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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Paddle Under the Stars
Friday, Sep 29, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger-guided paddle in a canoe or kayak while the sun sets over the Okefenokee. Watch the last light of day fade into the night, leaving only the stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for gator eyes glowing from your flashlight, enjoy a full moon or the milky way and enjoy a leisurely paddle in the swamp. Register in advance. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Sep 29, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led kayak outing as we paddle through the tunnel to the west end of the lake to watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Amicalola Cleanup - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Amicalola is one of the most beloved parks in our State. All that love takes a toll. Join us for a day of volunteering to clean up and improve your State Park. Wear close toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty. We will provide water, snacks, and t-shirts while they last. Volunteers will get into the park for free. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Black Rock Lake Trail Clean Up
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Celebrate Your State Parks Day with free entry into the park and invest in Your State Park with a little sweat equity! Join us for an afternoon clean up of the Black Rock Lake Trail. Meet at the Black Rock Lake trailhead prepared to walk the trail, performing light maintenance, and remove litter pick along the way. 706-746-2141.
Hooch Hike and Paddle
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 8:15 AM to 2:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Get the best of both worlds at the Bend -- a 5.5 mile hike up the Riverside Trail to the bend boat launch where we’ll break for lunch. Then, a short instruction session to get you on your way; a nice, easy paddle back down the Chattahoochee. Boats are available to rent or bring your own. Register in advance, space is limited. Ages 10+ $12 per person plus $30 boat rental. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Trails Cleanup- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us as we clean up and maintain our beloved trails at Chattahoochee Bend. Our main focuses will be the River Trail and the Wild Turkey Trail. Meet at the Day Use Area parking lot. Tools and gloves will be limited, so be sure to bring your own if you have them. 770-254-7271.
Garden for Good - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
In honor of the life-enriching relationship between communities and their local parks, free admission and tours will be given to all who participate in our outdoor volunteer activities. We will be putting our historical gardens to rest for the winter. So bring your trowel, gloves, and a sun hat and get ready for some great gardening. 706-695-2598.
Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – Sep 30, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a stroll with the park ranger to one of Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secrets. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. 45-minute program. Start time varies according to time of sunset. Inquire for specific time at visitor center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
River Clean Up -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join our river cleanup with Rivers Alive and the Cooperative Extension Office. We will clean along the water way and remove trash from fishing areas. Please wear clothing that can get dirty. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen and bug spray. 912-882-5256.
Solar Astronomy
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
View and explore our closest star, the sun. Learn what the interior and surface of stars are like and what powers them. Look through specialized solar viewing scopes for safe viewing. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Orienteering: Be a Nature Navigator
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 3 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Using the skills we teach you, a map and compass that we provide, find 10 species of native trees in the park and get a park prize. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent for this off-trail program. Meet at the visitor center. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. No pets, kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water, flashlight, and binoculars (optional). Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available. Pre-registration required. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $40 tandem rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Clean the Picnic Area
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Come join us as we celebrate your state parks day with a beach sweep, remove debris from the picnic area and pick up trash. The park will provide drinks and we ask you to bring gloves and tools. It's amazing what we can get done when we work together. 706-359-3458.
Etowah Annual Cleanup - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Have fun Celebrating National Public Lands Day with others at Etowah. Learn about invasive plants that you could see in your backyard; some of them may surprise you. Then put your knowledge to the test while participating in a park clean-up project. Volunteers get in free for the day. 770-387-3747.
Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Dr. Birkhead for a stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Boat House on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Your State Parks Day: Discover the Outdoors
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Enjoy wildlife discovery tables and outdoor skills exhibits. Volunteers and staff will share great information on native plants, animals, and skills. Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Star Light, Star Bright
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join the Columbus Coca-Cola Space Science Center staff for an evening of star talks, star maps, and night sky viewing. Bring a chair or blanket for sitting on grassy field. Meet at the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Refortify the Site -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
The fort environs are in need of some attention, especially after being flooded during Hurricane Irma! Volunteers are needed to re-level the dirt floor in the enlisted soldier's barracks, tidy up the blockhouse basement, clean up the woodworking shop, label barrels, and more. Admission is free for anyone who volunteers to assist. 912-437-4770.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Our biggest volunteer day of the year. Stop by and lend a helping hand as we spend the day improving the park. We will be cleaning and clearing the grounds as well as repairing minor damages left from Hurricane Irma. Lunch provided for volunteers. 912-727-2339.
Lake Trail Cleanup and Maintenance: Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
We will be giving the Lake Trail some tender loving care. You will be able to help with everything from picking up litter to installing new timbers to help prevent erosion. No parking pass necessary if volunteering with this project. 706-422-1932.
Birdberry Trail Cleanup - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Volunteers will join us for a cleanup of Birdberry Trail. We will organize groups to pick up trash along the trail, gather and dispose of nature debris as well as clean trail heads and posts. All volunteers will receive a free daily park pass for the date of the event. We ask attendees bring hats, sunscreen, bug spray & wear closed toe shoes. 770-867-3489.
Your State Parks Day: George L. Smith Clean-up Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come out and assist park staff with park clean up and beautification projects including trail clearing, litter pick up and landscaping. Wear comfortable shoes and work gloves. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Playground Fix-Up -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park - Reidsville, GA
For volunteers who want to have fun painting and fixing up our playground equipment for our young, and young at heart, guests. No reservations needed; report to the park office about 30 minutes after the Wiregrass Parade and stay for 1-2 hours before returning to the festival. We have free parking, coffee, and blueberry muffins for volunteers. 912-557-7744.
Corn Grind at Hamburg Mill
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Hamburg State Park - Mitchell, GA
Take a step back into Washington County's past and learn how corn is made into grits and cornmeal without the use of electricity. The Friends of Hamburg State Park will demonstrate how a gristmill works. Corn meal and grits will be available for purchase during this event. $5 parking. 478-552-2393.
YOUR STATE PARK DAY: Mill Sweep
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Hamburg State Park - Mitchell, GA
After the Friends Group grinds corn in the morning, there is still plenty of work to do. Volunteers should plan on sweeping the mill, and the museum. This is a dusty environment, so please dress accordingly. Please bring water, gloves, and a broom. Volunteers for the day will receive free parking. 478-552-2393.
Observatory Open House
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory will have an open house monthly, March through October. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. $5 parking. 404-413-6087.
Butterfly Garden Clean Up -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Volunteers are being sought to help pull weeds, pruning bushes, and lay mulch for our butterfly garden. Bring work gloves, rest of equipment will be provided. You may get dirty, so bring an extra set of clothes or shoes. Come for an hour or make a day of it. Volunteers receive free admission. 478-994-3230.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Celebrate Your State Parks Day by joining in one of our projects to clean up the grounds and plantation house. Please wear clothes that can get dirty and bring insect repellent. Free for Volunteers. 912-264-7333.
Volunteer Work Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Come join the Friends of James H. Floyd to participate in a volunteer project. These may include: lake shore cleanups, beautification projects and trail maintenance. Meet at park's visitor center. Bring water, gloves and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. 706-857-0826.
Marble Mine Waterfall Hike
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 2 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
The hills of James H. Floyd State Park use to house a marble mining operation in the 1960s and 1970s. Take part in a ranger-led hike to the old Marble Mine that houses a waterfall and four natural springs that feed the lakes found inside the park. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
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The Days and Times of Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Learn about the Civil War, industrialization, WWI, and WWII as living historians and volunteers explain how these events affected the Jarrell family and society as a whole. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Old-Fashioned Activities
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 11 AM to 8 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge Let the park take you back in time to participate in some activities visitors would do with rangers back in the day. Meet some live animals, including a snake, join in painting activities and learn how the park came to exist through the CCC with a walking tour. $1-$3 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
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Kids Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Kids, we’re stocking a special area with fish just so you can catch dinner for the family tonight. There will be raffle prizes and a quick lunch available afterwards. Limited to kids ages 15 and under. Fish from the bank only; bring your own pole and tackle; no fishing license required. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Trail Cleanup - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Mistletoe is seeking volunteers to clean and maintain trails for the fall season. Volunteers will be able to choose their own challenge whether picking up litter on the Rock Dam or pulling weeds in the garden behind the office. Meet at the Nature Center at 9:00 a.m. for instruction. Bring sturdy shoes, water, gloves and hand tools. 706-541-0321.
Your State Parks Day - Trail Maintenance
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Moccasin Creek State Park - Clarkesville, GA
Meet at the Hemlock Falls Trailhead by 9 a.m. to get started. Volunteers will help clean the trail and primitive campsites. Bring water and be prepared to get dirty. 706-947-3194.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join park staff and volunteers as we work to keep our public lands beautiful and clean. We will be working on various clean-up projects around our Nature Center, trails, and giving your park the care she deserves. All ages welcome. Meet at the Nature Center. Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 770-389-7801.
Reed Bingham Beautification Projects -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Friends of Reed Bingham will be having beautification projects in different areas of the park. Free t-shirts and lunch to all who volunteer. Please visit or call the front office to sign-up as a volunteer. 229-896-3551.
Ruckersville Road Cleanup -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Join us as we clean up Ruckersville Road leading up the to park. We will be picking up trash, removing limbs and making the entrance to the park look neat. No parking pass necessary if volunteering with this project. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
Lake Antioch Sunset Hike
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Join us for a Ranger Led Sunset Hike along the shores for Lake Antioch. Trail is 2.5 Miles long and will end with a view of the beautiful sunset on Lake Antioch. Trail hike is consider easy. Bring your own snacks and water to enjoy along the way. 706-802-5087.
Your State Parks Day: Bridge and Sidewalk Refurbishing
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Volunteers are being sought to help pressure wash the bridge and sidewalks on the entrance. We want to enlist your support to help with this project. Equipment will be provided. You may get wet, bring an extra set of clothes or shoes. 706-655-5870.
Shore Restoration - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Join us at Seminole State Park and help wipe out invasive species and remove trash along the shoreline. Free parking for anyone assisting with park projects. 229-861-3137.
Invasive Species Removal -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Help us to eliminate the Chinese Tallow Tree, an invasive species found in our park. Please register by Friday, September 29.Volunteers are asked to wear close-toed shoes and comfortable clothing. This event requires volunteers to be at least 16 years old. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Protecting our Precious Plants: Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Come celebrate our state parks by giving back. This will be a volunteer work day in celebration of Your State Parks Day. We are very proud to be a safeguarding site for Torreyas and American Chestnuts. We will spend the day weeding and picking invasives that are encroaching on these precious plants. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a paddle and hike through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are with adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Introduction to Fly Fishing- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger led guide to learning the art of fly fishing. We will practice casting techniques and learn about the gear and tackle that will help in your journey for catching fish on a fly rod. Bring your own rod (some available for loan), reel, and tackle. Meet at the Visitor Center. Max capacity 6. Reservations required. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 4 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a paddle and hike through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are with adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Unicoi Volunteer Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Unicoi State Park and Lodge Come help clean trash off the trails, paint new trail blazes, re-do trail markers and do trail maintenance. Bring your Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, home schoolers, church group, civic group, or your whole family. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 549.
Wolf Creek Cleanup
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us for our annual Your State Park Day as we cleanup in and around beautiful Wolf Creek, that winds through the park. Free parking for volunteers. 706-745-2628.
Your State Parks Day - Trail Clean up
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Hurricane Irma's storm surge washed ashore marsh debris and trash For "Your State Parks Day" help us clean the coast and reclaim the trails of Wormsloe.The clean up is from 10am-2pm. At 2pm enjoy a cookout sponsored by the Friends of Wormsloe and learn how you can become a friends member! *Admission is free for those helping with trail clean up* 912-353-3023.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Oct 1, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Leaf Watch Hike
Sunday, Oct 1, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Enjoy the leaf change from the mountain. Join a Ranger on this moderate hike around the Lake and Big Rock Trails. Register at the Visitor Center. Please wear hiking shoes and bring water. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
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"Rivers Alive" Cleanup
Sunday, Oct 1, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in GA. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. We will be cleaning up around Sweetwater Creek and Sparks Reservoir as well as from kayaks if possible. Register in advance. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Oct 1, 2017 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led kayak outing as we paddle through the tunnel to the west end of the lake to watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Georgia's Warm Springs: A Natural Wonder
Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
The story of Georgia's Warm Springs, one of the seven natural wonders in Georgia. Presentation will cover the history of the water from ancient times and their use by native Americans through the FDR era and beyond $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Moonlight Canoe Trip
Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join us on a moonlit canoe paddle on Clark's Hill Lake. The moon will be big and bright. You will get to see the water in a whole different light. Equipment and certified instructors will be provided. Registration is a must by the day before the event. $10–$15 $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Full Moon Paddle
Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a short hike that takes you down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. No pets allowed. Call to register. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Night Hike
Friday, Oct 6, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Enjoy a 2-mile hike on one of the best trails at the park. You will learn interesting facts about the geology and history of the canyon. By the end of the hike, we will be in the dark, enjoying the trail by moonlight and listening for night sounds. Ages 10 and older. Reservations Required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Fall Festival
Friday, Oct 6, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Fall Fest kick off begins Friday night with a family friendly movie. Saturday at 10 am archery with scarecrows and pumpkins. Starting at 4 pm Fall Fest activities include a pumpkin patch, mini-golf, hayrides, apple bobbing, bouncy house, ring the scarecrows and more. The weekend will end with bingo Sunday evening. $1 - $5. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Owl Prowl
Friday, Oct 6, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
If you missed your chance to go on an owl “hunt” with us in February, here is your opportunity to join us again as we look for these mysterious creatures of the night. Take a ranger lead night hike and discover the various species found at the park, the different calls they make, and more! $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Oct 6, 2017 7:30 PM to 9 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Join us for a moonlight canoe and kayak paddle under the light of the full moon. $17 per person includes equipment, $10 per person if you bring your own. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Friday, Oct 6, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia's most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old Live Oaks, explore the out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low County rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, Oct 6, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Friday, Oct 6, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an evening of enchantment as we paddle the lake at night under the light of the moon. Limited to 12 people who can swim and are 18 yrs. or older. A flashlight is required. Call for reservations. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Fall Foliage Hike
Saturdays 11 AM - 12 PM – Oct 7, 2017 until Nov 4, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the overlook trail along the East Rim of the canyon and enjoy the best of the fall colors and learn some hands-on tree identification. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – Oct 7, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a stroll with the park ranger to one of Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secrets. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. 45-minute program. Start time varies according to time of sunset. Inquire for specific time at visitor center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 10 AM to 9 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Fall Fest kick off begins Friday night with a family friendly movie. Saturday at 10 am archery with scarecrows and pumpkins. Starting at 4 pm Fall Fest activities include a pumpkin patch, mini-golf, hayrides, apple bobbing, bouncy house, ring the scarecrows and more. The weekend will end with bingo Sunday evening. $1 - $5. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come see demonstrations of primitive skills that were essential to the Native Americans of the Southeast in prehistoric times. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Dr. Birkhead for a stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Boat House on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Dr. Birkhead for a stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Boat House on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Dulcimer Jam
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Listen to Appalachian lap dulcimers and assorted other acoustical instruments as musicians from the North GA Foothills Dulcimer Association play traditional folk tunes. Bring a folding chair or enjoy wooden benches. Meet at the Wooden amphitheater below the dam in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Music and Dancing On the Mountain
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Dance, sing-a-long, and enjoy classic vinyl 1960s and '70s music with Randy & Darlene Dameron, our popular local musicians. Cement seating. You may want to bring a chair or cushion. Meet at the stone amphitheater next to the park office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Guided Tours of Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Learn about the Jarrell family, the agricultural operation, and how the switch to industry kept the plantation afloat. Jarrell Plantation offers self-guided tours every Thursday-Saturday from 9am-5pm and guided tours one Saturday morning of each month. Guides may be requested in advance for group tours. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Family Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 3 PM to 9 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
This Fall come to Mistletoe to enjoy hayrides, crafts, hikes, games, story telling and lots more family fun. We will have programs and events all afternoon. $10 per vehicle includes parking. 706-541-0321.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Sunset Kayak Paddle
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
If you've ever wanted a picture of a beautiful Lake Seminole sunset, this is your chance. This ranger guided sunset kayak tour will get you to the perfect spot to hopefully help you get that picture of a lifetime. Don't forget to bring water and a camera. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Fall Hayride
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Join Smithgall Woods for a hayride through the park, observe the changing fall leaves, our buzzing apiary, and beautiful Duke's Creek. This relaxing three mile ride will give you a scenic view of the park and the ability to enjoy a crisp fall breeze. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Paddle Under the Stars
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger-guided paddle in a canoe or kayak while the sun sets over the Okefenokee. Watch the last light of day fade into the night, leaving only the stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for gator eyes glowing from your flashlight, enjoy a full moon or the milky way and enjoy a leisurely paddle in the swamp. Register in advance. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful paddle and hike through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are with adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful paddle and hike through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are with adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Soak It In 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Fall Festival
Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Fall Fest kick off begins Friday night with a family friendly movie. Saturday at 10 am archery with scarecrows and pumpkins. Starting at 4 pm Fall Fest activities include a pumpkin patch, mini-golf, hayrides, apple bobbing, bouncy house, ring the scarecrows and more. The weekend will end with bingo Sunday evening. $1 - $5. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led kayak outing as we paddle through the tunnel to the west end of the lake to watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Wild Cave Tours
Monday, Oct 9, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Eco-Discovery Nature Camp
Monday, Oct 9, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
School's out and parents are invited to send their K - 8th graders to nature camp. We will hike and explore in the different habitats found on the park and learn how they are different. Limited space, pre-registration required $10 per student for half day or $25 for full day $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Jr. Rangers: Explorers
Monday, Oct 9, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Celebrate Columbus Day by practicing skills Columbus used to navigate to the New World. Jr Rangers will learn trip planning, map reading and compass skills to navigate routes around the park. Then, Junior Rangers will practice archery and prepare a lunch with New World foods like potatoes, tomatoes, corn and cocoa. $25 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Friday, Oct 13, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. No pets, kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water, flashlight, and binoculars (optional). Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available. Pre-registration required. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $40 tandem rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Dinner in 1793
Friday, Oct 13, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Step back in time to 1793 and enjoy an old fashioned dinner in historic Fort Yargo. Guests will be greeted by reenactors and learn about the early days of living in North Georgia. Additionally each guest will be served a hot meal prepared in the same manner as they would 224 years ago. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Friday, Oct 13, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia's most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old Live Oaks, explore the out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low County rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
20th Annual Haunted Halloween Hayrides
Friday, Oct 13, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on this special anniversary for a spooky ride through the forests of Ravenwood. Hayrides are followed by storytelling and snacks. Tours start at 7:00 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:20 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. Reservations are required at FriendsofRedTop.org. Tickets go on sale September 15 and will sell out quickly. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, Oct 13, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Oct 13, 2017 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led kayak outing as we paddle through the tunnel to the west end of the lake to watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Fall Foliage Hike
Saturdays 11 AM - 12 PM – Oct 14, 2017 until Nov 4, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the overlook trail along the East Rim of the canyon and enjoy the best of the fall colors and learn some hands-on tree identification. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – Oct 14, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a stroll with the park ranger to one of Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secrets. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. 45-minute program. Start time varies according to time of sunset. Inquire for specific time at visitor center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Beach Combing Cruise
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 to Sunday, Oct 15, 2017 9 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a boat cruise to a pristine beach in the area with a park ranger. Learn about birds and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Please be prepared to get your feet wet. Limited space, registration required by 8:00 p.m. the day before the cruise. $40 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Dr. Birkhead for a stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Boat House on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Dr. Birkhead for a stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Boat House on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Candle Lantern Tour
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for our annual candle light guided tour. See soldiers go about their evening duties. Stop in the barracks for some hot cider and a cookie. then prepare yourself for some noise as the cannon is fired over the Ogeechee River. $5-$9. 912-727-2339.
Fall Celebration Festival
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Travel back in time to an old fashioned country fair surrounded by the colors of the season. $5 parking. 706-878-1077.
Emory Jones Book Signing
2nd Saturday of Month 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM from Oct 14, 2017 until Dec 9, 2017 
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This post-WWI historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones afterward. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible 
Cabin Life at Pickett's Mill
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Join civilian reenactors at our original 164-year-old log cabin. We will be tilling the garden, cooking over a fire, and portraying daily life of the mid-19th century, plus period games for kids. $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.
Astronomy Night
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 7:30 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Join us and the Coca Cola Space Science Center for a night under the stars. Learn about the night sky and view stars and planets through telescopes. Seating will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs for more comfort. $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
20th Annual Haunted Halloween Hayrides
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on this special anniversary for a spooky ride through the forests of Ravenwood. Hayrides are followed by storytelling and snacks. Tours start at 7:00 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:20 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. Reservations are required at FriendsofRedTop.org. Tickets go on sale September 15 and will sell out quickly. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Bike Sapelo
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 to Sunday, Oct 15, 2017 9 AM
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Day visitors may enjoy biking Sapelo Island with our naturalist. We'll start our outing at Reynolds Mansion and then lead you on Sapelo's prettiest roads. The tour will include visits to the Gator Pond, Sapelo Lighthouse, and the beach. This will be a leisurely ride on flat roads with a minimum of traffic. $25. 912-485-2299.
Fala Day
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Scottish Terrier Society of Greater Atlanta will present a fun-filled day of activities celebrating Fala. Activities include a parade and a variety of contest. More information at www.stcga.biz. Dogs not allowed on Historic Site except during the parade. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods on the Martin's Mine Trail. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. This 1 mile hike will cover gold mining and view an abandoned mine. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Paddle Under the Stars
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger-guided paddle in a canoe or kayak while the sun sets over the Okefenokee. Watch the last light of day fade into the night, leaving only the stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for gator eyes glowing from your flashlight, enjoy a full moon or the milky way and enjoy a leisurely paddle in the swamp. Register in advance. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful paddle and hike through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are with adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Geology Hike
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful paddle and hike through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are with adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Travelers Rest Pioneer Days
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Traveler's Rest Historic Site - Toccoa, GA
Join us to witness talents and skills from early 1800s pioneers. Demonstrators will be on hand for weaving, blacksmithing, hearth cooking, frontier craft, river boating and other skills. Visitors will also enjoy live period music and expositions. $2-$5. 706-886-2256.
Handicapped Accessible 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Oct 15, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Night Hike
Friday, Oct 20, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Enjoy a 2-mile hike on one of the best trails at the park. You will learn interesting facts about the geology and history of the canyon. By the end of the hike, we will be in the dark, enjoying the trail by moonlight and listening for night sounds. Ages 10 and older. Reservations Required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Leaf Watch Sunset Hike to the West Overlook
Friday, Oct 20, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Fall is beautiful at Fort Mountain. Experience the beauty of sunset over the landscape of fall colors. Register at the Visitor Center. Space is limited. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Friday, Oct 20, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia's most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old Live Oaks, explore the out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low County rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
20th Annual Haunted Halloween Hayrides
Friday, Oct 20, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on this special anniversary for a spooky ride through the forests of Ravenwood. Hayrides are followed by storytelling and snacks. Tours start at 7:00 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:20 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. Reservations are required at FriendsofRedTop.org. Tickets go on sale September 15 and will sell out quickly. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, Oct 20, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Oct 20, 2017 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led kayak outing as we paddle through the tunnel to the west end of the lake to watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Soak It In 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sitton's Gulch Hike
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike like the locals & start at the bottom of the gulch & hike to the bottom of the falls. Go up 600 stairs, passing Hemlock & Cherokee Falls. Then, we will reward ourselves with a 3-mile hike downhill. Along the way, learn about the plants, animals, geology & history of the canyon. This is a moderate-strenuous 6-mile hike. Reservations required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Fall Foliage Hike
Saturdays 11 AM - 12 PM – Oct 21, 2017 until Nov 4, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the overlook trail along the East Rim of the canyon and enjoy the best of the fall colors and learn some hands-on tree identification. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – Oct 21, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a stroll with the park ranger to one of Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secrets. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. 45-minute program. Start time varies according to time of sunset. Inquire for specific time at visitor center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Star Party Astronomy
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 8 PM to 11 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Come see the wonders of the night sky and identify the fall constellations. The program takes place at the parking area for the disc golf course. Sponsored by the Staff and Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park and conducted by the Barnard Astronomical Society. Weather cancellations will be made after 6:00 PM the day of the event. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 10 AM to 6 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join the Friends of Don Carter SP for an afternoon in the park with live traditional mountain music, arts, crafts, vendors, and good food. This will be Don Carter State Park's fourth annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Fall Hike on the Pine Mountain Trail
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 1 PM to 4:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join trail guides for a brisk, 4-mile, easy to moderate ramble along the ridge top. Enjoy great views on both sides of the mountain. Meet at the Callaway Gardens Store Overlook Parking lot on Hwy. 27 and end at the park office on Hwy. 190. Bring water and dress for the weather. Shuttles will take guests back to their cars. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Octoberfest
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Florence Marina invites the public to join in its biggest event of the year, Octoberfest! Join us for games, haunted hay rides and boat rides, a cake walk, and prize drawings from the Friends of Florence Marina. You don’t want to miss this event! Food will also be offered at the park that evening by an outside vendor. $1 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Wagon Ride, Sunset Hike and Campfire with S'mores
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 3:30 PM to 8 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Take a wagon ride around the park with a Ranger. Enjoy seeing the park on this unique fall experience. After the wagon ride, there will be a sunset hike to the West Overlook. Here you will enjoy what many call best view in the state, over a backdrop of beautiful fall colors. Wrap up the night with a traditional campfire and S'mores. $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Moonlight Madness
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 12 PM to 10 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Kick off your Halloween activities with a kids carnival from 12-4 pm. The parks haunted house will be open at 6 pm until 10 pm. The maze will be open 12-4 during the carnival and in the evening from 6 to 10pm. Hayrides will be offered 6 pm - 10 pm for a ride to the campgrounds and back to view the decorations in our campsite decoration contest. $1-$7 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Ophelia's Classic Car Challenge
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Classic cars from all over southeast Georgia will be on display vying for the championship in Hofwyl-Broadfield’s annual car show. Come and view the cars, vote for your favorite and then tour a historic rice plantation. Presented by Friends of Hofwyl and Classic Coastal Cruisers automobile club. $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
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Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia's most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old Live Oaks, explore the out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low County rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 3 PM to 7 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Children of all ages can play brand new games as well as old favorites to win candy. Bring the whole family because we will also have bingo, hayrides, a haunted hayride, face painting and much more! Overnight campers may participate in our campsite decoration contest. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
20th Annual Haunted Halloween Hayrides
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on this special anniversary for a spooky ride through the forests of Ravenwood. Hayrides are followed by storytelling and snacks. Tours start at 7:00 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:20 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. Reservations are required at FriendsofRedTop.org. Tickets go on sale September 15 and will sell out quickly. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Calls of the Wild- Dusk Hike
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 7 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Hit the trails right before dark to hear all the animals that call right before the darkness of night sets in. The guided hike will be about a mile hike and typically last an hour. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Spooky, Scaly, Spectacular
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn about some creepy crawlies right before Halloween. Snakes, spiders, and roaches get a bad rap but meet these critters in person and see their spectacular personalities. We will learn about their cool abilities and awesome adaptations. There will be time to touch and take pictures at the conclusion of the program. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Paddle Under the Stars
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger-guided paddle in a canoe or kayak while the sun sets over the Okefenokee. Watch the last light of day fade into the night, leaving only the stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for gator eyes glowing from your flashlight, enjoy a full moon or the milky way and enjoy a leisurely paddle in the swamp. Register in advance. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful paddle and hike through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are with adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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