Nature Hiking Events


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Guided Tour
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy a guided tour from our staff! Weather may affect tours length/location. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

River Walk
Wednesday, Oct 23, 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.
Tree Identification Hike
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join Georgia Forestry Water Quality Forester Specialist as he leads a trail hike to teach others about tree identification. Make sure you bring water to drink during the hike. We will meet at our park office. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8 AM - 4:30 PM – Oct 26, 2019 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Bring your camera and take a look around our park for the items on our scavenger hunt list. Take a picture with each item on our list and bring your completed list and pictures to the office to claim your prize. Remember, this is not a race. Stop by the visitor center to pick up your scavenger hunt checkoff list! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Accessible 
Birding at the Mounds
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Join us for an introduction to birding tour at this historic site. Etowah offers both open fields and wooded areas along the river. Bring your own binoculars and field guides. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Children's Nature Walk
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 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.
Edible/Medicinal Plant Hike
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Hike through the 3/4-mile Overland Nature Trail and take a special look at local plants and how they have traditionally been used for food or medicine. Meet at the trailhead (in the Spring Picnic Area). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Bark in the Park Dog Hike
Saturday, Oct 26, 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.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Oct 26, 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, October 27, 2019

Sensory Hike
Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 6 PM to 7 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Explore the Overland Nature Trail and connect with nature through activities designed to engage all your senses! Meet at the Overland Nature Trailhead (in the Spring Picnic Area). This is a 3/4 mile moderate hike. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Oct 27, 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.
Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 18 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required. Includes tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Late October is when we say “Bye” to many summer birds, but “Hello” to our winter residents. We will look for Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers, Waterfowl, and Kinglets. Participants can bring their own binoculars, or we have limited amount of loaner binoculars. This program is geared for Children 10 and up. Meet at Park Office/Trading Post. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike is designed for anyone 12 years or older who is interested in learning more about birds, the important habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. No pets please. Meet at the park's Visitor's Center. Bring you're own binoculars. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fall Break Camp
Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 9 AM to 4 PM
Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, GA
Have fun, and learn new skills as we explore Watson Mill State Park in this 2 day fall break camp. Call the park office (706)-245-6270 to reserve your spot today! Park pass is required. $25 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Fall Foliage Hike on Bird Berry Trail
Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
During this guided hike, we’ll explore the life cycle of a deciduous forest and look for evidence of wildlife. This is a moderate hike along the ½ mile Bird Berry Trail. Please wear comfortable shoes, bugspray/sunscreen, and bring a water bottle. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
DIRT Event 
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 2, 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.
Edible and Medicinal Mosey
Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from eventbrite or call to register. Come learn about local plants, and how they have traditionally been used for food or medicine! This Ranger-led walk will be along the gently-hilled Iron Hill Trail. 1.7 mile loop, moderate terrain. Program may be cancelled for inclement weather. Event is FREE. Call 770-975-0055 to sign up! $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Fall Trail Ramble
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join guides from the Pine Mountain Trail Association for an easy to moderate 4.3 walk-a-bout on Dowdell’s Knob Loop Trail. Meet at the Dowdell’s Knob parking lot for a moderate 4.3 mile hike on the Dowdell’s Knob Loop. Bring water and a snack. Geared for ages 10 & up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
DIRT Event 
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 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.
Field Journal Journeys: Leaves Matter
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. We will learn how to use leaves to identify trees, why leaves change colors, and why leaves are important. We will walk to find leaves and trees. This program is recommended for 10 to adult. Event will be cancelled if minimum attendance is not reached. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Nov 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.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sunrise Ranger Walk
Monday, Nov 11, 2019 6:15 AM to 7:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Chat with a ranger and walk the ½ mile in (1 mile total) to Buzzard’s Roost. Watch the sun rise and learn more about park. Pre-register & pre-pay or pay correct cash at check-in. Coffee provided at the end. Stone amphitheater next to Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Full Moon Night Hike
Tuesday, Nov 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. 706-867-3489.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Homeschool Thursday: Night
Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. For this Homeschool Thursday, we will be talking about Nighttime things. There will be a black light Nox Walk, nocturnal animal pelts, moon activities, and stargazing. For ages 5 and up. This event is outside, so please dress for the weather. Inclement weather may cancel this event. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Evening Intro to Birding Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 5 PM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Learn about the birds of Fort Yargo State Park while walking along the Bird Berry Trail, no previous experience required! This is a moderate hike along the ½ mile trail with a series of stops to discuss bird habits, how to attract birds to your backyard, and listen to bird songs. Please wear comfortable hiking shoes, bring water, and wear bugspray. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 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.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

National Take a Hike Day
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Celebrate our country's wilderness and get outside for some exercise by hiking our most challenging trail at the park, Ash Creek Trail, with our Naturalist. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Distracted with Rangers
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from eventbrite or call to register. Bring your camera or smart phone to take photos for iNaturalist. We are using iNaturalist to do a bioblitz project. Meet us at the Iron Hill trail head for this hike; who knows what will happen! Inclement weather may cancelled this event. Event is FREE. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Silent Signing Stroll
Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from Eventbrite or call to register. Learn and practice American Sign Language with a Ranger! We will meet at the Iron Hill Trail for a leisurely walk as we use ASL signs for the things we discover. This is a leisurely 1.5 mile walk. Program may be cancelled for inclement weather. Event is FREE. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Nov 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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Late October is when we say “Bye” to many summer birds, but “Hello” to our winter residents. We will look for Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers, Waterfowl, and Kinglets. Participants can bring their own binoculars, or we have limited amount of loaner binoculars. This program is geared for Children 10 and up. Meet at Park Office/Trading Post. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, November 29, 2019

7 Mile Black Friday Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 10 AM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Ditch the mall and join us for some fresh air and exercise this Black Friday! We will meet at the Area B Boat Ramp, and begin our hike promptly at 10 am. We will complete the 7 mile Yellow Loop Trail. Suitable for ages 12 and older. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
2 Mile Black Friday Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 5 PM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Skip the madness and opt outside! We will meet at the Fishing Area for a guided 2 mile hike along the Orange and Yellow Trail. Appropriate for ages 8 and older. Dogs welcome, on a leash. $5 parking pass required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Dec 1, 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, December 7, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 7, 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.

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. 706-867-3489.
Homeschool Thursday: Stay Warm
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. How do animals stay warm?! Learn what animals do to stay warm in the winter. Build shelters, 'burrows', crafts, leaf nests, and more! Recommended for ages 5 and up. Call to register. Make sure to dress for the weather. Inclement weather may cancel this event. Event will be cancelled if minimum attendance is not reached. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Dec 15, 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, December 21, 2019

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.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

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.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

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.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

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.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

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.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp - Discovery, Interpretation, Recreation, Travel (D.I.R.T.)
Thursday, Jul 16, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
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 history and nature here at Pickett’s Mill through very fun, and sometimes challenging activities where they can earn patches and badges. $25 - $75 $5 parking. 770-443-7850.
Junior Ranger Road Trip