagon ride. Listen to holiday stories about the Winter Solstice, vote for your favorite gingerbread house, watch a winter movie, roast marshmallows, and more! $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Coffee With the Ranger
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy a cup of coffee and a scoop of peach Dutch oven dump cake with a Hard Labor Creek ranger. Swap a few stories, answer some questions about the park history, and learn a few tricks for cooking outdoors. Samples while supplies last. Meet at the visitor center. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Guided Geocaching
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
With the help of a ranger, enjoy exploring nature with family while finding Hard Labor's treasures. Bring a smart phone, a toy for trading, and water. Wear closed-toed shoes for this off-trail program. Meet at the visitor center. Please download the free Geocache mobile app at: www.geocaching.com/play/mobile before coming to the park. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 4 PM to 7 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Come see the Mansion at West End in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, visits with Santa, and a trip down the Unicoi Turnpike by horse drawn wagon. Adults: $15, Seniors (62+): $12, Youth (6-17): $10, Children 5 and under: Free, Family Rate (2 adults+children): $40. 706-878-1077.
Winter in the Woods Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Come on a guided hike to enjoy our park as it prepares for the cold and learn about winter adaptations. Meet at the Overland Nature Trailhead (in the Spring Picnic Area). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Christmas Ornament Craft
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Participants will have the option to choose from several different styles of ornaments with varying levels of difficulty to try their hand at making themselves to take home and put on their tree. Examples include: paper snowflakes, pipe cleaner candy canes and snowflakes, wood round ornaments and more. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Hay Rides and S'Mores
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Meet at the campground picnic shelter to join us on some fun hay rides through the park. Great family fun can also be had after the ride making s'mores around our campfire. Hayrides limited to 12 riders. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Ornament Painting and Cookie Decorating
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Create something fun and memorable this year to hang on your tree. Bring your creativity and imagination as we create unique ornaments that will be a keepsake for years. Not only will you be making a ornament but you will be decorating cookies too. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Christmas of the Past
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Step back in time where Christmas gifts were made by hand and Christmas tree decorations were made from mother nature's bounty. Be greeted by staff wearing authentic period outfits on the museum porch. Guests will help decorate the tree with natural ornaments, enjoy hot cocoa, a museum tour, hayrides and caroling. $5 per person or $15 per family $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Intro to Tree Climbing
3rd Saturday of Month 1 PM - 2 PM  
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Climbing
3rd Saturday of Month 3 PM - 4 PM  
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Iron Skillet Iron Pour
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 11 AM to 4 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join Rangers December 21st for our Iron Skillet Iron Pour from 11 am-4 pm. Ranger will lead a Q&A at 11 am followed by a mold making demo at noon. Pouring will begin around 2 pm. Event is at the Casting Shed behind the new Visitor Center. No scratch blocks will be sold at this event. All vehicles must display a parking pass. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Overlook Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Join us for a Ranger led hike to the lower Overlook. As you stroll along the banks of Antioch Lake, we will share this area's unique history, flora and fauna. Once we arrive at the Overlook, the Ranger will discuss the unique Rocky Mountain Hydroelectric Plant. The trail is considered easy. Please meet in the Visitor information parking lot. Per Vehicle $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
Guided Tour of Roosevelt's Little White House
Saturdays 9:30 AM - 11 AM until Jan 4, 2020 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Join the staff historian for a 90-minute guided tour of the Memorial Museum, Grounds and Historic Site at 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. Call 706-655-5870 to make your reservations $20. 706-655-5870.
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Birding By Boat Paddle
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, Ospreys, and Egrets are some of the birds guests may see on this beginner-friendly kayak tour. We'll paddle approximately 2 miles, stopping along the way to see an active eagle's nest and observe wading birds in their natural habitat. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night time guided hike will travel 1 mile round-trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. Meet at the trail head parking lot across from cabin 1. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Beginning Archery
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come learn the basics of archery and test your skills on our archery range. This program will cover basic safety and technique. Equipment will be provided. Participants must be at least 10 years old. Advance registration by phone is required. Please plan on arriving 10 minutes early to allow time to make your way to the archery range. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Christmas in the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Feeling festive? Join us at Smithgall Woods for a holiday get together in our primitive cabin. We will warm ourselves by the fire while enjoying hot chocolate and hot cider. Make a Christmas ornament for your loved one or enjoy time with family. We ho-ho-hope to see you there! $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 9 AM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Visit us in the Visitor’s Center/Museum anyime from 9AM to 5PM for for a scavenger hunt. This fun indoor hunt will lead you throughout the museum and gift shop to gather clues. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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1850's New Manchester Christmas Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a moderate, mile long festive hike as we learn about mid-1800s Christmas traditions in the area. We will be hiking down to the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek and will end our hike inside the impressive textile mill of New Manchester. No children under 6 or dogs please. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Green Building Tour and Workshop
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Our Visitor’s Center is one the most advanced Green Buildings anywhere. It has received the highest certification possible, LEED Platinum. There will be a short talk, then a 30 minute tour of the building. Afterwards we will design and then draw or construct our own green building. Reservations required. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candle Dipping 101
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join us at the campground pavilion to learn the basics of candle dipping! All supplies provided for $5 per person. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM  
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Thanksgiving through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field and office area which have been beautifully decorated with Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Ravenous Reptiles
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Have you ever wondered how a Snake swallows its food? Join us to witness and learn about native reptiles firsthand. Pet a live Snake. Meet @ Park Office. Free Event, Donations Appreciated. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Reindeer Ride
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Saddle up with the wrangler elves at Roosevelt Stables, Celebrate the holiday season with a 1-hour, guided horseback ride through the winter woodlands. Must pre-register and pre-pay by calling Roosevelt Stables. Geared towards ages 6 and up. $50 plus $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
Cooking a Soldier's Ration
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 11 AM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Meet one of Fort King George's Redcoat soldiers in his barracks as he prepares a meal from the meager rations supplied to him. If you ask nicely, he may even have a recipe or two to share with you. 912-437-4770.
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Cannon Ball Crater Hike
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 10 AM to 11 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Some of the largest weapons of the civil war were naval artillery pieces known as Dahlgren guns. This ranger led hike explores an area of the park where these weapons have left numerous craters. This is a bushwhackers hike off of our trail system. Please where appropriate shoes and clothing for traversing natural areas. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
From Rice to Rebellion Fort Tour
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
The story of rice cultivation begins with the founding of the colony of Georgia in 1733, and was the regions largest economic export up until the American Civil War. The strategic placement of Fort McAllister was not only to protect the citizens of Savannah, but also the many rice plantations that lined the Ogeechee River. $9. 912-727-2339.
The Boys Who Built the Park - CCC Program
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 5 PM to 5:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Come learn about the men who built the beautiful structures we enjoy at the park today. We'll take a short walk around the front of the park to look at the CCC's handiwork. This program requires pre-registration. Please call the park office at 770-504-2277 to register. $5 parking. 770-507-2277.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 3 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Christmas Movie Night in the Park
Monday, Dec 23, 2019 6 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Catch a family friendly Christmas movie under the stars! Meet a ranger at the stage and don't forget to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on. Concessions will be available. Parking will be located in the ball field. In the case of inclement weather the event will be moved to the beach pavilion. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Thanksgiving through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field and office area which have been beautifully decorated with Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Firetruck Santa Visits Campground
Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 6:45 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Pine Mountain Fire Department will be bringing Santa to the campground. Meet at the parking area in front of the Trading Post in the campground. Time may vary a little, but he will arrive with sirens blaring for a ride-through visit. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Wednesday, Dec 25, 2019 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Thanksgiving through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field and office area which have been beautifully decorated with Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Thursday, December 26, 2019

River Walk
Thursday, Dec 26, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Walk the Etowah River with the Naturalist and learn about the history, and wildlife surrounding it. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Children's Nature Hike
Thursday, Dec 26, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike for children (6 years and older) will focus on learning more about the beautiful Piedmont forest we live in, especially the animals and plants of this area. We will be hiking down to and inside the five story Civil War-era New Manchester mill alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Parents are welcome also. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Thursday, Dec 26, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Roving Naturalist
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Our Naturalist will be roving the park with interesting pieces of history and nature to share with the guests $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Holiday Sock Shoot
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 12:30 PM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Help us collect new youth or adult socks for local shelters and enjoy a stationary, archery-target shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction and equipment. Pre-register and pay at park office or register and bring 3 pairs of new socks for a donation. Walk-ins must pay correct change on-site. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Campfire Circle with Friends
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 3 PM to 5 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Gather around the campfire with friends, family, and park rangers to swap stories and roast marshmallows. Hot chocolate, coffee, and tea will be offered, along with classic campfire stories and sing along songs. Meet at the fire ring behind the Visitors Center. Suggested $1 donation. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Campfire, S'mores, oh my!
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come enjoy a campfire, S'mores, and good company. Meet at picnic shelter 5. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Christmas Movie Night
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for a Christmas movie under the stars. Bring a lawn chair, water and bug repellent. Bring blankets or wear warn clothing. Meet at picnic shelter across from campground. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Fireside Hike
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come join our Ranger for a one-mile winter hike on the beautiful Beaver Trail learning about the season's flora and fauna. Then enjoy marshmallows and a cup of cocoa in front of the fire to warm up. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Swamp Smarts Trivia
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 7 PM to 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Bring your knowledge of the Okefenokee and the state of Georgia to this fun trivia challenge. Play as a group or an individual and test your swamp smarts. Topics will range from wildlife and nature to history and maybe a few surprise topics. Study up! $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Children's Nature Hike
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike for children (6 years and older) will focus on learning more about the beautiful Piedmont forest we live in, especially the animals and plants of this area. We will be hiking down to and inside the five story Civil War-era New Manchester mill alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Parents are welcome also. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Bring your camera and take a look around our park for the items on our scavenger hunt list. Take a picture with each item on our list and bring your completed list and pictures to the office to claim your prize. Remember, this is not a race, have fun! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Snowy Owl Craft
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Come learn all about owls in Georgia and participate in a snowy owl pine cone craft. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Jingle Bell Ride
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 2 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Saddle up with wrangler guides from Roosevelt Stables for a winter woodland adventure. Geared towards ages 6 and up. Call the stables to sign up and pay ahead of time. $50 plus $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 8 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up (2-6 people) and compete in our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4:00 PM Saturday. Winner announced at 4:00 PM. Prizes awarded. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fairy House and Fairy Room Contest
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 11 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create furniture and decor for one room or design a whole house using outdoor-sturdy, unique, natural materials. Show us whimsical creativity. Must pre-register and prepay Contact office for more info. Deliver to Park Office. Check in at 11:00 AM. Peoples' choice judging until 2:45 PM. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Sock Shoot
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 12:30 PM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Help us collect new youth or adult socks for local shelters and enjoy a stationary, archery-target shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction and equipment. Pre-register and pay at park office or register and bring 3 pairs of new socks for a donation. Walk-ins must pay correct change on-site. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bingo And Winter Campfire
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Adults and families play our famous winter bingo under the trees and stars. Prizes and campfire with marshmallow roast. Wear your ugliest Holiday Sweater. Sweater awards each program. Meet at covered shelter next to Trading Post. Bring a flashlight or lantern and dress for the weather. Correct change at the door. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Colonial Playtime- CANCELED
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Spend some time outside learning about and playing with our Colonial toys and games. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
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Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 1 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
The fort's plantation house will be open and ready to be explored. An interpretive ranger portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to candle making. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
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Civil War Candle Making
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our living historians for a demonstration on 19th century candle making. Try your hand at making your own candle. 912-727-2339.
Winter Crafts
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Create your own winter animal, practice making paper snowflakes, and create your own wintry scene from natural materials. This activity will involve paint and glue, so be sure to dress to get messy! Meet at the Interpretative Center (old Visitors Center). $3 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Meet Watson- Gopher Tortoise
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come and meet George L Smith's mascot, Watson. Learn about Gopher Tortoises and hear about Watson's travels to Georgia and how he is considered a "keystone Species". $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Winter Wonder Hike on the Mountain Bike Trail
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 10 AM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger on this 5 mile hike on a mountain bike trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and gentle cascading streams. Bring a camera to record your journey, water, and a light lunch or snacks. Recommended for people over 10 years old. Pre-registration required. Meet at the visitor center, as we will caravan to the starting point. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Wagon Rides and Hot Cocoa
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 4 PM to 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join in on the holiday activities. We will have the trailer decorated with lights and ornaments while taking a wagon ride through the park. Warm up with hot coca before the ride. Rides start every 30 min from the Trading Post/Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Nature's Guide to Staying Warm
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 10:30 AM to 11 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Have you ever wondered how nature survives during the cold winter? Come learn about some of the adaptations plants and animals use to survive the colder weather. Meet at the program hut (behind the mini golf). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Tails on Trails Hike
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Walk the 3/4 mile Overland Nature Trail with your 4-legged friend! All dogs must be on leash and friendly. Meet at the trailhead (in the Spring Picnic Area). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Meet the Turtles
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come to the Interpretive Center for this live animal presentation where you'll learn about turtles found in Georgia and get to meet the turtles in our care. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Snowy Owl Craft
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come learn about owls of Georgia and make a snowy owl out of a pinecone. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Hay Rides and S'Mores
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Meet at the campground picnic shelter to join us on some fun hay rides through the park. Great family fun can also be had after the ride making s'mores around our campfire. Hayrides limited to 12 riders. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
A is for Archery
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Just learning to shoot a bow and arrow? Want to brush up? Here’s your chance to get a Ranger led course on basic archery. From solid stances, terminology, safety, and target practice our Ranger will help you improve your archery skills. $7 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Year End Scavenger Hunt and Games
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Search the park and look for treasures on this scavenger hunt. This can be fun for the whole family or individuals. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Sunset Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire, where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Guided Tour of Roosevelt's Little White House
Saturdays 9:30 AM - 11 AM until Jan 4, 2020 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Join the staff historian for a 90-minute guided tour of the Memorial Museum, Grounds and Historic Site at 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. Call 706-655-5870 to make your reservations $20. 706-655-5870.
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Birding By Boat Paddle
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, Ospreys, and Egrets are some of the birds guests may see on this beginner-friendly kayak tour. We'll paddle approximately 2 miles, stopping along the way to see an active eagle's nest and observe wading birds in their natural habitat. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Park History Paddle
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Hear all about the history of our park and historical sites that are now under the waters of lake Seminole. We'll paddle approximately 1.5 miles round-trip, stopping along the way to discuss some colorful stories about the early days of the park and various submerged historical sites. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night time guided hike will travel 1 mile round-trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. Meet at the trail head parking lot across from cabin 1. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
End of The Year Archery
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Meet at the archery range to participate in this beginners archery lesson. Call the park office at 706-245-6270 to reserve your spot . $15 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Jingle Bell Ride
Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 2 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Saddle up with wrangler guides from Roosevelt Stables for a winter woodland adventure. Geared towards ages 6 and up. Call the stables to sign up and pay ahead of time. $50 plus $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
Hogmanay: A Scottish New Year
Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Celebrate the fast-approaching New Year with us, Scottish Style. An evening to include an 18th century immersive event complete with town tavern, bonfires, cannon firing, and light food. Cost: $30 early bird or $35 at the door, Both prices include 2 drink tickets. Drinks provided by Waterfront Wine & Gourmet. $30 - $35. 912-437-4770.
Magnolia Hike
Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Walk with our naturalist on our Magnolia Trail and observe salt marshes, Red Bird Creek, and a fresh water pond. The entire hike will be about 3 miles long. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a 6ft leash. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Marsh Hike Along the Sandpiper
Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join us for a guided hike along the Sandpiper Trail and learn about the marsh and the creatures that call it home. Meet at the Sandpiper Trail head. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp
Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Sit back and relax while one of our rangers takes you on Billy's Lake for a beautiful Okefenokee sunset. Enjoy the wildlife and changing colors of the sky as the sun drops beneath the horizon. Listen for the sounds of frogs and barred owls echoing across the swamp and keep an eye out for alligators along the waters edge. $15 - $20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Coffee With a Ranger
Monday, Dec 30, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
9:00 a.m. Coffee with a Ranger: Start your morning right! Join one of our park rangers for coffee and conversation about what’s happening at Skidaway Island State Park. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Last Day Hike
Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 4 PM to 5 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Celebrate the last day of 2019 with a short guided hike. The tour will include both history and nature features of the site. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Big Ferry Trail Hike
Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come learn the about the park and our native flora and fauna along the Big Ferry Trail with a park ranger. Meet at trail head. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

First Day Hike 2020
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9:30 AM to 1 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Come get started with your New Year’s resolutions; by joining us on a pet-friendly ranger-led hike. On the hike we will explore the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Alexander H. Stephens. We will meet at Lake Liberty, which is located in front of our park office. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. $5.00 program fee $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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First Day Hike Tennessee Rock Trail Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
We will be hiking the Tennessee Rock Trail. It is a 2.2 Mile loop that is rated moderate. It is the most popular trail at Black Rock Mountain State Park and will bring you to the summit at an elevation of 3640'. From this lush forest trail you can see three different states. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
1st Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9 AM to 10 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Bring in the New Year with a 2 mile hike on the Riverside Trail. We will talk about our New Years resolutions while we enjoy a snack at the tower. Register in advance by calling our office at 770-254-7271. Hikers will receive a special first day hike sticker. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Guided First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Start your year off right with a Ranger-led hike on our "Everliving" trail where you'll learn about native plants along the way including their historical and medicinal uses. Afterwards, hikers are asked to join us at the screened in shelter behind Cottage #4 to pick up their first day souvenirs and enjoy some traditional New Year's Day treats. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided First Day Hike
Thursday, Jan 2, 2020 to Thursday, Jan 2, 2020 - 11 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Start your year off right with a Ranger-led hike on our "Everliving" trail where you'll learn about native plants along the way including their historical and medicinal uses. Afterwards, hikers are asked to join us at the screened in shelter behind Cottage #4 to pick up their first day souvenirs and enjoy some traditional New Year's Day treats. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 11 AM to 1 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Start the year out right with a hike! Enjoy the scenery on this 3-mile trail hike. Please be sure to bring water, warm clothes, hiking-friendly shoes, and your sense of adventure! Meet @ Park Office. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Etowah's First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Start the New Year with a Short 1 1/2 mile hike around the mounds. Learn about the site's history and be prepared to experience the nature at our site on New Year's Day. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
First Day Hike East End Loop
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9:45 AM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Pine Mountain Trail Association members and new hiking buddies for a celebratory walk in the winter woodlands. This moderate 3.4 mile loop offers vista and woodland views along Pine Mountain Ridge. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather. Geared towards ages 10 and up. Meet at WJSP Tower Parking Lot. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
First Day Hike: Marina Mile
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
No matter your age or hiking experience, you can start your year off right by taking a short, easy hike at Florence Marina. Join a ranger on our one mile trail, and take a leisurely walk through the woods to a beautiful cove where alligators, great blue herons, turtles, and other wildlife are found. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
First Day Bike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for a multi-faceted event where you will bike around the park with the following stops along the way! (Bikes are provided) 1. Birding on the observation deck 2. Edible Plant Hike 3. Crabbing and fishing on Red Bird Creek 4. A light lunch and refreshments at one of our cottages. 5. Tour of the fort and museum. $20 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
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The Beginnings of America- First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Enjoy a leisurely walk, guided by a uniformed American Continental Soldier, into and around the earthwork fort. $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
The Beginnings of America- First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Enjoy a leisurely walk, guided by a uniformed American Continental Soldier, into and around the earthwork fort. $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
Black Bear Plunge 2020
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Start 2020 off with a thrilling plunge into our lake. This annual tradition at Fort Mountain is a fun way to start the year! Are you brave enough to take the plunge? We will serve free refreshments and have a nice hot fire! The first 200 people to register will receive a souvenir t-shirt. Registration is only the day of the event starting at 9am $15 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Start the year off right with a First Day Hike to the Stone Wall, Historic CCC Fire Tower and West Overlook to take in some breathtaking views. This is a moderate, rocky one-mile hike with plenty of nature, history and sightseeing to satisfy the whole family. Please register in advance. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Start the decade off with a 2-mile hike around the Marbury Creek Watershed. This hike will start promptly at 9:10am, following a brief introduction and safety discussion. Please bring water, snacks, and wear comfortable hiking attire. $3 per person over the age of 6. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
First Day Hike on Bird Berry
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Slept in but still want to start the year off with a hike? Join us for a leisurely 0.5-mile guided hike along the Bird Berry trail. This hike will start promptly at 1:05pm after a quick safety talk. We will be meeting at the Visitors Center and walk to the trail head as a group. Please bring water and wear comfortable hiking attire. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Start off the New Year right,with a nice, easy 1.5-mile hike on our East River Swamp Trail at 10 AM. Learn about the plants and animals that inhabit our Park. And get serious with another hike on West River Trail (3-miles) at 2 PM. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
3-Mile Trek for First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come out and welcome the New Year with a 3-mile hike down our Deer Run Nature Trail. Along the way we may observe white-tailed deer, various songbirds and be able to observe several Gopher Tortoise burrows. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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First Day Hike At Hamburg
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Hamburg State Park - Mitchell, GA
Join the Ranger at Hamburg State Park for our First Day Hike. We will walk the Red Trail and discuss the history of Hamburg State Park, while enjoying some picturesque lake front views of the Hamburg Grist Mill. Please dress for the weather, bring water, and wear sturdy shoes. Afterwards, we will tour the Hamburg Mill and Agricultural Museum. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-552-2393.
First Day Hike on the Red Trail
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 11 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This Ranger –Led hike will take visitors along gentle ridges and cascading creeks. Start the New Year off right with this 2 mile scenic hike. Explore our past as we walk by the remains of some unknown CCC constructions. Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hike geared toward active adults and children over 8 years old. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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First Day Hike on the Red Trail
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 3 PM to 5 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This Ranger –Led hike will take visitors along gentle ridges and cascading creeks. Start the New Year off right with this 2 mile scenic hike. Explore our past as we walk by the remains of some unknown CCC constructions. Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hike geared toward active adults and children over 8 years old. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Falls to Farm First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 7:30 AM to 5 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Take an 11 mile, one-way hike back in time from Anna Ruby Falls to Hardman Farm State Historic Site. This hike spans what was once the vast estate of Hardman Farm’s proprietary family, the Nichols. $40. 706-878-1077.
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Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail - First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Take a two mile hike along the Chattahoochee River from Hardman Farm to downtown Helen, GA, and back. You will see famous Nora Mill Grainery dam, interactive interpretive panels along the trail and follow the old Gainesville Railroad. This is an out and back, 2 miles round trip hike, starting and ending at Hardman Farm Visitor Center. 706-878-1077.
First Day Stroll at Hart
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 2 PM to 3 PM
Hart State Park - Hartwell, GA
Start your year off on the right foot with a Ranger-led hike on the 1/2 mile Nature Trail. Learn about the trees and wildlife you may see at the park and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate following the hike. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Start the new year off by getting your heart pumping on this moderate 2.5 mile hike. This will be a guided hike on our Tranquility Trail. We will meet at the Tranquility Trailhead at 10 AM. Please dress for the weather and wear closed toes sturdy hiking shoes. Everyone is welcome, but the trail is not easily accessible for strollers. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
First Day Sensory Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Start the new year with a renewed appreciation of the world around you with our First Day Sensory Hike! We'll be actively working to slow down and connect with our environment using all our senses. This hike is pet friendly and open to all ages. Meet at the Overland Nature Trail in the Spring Picnic Area. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
We will hike 2.4 miles on the Lake Trail. Adults, kids and dogs welcome. Wear sturdy shoes and dogs must be on a 6' leash. After the hike, you are welcome to join us and write your regrets for the 2019 year and burn them in our campfire. Then write down your hopes for the New Year and take that home with you as a reminder. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
First Day Dirty Boots Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Start the year off right with a Ranger-led hike along Big Creek Nature Trail. After the hike, all are welcome to join us around the campfire to write out your regrets for the year of 2019 and burn them in the fire. Hikers can then write down their hopes for the New Year and take that home for a reminder. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Bark in the Park First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 11 AM to 1 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Bring your furry friend for a Fist Day Hike along the Lake Trail. Adults, kids and canines welcome to join us on this easy 2.4 mile hike. Hikers should wear sturdy closed toe shoes and keep dogs on a 6' leash. After the hike, all are welcome to join us around the campfire to write out your regrets for the year of 2019 and burn them in the fire. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Ring in a New Year and join us for a 1-mile hike on our Nature Trail. Meet at the Beaver Trail and wear good shoes and bring water. Pets allowed on 6 ft. or shorter leash. After the hike, you are welcome to join us at the campfire to write down any 2019 regrets and cleanse them in the fire, replacing them with goals and hopes for the new year. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
1st Day Hike: 2020
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Start the new year off right with a hike at Mistletoe State Park. We will be hiking the Cliatt-Creek and Beach trails. Meet at the park office. It's a 3-mile easy hike. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain. Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2020. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Call to register. Click for times and details. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain. Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2020. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Call to register. Click for times and details. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 11 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain. Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2020. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Call to register. Click for times and details. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
First Day Hike into "Georgia's Little Grand Canyon"
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1 PM to 3 PM
Providence Canyon State Park - Lumpkin, GA
Join a ranger on a 3 mile hike around one of Georgia's beautiful wonders. Learn about the different geologic formations of the canyon, the various minerals that are found, and the history and ecosystem of the area. We will explore the canyon from the rim and the floor, so be sure to bring shoes you don't mind getting muddy, and plenty of water. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-6202.
Traditional Plant ID; First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Learn and practice plant ID skills on this ranger-led hike on the Sweetgum Trail. We will discuss traditional uses of trees, shrubs, and plants, and how to identify them. Meet at the Visitor Center. Get tickets from Eventbrite or call to register. We will be walking 3/4 mile on a moderate trail. Inclement weather may cancel the event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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First Day Hike at Dusk
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 6 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join a Ranger at dusk on our first hike of 2020. We’ll look for cool critters like raccoons, armadillos, opossums, deer and frogs. We may even see glowing alligator eyes in the water. Bring a headlamp/flashlight, water, comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, then meet us at the Birdwalk Trail trailhead. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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