Nature 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

Holiday Elf Hike
Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Elf tired of siting on a shelf? Fresh air is good for our magical friends too. Bring your elf, doll, or favorite stuffed friend to Panola Mountain for a hike. Activities will include, sipping on hot coco, having your picture taken with Santa, decorating sugar cookies, a craft, hiking the Rock Outcrop trail, and games. Must register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
"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.
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.
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.

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.
Junior Ranger Day Camp
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 8:30 AM to 3 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
While the kids are out of school send them to our Junior Ranger Day Camp! Kids will participate in a range of activities from fishing, hiking, crafts, and more. In addition we offer educational experiences that focus on the ecology and history of the park. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
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 
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 
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.

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.

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

Wildlife Poker Walk
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 1:30 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a 1.5-mile, card playing and wildlife learning adventure around Lake Franklin. Discover natural history fun facts at five different stops along your guided walk from trees to mammals. Draw cards at each stop. Bring water & and a snack. Pre-register and pre-payment suggested. Meet at the Lake Franklin Event Center at Large Group Camp. $6 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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.
Junior Ranger Day Camp
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 10 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for 4 hours of fun and education. We will be learning about nature and history. Highlights include walking down you and inside the Civil War era New Manchester mill alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek. There will be other hikes and fun activities. Lunch is not included. AGES 6 TO 12. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

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.
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.

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.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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 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
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Informative hike with a Ranger along our Sempervierens Trail where we’ll identify various plant species and interpret their medicinal and historical uses. After the hike, all hikers are invited to stop inside one of our cabins for a cup of hot cocoa or cider and a snack provided by Friends of Crooked River State Park. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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.
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 
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.
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.
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
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 5:45 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join a Ranger on our Little River Trail after dark as we usher in the new year with our first hike of 2019. Experience the history, flora, and fauna the park has to offer. Meet at the trail head. Don't forget to bring water, a flashlight/headlamp and comfortable shoes. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Parks After Dark 
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Start your year off right by meandering the marshes and maritime forests of our Sandpiper and Avian loop trails. Our park ranger guide will talk about our island's plants, wildlife and history along the way. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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.
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 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.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Wacky Winter Science Camp
Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019 9 AM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Come to the Nature Center for a fun day of winter themed activities, science experiments and crafts. Ages 6-12. Bring sun screen, bug spray, lunch, 2 snacks and at least 2 - 16 oz. bottles of water. Space limited to 15. $35 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

First Saturday Hike 2019
Saturday, Jan 5, 2019 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Celebrate the first weekend of the year with a short guided hike. The tour will include both, history and nature features of the site. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
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

Junior Ranger Activity at the Campground Amphitheater
Saturday, Jan 12, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Looking for an afternoon activity? Join us at the Campground Amphitheater for a Junior Ranger Activity! Activities will vary date to date. $1 per participant will cover all materials. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
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.

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

Junior Ranger Saturday
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Join us for our first Junior Ranger Saturday of the year. Participants will spend the morning discovering all that winter has to offer through hikes, crafts, games, and more. (This event is for children ages 6-12). $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
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 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Winnie The Pooh Walk
Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate author A. A. Milne’s birthday among friends as we walk a 1 mile , easy trail near the campground. Wear or bring something along on your pack that reminds you of the characters found in the Hundred Acre Wood. Meet at the Trading Post. Correct Change at the trail head. Geared towards ages 4 & up. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

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.
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.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

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.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Toddler Ranger
Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Looking for a morning activity for you and your toddler? Join us for our monthly Toddler Ranger Programs! We will meet at the visitors center and begin our program promptly at 10:30 am. Activities will vary month to month. Some programs may require an activity fee and will be posted with the activity information for that month. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

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 

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

Junior Ranger Activity at the Campground Amphitheater
Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Looking for an afternoon activity? Join us at the Campground Amphitheater for a Junior Ranger Activity! Activities will vary date to date. $1 per participant will cover all materials. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
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.
Super Museum Sunday
Sunday, Feb 10, 2019 to Monday, Feb 11, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Mysterious artifacts, stories of old, behind the scenes tours, and cannon firings are some of the things visitors will get to experience on a day when the museum is not normally open. Come out and help us celebrate our museum, which is a cornerstone to the preservation of our cultural heritage. 770-443-7850.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Junior Ranger Activity at the Campground Amphitheater
Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Looking for an afternoon activity? Join us at the Campground Amphitheater for a Junior Ranger Activity! Activities will vary date to date. $1 per participant will cover all materials. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
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 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 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Toddler Ranger
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Looking for a morning activity for you and your toddler? Join us for our monthly Toddler Ranger Programs! We will meet at the visitors center and begin our program promptly at 10:30 am. Activities will vary month to month. Some programs may require an activity fee and will be posted with the activity information for that month. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Junior Ranger Activity at the Campground Amphitheater
Saturday, Mar 2, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Looking for an afternoon activity? Join us at the Campground Amphitheater for a Junior Ranger Activity! Activities will vary date to date. $1 per participant will cover all materials. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
"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

Junior Ranger Activity at the Campground Amphitheater
Saturday, Mar 9, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Looking for an afternoon activity? Join us at the Campground Amphitheater for a Junior Ranger Activity! Activities will vary date to date. $1 per participant will cover all materials. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
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.
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 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

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 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Toddler Ranger
Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Looking for a morning activity for you and your toddler? Join us for our monthly Toddler Ranger Programs! We will meet at the visitors center and begin our program promptly at 10:30 am. Activities will vary month to month. Some programs may require an activity fee and will be posted with the activity information for that month. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Junior Ranger After Dark
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Sign your Junior Ranger up for an after hours camp. This one night session will include fishing, a night hike, and more park fun! The cost is $20 per camper. Ages 6-12 are welcome. Registration required. Call the Park office to register at 770-867-3489. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 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.
Parks After Dark 
Backpacking 101
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Do you like hiking? Do you wonder what to bring on overnight trips? Join the Naturalist to learn the basics of backpacking. Learn how to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances on the trail, the proper way to encounter wild animals, and what to do if you get lost. This will be a presentation followed by a short hike on Laurel Ridge Trail. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 1 AM 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, March 31, 2019

Cellphone Photography Workshop
Sunday, Mar 31, 2019 4 PM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Whether you're looking for that Instagram worthy photo or pursuing a hobby in Nature Photography this workshop will help enhance your photo taking skills. Join Cathy Marszalik, owner of Marszalik Photography LLC for an introductory course that will expand your knowledge on the only camera you'll ever need: the phone in your hand! $25 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Junior Ranger Activity at the Campground Amphitheater
Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Looking for an afternoon activity? Join us at the Campground Amphitheater for a Junior Ranger Activity! Activities will vary date to date. $1 per participant will cover all materials. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Bird is the Word
Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 8 AM to 1 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Join us as for an event all about birds. Learn about the different birds found in our area through interactive activities at the Kirbo Interpretive Center, a birding hike down the nature trail, and a boat ride to search for the various water fowl we have here on the Chattahoochee River. $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Sweep the 'Hooch
Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 9 AM to 12 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
We will be partnering with Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and Smithgall Woods State Park to do a river clean-up of the Chattahoochee. We invite you to keep our rivers clean and beautiful by picking up trash along our new Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail. We will meet at the Hardman Farm visitor center. 706-878-1077.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 11 AM - 12 PM from Apr 13, 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.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Senior Ranger Program
Monday, Apr 15, 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 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Toddler Ranger
Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Looking for a morning activity for you and your toddler? Join us for our monthly Toddler Ranger Programs! We will meet at the visitors center and begin our program promptly at 10:30 am. Activities will vary month to month. Some programs may require an activity fee and will be posted with the activity information for that month. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Full Moon Night Hike
Friday, Apr 19, 2019 8 PM to 9 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 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Earth Day
Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Wildflower walk along the nature trail. Free with admission. 706-624-1321.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Junior Ranger Activity at the Campground Amphitheater
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Looking for an afternoon activity? Join us at the Campground Amphitheater for a Junior Ranger Activity! Activities will vary date to date. $1 per participant will cover all materials. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Junior Ranger Scavenger Hike
Sunday, Apr 28, 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 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Overlook Hike
Saturday, May 11, 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.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 11 AM - 12 PM from May 11, 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.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Parks After Dark: Full Moon Hike
Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:30 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 Visitors center and be approximately 2 hours on a 3 mile trail. Registration is limited, please register in advance by calling our park office. $4 - $12. 912-353-3023.
Parks After Dark 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come Get Outdoors with us at Etowah Mounds. We will have some outdoor fun while learning about Native American life, archaeology, and nature through fun activities like "The Scavenger Hunt Challenge" where guests explore the grounds and get involved in activities to complete the hunt. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
National Trail Day Hike The Wildlife Trail
Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Moccasin Creek State Park - Clarkesville, GA
Come and take a walk with us on the one mile loop trail trail through fields and forests. Easy walk and pet friendly. 706-947-3194.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Get Outdoors - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Have you ever been told to “take a hike?” Well, come out to the park and do just that. Help us celebrate Nationals Trails Day by joining a guided hike through historical grounds and nature’s hideaways. This flexible hike will cover 1 to 4 miles and participation is specific to each individual participant. $3 - $6. 770-443-7850.
White Blaze Trail Hike-National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Come celebrate the national trail system here at Providence Canyon! Join us on a 3-mile ranger led hike into and around the canyons, while learning about the history, ecosystem, and geology of the canyons. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Jones Island Trio Trek - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 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.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 11 AM - 12 PM from Jun 8, 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.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Jr. Ranger Camp- Week 1
9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 10, 2019 until Jun 13, 2019 
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join the park naturalist for a week full of fun and entertainment. Learn about the different wildlife that call Kolomoki home. Explore the 80 acre lake on a kayak or canoe. Hike the trails and venture into the museum with a guided tour. Please pack a lunch and a change of clothes. Swimming will occur daily. Meet at Group Shelter 2. $75 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Junior Ranger Camp
Monday, Jun 10, 2019 9 AM to 4 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Children ages 6-14 will have fun exploring the outdoors and learning about the park's unique natural resources. Jr Rangers who participate in the camp will earn a Junior Ranger badge. We will only be able to take 20 children. Please call the office at 706-245-6270 to register. $100 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Jr. Ranger Camp- Week 1
9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 11, 2019 until Jun 13, 2019 
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join the park naturalist for a week full of fun and entertainment. Learn about the different wildlife that call Kolomoki home. Explore the 80 acre lake on a kayak or canoe. Hike the trails and venture into the museum with a guided tour. Please pack a lunch and a change of clothes. Swimming will occur daily. Meet at Group Shelter 2. $75 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Jr. Ranger Camp- Week 1
9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 12, 2019 until Jun 13, 2019 
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join the park naturalist for a week full of fun and entertainment. Learn about the different wildlife that call Kolomoki home. Explore the 80 acre lake on a kayak or canoe. Hike the trails and venture into the museum with a guided tour. Please pack a lunch and a change of clothes. Swimming will occur daily. Meet at Group Shelter 2. $75 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Jr. Ranger Camp- Week 1
9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 13, 2019 
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join the park naturalist for a week full of fun and entertainment. Learn about the different wildlife that call Kolomoki home. Explore the 80 acre lake on a kayak or canoe. Hike the trails and venture into the museum with a guided tour. Please pack a lunch and a change of clothes. Swimming will occur daily. Meet at Group Shelter 2. $75 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Muddy Messes
Saturday, Jun 29, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Come and get your hands dirty as we celebrate International Mud Day. Learn about the importance of mud, discover what animals rely on muddy environments, and even compete in an muddy obstacle course! $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Jr. Ranger Camp- Week 2
9 AM - 3 PM from Jul 8, 2019 until Jul 11, 2019 
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join the park naturalist for a week full of fun and entertainment. Learn about the different wildlife that call Kolomoki home. Explore the 80 acre lake on a kayak or canoe. Hike the trails and venture into the museum with a guided tour. Please pack a lunch and a change of clothes. Swimming will occur daily. Meet at Group Shelter 2. $75 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Jr. Ranger Camp- Week 2
9 AM - 3 PM from Jul 9, 2019 until Jul 11, 2019 
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join the park naturalist for a week full of fun and entertainment. Learn about the different wildlife that call Kolomoki home. Explore the 80 acre lake on a kayak or canoe. Hike the trails and venture into the museum with a guided tour. Please pack a lunch and a change of clothes. Swimming will occur daily. Meet at Group Shelter 2. $75 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Jr. Ranger Camp- Week 2
9 AM - 3 PM from Jul 10, 2019 until Jul 11, 2019 
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join the park naturalist for a week full of fun and entertainment. Learn about the different wildlife that call Kolomoki home. Explore the 80 acre lake on a kayak or canoe. Hike the trails and venture into the museum with a guided tour. Please pack a lunch and a change of clothes. Swimming will occur daily. Meet at Group Shelter 2. $75 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Jr. Ranger Camp- Week 2
9 AM - 3 PM from Jul 11, 2019 
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join the park naturalist for a week full of fun and entertainment. Learn about the different wildlife that call Kolomoki home. Explore the 80 acre lake on a kayak or canoe. Hike the trails and venture into the museum with a guided tour. Please pack a lunch and a change of clothes. Swimming will occur daily. Meet at Group Shelter 2. $75 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Friday, July 12, 2019

iNaturalist BioBlitz
9 AM - 2 PM from Jul 12, 2019 until Jul 13, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
iNaturalist BioBlitz A Bioblitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. Participants will learn the basics of identification, how to use the iNaturalist app, and will receive a summary of the Bioblitz's data. On the second day, we will explore the park and log all the species we can. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

iNaturalist BioBlitz
9 AM - 2 PM from Jul 13, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
iNaturalist BioBlitz A Bioblitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. Participants will learn the basics of identification, how to use the iNaturalist app, and will receive a summary of the Bioblitz's data. On the second day, we will explore the park and log all the species we can. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 11 AM - 12 PM from Jul 13, 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.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 11 AM - 12 PM from Aug 10, 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.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Overlook Hike
Saturday, Aug 17, 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.
Ultraviolet Night Hike
Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 7 PM to 10 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Ever wonder what it's like to see in ultraviolet light? Experience our wooded trails via blacklight and learn all about night florescence with our Naturalist! $10 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Parks After Dark 
Four-legged Jr Ranger Day
Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 10 AM to 1 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This day will be geared towards visitors with pets. Bring your fur-baby on a ranger led hike! All pets must be kept on a leash and must be attended by their human at all times. This moderate, 1.5 mile hike will take us along the rim of the gorge and onto the back country trails. Please call ahead to reserve your spot! $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 10 AM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Explore this stunning gorge with a ranger-led, very strenuous hike. First travel down 535 steps to a river crossing, then climb boulders and logs to get to Sliding Rock. Wear your swimsuit if you want to cool off in the natural slide. Bring water, lunch, and snacks. Space is limited, call to register. No pets; kids must be 10 or older. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bark in the Park
Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Join us in a day for the dogs. From small to large dogs, we invite them all to the park to participate in bark ranger training, a guided hike, and more. $2 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 11 AM - 12 PM from Sep 14, 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.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 11 AM - 12 PM from Oct 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.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Overlook Hike
Saturday, Oct 19, 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.
Woman's Wilderness Day
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 11 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
What does it mean to be a woman? It means to be strong four ourselves and our loved ones. It means to act in grace and look for beauty. Come to celebrate women in a woman's only hike and a tea party. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Fright at the Fort
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 6 PM to 10 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join us for a night of thrills and chills. From 6-7 pm, children ages 3-10 can trick-or-treat at numerous spooky spots within the fort. Then, from 8-10 pm, beware of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins as the fort and nature trail transform into a spectacularly spooky, shudder-inducing experience. Bring along your friends and family if you dare! $7 - $12. 912-437-4770.
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