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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Morning Nature Hike
Ongoing until Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 - 10 AM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Join Americorps and the park naturalist for a nature hike on the Tennessee Rock Trail. You will be able to see plants and trees as they transition to late fall phase.The Tennessee Rock trail is a 2,2 mile loop and is considered a moderate hike. Be sure to wear suitable clothing for this autumn hike, with good hiking shoes. Meet at the trailhead. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
AmeriCorps 
Black Bear Awareness
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Come by the amphitheater near the Mellenger Center and learn about the black bear. Black bears live here in our park and, sometimes, are misunderstood. Join Americorps and the park naturalist to become familiar with the black bears' habitat and behaviors. Create a bear paw t-shirt. $5.00 for materials $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
AmeriCorps 
Stargazing
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 6 PM to 7 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Come to the Black Rock overlook at the Visitors' Center for exploration of the heavens above us. Learn the ways to locate planets and stars in the Solar System. Americorps and the park naturalist will meet you at the overlook for some stellar viewing. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
AmeriCorps 
Sunset Hike
Saturdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Nov 18, 2017 until Dec 9, 2017 
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Meet the park naturalist at the Visitors Center at 6:30 for a short hike to the Tennessee Rock Overlook. From the overlook you can witness one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. Be sure and check the times as the sunsets are getting earlier each week. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Hike and Paddle
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 8:30 AM to 3 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
It's the best time of year here at the Bend. Enjoy a 5.5 mile hike up the Riverside trail with a nice easy float down to the Day Use Area boat ramp. Boats are available to rent, or bring your own. Registration is required. $12, $30 boat rental $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Sitton's Gulch Hike
Saturday, Nov 18, 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.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 8 PM – Nov 18, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a short, easy walk to a special spot overlooking the valley to view the setting sun. Meet at the West Rim trail access parking. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Wildlife of Our World
Saturdays 2 PM - 3 PM – Nov 18, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet and greet the animals who make coastal Georgia their home. Learn about some of their habits and behaviors to better understand why they are important to our world. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Handicapped Accessible 
Christmas Wreath Making
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
What better way to get started with the holiday season than creating your very own Christmas wreath. Come join us as we provide the vine, ribbons, flowers and Christmas decorations to create a wreath that will spruce up your home for the holiday season. 15 per wreath $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
American Frontier Days
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See living skills displays like cooking and blacksmithing from local historians Walk through time from the mid 1700s to the late 1800's. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pine Mountain Trail Hike
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 10 AM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Pine Mountain Trail Association guides for a 3.4-mile easy to moderate hike with fabulous vistas along the eastern end of the trail. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather. Meet at Dowdell's Knob Trailhead and end at Rocky Point Parking Lot. A shuttle will get you back to your car. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Sharktooth Sandbar Paddle
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our rangers on a sunny and refreshing canoe paddle that's fun for the whole family! We'll be having some fun in the sun as we run around and enjoy the afternoon among the salt marshes. A great time to hunt for shark's teeth! Participants are allowed to bring their own kayaks and canoes, but Park Office must be notified before the event. $20 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Soak It In 
"Come and Take It!" Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 11 AM to 4 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
The event commemorates Colonel John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender: "Come & Take It!" Watch colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, 18th century music and more. $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
Handicapped Accessible 
Annual Sugar Cane Festival
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Enjoy a fun day in the park with fresh cane syrup and a wide variety of food and arts and crafts vendors. $1 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 6 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 hunt for scorpions by using UV lights, listen for owls, and watch the stars. You'll be meeting at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Nov 18, 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 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 Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 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.
Trench Warfare in the Civil War
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Did you know Civil War soldiers utilized trenches as a tactic of warfare? As the war developed into its later stages, troops both blue and gray learned quickly that "digging in" was vital to survival. See some of the actual earthworks that were used at the battle, as well as reenactors utilizing a rebuilt and interactive trench. $3 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
November Night Hikes at Red Top
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Come explore the park after dark! Learn about creatures of the night as we look and listen to the nightlife of Red Top. Meet at 50 Lodge Road for this family friendly hike. Plan for two hour walk; trails vary, about 1.5 - 2 miles. Remember your water and flashlight, dress appropriately. Hike will be canceled in event of inclement weather. $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 8:30 PM to 10:30 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 extremely rare night time guided hike will focus on the sights and sounds and creatures of the night, especially owls. Meet at office 30 minutes prior to event start. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Migration and Hibernation: How Animals Cope with the Cold
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
What do animals do when it gets chilly? Come find out from Professor Tom Hennigan. Learn about the many ways animals deal with cold weather. From migration and brumation, to torpor and hibernation, get the skinny on these complicated terms. Come see what your woodland friends will be up to this Winter. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Paddle Under the Stars
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 5 PM to 7 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.
Introduction to Fly Fishing
Saturday, Nov 18, 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.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations. Cash only. Meet and pay at the Visitor Center parking lot at 5:30pm. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Whitewater-Watching Hike
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 11 AM to 2 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
A Ranger led hike down to Bridal Veil Falls to watch brave souls whitewater paddle the Tallulah River. The water flowing through the gorge will be much stronger than usual, making the falls even more beautiful. Bring a snack and lots of water. The hike is strenuous! No pets allowed, kids must be 10 or older. Call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Soak It In 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Waterfall Hike
Sundays 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Nov 19, 2017 until Dec 10, 2017 
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Bring the family and meet the Park Naturalist at the Black Rock Lake parking area for a short hike to the Park's Hidden Gem, Greasy Creek Falls. Enjoy nature as the children splash in the cool, clear waters of the pool at the base of the falls. Bring snacks and drinks to make a day of it. Good walking shoes are necessary. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Black Bear Awareness
Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Come by the amphitheater near the Mellenger Center and learn about the black bear. Black bears live here in our park and, sometimes, are misunderstood. Join Americorps and the park naturalist to become familiar with the black bears' habitat and behaviors. Create a bear paw t-shirt. $5.00 for materials $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
AmeriCorps 
American Frontier Days
Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See living skills displays like cooking and blacksmithing from local historians Walk through time from the mid 1700s to the late 1800's. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Edible Plant Hike
Sunday 1 PM - 3 PM – Nov 19, 2017 
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Learn helpful tricks to identifying edible wild plants in Georgia! Enjoy a beautiful and scenic 3 mile hike with our park naturalist. We'll be searching for local plants that have medicinal properties, some used for tea, seasonings, and even ones that could be poisonous! Pets are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Nov 19, 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 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 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.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Nov 19, 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. We will go inside the mill, as see in the "Hunger Games" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of the creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Owl Prowl
Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join park rangers on this nighttime excursion on the white trail, and listen and watch for these nocturnal birds of prey. Meet at the Interpretive Center; the hike will follow the White Trail to Jack's Hill area and back, about 2 miles round trip. Wear comfortable clothes, dress for the weather, and bring a flash light. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Park Fun Run
Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Lace up your shoes and meet us at the Jailhouse for a 2.8 mile run. Stick to the preplanned route on the Shortline trail or create your own longer or shorter run. Runners, joggers, and walkers of all abilities are welcome! $5 parking. 585-732-6992.
AmeriCorps 
Whitewater-Watching Hike
Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 11 AM to 2 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
A Ranger led hike down to Bridal Veil Falls to watch brave souls whitewater paddle the Tallulah River. The water flowing through the gorge will be much stronger than usual, making the falls even more beautiful. Bring a snack and lots of water. The hike is strenuous! No pets allowed, kids must be 10 or older. Call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Soak It In 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Junior Rangers - Explorers
Monday, Nov 20, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Celebrate Thanksgiving by practicing hunting skills that the pioneers and Indians used. We will have archery in the morning followed by a special lunch. Then in the afternoon we will be using cane poles and trying to catch fish just like they did back in the day. Ages 7-14. $25, registration required. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Native American Mini-Camp
9 AM - 12 PM from Nov 20, 2017 until Nov 21, 2017 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn about Native American life, just in time for Thanksgiving. This mini-camp will feature crafts, games, informative sessions, and even archery. Kids will be dropped off at the Visitor's Center. Bring a snack and something to drink. For kids aged 8 -12. Reservations are required. $30 per child. 706-878-4736.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Junior Rangers: Christmas
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
This Junior Rangers will begin with candle making and ornaments in the morning followed by lunch. Then in the afternoon Junior Rangers will learn Map Skills and will get the chance to find hidden Geocaches throughout the park. Lunch is not provided. Please register in advance for the program. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Park Fun Run
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Lace up your shoes and come run with us. Meet at the Iron Hill trail head for a preplanned 3.3 mile scenic run, or create your own longer/ shorter route. Runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities are welcome. $5 parking. 585-732-6992.
AmeriCorps 
Native American Mini-Camp
9 AM - 12 PM from Nov 21, 2017 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn about Native American life, just in time for Thanksgiving. This mini-camp will feature crafts, games, informative sessions, and even archery. Kids will be dropped off at the Visitor's Center. Bring a snack and something to drink. For kids aged 8 -12. Reservations are required. $30 per child. 706-878-4736.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 7 PM to 8 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.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tri-State Hike
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Meet the park naturalist at the Tennessee Rock/Edmonds trailhead for a beautiful 2.2 mile hike through the autumn sights. The Tennessee Rock trail is a moderate rated hike and from the Tennessee Rock Overlook, you may be able to see three states. This hike also gives the opportunity to burn off the extra calories acquired from the day before. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Sensory Awareness Night Hike
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join the ranger for an easy night hike along the River Trail with experiments to test your senses. We will have hot cocoa to keep your hands warm and taste buds happy on this cool night! Bring a flashlight and sturdy shoes. Dress appropriately for cooler weather. Ages 8 and older. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Night Hike
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 5 PM to 7 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.
Walk it Off!
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet the Ranger at the River Trail entry for an invigorating and educational hike to relieve those guilt feelings from yesterday.Two different hikes. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Walk it Off!
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet the Ranger at the River Trail entry for an invigorating and educational hike to relieve those guilt feelings from yesterday.Two different hikes. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Black Friday #OptOutside Nature Hike
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Elijah Clark will be hosting a nature hike on Black Friday. Instead of spending the day shopping why not join us on a nature hike along the 3-mile trail. You may see deer along the trail, an eagle flying over head or a nice view of Clark's Hill Lake. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Avoid the Madness Hike
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Don't get stuck in the Black Friday mess. Join a ranger on a moderate hike and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Wear appropriate shoes, and bring a water bottle. Register at the Visitor Center. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Black Friday Hike
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 12 PM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Skip the madness and opt for the great outdoors! Relaxing hike along the yellow trail. Meet at Entrance B Boat Dock. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Turkey Trek
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 11 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work off those extra pounds you acquired over Thanksgiving. Enjoy a moderate hike along Brantley and Beaver Pond trails. This 2.5 mile hike offers good chances for encountering wildlife while enjoying the scenic view. Meet at the Trading Post. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring water. Call for more information and to pre-register. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Thanksgiving Paddle
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come out and enjoy a guided afternoon tour of Lake Rutledge on a kayak/canoe. Unwind while hearing about the history of Hard Labor Creek while paddling to the sounds of nature. Meet at the kayak rack (beach area). Bring water and sunscreen. Space is limited, preregister in advance. $10 if you use your boat or $15 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Soak It In 
Stars of Red Top
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join AmeriCorps Rangers on Friday evenings as we observe the stars above us and hear stories about the constellations. Star charts will be on hand, and feel free to bring your own stargazing equipment. We also recommend bringing a blanket to lie on and a flashlight. Meet behind the Old Park Office, 50 Lodge Rd SE, Acworth, GA 30102. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps 
6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 24, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.
Day After Thanksgiving "Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger on an enjoyable "after the feasting" hike with your four-legged companion as we walk down to the impressive five story Civil War era New Manchester Mill alongside the gorgeous rapids(up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. All dogs must be leashed and have proof of rabies vaccination. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Friday, Nov 24, 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. We will go inside the mill, as see in the "Hunger Games" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of the creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Walk Off The Turkey with a Hike
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Take a guided hike through the gorge floor to work off those extra pounds you acquired over Thanksgiving. This hike is strenuous and involves climbing over and under rocks and logs, jumping from rock to rock, and possibly getting your feet wet. Participants must be 10 or older, no pets allowed. Call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Sunset Hike
Saturdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Nov 25, 2017 until Dec 9, 2017 
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Meet the park naturalist at the Visitors Center at 6:30 for a short hike to the Tennessee Rock Overlook. From the overlook you can witness one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. Be sure and check the times as the sunsets are getting earlier each week. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Glow-In-The-Dark Bowling
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Grab your glow sticks and light bracelets for family outdoor bowling. Bring a dim light or use glow sticks for light (no bright phone lights or flashlights, please). All ages welcome. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Sitton's Gulch Hike
Saturday, Nov 25, 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.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 8 PM – Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a short, easy walk to a special spot overlooking the valley to view the setting sun. Meet at the West Rim trail access parking. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Beach Combing on Cumberland Island
Saturday 9 AM - 12 PM – Nov 25, 2017 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a boat cruise Cumberland Island with a Park Ranger.Learn about birds & marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem & a chance to see the wild horses.Shoes may get wet.Limited space,preregistration required. Call Park Office to register. $40 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Wildlife of Our World
Saturdays 2 PM - 3 PM – Nov 25, 2017 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet and greet the animals who make coastal Georgia their home. Learn about some of their habits and behaviors to better understand why they are important to our world. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Handicapped Accessible 
Get Fit Level 1 Hike
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
There is no time like the present. Join a Ranger on an easy to moderate 1.6 mile hike around the Lake and Big Rock Trails. We will talk about the park, get to know each other, and discuss healthy eating. Please call the park to register. Meet by the beach. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Storytime with Santa
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 5 PM to 8 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Santa Claus is coming to Indian Springs State Park! Children will enjoy stories with Santa, reindeer games, crafts, cookies, and hot chocolate. Remember the evening with a free picture with Santa! Meet at the Stone Pavilion. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Turkey Trek Night Hike
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 4 PM to 7:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Do you love the smell of turkey roasting over an open fire? Join us for this unique evening program where we will learn to cook your own Thanksgiving feast over the campfire. Worried about all those extra calories? Don't be! We will take a moderate mountain hike while they cook. Food provided by park. Bring flashlight, jacket and good hiking shoes. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
First Time Backpacker
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 10 AM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
If you're interested in backpacking but have never gone, or if you just want to refresh your backpacking knowledge and skills, this is the perfect program for you. Join two AmeriCorps rangers as they guide you through the basics of backpacking. Preregistration for this program is required. See additional event details. $25 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
AmeriCorps 
Guided Hikes
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Join our naturalist on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM for a guided tour of the canyon. Hikes are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Please call and confirm dates and times of hikes prior to your arrival. $5 per person $5 parking. 229-838-6202.
November Night Hikes at Red Top
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Come explore the park after dark! Learn about creatures of the night as we look and listen to the nightlife of Red Top. Meet at 50 Lodge Road for this family friendly hike. Plan for two hour walk; trails vary, about 1.5 - 2 miles. Remember your water and flashlight, dress appropriately. Hike will be canceled in event of inclement weather. $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Introduction to Paddling
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 11 AM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Have you ever wanted to learn the basics of paddling? We are holding a class to teach you about the equipment and how to properly use it. Pre-registration is required. $12 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 25, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.
Paddle Under the Stars
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 5 PM to 7 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.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 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. We will go inside the mill, as see in the "Hunger Games" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of the creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This class covers basic and advanced survival techniques. For ages 12 and up. Learn general skill such as fire making, emergency shelters, and navigation. Registration is required. Space limited. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Nov 25, 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. We will go inside the mill, as see in the "Hunger Games" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of the creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Waterfall Hike
Sundays 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Nov 26, 2017 until Dec 10, 2017 
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Bring the family and meet the Park Naturalist at the Black Rock Lake parking area for a short hike to the Park's Hidden Gem, Greasy Creek Falls. Enjoy nature as the children splash in the cool, clear waters of the pool at the base of the falls. Bring snacks and drinks to make a day of it. Good walking shoes are necessary. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Edible Plant Hike
Sunday 10 AM - 11 AM – Nov 26, 2017 
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Learn helpful tricks to identifying edible wild plants in Georgia! Enjoy a beautiful and scenic 3 mile hike with our park naturalist. We'll be searching for local plants that have medicinal properties, some used for tea, seasonings, and even ones that could be poisonous! Pets are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Guided Hikes
Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Join our naturalist on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM for a guided tour of the canyon. Hikes are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Please call and confirm dates and times of hikes prior to your arrival. $5 per person $5 parking. 229-838-6202.
6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 26, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a 2 and a half hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Monday, November 27, 2017

6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 27, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 28, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Park Fun Run
Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Lace up your shoes and come run with us. Meet at the Iron Hill trail head for a preplanned 3.3 mile scenic run, or create your own longer/ shorter route. Runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities are welcome. $5 parking. 585-732-6992.
AmeriCorps 
6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 29, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 30, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Edible Plant Hike
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Learn helpful tricks to identifying edible wild plants in Georgia! Enjoy a beautiful and scenic 3 mile hike with our park naturalist. We'll be searching for local plants that have medicinal properties, some used for tea, seasonings, and even ones that could be poisonous! Pets are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Come join an AmeriCorps Rangers on a mile long hike, four-legged friends welcome! Meet by the beach to go on the Lake Trail.The LakeTrail is one of seven trails needed to complete the punch card for the Tails on Trails Club. Those interested can purchase a $15 membership online at http://gastateparks.org/TailsOnTrailsClub. $5 parking. 770-975-4151.
AmeriCorps 
38th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. $5 - $10. 912-264-7333.
Handicapped Accessible 
Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 5 PM to 6 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Come join an AmeriCorps Rangers on a mile long hike, four-legged friends welcome! Meet at the White Tail Trail in front of the old park office. The White Tail Trail is one of 7 trails needed to complete the punch card for the Tails on Trails Club. Those interested can purchase a $15 membership online at http://gastateparks.org/TailsOnTrailsClub. $5 parking. 770-975-4151.
AmeriCorps 
Stars of Red Top
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join AmeriCorps Rangers on Friday evenings as we observe the stars above us and hear stories about the constellations. Star charts will be on hand, and feel free to bring your own stargazing equipment. We also recommend bringing a blanket to lie on and a flashlight. Meet behind the Old Park Office, 50 Lodge Rd SE, Acworth, GA 30102. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps 
Holiday Christmas Brunches
Fridays 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Dec 1, 2017 until Dec 22, 2017 
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Enjoy a delicious a hot pancake brunch in our elegant dining hall, followed by a history tour of the decorated mansion. Guest will also so on a South End tour of the island. $35. 912-485-2299.
6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 1, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Sunset Hike
Saturdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Dec 2, 2017 until Dec 9, 2017 
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Meet the park naturalist at the Visitors Center at 6:30 for a short hike to the Tennessee Rock Overlook. From the overlook you can witness one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. Be sure and check the times as the sunsets are getting earlier each week. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Christmas Wreath Making
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
What better way to get started with the holiday season than creating your very own Christmas wreath. Come join us as we provide the vine, ribbons, flowers and Christmas decorations to create a wreath that will spruce up your home for the holiday season. 15 per wreath $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Night Hike and a Picnic
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 6:45 PM to 10 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Pine Mountain Trail Association guides for a winter woodland excursion. 3.4 moderate miles along the East End Loop Trail. Bring a flashlight, water, snacks, and light supper. Dress for the weather. Meet at the WJSP Tower Parking Lot off Hwy 85. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Night Hike
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 7 PM to 10 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring a flashlight and water and join the Pine Mountain Trail Association guides for a 3.4 mile easy to moderate night walk on the East End Loop Trail. Begin and end at the WJSP Tower Parking Lot on State Road 85, just off Hwy 190 in Warm Springs. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
38th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. $5 - $10. 912-264-7333.
Handicapped Accessible 
How'd They Do That?: Making Soap
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Keeping clean has always been essential to remaining in good health. In this final segment of our "How'd They Do That?" series, discover how families made their very own soap to wash up after working all day in the fields. Program fee includes workshop and site admission for the day. Pre-registration required by Saturday, November 25. $5. 478-986-5172.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Sunset Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 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.
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us for yuletide celebrations at our historic Vaughan Log Cabin. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here, so be sure to bring your camera. There will many pioneer activities for the entire family! Help decorate our tree, play games, and make pioneer crafts. Santa leaves to feed his reindeer at 2:30, but activities will continue until 4 p.m. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Holiday Christmas Brunches
Saturdays 9 AM - 1 PM – Dec 2, 2017 until Dec 23, 2017 
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Enjoy a delicious a hot pancake brunch in our elegant dining hall, followed by a history tour of the decorated mansion. Guest will also so on a South End tour of the island. $35. 912-485-2299.
6th Annual Frosty 5k
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 4 PM to 10 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Join the Friends of Seminole State Park as we celebrate the start of the Tour of Lights! We will kick off this event with the lighted golf cart parade at 6 p.m. This family-friendly event is open to runners and walkers alike, as well as, spectators to cheer on the runners. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 2, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.
Christmas at the Gorge
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Come and see Santa, make crafts, enjoy Christmas music and have a snack here at the park. If you have a camera you can take your own photos with Santa. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Waterfall Hike
Sundays 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Dec 3, 2017 until Dec 10, 2017 
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Bring the family and meet the Park Naturalist at the Black Rock Lake parking area for a short hike to the Park's Hidden Gem, Greasy Creek Falls. Enjoy nature as the children splash in the cool, clear waters of the pool at the base of the falls. Bring snacks and drinks to make a day of it. Good walking shoes are necessary. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Edible Plant Hike
Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Learn helpful tricks to identifying edible wild plants in Georgia! Enjoy a beautiful and scenic 3 mile hike with our park naturalist. We'll be searching for local plants that have medicinal properties, some used for tea, seasonings, and even ones that could be poisonous! Pets are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Reptile Day
Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
There will be live reptiles, including a king snake and box turtle. Come learn about our native reptiles, and enjoy the day at the park. Event will take place under the Group Shelter by the lake. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
AmeriCorps 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 3, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 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.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Christmas Brunches
Mondays 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Dec 4, 2017 until Dec 18, 2017 
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Enjoy a delicious a hot pancake brunch in our elegant dining hall, followed by a history tour of the decorated mansion. Guest will also so on a South End tour of the island. $35. 912-485-2299.
6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 4, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Christmas Brunches
Tuesdays 8:30 AM - 3 AM – Dec 5, 2017 until Dec 20, 2017 
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Enjoy a delicious a hot pancake brunch in our elegant dining hall, followed by a history tour of the decorated mansion. Guest will also so on a South End tour of the island. $35. 912-485-2299.
6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 5, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Christmas Brunches
Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Dec 6, 2017 until Dec 20, 2017 
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Enjoy a delicious a hot pancake brunch in our elegant dining hall, followed by a history tour of the decorated mansion. Guest will also so on a South End tour of the island. $35. 912-485-2299.
6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 6, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday Christmas Brunches
Thursdays 8:30 AM - 3 PM – Dec 7, 2017 until Dec 21, 2017 
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Enjoy a delicious a hot pancake brunch in our elegant dining hall, followed by a history tour of the decorated mansion. Guest will also so on a South End tour of the island. $35. 912-485-2299.
6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 7, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.
Archery for Beginners
Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 4 PM to 6 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need to be hitting the bulls-eye in no time. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must call the Interpretive Center to pre-register. Arrive 10 minutes early to sign a waiver. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
AmeriCorps 
Stars of Skidaway Island
Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We’ll have star charts, red-lensed flashlights and moon binoculars ready for viewing and learning about the major visible constellations. Meet at the Interpretive Center and we’ll walk you to the ‘gazing location. Bring flashlights with a red lens, wear warm clothes and closed toed shoes. Families welcome, no pets please. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
AmeriCorps 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Friday, Dec 8, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 8, 2017 5 PM to 9 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation. To honor this tradition, visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America’s best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes. $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Friday, Dec 8, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Come join an AmeriCorps Rangers on a mile long hike, four-legged friends welcome! Meet at the beach to walk the Lake Trail. The Lake Trail is one of seven trails needed to complete the punch card for the Tails on Trails Club. Those interested can purchase a $15 membership online at http://gastateparks.org/TailsOnTrailsClub. $5 parking. 770-975-4151.
AmeriCorps 
Archery for Beginners
Friday, Dec 8, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need. Spaces are limited so call to pre-register now. Must be 9 and up to participate. Meet at 1:00pm at the Old Park Office, 50 Lodge Rd SE, Acworth, GA 30102. Bad weather can cancel or reschedule this program. $10 plus $5 parking. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps 
Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Friday, Dec 8, 2017 5 PM to 6 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Come join an AmeriCorps Rangers on a mile long hike, four-legged friends welcome! Meet at the White Tail Trail in front of the old park office. The White Tail Trail is one of 7 trails needed to complete the punch card for the Tails on Trails Club. Those interested can purchase a $15 membership online at http://gastateparks.org/TailsOnTrailsClub. $5 parking. 770-975-4151.
AmeriCorps 
Holiday Christmas Brunches
Fridays 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Dec 8, 2017 until Dec 22, 2017 
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Enjoy a delicious a hot pancake brunch in our elegant dining hall, followed by a history tour of the decorated mansion. Guest will also so on a South End tour of the island. $35. 912-485-2299.
6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 8, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.
Clicks in the Night: Bat Box Building
Friday, Dec 8, 2017 5 PM to 6 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Learn about bats and build your very own bat box to take home with you. Learn more about these amazing animals, why we need bats, and why bats need our help. The program will begin with a 20 minute Bat Talk followed by the construction period. Pre-registration required due to limited materials. Meet at Interpretive Center $10 plus $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Handicapped Accessible AmeriCorps 
Night Hike
Friday, Dec 8, 2017 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Explore nature at night on this one-mile guided hike of the Sandpiper Trail Loop. Bring water and a flashlight with a red light to help keep your eyes adjusted to the dark. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
AmeriCorps 
Stars of Skidaway Island
Friday, Dec 8, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We’ll have star charts, red-lensed flashlights and moon binoculars ready for viewing and learning about the major visible constellations. Meet at the Interpretive Center and we’ll walk you to the ‘gazing location. Bring flashlights with a red lens, wear warm clothes and closed toed shoes. Families welcome, no pets please. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
AmeriCorps 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Candlelight Christmas at Liberty Hall
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens' home, Liberty Hall, will be decorated with styles of the Victorian Christmas past. Come enjoy a candlelight tour, and crafts all accompanied by the sounds of the Victorian Era. Refreshments will be served. $4 - $6.00 706-456-2602.
Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Sunset Hike
Saturdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Dec 9, 2017 
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Meet the park naturalist at the Visitors Center at 6:30 for a short hike to the Tennessee Rock Overlook. From the overlook you can witness one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. Be sure and check the times as the sunsets are getting earlier each week. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Christmas by Candlelight
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 5 PM to 9 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation. To honor this tradition, visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America’s best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes. $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Join us as we eat muffins with Santa, play games, and make ornaments, and you’ll even get a chance to talk to Santa, and tell him what you want for Christmas. It is sure to be a jolly good time. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
A Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join the Friends of Fort King George for a traditional dinner in the soldier's barracks, and an evening of colonial style Yuletide jollification. Program concludes with a cannon firing. Reservations required. $40. 912-437-4770.
Winter Muster and Battle at Fort McAllister
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 10 AM to 6 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Soldiers will be skirmishing throughout the day while Civil War civilians will be presenting programs and activities to guest. the final assault of the fort will be at 5:00 pm. $5-$9. 912-727-2339.
A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 5 PM to 8 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns. $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
Handicapped Accessible 
Emory Jones Book Signing
2nd Saturday of Month 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM from 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 
Candlelight Christmas
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Take a leisurely stroll by candlelight and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. See two of the historic homes gently dressed in natural greenery and homemade decor and enjoy warm cider and cookies alongside a campfire. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Christmas at the Park
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 5 PM to 8 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join the staff at the Interpretive Center for some holiday crafts, a campfire, and some Christmas sweets. All ages are welcome to join in the fun. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 2 PM from Dec 9, 2017 until Jan 13, 2018 
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.
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