Hiking Events


Friday, December 14, 2018

Fireside Hike
Friday, Dec 14, 2018 4 PM to 6 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.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas at the Springs
Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 2 PM to 6:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Bring the family to join in the festivities of the season. We will be celebrating Christmas with an elf hike, Christmas crafts, hayrides, Christmas scavenger hunt, roasting marshmallows, and face painting. Friends of Magnolia Springs State Park will have hot chocolate and hot dogs for sale. Also, enjoy the Christmas lights throughout the park. $5 per child or $15 per family $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
"Aldo Leopold Inspired" Habitat Hike
Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Join us on this ranger led hike, and learn to look at habitats the same way that Aldo Leopold, the father of wildlife conservation, once did. As we step back to a time void of technology, we will focus on using only our five senses to notice the micro-habitats that surround us. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Geocaching 101
Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 1 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
You will team up with an experienced geocacher and learn tips and how to find caches. We will be hunted some of the many caches found within the park. Experienced cachers are encourage to participate too. $3 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Photographer's Morning Out Hike
Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 8:30 AM to 10 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger who will take you to their favorite photogenic areas along the trails on the magnificent rapids and rocks of Sweetwater Creek as well as the spectacular New Manchester Mill (as seen in the film "Hunger Games: Mockingjay"). $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 11 AM to 12:30 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.
Hike through the Piedmont Forest
Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a park ranger for a leisurely hike through our beautiful Piedmont forest as we identify the trees, shrubs, and flowers and discuss the medicinal and edible plants along the way. Meet at the Visitor’s Center $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday Morning Hike
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our park naturalist on a short, scenic hike to learn about different topics ranging from flora and fauna to natural remedies. Guests should meet at the Visitors Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Kids Winter Scavenger Hike
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a kid friendly scavenger hike. Sip on hot chocolate while exploring the effects of winter on the park's forests. Each hike will be 1 mile long. We will meet at the Campground Amphitheater, and begin our hike promptly at 10:30 am. $2 per participant. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Kids Winter Scavenger Hike
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a kid friendly scavenger hike. Sip on hot chocolate while exploring the effects of winter on the park's forests. Each hike will be 1 mile long. We will meet at the Campground Amphitheater, and begin our hike promptly at 10:30 am. $2 per participant. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a 2 hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tails on the Trails
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Bring your four legged friend on a guided hike at Fort Yargo State Park! While this is a hike exclusively for dog owners and lovers, we require that your furry friend be kept on a leash at all times. Each hike will average 2.5 miles. Meeting places will switch date to date. Park Pass is Required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Parks After Dark 
Children's Nature Hike
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 11 AM to 1 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 the five story Civil War-era mill. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Hike the Entire Gahuti
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
The Gahuit Trail is the most challenging trail at Fort Mountain. Join a ranger and hike around 9 miles. Expect to see beautiful views, hike up and down the mountain,and pass a waterfall. We will stop to eat lunch, and snacks. Please bring plenty of water and food, and wear appropriate hiking gear. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Cabin by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Come join our Rangers for this Full Moon hike back in time. Meet with your Ranger guide in the 50 Lodge Rd parking lot, where they will guide the group to the Vaughn Log Cabin by candlelight. Once there, you will tour the cabin and learn about pioneer life after dark. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Parks After Dark 
Swamp Senses Hike
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 5 PM to 6 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger for a guided hike focused on getting in touch with your senses in nature. So many things, big and small are living their lives all around you. It's important to take a second and observe them and try to understand our place and theirs on this planet. Come make a deeper connection with the plants and animals of the swamp on this hike. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Parks After Dark 
First Day Of Winter Hike
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Celebrate the first day of Winter with a hike guided by a park ranger to the most scenic areas of Sweetwater Creek. Along the way we will discuss the winter traditions of the settlers of the town of New Manchester, along with winter tree identification. (meet at the Visitor Center) $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Edible Plant Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Enjoy a beautiful and scenic hike with our park Naturalist and learn helpful tricks to identifying edible wild plants in Georgia. We'll be searching for local plants that have medicinal properties, some used for tea, seasonings, and ones that could be poisonous. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy Fort Yargo after dark on a guided moonlit hike by the lake each full moon of this year. Early evening hours are great for spotting wildlife such as deer, rabbits, owls and others along the lake shore. Hike length and meeting location will vary month to month. Bring sturdy shoes, water and a flashlight. $5 parking. 706-867-3489.
Parks After Dark 
Christmas Hike & Hayride
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park & Resort - Cordele, GA
We will meet at the Yucca Trace Trail Head and hike 2 miles through the park trails to the Visitor Center for Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Cookies. Then we will ride a hay wagon and sing Christmas carols back to the Yucca Trace Trail Head. Please bring a flashlight or head lamp and dress warmly. $5 parking. 229-276-2372.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 4:45 PM to 6:45 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.
Parks After Dark 
Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 5:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join a ranger on our Coastal Plains Trails under the full moon to see the forest come alive at night. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes, bug spray, and a flashlight/headlamp. $3 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Parks After Dark 
Trails Work Day
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a volunteer work day performing general trail maintenance on the beautiful trails of the park. Bring gloves, water, comfortable work clothes, and closed-toe, sturdy shoes. Recommended age 12 and up. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Bark in the Park Dog Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion and anyone else. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Parks After Dark 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sunday Morning Hike
Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our park naturalist on a short, scenic hike to learn about different topics ranging from flora and fauna to natural remedies. Guests should meet at the Visitors Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Eastside Hike
Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This ranger-led hike will take us to the beautiful east side of the park and will focus on both nature and history. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required on this moderate to strenuous 2 mile hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. For ages 12 and up. Reservations recommended. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 1:30 PM to 3 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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018 1:30 PM to 3 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.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Children's Nature Hike
Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 11 AM to 1 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 the five story Civil War-era mill. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Fireside Hike
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 4 PM to 6 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.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Last Hike of the Year. Sunset Sendoff and Campfire
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
We will say farewell to 2018 with a sunset hike around the West Overlook Trail, where we will stop and watch the sunset from the overlook. The hike will be followed by a campfire by the lake. Write down your regrets, your hopes, your dreams, or whatever you would like and toss them into the fire and get ready for a new year!! $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Parks After Dark 
Guided Geocaching
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 2 PM to 4 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. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Woodpecker Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 11 AM to 12 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come on out and have a short fun Ranger led hike on our Woodpecker Trail and learn about native plants and animals. Kids of all ages can do fun activities as they learn on this Get Outdoors Georgia certified trail. Don't forget to bring good walking shoes and plenty of water. Meet the Ranger at the spring boardwalk to start this easy ½ mile loop. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Camp Lawton Lantern Tour
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 6 PM to 7 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come experience the historic Camp Lawton at night via lantern-light in this guided historical tour. Be transported back in time as you hike the trail and learn about the world's largest prison stockade and its inhabitants. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Parks After Dark 
Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 9 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call to register in advance. $10 cash only $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Winter Splendor East Ridge Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 12 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This ranger-led hike to the remote and beautiful East Ridge will focus on the splendor of nature in winter. Hike three miles with an emphasis on winter tree identification, topography, and the vistas high above the whitewater rapids (up to class IV). This hike is rated moderate/strenuous. Reservations recommended. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Off the Beaten Path" Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, two and a half hour moderate hike to an interesting, seldom-visited area of the park. Eight years old minimum. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes (boots preferred) are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sunday Morning Hike
Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our park naturalist on a short, scenic hike to learn about different topics ranging from flora and fauna to natural remedies. Guests should meet at the Visitors Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 12 PM to 1:30 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.
Bark in the Park Dog Hike
Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion and anyone else. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year's Ghosts & Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation
Monday, Dec 31, 2018 to Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
A special New Year's edition of Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation. The tour will start on New Year's Eve and will celebrate the New Year at Midnight by ringing the Historic Plantation Bell and end at 12:30 am. Reservations Required! $15 per person. 912-264-7333.
Parks After Dark 
Last Day Hike
Monday, Dec 31, 2018 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Before you make your New Year's resolution come join park staff for a guided moderately difficult hike to closed out the year right. Wear closed toed shoes and bring water for this 2-mile hike. 5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

First Day Hike 2019
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 9:30 AM to 11 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 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Take a hike with our Rangers to see the tallest cascading waterfall East of the Mississippi River. This 2 mile loop hike is part of the Appalachian Approach Trail and includes 604 stairs. Learn about the flora, fauna, and history of the area. Meet us at the Visitor Center and please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-265-4703.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us in welcoming the new year with a ranger led 2 mile hike on the River Trail to the observation tower. Participants will receive a hiking medallion. Meet at Boat Ramp in day use. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
First Day Hike: Overlook to Pond via Bear Creek
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
This hike will feature a lesser known section of the Overlook Trail and a connecting portion of Bear Creek Trail with the final destination of the pond and meadow area. We will then return by backtracking to the main picnic area. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
First Day Hike on Lake Lanier
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us at Don Carter State Park for a nature trail hike displaying some of the best views of Lake Lanier. The Dog Creek Outer loop trail that is approximately 1.5 miles. After the hike, we will meet around the campfire at Shelter 4 for smores and hot chocolate. Register in advance by calling 678-450-7726 $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Start the year out right with a hike! This easy family friendly trail hike is designed for non-hikers, new hikers, families, seniors, just about everyone (but no pets - see the pm hike for that). We will gather, take this easy hike and then celebrate with hot beverages at the end of a short hike. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
First Furry Friends Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Our 1:00 PM Program will be First Day Furry Friends Hike on the Three Mile Trail. This is hike is on the easy side of moderate. All dogs must be on a 6 foot leash and we will organize the hike based on how the furry ladies and gents get along. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
First Day Hike Dowdell's Knob Loop
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 1:30 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 easy to moderate 4.3 mile loop offers vista and woodland views from the highest point along Pine Mountain Ridge. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather. Geared towards ages 10 and up. Meet at Dowdell's Knob Parking Area. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
First Day Hike: Marina Mile
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 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 parking. 229-838-4706.
Fort McAllister's First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Start off the year right with a walk through the woods with us! We will walk a 3-mile loop where we will discuss wildlife, winter birds, maritime forests, and the marshlands of the Georgia coast. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
The Beginnings of America- First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 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.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 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
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a First Day Hike! Get out and active this year on our 7 mile inner loop trail. This trail will take visitors past many of the park's amenities including the Old Fort and campgrounds. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Kids First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 3 PM to 4 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Explore and search for changes that the new year has brought at our Kids First Day Hike! We will meet at the Birdberry Trail head and begin promptly at 3:00 pm. This is a .5 mile paved trail. Suitable for all ages. Strollers welcome. Dogs allowed on a leash. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Start off the New Year right,with a nice, easy 1.5-mile hike on our Gopher Loop Trail. Learn about the plants and animals that inhabit our Pine Forests, with a chance at seeing a Gopher Tortoise. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
First Day 3 Mile trail hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Ring in the New Year and join us for a 3 -mile nature hike on our Deer Run Nature trail. Hopefully our friend and Georgia State Reptile the Gopher Tortoise will come out for some photo ops along the way. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Annual Back Nine Walk: First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park - Reidsville, GA
Come get a view of the vast back nine of the golf course in a casual, stroller friendly walk. There, we will be greeted with your choice of hot chocolate or apple cider. Please call the park to register by Sunday, 30th December so we have enough refreshments. $5 parking. 912-557-7744.
First Day Hike At Hamburg
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 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
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This Ranger –Led hike on the Mountain Bike Red Trail 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 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.
Helen First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
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 Hike at Hart
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Hart Outdoor Recreation Area - 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
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Start the year off right with this 2-mile hike through our Tranquility Trail. Meet at the Tranquility Trailhead. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
First Day Sensory Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Have you ever heard the phrase "stop and smell the roses"? Start your year with a hike to connect with nature and engage your senses. This all-ages hike will include several activities to slow down and observe your surroundings using sight, hearing, smell, and touch. Meet at the multi-use trail on Highway 42. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
First Day Hike at James H. Floyd
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Start your New Year off right with a ranger-led hike (2 miles) to the Marble Mine. This hike is moderate in difficulty. Please meet at Park Office at 9 a.m. for the morning hike or 2 p.m for the afternoon hike. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
First Day Hike at James H. Floyd
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Start your New Year off right with a ranger-led hike (2 miles) to the Marble Mine. This hike is moderate in difficulty. Please meet at Park Office at 9 a.m. for the morning hike or 2 p.m for the afternoon hike. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
We will hike 2.6 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 2018 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 Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 3 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 2018 regrets and cleans them in the fire, replacing them with goals and hopes for the new year. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
1st Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Start the New Year off right with a hike on our two most popular trails. This 3.5 mile loop is a great way to begin those New Years resolutions. Meet at the park office. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 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 2019. 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
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 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 2019. 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
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 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 2019. 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 Geology Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - 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 parking. 229-838-4706.
Iron Hill History Hike; First Day Hike at Red Top Mtn
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Learn about the iron-mining history of Red Top Mountain! This Ranger-led hike will explain historical area and allow you to tour one of our mines. Rangers will point out plants that Pioneers would have used for food and medicine. Event may be cancelled due to inclement weather. All vehicles require a GA State Park parking pass. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
First Day Hike at Richard B. Russell
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Take a leisurely 1/4-mile stroll with a park ranger to the group shelter. Following a brief stop for hot chocolate and s'mores, participants will hike back to the meeting point. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
oin our Ranger for your first hike of the year! Dress for the weather, bring a snack and water to drink along the way. This will be a 3 mile hike. $5 parking fee per vehicle, no fee for the event. Call 706-802-5087 for more information. No Event Fee $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
First Day Hike: Dukes Creek Falls Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Start your New Year’s resolution off right with a guided hike to Dukes Creek Falls. The 2.3-mile moderate hike will make a pit stop at our primitive cabin. Warm yourself against the chill with a cup of hot cocoa. Still feeling adventurous? Then continue 2 miles to Dukes Creek Falls. This cascading series of waterfalls is a sight to behold. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Suwannee River Swamplands: First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 8 AM to 9:30 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will start the beginning of the year off at the beginning of the Suwannee River. As we hike we will discuss the origins of the river in the swamp and where all that water is headed. We will also talk about the history of the area from the purpose of the Suwannee River Sill to turpentiners in the woods. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Native American Heritage Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a 2 hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"New Manchester History Hike- First Day Hike"
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This one mile (total) easy to moderate hike will lead us to the five story ruins of the Civil War era New Manchester textile mill (seen in "Hunger Games:Mockingjay"). This hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely rapids providing great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"New Manchester History Hike- First Day Hike"
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This one mile (total) easy to moderate hike will lead us to the five story ruins of the Civil War era New Manchester textile mill (seen in "Hunger Games:Mockingjay"). This hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely rapids providing great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Bark in the Park Dog Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion and anyone else. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 1 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Bring your friends and family, furry ones included and start the year off with a moderate, 3-mile hike along our back country trail. Bring water and snacks and dress for the weather. Please call to register. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us as we kick off the New Year with a great hike along our Muscadine Trail that will include a stop at our Interpretive overlook of one of the peaceful lake coves. Ga State Park Parking Fee $5 or annual park pass $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Unicoi State Park and Lodge Start your New Year out the right way! Join Unicoi's Naturalist for our New Year's Day Hike of the 2.5 mile Lake Loop Trail! Get a free hiking stick medallion or collectors pin! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing. We will meet at the Visitors Center. $5 parking. 706-878-4727.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join us for a sunset stroll up and down the rolling hills of our Perimeter Trail. Meet at the fire ring behind the park office to roast s'mores and have a "burden burn" before we leave on the hike. $5 per person please dress for the weather and don't forget your flashlight. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us for a morning hike as we take on the Bear Hair Gap trail. We will be making a stop at the overlook, which looks down over the park. It's a beautiful view that you will not want miss. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
New Years Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, GA
Join the Park Ranger for a Covered Bridge and Power Plant history hike. $5 parking. 706-783-5349.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Start the year off right with a hike at Wormsloe. Come enjoy a beautiful hike along our scenic marshland highlighting our 19th and 20th century history. The hike leaves the Visitor Center at 1:00 pm and last 1.5 hours. The group will be walking our Battery Trail (2.3 mi). Bring water, bug spray, closed toed shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. $4.50 - $10 912-353-3023.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

First Week Hike at New Echota
Saturday, Jan 5, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Start the year off right with a First Week Hike at New Echota State Historic Site. The hike will begin at 10:00 AM. Contact the park for more details. Free with admission. 706-624-1321.
Sunset Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 5, 2019 5 PM to 7 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.
Parks After Dark 
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, Jan 5, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Join rangers for a special two-mile hike passing through tallgrass battlefields, free-flowing streams, and majestic woodland forests. Learn the park history while you hike and take in all the beauty nature has to offer. $3 - $6. 770-443-7850.
"Aldo Leopold Inspired" Landscape Investigation Hike
Saturday, Jan 5, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Join us on this ranger led hike as we investigate the landscape of Providence Canyon in the manner of Aldo Leopold. As we step back to a time void of technology, we will focus on using only our five senses, pencil, and paper, to identify and note (through words and drawings) any evidence of wildlife activity during the cold winter days of January. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-833-4706.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Junior Ranger Scavenger Hike
Sunday, Jan 6, 2019 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a kid friendly scavenger hike. We will explore the effects of the seasons on the park's forests. Each hike will be 1 mile long. We will meet at the Campground Amphitheater, and begin our hike promptly at 10:30 am. $1 per participant. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Junior Ranger Scavenger Hike
Sunday, Jan 6, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a kid friendly scavenger hike. We will explore the effects of the seasons on the park's forests. Each hike will be 1 mile long. We will meet at the Campground Amphitheater, and begin our hike promptly at 10:30 am. $1 per participant. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Jan 6, 2019 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.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 11 AM - 12 PM from Jan 12, 2019 until Nov 9, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Second Saturday Guided Hikes Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods with the Park Naturalist. All ages welcome. Please call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Jan 12, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations. Cash only. Meet and pay at the Visitor Center parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Parks After Dark 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Junior Ranger Scavenger Hike
Sunday, Jan 13, 2019 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a kid friendly scavenger hike. We will explore the effects of the seasons on the park's forests. Each hike will be 1 mile long. We will meet at the Campground Amphitheater, and begin our hike promptly at 10:30 am. $1 per participant. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Junior Ranger Scavenger Hike
Sunday, Jan 13, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a kid friendly scavenger hike. We will explore the effects of the seasons on the park's forests. Each hike will be 1 mile long. We will meet at the Campground Amphitheater, and begin our hike promptly at 10:30 am. $1 per participant. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Jan 13, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" president John Johnston will lead a moderately strenuous three mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom-visited quarry of the New Manchester mill. Meet in the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 5 PM to 7 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.
Parks After Dark 
Volunteer Trail Cleanup Day
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Volunteers are being sought to clean up/clear an existing trail. Equipment will be provided. Come prepared to be in the woods with long pants & boots to hike the trail. Come for an hour or make a day of it. $5 parking. 706-802-5087.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Fort Yargo Family Camp
Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 1 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Sleep away camps aren't just for kids. During our Family Camps parents are invited too! Register your family for an overnight camp at Fort Yargo State Park. During the two days of camp families will participate in outdoor recreation activities, learn basic outdoor skills, and more! $200-$250 $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Martin Luther King Day Hike
Monday, Jan 21, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Enjoy a celebratory venture in the winter woodlands along the Pine Mountain Trail. Pine Mountain Trail Association guides will lead you on this 5.0 mile moderately difficult trail. It takes you from the meeting point at Rocky Point Parking Lot along Hwy 190. to the WJSP Tower Parking Lot. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Full Moon, Super Moon, and Total Lunar Eclipse Hike
Monday, Jan 21, 2019 8 PM to 10 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Meet at the campground shelter as we hike the campground loop trail. This one-mile hike will provide us with open views along the trail which will allow us to see the moon and take in the eclipse. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Parks After Dark 
Guided Mountain Hike
Monday, Jan 21, 2019 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.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Monday, Jan 21, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy watching the moon rise above the gorge from the suspension bridge and learn some interesting tidbits about the moon. This hike will go down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge where we will hang out as the moon comes into view. No pets allowed. Space is limited please call to make a reservation. The hike may be cancelled due to weather. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Parks After Dark 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Orienteering: Medium Course
Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Come try your orienteering skills out on our nationally recognized orienteering course. We will be attempting to find all of the points in our medium level course. $5 per person plus parking pass required for each vehicle. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 9 AM to 12 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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Senior Ranger Program
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Junior Ranger is not just for kids! Join us for our monthly Senior Ranger Programs from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. We will meet at the visitors center and begin promptly at 9:00 am. This program is for senior citizens. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Canine Ranger Hikes
Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Tails on the Trails is getting a make over! Join us for our new monthly guided hike: Canine Ranger! Each hike will be 2.5 miles or less. Meeting places will switch each time. While this is a hike exclusively for dog owners and lovers, we require that your furry friend be kept on a leash at all times. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Home School Exploration Day
Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Home school students are invited to join us for a ranger-led, educational program. We will meet the last Thursday of every month to cover a different topic. This is a 9 part series, you can attend all or pick and choose which ones interest you. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 9 AM to 12 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.
Wellness Hike
Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Celebrate wellness week by joining us on a 3-mile naturalist hike into and around the canyon. Not only will you get great exercise, but you'll also learn about the history of the canyon, the geology, and the ecology of the area. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
"Aldo Leopold Inspired" Tree Hike
Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
If trees could talk, what would they tell us? Join us on the Aldo Leopold inspired hike to learn more about the the environmental and conservation history of Providence Canyon, and learn how to identify a few tree species without the use of technology or field guides. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Valentine's Day Couples Hike
Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Looking for something new to do with your valentine? Bring them to Panola Mountain a guided hike through our conservation area, watch the sunset over downtown Atlanta, have your photos taken on top of the mountain, and roast chocolate covered strawberry inspired s'mores over the campfire. Space is limited. Call to reserve spots. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Parks After Dark 
Volunteer Trail Cleanup Day
Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Volunteers are being sought to clean up/clear an existing trail. Equipment will be provided. Come prepared to be in the woods with long pants & boots to hike the trail. Come for an hour or make a day of it. $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 11 AM - 12 PM from Feb 9, 2019 until Nov 9, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Second Saturday Guided Hikes Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods with the Park Naturalist. All ages welcome. Please call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Feb 10, 2019 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.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 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.
Parks After Dark 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Fort Yargo Family Camp
Sunday, Feb 17, 2019 1 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Sleep away camps aren't just for kids. During our Family Camps parents are invited too! Register your family for an overnight camp at Fort Yargo State Park. During the two days of camp families will participate in outdoor recreation activities, learn basic outdoor skills, and more! $200-$250 $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Jr Ranger Day Camp - Trip through time
Monday, Feb 18, 2019 9 AM to 2 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Kids ages 7-12 are invited to take a trip through time as we learn about the history of Tallulah Gorge. Pack a lunch, snack, and water, and dress for the weather. Activities will include hiking, crafts, and butter churning. Please call to reserve you child's spot, space is limited! $25 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 6:45 PM to 8:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy watching the moon rise above the gorge from the suspension bridge and learn some interesting tidbits about the moon. This hike will go down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge where we will hang out as the moon comes into view. No pets allowed. Space is limited please call to make a reservation. The hike may be cancelled due to weather. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Parks After Dark 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Junior Ranger Road Trip - Civil War Heritage Trail
8 AM - 12 PM from Feb 21, 2019 until Feb 23, 2019 
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Parents, this is an opportunity to enroll your kids, ages 6 to 12, in our half-day Junior Ranger Program. Youth will learn about the Battle of Pickett’s Mill through very fun, and sometimes challenging activities where they can earn patches and badges. $60. 770-443-7850.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Junior Ranger Road Trip - Civil War Heritage Trail
8 AM - 12 PM from Feb 22, 2019 until Feb 23, 2019 
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Parents, this is an opportunity to enroll your kids, ages 6 to 12, in our half-day Junior Ranger Program. Youth will learn about the Battle of Pickett’s Mill through very fun, and sometimes challenging activities where they can earn patches and badges. $60. 770-443-7850.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Junior Ranger Road Trip - Civil War Heritage Trail
8 AM - 12 PM from Feb 23, 2019 
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Parents, this is an opportunity to enroll your kids, ages 6 to 12, in our half-day Junior Ranger Program. Youth will learn about the Battle of Pickett’s Mill through very fun, and sometimes challenging activities where they can earn patches and badges. $60. 770-443-7850.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Feb 24, 2019 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.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Senior Ranger Program
Monday, Feb 25, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Junior Ranger is not just for kids! Join us for our monthly Senior Ranger Programs from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. We will meet at the visitors center and begin promptly at 9:00 am. This program is for senior citizens. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Canine Ranger Hikes
Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Tails on the Trails is getting a make over! Join us for our new monthly guided hike: Canine Ranger! Each hike will be 2.5 miles or less. Meeting places will switch each time. While this is a hike exclusively for dog owners and lovers, we require that your furry friend be kept on a leash at all times. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Home School Exploration Day
Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Home school students are invited to join us for a ranger-led, educational program. We will meet the last Thursday of every month to cover a different topic. This is a 9 part series, you can attend all or pick and choose which ones interest you. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

"Aldo Leopold Inspired" Spring Observation Hike
Saturday, Mar 2, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Celebrate Leopold Week with us by learning how to listen, feel, smell, see, and think like an environmentalist. Taking a step back to a time before technology, we will focus on using only our senses to observe what is happening as life begins to spring up after a cold winter. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 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, March 5, 2019

Senior Ranger Program
Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Junior Ranger is not just for kids! Join us for our monthly Senior Ranger Programs from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. We will meet at the visitors center and begin promptly at 9:00 am. This program is for senior citizens. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

5K Run Through the Woods
Saturday, Mar 9, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Mistletoe is hosting its first ever 5K this spring. Racers will run on our hilly trails and compete to finish the 5K first! This run will be great for serious runners and people just getting into racing. Racers may check-in to the race at 8 AM. $20 per participant. To register call the park office at (706) 541-0321. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 9, 2019 9 AM to 12 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.
Volunteer Trail Cleanup Day
Saturday, Mar 9, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Volunteers are being sought to clean up/clear an existing trail. Equipment will be provided. Come prepared to be in the woods with long pants & boots to hike the trail. Come for an hour or make a day of it. $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 11 AM - 12 PM from Mar 9, 2019 until Nov 9, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Second Saturday Guided Hikes Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods with the Park Naturalist. All ages welcome. Please call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Junior Ranger Scavenger Hike
Sunday, Mar 10, 2019 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a kid friendly scavenger hike. We will explore the effects of the seasons on the park's forests. Each hike will be 1 mile long. We will meet at the Campground Amphitheater, and begin our hike promptly at 10:30 am. $1 per participant. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Canine Ranger Hikes
Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Tails on the Trails is getting a make over! Join us for our new monthly guided hike: Canine Ranger! Each hike will be 2.5 miles or less. Meeting places will switch each time. While this is a hike exclusively for dog owners and lovers, we require that your furry friend be kept on a leash at all times. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Friday, March 15, 2019

St. Patrick’s Weekend Geocache Challenge
10 AM - 7 PM from Mar 15, 2019 until Mar 17, 2019 
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
We will be hiding five geocaches throughout our park. For any participants that finds all five and bring the clues back to the office we will reward them with a special prize. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
History By Candlelight
Friday, Mar 15, 2019 6 PM to 10 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Take a guided candlelight walk through a Civil War Battlefield and watch cannon and musket firings. Walk the ravine where Confederate General Patrick Cleburne planned a daring night counter strike to capture Federal positions. $10. 770-443-7850.
Parks After Dark 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

History By Candlelight
Saturday, Mar 16, 2019 6 PM to 10 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Take a guided candlelight walk through a Civil War Battlefield and watch cannon and musket firings. Walk the ravine where Confederate General Patrick Cleburne planned a daring night counter strike to capture Federal positions. $10. 770-443-7850.
Parks After Dark 
Overlook Hike
Saturday, Mar 16, 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.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Junior Ranger Scavenger Hike
Sunday, Mar 17, 2019 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a kid friendly scavenger hike. We will explore the effects of the seasons on the park's forests. Each hike will be 1 mile long. We will meet at the Campground Amphitheater, and begin our hike promptly at 10:30 am. $1 per participant. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
St. Patrick’s Weekend Geocache Challenge
10 AM - 7 PM from Mar 17, 2019 
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
We will be hiding five geocaches throughout our park. For any participants that finds all five and bring the clues back to the office we will reward them with a special prize. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy watching the moon rise above the gorge from the suspension bridge and learn some interesting tidbits about the moon. This hike will go down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge where we will hang out as the moon comes into view. No pets allowed. Space is limited please call to make a reservation. The hike may be cancelled due to weather. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Parks After Dark 
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