Nature 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.
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.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM – Dec 14, 2019 until Dec 28, 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, have fun! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Accessible 
Sensory Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
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.
DIRT Event 
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Holiday Elf Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night time guided hike will travel 1 mile round-trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. Meet at the trail head parking lot across from cabin 1. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
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.

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.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Toddler Tuesdays
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 10 AM to 10:30 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Twice a month, explore STEAM focused nature programs through hands on play! $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM – Dec 21, 2019 until Dec 28, 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, have fun! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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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.
Intro to Orienteering
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Using the skills we teach you and compass that we provide, find CCC and learn about the historic buildings at the park. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Meet at the visitor center. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $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.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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.
Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night time guided hike will travel 1 mile round-trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. Meet at the trail head parking lot across from cabin 1. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

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.
Children's Nature Hike
Thursday, Dec 26, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 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 and inside the five story Civil War-era New Manchester mill alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Parents are welcome also. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
DIRT Event 
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.
Children's Nature Hike
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 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 and inside the five story Civil War-era New Manchester mill alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Parents are welcome also. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
DIRT Event 
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

Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM – Dec 28, 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, have fun! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Accessible 
Junior Ranger After Dark
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 5:30 PM to 9 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Sign your Junior Ranger up for an after hours camp. This one night session will include crafts, a night hike, and more park fun! The cost is $25 per camper, $5 off each additional camper registered. Ages 7-12 are welcome. Registration required. Call the Park office to register at 770-867-3489. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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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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Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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.
Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night time guided hike will travel 1 mile round-trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. Meet at the trail head parking lot across from cabin 1. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
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.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Last Day Hike
Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 4 PM to 5 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Celebrate the last day of 2019 with a short guided hike. The tour will include both history and nature features of the site. $2-$6 admission fee $2-$6 plus $5 parking. 770-387-3747.

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.
First Day Bike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for a multi-faceted event where you will bike around the park with the following stops along the way! (Bikes are provided) 1. Birding on the observation deck 2. Edible Plant Hike 3. Crabbing and fishing on Red Bird Creek 4. A light lunch and refreshments at one of our cottages. 5. Tour of the fort and museum. $20 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
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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
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 on the Red Trail
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 11 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This Ranger –Led hike 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 unknown 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.
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First Day Hike on the Red Trail
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 3 PM to 5 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This Ranger –Led hike 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 unknown 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.
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First Day Dirty Boots Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Start the year off right with a Ranger-led hike along Big Creek Nature Trail. 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. Hikers can then write down their hopes for the New Year and take that home for a reminder. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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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.
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.
Traditional Plant ID; First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from Eventbrite or call to register. Guests will learn and practice plant ID skills on this Ranger-lead hike on the Sweetgum Trail! We will discuss traditional uses of trees, shrubs, and plants, and how to identify them. Meet at the Visitor Center for this fun way to learn about traditional uses of plants, and how to identify them. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Reed Bingham: First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 6 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join a Ranger on our Birdwalk Trail at dusk as we usher in the new year with our first hike of 2020. Take the opportunity to experience the trails when they are normally closed to the public. Meet at the trail head. Don't forget to bring water, a flashlight/headlamp, weather appropriate clothing, and comfortable shoes. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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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Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night time guided hike will travel 1 mile round-trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. Meet at the trail head parking lot across from cabin 1. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
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 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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Watson Mill's First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, GA
Starting at the day use parking lot, we will travel through the historic bridge to the raceway trail. Along the trail hikers will get a beautiful view of the covered bridge, learn about its construction and hike along the original raceway that leads to the Watson Mill ruins. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
DIRT Event 
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 2020
Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 9 AM to 11 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.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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.
Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night time guided hike will travel 1 mile round-trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. Meet at the trail head parking lot across from cabin 1. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

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

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jan 11, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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.
Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Saturday, Jan 11, 2020 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night time guided hike will travel 1 mile round-trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. Meet at the trail head parking lot across from cabin 1. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

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

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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.
Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night time guided hike will travel 1 mile round-trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. Meet at the trail head parking lot across from cabin 1. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Winnie The Pooh Walk
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 1 AM 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.
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

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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.
Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night time guided hike will travel 1 mile round-trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. Meet at the trail head parking lot across from cabin 1. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 11 AM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate Georgia's Arbor Day. Join us for a tree talk, break for a brown bag picnic lunch then walk the trail and learn all about our native trees. After the walk pick up your free tree seedling at the park office. One free seedling per family. Both programs meet at the Group Shelter below the dam in the campground. Fee is for both programs. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Billys Island Stories in the Dirt
Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 5 PM to 7 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger on a trip to historic Billys Island. We will look at the many signs of human activity imprinted on the landscape from Native Americans, loggers, swampers and even refuge activities. These include Indian mounds, a cemetery, old rail beds and logging equipment. $20-$25 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.

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

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Mistletoe 5K Dash
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Mistletoe is hosting their 2nd annual 5K. This is a trail race that will challenge even the best of runners! It's $20 per person to register for this event. To register call the park office at 706-541-0321. We will be limiting the race to only 50 runners. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
DIRT Event 
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

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Apr 4, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Apr 11, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.

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.
Spring Fling
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with fun family activities. Kids will be able to make their own nature craft project to take home. Enjoy nature hikes, live animal programs, hayrides, and the annual Spring Arts and Crafts Festival. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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.
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 

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 

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.

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.

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.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Junior Ranger Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 4 PM from Jun 1, 2020 until Jun 5, 2020 
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
June 6th- 10th. Children ages 6-10 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 

Friday, June 5, 2020

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 and Mud Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come take a short guided hike down the nature trail along the Etowah River with the Interpretive Ranger/Naturalist. After the hike come get closer to nature and play in the mud. Join us for clay sculpting and make gorgets, animals, or pottery as you learn about the different uses that Native Americans had for clay. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
DIRT Event 
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.
Two Miles Hike on the Blue Trail - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take an exclusive, Ranger led, hike along meandering creeks with beautiful scenery. Learn about the ecology of the area. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes to hike this moderate path. Water, bug spray, and sunscreen are encouraged. Meet at the Trading Post (visitor center) prior to the start of the hike as we will caravan to the location. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 9 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll look for scorpions, millipedes and centipedes by using provided UV lights. Meet at the Visitor Center to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Program suitable for kids ages 6 and older. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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