Hiking Events


Thursday, December 12, 2019

Full Moon Night Hike
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 6:30 PM to 7:30 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. 770-867-3489.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 6:15 PM to 7:45 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.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Christmas at the Springs
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 1 PM to 4:30 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 more. $5 per child or $15 per family $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Big Ferry Trail Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Spend your Saturday afternoon with a ranger as you hike along the Big Ferry trail and learn the local ecology. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Second Saturday Guided Hike: Laurel Ridge Trail
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy a guided hike of the Laurel Ridge Trail with the naturalist. The Laurel Ridge Trail is an approximately 1.6-mile moderate hike featuring ridgeline views, mountain coves, and high elevation species like chestnut oaks and blackjack oaks. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
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. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total). $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Bark in the Park Dog Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your four-legged companion and join a Park Ranger on a very scenic and historic hike. Dogs must be leashed at all times. We’ll explore areas of whitewater rapids (up to class IV) and tour the inside of the ruins of the Civil War era New Manchester mill, as seen in the film " Hunger Games:Mockingjay". Dog lovers without dogs are welcomed. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Capturing the Beauty of Sweetwater
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile long, moderate hike will take us down to the scenic highlights of the park where we will leisurely sketch and/or photograph the ruins of the New Manchester mill, the beauty of Sweetwater Creek, and the rapids. On part of this program we will be going inside the New Manchester ruins. Please bring your sketchpad and camera. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Dec 14, 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 lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations. Cash only, exact change please. Meet and pay at the Visitor Center parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Skidaway Scavenger Hunt!
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come out for an all day affair! Back by popular demand is the Skidaway Scavenger Hunt. Stop by the park office for a list of what you need to find. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 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. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total). $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American History Hike
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour strenuous 2 mile hike focusing on first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side including a visit to the "Indian cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

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.
Winter in the Woods Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
It's the first day of winter! Come on a guided hike and enjoy our park as it prepares for the cold! Meet at the Overland Nature Trailhead (in the Spring Picnic Area). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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.
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.
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.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

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.
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. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total). $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

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.
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. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total). $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Evening Hike
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 4 PM to 5 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Meet at the Overland Nature Trail (in the Spring Picnic Area) and enjoy a nice evening hike. The naturalist will point out some of our natural resources along the way! $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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.
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. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total). $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

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 the Mountain Bike Blue Trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills, gentle streams, and lots of forest scenery. Bring a camera to record your journey, and a light lunch to enjoy on the way. This hike is recommended for children over 10 years old. Meet at the Mountain Bike Trails parking lot $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Bark in the Park 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.
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.
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. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total). $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. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total). $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

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.
Capturing the Beauty of Sweetwater
Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile long, moderate hike will take us down to the scenic highlights of the park where we will leisurely sketch and/or photograph the ruins of the New Manchester mill, the beauty of Sweetwater Creek, and the rapids. On part of this program we will be going inside the New Manchester ruins. Please bring your sketchpad and camera. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Capturing the Beauty of Sweetwater
Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile long, moderate hike will take us down to the scenic highlights of the park where we will leisurely sketch and/or photograph the ruins of the New Manchester mill, the beauty of Sweetwater Creek, and the rapids. On part of this program we will be going inside the New Manchester ruins. Please bring your sketchpad and camera. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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
Wednesday, Jan 1, 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.
Dog Creek Hike - First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1 PM to 3 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Come start the year off right with a hike at Don Carter. We will be hiking the Dog Creek Outer Loop which is approximately 1.5 miles and offers gorgeous views of both Lake Lanier and Dog Creek. Register in advance by calling park visitor center. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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.
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.
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 coastal plains. 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 to Thursday, Jan 2, 2020 10:30 AM
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.
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.
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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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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
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 3 PM to 5 PM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Join a Park Ranger for your first hike of the year! This will be a 3.2 mile hike around Lake Antioch. For more information please call 706-802-5087 $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
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First Day Hike: Duke's Creek Falls Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
This hike will begin at the Visitor’s Center, and we will make a pit stop approximately 1.3 miles away at our primitive cabin. You can warm yourself against the cold chill with a cup of hot cocoa by the fire. If you are still feeling adventurous, then you can continue 1.2 miles (one way) to Duke’s Creek Falls. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Suwannee River Swamplands: First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 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.
First Day Hike to Capture the Beauty of Sweetwater
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile long, moderate hike will take us down to the scenic highlights of the park. We will sketch and/or photograph the magnificent ruins of the 5 story Civil War era New Manchester Mill. We will also try to capture the beauty of the Sweetwater Creek rapids (up to class IV). Please bring your sketchpad and camera. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
First Day Hike to the Historic New Manchester Mill
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follow lovely Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the five story Civil War era ruins of the new Manchester Mill. The mill is situated alongside the beautiful rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. This hike requires a moderate, mile long hike (total) down to the mill and back. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
First Day Hike through the Piedmont Forest
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a park ranger for a hike through our beautiful Piedmont forest as we identify the trees and flowers and discuss the animals, reptiles, and birds along the way to a tour of the inside of the New Manchester mill alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek. 6 years minimum. Meet at the Visitors' Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
First Day Hike/Turtles & Trails!
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
During this fun children's program, we will learn about turtles. During the first half of the program, we will discuss different types of turtles. Then, children will craft their own turtle hiking buddy, and we will hike down the Red Trail. On the trail, we will learn more about turtles and their habitats. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Bring your friends and family to start the year off with a moderate, 3-mile hike along our back country trail. Kids must be 8 or older. No pets allowed on this hike. Bring water and snacks and dress for the weather. Please call to register. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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First Day Hike at Victoria Bryant
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Our Ranger led hike will start at the park office and us down to our scenic Victoria's Path trail. Along the hike, we will learn about local flora, fauna, enjoy scenic views and learn about why the park is named Victoria Bryant. This moderate trail is pet friendly and closed toe shoes are recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1:30 PM to 4 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 Museum at 1:30 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. $2 - $10. 912-353-3023.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

First Saturday Hike of 2020
Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Join us at the Vann House for your first hike of the new year, on the very first Vann House nature traill! We're excited to finally premier the trail after years of work. The trail is moderate level, with strollers and wheelchairs not recommended. Dress for the weather, wear closed toed shoes and bring water. Total length, about one mile. $5.50-$6.50 706-695-2598.
Winter Nature Hike
Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Get your blood pumping as you hop like a toad, run like a deer, do the tortoise slo-mo walk and more in this fun 12-mile interactive hike along the beautiful Woodpecker Trail. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 4, 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.
First Saturday Hike - The Dirt We Walk On
Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 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. $5. 770-443-7850.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Wolf Moon Walk
Friday, Jan 10, 2020 6:30 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to a 1-mile, guided night walk lit by the full moon and stars. Meet at the shelter next to the Trading Post in the campground. Pay correct change at the site. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Full Moon Hike
Friday, Jan 10, 2020 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Meet at the campground shelter for a full moon hike around the campground loop trail! Bring a flashlight and hiking shoes. The trail is a little over a mile long! We will enjoy the moon and hope to see all the animals out at night! $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 11, 2020 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.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Jan 12, 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.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Jan 12, 2020 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 18, 2020

Winter Nature Hike
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Get your blood pumping as you hop like a toad, run like a deer, do the tortoise slo-mo walk and more in this fun 12-mile interactive hike along the beautiful Woodpecker Trail. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 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.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Jan 19, 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.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Canyon Overlook Hike
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
This will be a very short and easy educational hike on our Canyon Overlook Trail! Hikers will get the opportunity to learn about the unique formations found throughout Mistletoe. The cost is $2 per person. Ages 3 and under are free. We will be meeting at the Nature Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
DIRT Event 
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 25, 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.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Home School Exploration Day
Thursday, Jan 30, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Home school students are invited to join us for a ranger-led program. Topics will be geared towards kids ages 8-12, with growing up WILD activities for kids younger than this. This is an eight part series, you can attend all or pick and choose which ones interest you. Space is limited, call to reserve your spot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Winter Nature Hike
Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Get your blood pumping as you hop like a toad, run like a deer, do the tortoise slo-mo walk and more in this fun 12-mile interactive hike along the beautiful Woodpecker Trail. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 1, 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.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 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.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Feb 9, 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.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day Couples Hike
Friday, Feb 14, 2020 5:15 PM to 7:15 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.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Children's Nature Walk
Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Enjoy the fall colors with us and make a necklace of the different colors that you see! Walk the Squirrel trail and pick up nature's colors as we head to a shelter to put our necklace together. All ages are welcome! Sign up at the Park Office prior to the event. $2 per person $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
DIRT Event 
Winter Nature Hike
Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Get your blood pumping as you hop like a toad, run like a deer, do the tortoise slo-mo walk and more in this fun 12-mile interactive hike along the beautiful Woodpecker Trail. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 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.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 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.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Feb 23, 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.
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through several beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we will likely see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Foam Flower, Fire Pink. Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 20 to 25 species on this early hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Home School Exploration Day
Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Home school students are invited to join us for a ranger-led program. Topics will be geared towards kids ages 8-12, with growing up WILD activities for kids younger than this. This is an eight part series, you can attend all or pick and choose which ones interest you. Space is limited, call to reserve your spot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Winter Nature Hike
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Get your blood pumping as you hop like a toad, run like a deer, do the tortoise slo-mo walk and more in this fun 12-mile interactive hike along the beautiful Woodpecker Trail. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 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.
Trails Through History Workday
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 10 AM to 2 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Come out and assist us with improvement projects our hiking trails here at the park. Snacks and water provided. Please bring gloves. Free admission for participants. 770-443-7850.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through several beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we will likely see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Foam Flower, Fire Pink. Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 20 to 25 species on this early hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Mar 8, 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.
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through several beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we will likely see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Foam Flower, Fire Pink. Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 20 to 25 species on this early hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 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.
Sunset Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 7 PM to 9 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.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Mar 15, 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.
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through several beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we will likely see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Foam Flower, Fire Pink. Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 20 to 25 species on this early hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Trail Hike
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 11 AM to 1 PM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Join us for a Ranger-led hike. As you stroll along the banks of Antioch Lake, we will share this area's unique history, flora and fauna. Depending on the group we will hike between 2- 5 miles. Trail is moderate. $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
DIRT Event 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Home School Exploration Day
Thursday, Mar 26, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Home school students are invited to join us for a ranger-led program. Topics will be geared towards kids ages 8-12, with growing up WILD activities for kids younger than this. This is an eight part series, you can attend all or pick and choose which ones interest you. Space is limited, call to reserve your spot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Apr 4, 2020 7:15 PM to 9:15 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.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Apr 5, 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.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Spring Break Camp
Monday, Apr 6, 2020 9 AM to 4 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
April 6-10th Children ages 6-12 will have fun exploring the outdoors and learning about the parks unique natural resources. We must have at least 6 campers signed up a week in advance for camp to commence. Please call the office at 706-245-6270 to register. $100 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Easter Egg Hunt Hike
Saturday, Apr 11, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Start off spring with an Easter egg hunt at the park. This event is open to all kids ages 10 and under. Hunt will start at our West River Trail head and is about a .5 mile hike so dress appropriately. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Eggciting Hike Hunt
Saturday, Apr 11, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails. Can you help us find them all? Bring your basket and be ready for the hunt! Ages 2 and less, 3-6, and 7-12 will have their own trails to search for eggs and prizes. Must Register in advance. Call 770-389-7801 to register. $5/child. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Sunrise Mountain Hike
Sunday, Apr 12, 2020 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take time out of your hectic schedule to join us for a relaxing sunrise mountain hike. There's nothing quite like watching the sun come up from the top of Panola. Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to register. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Earth Day
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
10am -11am Lake Trail Clean Up 11am-11:30am Recycled Tin Can Lanterns $3 11:30am-12:00pm Earth Day Mural with reused and recycled items $0-$3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 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.
Earth Day 2020 Volunteer Day - Dirty Jobs
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 9 AM to 12 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Here is your chance to make a difference in our park, our community, and our world. Come out and join us for various tasks such as flower bed enhancement, litter pick up, and erosion control projects. 770-443-7850.
Springtime at the Cabin
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 to Sunday, Apr 19, 2020 10 AM to 4 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Make your plans for a Spring outing with a visit to our 1853 cabin. Enjoy life-ways demonstrations, wild flower hikes, and other Earth Day festivities. $3 - $6. 770-443-7850.
Scorched to the Dirt
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 6 PM to 7 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger for a guided hike on the Upland Pine Trail and explore the impacts and benefits of fire in the Okefenokee. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
DIRT Event 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Back to Roots hike; Earth Day
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from Eventbrite or call to register. Come hike with a Ranger as we get Back to Roots, learning about native and invasive plants and their impact. Meet at the Visitor Center to walk the Sweetgum Trail. Inclement weather may cancel the event. All vehicles must display Park Pass. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
DIRT Event 

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Apr 25, 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.
Trail Hike
Saturday, Apr 25, 2020 11 AM to 1 PM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Join us for a Ranger-led hike. As you stroll along the banks of Antioch Lake, we will share this area's unique history, flora and fauna. Depending on the group we will hike between 2- 5 miles. Trail is moderate. $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
DIRT Event 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Home School Exploration Day
Thursday, Apr 30, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Home school students are invited to join us for a ranger-led program. Topics will be geared towards kids ages 8-12, with growing up WILD activities for kids younger than this. This is an eight part series, you can attend all or pick and choose which ones interest you. Space is limited, call to reserve your spot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Lake Trail Wildflower Hike
Saturday, May 2, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join a ranger on this casual stroll around the lake. We will look for blooming wildflowers. Don't forget your camera! Hike is an easy 1-mile loop. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, May 3, 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.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Parks After Dark: Full Moon Hike
Thursday, May 7, 2020 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Put on your hiking shoes, bring a flashlight, and join us for a full moon hike in the Wormsloe maritime forest. Get a rare glimpse of the night time wildlife of Wormsloe. The hike will start at the Museum and be approximately 2 hours on a 3 mile trail. Space is limited, please register in advance by calling our park office. $2 - $10. 912-353-3023.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 9, 2020 7:15 PM to 9:15 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.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Lake Trail Wildflower Hike
Saturday, May 16, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join a ranger on this casual stroll around the lake. We will look for blooming wildflowers. Don't forget your camera! Hike is an easy 1-mile loop. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 16, 2020 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.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Home School Exploration Day
Thursday, May 21, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Home school students are invited to join us for a ranger-led program. Topics will be geared towards kids ages 8-12, with growing up WILD activities for kids younger than this. This is an eight part series, you can attend all or pick and choose which ones interest you. Space is limited, call to reserve your spot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 23, 2020 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.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Last Friday of the Month Camp
5th Friday of Month 9 AM - 4 PM from May 29, 2020 until Jul 31, 2020 
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Junior Ranger day camp for ages 6-15. Work towards your NEW JR Ranger badge through hikes, crafts and more. This is a one day camp repeating on the last Friday of May, June and July, from 9 AM to 4 PM. We must have at least 6 campers signed up a week in advance for camp to commence. Please call the office at 706-245-6270 to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, May 31, 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.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Looming Over the Lunar Eclipse
Friday, Jun 5, 2020 9 PM to 10 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us for an evening hike and a solar system walk during a lunar eclipse night. Meet at Gopher Loop Trail head, and have fun a ranger as we walk through our wiregrass conservation area. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Parks After Dark: Full Moon Hike
Friday, Jun 5, 2020 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Put on your hiking shoes, bring a flashlight, and join us for a full moon hike in the Wormsloe maritime forest. Get a rare glimpse of the night time wildlife of Wormsloe. The hike will start at the Museum and be approximately 2 hours on a 3 mile trail. Space is limited, please register in advance by calling our park office. $2 - $10. 912-353-3023.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Participate in this nationwide effort to take care of our trails. Join a Ranger and hike around the park. We will meet by the Visitor Center. Bags, gloves and trash pickers will be provided. Hikers will collect trash as they hike around the Gahuti Trail. There is no charge for this hike. Please bring water. Please bring a snack and water. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Swamp Sunset Hike
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 9 PM to 10 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Be adventurous for National Trails Day, and take a walk with us on our most photographed trail with the moon overhead. Hike will be on East River Swamp and will be about 1.5-miles. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Brantley Trail Scavenger Hunt - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
All along the Brantley Trail there are numbered markers that correlate to the Brantley Trail map. These markers tell about the land and trees along the trail. Stop by the park office to pick up a trail brochure and mark card. After you have marked out all of the boxes, return it to the park office for a prize. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Plantation History Trail: National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 1 PM to 5 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Enjoy a leisurely walk along a half-mile historic trail to explore the cotton plantation's 25 original buildings and 125 year history. Guided site tours and steam engine demos will start at 1 PM. This is part of American Hiking Society's National Trails Day. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Trillium Trail Hike: National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Meet at Lake Yohola parking lot to explore the Trillium Trail which is 1.25 mile long. We will discuss the flora and fauna found along the trail on this ranger led hike. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring bottle water. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
National Trails Day - Panola Mountain Guided Hike
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 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.
National Trails Day Hike - Dirt Paths Through History
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 9 AM to 11 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Walk through fields of history and forests of natural wonder on a guided tour by a ranger. Hike will be moderate, and distance is flexible per participant. $3 - $6. 770-443-7850.
Birding Basics; National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from Eventbrite or call to register. Birding Basics: join a Ranger for a woodland walk along Whitetail Trail as we learn about native birds, their calls, feather ID, and best ways to help feathered friends! Bring your binoculars. Inclement weather may cancel the event. All vehicles must display Park Pass. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Jones Island Trio Trek - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 7 PM to 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Hike all three trails on the park in one trek with a ranger. The Trembling Earth Nature Trail, Fitness Trail and Upland Pine Trail create a circuit around Jones Island, the location of the park. We will look for wildlife like deer, owls and turkey and talk about the unique characteristics of the different environments within the Okefenokee. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 10 AM to 11 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Volunteer on National Trails Day and help maintain the hiking trails at your favorite park. Bring your gloves and water bottles to the park office to get started. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Junior Ranger Road Trip DIRT Event 
National Trails Day - Hike to Battery Wymberly
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Bring your hiking shoes and join us for a hike on our extended trails out to Battery Wymberly. A costumed interpretive guide will tell the story of Wormsloe along the way to one of Georgia’s best preserved Civil War earthworks. The hike will start at the Museum and be approximately 2 hours on a 3 mile trail. $2 - $10. 912-353-3023.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp (Ages 6 - 9)
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer? This 3-day camp geared toward ages 6 - 9, runs from June 16 - June 18 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Registration opens on Monday April 15th. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp (Ages 6 - 9)
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer? This 3-day camp geared toward ages 6 - 9, runs from June 16 - June 18 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Registration opens on Monday April 15th. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp (Ages 6 - 9)
Thursday, Jun 11, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer? This 3-day camp geared toward ages 6 - 9, runs from June 16 - June 18 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Registration opens on Monday April 15th. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Summer Swamp Birds: Get Outdoors
Saturday, Jun 13, 2020 8 AM to 9 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger on the Trembling Earth Nature Trail for this early hike. Look for some of the more common birds found in the Okefenokee during summer. Carolina Wrens, Cardinals, Great Egrets, Barred Owls, Pileated Woodpeckers and Swallow-tailed Kites could all make an appearance along this trail. Don't forget your binoculars. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Jr. Ranger Camp- Week 1
9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 15, 2020 until Jun 18, 2020 
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Grab your friends and join the park ranger for crafts, exploring, conservation, paddling, and much more. Children ages 7-12 yr old are welcome to join in the fun. Call the park office for more information and registration. $75 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
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