Hiking Events


Friday, September 25, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Friday, Sep 25, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us most Fridays for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Friday, Sep 25, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
*Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 8 participants. Join our Naturalist for a guided hike along the Meadow Loop at Vaughter's Farm. Learn about some of the area's rich history and about the native species that call this old farm meadow home. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Sep 25, 2020 9 AM to 4 PM
Providence Canyon State Park - Lumpkin, GA
Team up and complete in our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the Park Office. Pictures must be brought to the Park Office with checklist by 4:00 PM Saturday. Prizes given for completed scavenger hunts. $5 parking. $5 parking. 229-838-6202.
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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Your State Parks Day - Trail Maintenance
Saturday, Sep 26, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Moccasin Creek State Park - Clarkesville, GA
Meet at the Hemlock Falls Trailhead by 9 a.m. to get started. Volunteers will help clean the trail and primitive campsites. Bring water and be prepared to get dirty. 706-947-3194.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Enjoy a day of volunteering with the staff and the "Friend's of Victoria Bryant State Park" we will be working towards beautifying and managing our forest. Parking is free for all volunteers that day, and a free hot dog lunch, as a "Thank You" for giving back! Meet at Archery Range. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us most Fridays for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Harvest Moon Night Hike
Thursday, Oct 1, 2020 7:15 PM to 10:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join a ranger for a easy to moderate, 3.4 mile full moon hike along Overlook Loop. Bring a flashlight and water, Geared towards ages 10 & up. Meet at Callaway Gardens Country Store Overlook. Pre-registration is required by calling the Park Office. Limited attendance of 15 people. 706-663-4858.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Friday, Oct 2, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
*Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 8 participants. Join our Naturalist for a guided hike along the Meadow Loop at Vaughter's Farm. Learn about some of the area's rich history and about the native species that call this old farm meadow home. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Guided Marsh Hike
Friday, Oct 2, 2020 9 AM to 9:45 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join our naturalist on a two-mile hike and learn about the unique ecosystem in the tidal marshes on the Sandpiper and Avian Loop Trail. Space will be limited to 10 participants as we are practicing social distancing, so pre-registration is required. Please call the park office to register your group! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to park office with checklist by 4 PM Sat. Winners will be called to pick up prize. Hunt changes all the time so you can participate all throughout the year. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Zombie Survival: Navigation
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn how to avoid the zombie horde and navigate to your safe zone using a map and compass. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration and pre-pay is required by phone or coming to the Park Office. Location disclosed upon registration. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Butterfly Migration Hike
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
This time of year many different species of lepidoptera are migrating south to over-winter. Join our naturalist ranger and learn about these fascinating species, and how to identify them. Space is limited to 10 people per hike. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-884-5999.
Edible Plant Hike
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020 12 PM to 1 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Join our Naturalist to search for local plants that have edible and medicinal properties. Learn how these plants were used by colonists, and people of the First Nations. Advanced registration required, limited space available. Reserve your spot today! Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. Please register in advance. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-884-5999.
Guided Hike
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist for a guided hike to learn fun facts about our natural resources! We’ll explore native plants and search for signs of wildlife. This program requires preregistration as spacing will be limited and social distancing will be enforced. Please call the park office to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup at Red Top
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020 9 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
We are joining the effort for the Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup! Come help clean up the shoreline to enhance our Parks and waterways. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and water. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Parking is FREE for volunteers. Please check in at the Visitor Center parking lot between 8-9 AM. 770-975-0055.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Fall Jr. Ranger Day Camp
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure and learning on this Fall break? This 3-day camp is geared toward ages 7 - 12 and runs from Oct 6 - Oct 8 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Call the park office to register. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020 9 AM to 4 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Make new discoveries in this picture scavenger hunt throughout the park. Come to the office starting at 9 AM to get the list of things to find. Those who complete their hunt by 4 PM will get to choose a prize from our Skidaway Island State Park prizes! All you need is a way to take pictures and to be ready to explore our park. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Fall Jr. Ranger Day Camp
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure and learning on this Fall break? This 3-day camp is geared toward ages 7 - 12 and runs from Oct 6 - Oct 8 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Call the park office to register. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Fall Jr. Ranger Day Camp
Thursday, Oct 8, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure and learning on this Fall break? This 3-day camp is geared toward ages 7 - 12 and runs from Oct 6 - Oct 8 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Call the park office to register. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Guided Hike
Friday, Oct 9, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist for a guided hike to learn fun facts about our natural resources! We’ll explore native plants and search for signs of wildlife. This program requires preregistration as spacing will be limited and social distancing will be enforced. Please call the park office to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Oct 10, 2020 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to park office with checklist by 4 PM Sat. Winners will be called to pick up prize. Hunt changes all the time so you can participate all throughout the year. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Zombie Survival: Navigation
Saturday, Oct 10, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn how to avoid the zombie horde and navigate to your safe zone using a map and compass. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration and pre-pay is required by phone or coming to the Park Office. Location disclosed upon registration. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Paddle and Hike to Indian Rock
Saturday, Oct 10, 2020 10 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This ranger-led paddle + hike around Lake Rutledge will take participants back in time to the 1930s. By paddle and then hike we will reach Indian Rock, one of the park's hidden jewels. Bring closed-toe shoes, water, and bug repellent. Call to register by paying in advance. Space limited to 8 participants. Social distancing required. $15 with a rental craft, $10 with your own $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Bark in The Park & Pet Costume Contest
Saturday, Oct 10, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Enjoy a hike with your furry companion on the Big Creek Nature Trail. Before the hike, your furry friends can enjoy our new dog park located near the office and show off their pet costumes. We will meet across the office from picnic shelter 3 and 4. Dog's must be on a 6' leash and have current vaccination tags. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Saturday, Oct 10, 2020 10 AM to 1 PM
Providence Canyon State Park - Lumpkin, GA
Join Providence Canyon State Park in Becoming and Outdoors Woman! Women of all ages will have the chance to learn campfire building, hiking pack essentials, and join our interpretive ranger for a hike into the canyons to learn about erosion. Class will begin at 10am, please pack a lunch and plenty of water. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Second Saturday Guided Hike: Wetland Loop Trail
Saturday, Oct 10, 2020 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods and enjoy the changing fall colors along the way! We will start at the Visitor’s Center and walk approximately 1.2 miles down Tsalaki Trail to the Wetland Loop Trailhead. Once at the wetland, we will walk around the beaver pond, which is a great place to see wildlife. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Sunrise Walk With A Ranger
Sunday, Oct 11, 2020 7:20 AM to 8:20 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Chat with a ranger and walk 1/2 mile in (1 mile total) to Buzzard's roost. Watch the sun rise (7:41 am) and learn more about the park. Coffee and treats provided at the end. Meet at Stone Amphitheater next to the Park Office. Limited to 15 guest. Must pre-register and pre-pay. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, Oct 11, 2020 9 AM to 4 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Make new discoveries in this picture scavenger hunt throughout the park. Come to the office starting at 9 AM to get the list of things to find. Those who complete their hunt by 4 PM will get to choose a prize from our Skidaway Island State Park prizes! All you need is a way to take pictures and to be ready to explore our park. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Beginner Birding
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join our naturalist on an easy, one-mile hike along the marsh as we watch for birds along the trail. This birding hike is beginner friendly, but seasoned birders are welcome to come share their knowledge with the group. Feel free to bring your own binoculars. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Guided Marsh Hike
Friday, Oct 16, 2020 9 AM to 9:45 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join a naturalist for a 2 mile guided hike through maritime forest and along our coastal salt marshes. The trails are close to the water and can be muddy in some spots, so bring sturdy shoes and insect repellent. This program requires pre-registration, as space will be limited to 10 participants and social distancing will be required. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Nocturnal Night Hike
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 7:30 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Enjoy an evening using your night-time sense and learning about nocturnal animals during the spookiest time of the year. Meet at the Black Rock Lake Trail. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to park office with checklist by 4 PM Sat. Winners will be called to pick up prize. Hunt changes all the time so you can participate all throughout the year. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Zombie Survival: Navigation
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn how to avoid the zombie horde and navigate to your safe zone using a map and compass. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration and pre-pay is required by phone or coming to the Park Office. Location disclosed upon registration. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Butterfly Migration Hike
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
This time of year many different species of lepidoptera are migrating south to over-winter. Join our naturalist ranger and learn about these fascinating species, and how to identify them. Space is limited to 10 people per hike. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-884-5999.
Edible Plant Hike
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 12 PM to 1 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Join our Naturalist to search for local plants that have edible and medicinal properties. Learn how these plants were used by colonists, and people of the First Nations. Advanced registration required, limited space available. Reserve your spot today! Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. Please register in advance. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-884-5999.
Paddle and Hike to Indian Rock
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 1 PM to 5 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This ranger-led paddle + hike around Lake Rutledge will take participants back in time to the 1930s. By paddle and then hike we will reach Indian Rock, one of the park's hidden jewels. Bring closed-toe shoes, water, and bug repellent. Call to register by paying in advance. Space limited to 8 participants. Social distancing required. $15 with a rental craft, $10 with your own $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Guided Hike
Friday, Oct 23, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist for a guided hike to learn fun facts about our natural resources! We’ll explore native plants and search for signs of wildlife. This program requires preregistration as spacing will be limited and social distancing will be enforced. Please call the park office to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Plant Hike
Friday, Oct 23, 2020 10 AM to 11:15 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Enjoy a marsh hike to the river and learn about the native and non-native flora of Georgia and our coast. The hike will be under two miles total. Bring water, bug spray, and sunscreen. This program requires pre-registration, as space will be limited to 10 participants, and social distancing will be required. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Primitive Arts DIY Class: Natural Glue Crafting
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Before super-glue and duct tape, people still required adhesives to aid in hunting and home building. Participants in this class will learn to make their own glue from natural elements. This class is open to ages 13+ with an adult guardian present for youth 17 and under. Limited spots available, call to pre-register. $40. 706-695-2598.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to park office with checklist by 4 PM Sat. Winners will be called to pick up prize. Hunt changes all the time so you can participate all throughout the year. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Zombie Survival: Navigation
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn how to avoid the zombie horde and navigate to your safe zone using a map and compass. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration and pre-pay is required by phone or coming to the Park Office. Location disclosed upon registration. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to park office with checklist by 4 PM Sat. Winners will be called to pick up prize. Hunt changes all the time so you can participate all throughout the year. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Howl-o-ween Leaf Hike
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the fall woodlands and all its inhabitants with your canine companion as we trek through hardwood bottoms along Pine Mountain Ridge; a moderate hike for ages 10 & up. Bring water and a snack. You do not have to have a dog to join us. Costumes optional. Meet at the Callaway Country State Park Lot by 1:15 pm. Limited attendance of 15. 706-663-4858.
Zombie Survival: Navigation
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn how to avoid the zombie horde and navigate to your safe zone using a map and compass. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration and pre-pay is required by phone or coming to the Park Office. Location disclosed upon registration. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Lookoff Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 7, 2020 9 AM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Take a hike with a park ranger while enjoying the fall season and amazing views from the top of Lookoff Mountain. This is a 3-mile moderate to strenuous hike. Meet at the Black Rock Lake Trail. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.

Friday, November 27, 2020

#OptOutside Stuffed Shuffle
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Do you want to work off some of that turkey weight while avoiding the malls on Black Friday? Join us as we opt outdoors on this guided mountain hike. This hike is moderately strenuous, but there is no better way to take in the last of the fall colors. Must call to register in advance, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Wormsloe Turkey Trot Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 10 AM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Come out on Black Friday for our Turkey Trot Scavenger Hunt! At your own pace, come tackle the 3-mile Battery Trail. Check in at the Visitor Center for a trail map and info about the Turkey Trot Coins you’ll be looking for along the way. Return to the museum after completing the hike and redeem your coins for a prize (while supplies last). $2 - $10. 912-353-3023.

Friday, January 1, 2021

First Day Hike 2020
Friday, Jan 1, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
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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