Upcoming Events


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Honor Tree: A photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
9 AM - 5 PM from Dec 19, 2018 until Dec 30, 2018 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guest are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These honor trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Natural Holiday Crafts
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Cleverly construct two tree cookie ornaments or nature- inspired pendants or small grapevine wreaths to take home or gift to someone special. Meet next to the boathouse on Lake Deleanor in the campground. Correct change or pre-pay at office and bring receipt. Canceled if rain. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tails on the Trails
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Bring your four legged friend on a guided hike at Fort Yargo State Park! While this is a hike exclusively for dog owners and lovers, we require that your furry friend be kept on a leash at all times. Each hike will average 2.5 miles. Meeting places will switch date to date. Park Pass is Required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Parks After Dark 
The Honor Tree: A photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
9 AM - 5 PM from Dec 20, 2018 until Dec 30, 2018 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guest are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These honor trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 
Children's Nature Hike
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike for children (6 years and older) will focus on learning more about the beautiful Piedmont forest we live in, especially the animals and plants of this area. We will be hiking down to the five story Civil War-era mill. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 21, 2018 until Dec 23, 2018 
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.
Handicapped Accessible Parks After Dark 
Try Tai Chi
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 9 AM to 10 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Learn movements to improve balance, flexibility, and strength while reducing stress and having fun during this gentle, slow moving exercise class. Both seated and standing participants will be accommodated. Please bring water, bug spray, and wear flat soled shoes. No flip-flops. Meet at Picnic Shelter 3. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Handicapped Accessible 
Sunset Boat Cruise
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along Crooked River while watching the sunset, taking breathtaking photographs, and viewing various coastal birds and marine life. Binoculars provided. Space limited. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM the day before cruise. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Chestnuts on an Open Fire & Tall Tales
Fridays 5 PM - 6 PM – Dec 21, 2018 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
We'll be warming up by the fire while roasting chestnuts and marshmallows, telling tall tales, solving riddles & hearing the true story of the plight of the American Chestnut. Meet at the Assembly Shelter. Follow this program with back to back Stargazing & Hot Chocolate. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Starry Night & Hot Cocoa
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Enjoy a starry night & hot chocolate. Meet at the Assembly Shelter next to Archery where we will observe stars, planets & nebulae while listening to stories about the constellations above us. Learn how to use & make your own star wheel to take home. A telescope will be on hand feel free to bring your telescope or binoculars. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Parks After Dark 
Natural Holiday Crafts
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Cleverly construct two tree cookie ornaments or nature- inspired pendants or small grapevine wreaths to take home or gift to someone special. Meet next to the boathouse on Lake Deleanor in the campground. Correct change or pre-pay at office and bring receipt. Canceled if rain. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bingo And Winter Campfire
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Adults and families, come play our famous, original BINGO next to the campfire and within view of Lake Deleanor. Prizes given and marshmallows offered. Pay correct change at the door. Meet at the lakeside boathouse in the campground. Bring a chair, flashlight and roasting stick. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Beginner Archery
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 4 PM to 5 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Learn the basics of shooting a compound bow. We will be shooting at large target blocks on a secure range. This is a great way to get outdoors, learn something new and see how you compete! Good for ages 8 and up (depending on strength level). Reservations are required by calling the park office. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Lunar Night at the Fort
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Let's learn about the the moon! Join us as we study the moon through our telescope. We will also be studying impact craters in depth with our Co-Co Crater activity. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Parks After Dark 
Hike the Entire Gahuti
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
The Gahuit Trail is the most challenging trail at Fort Mountain. Join a ranger and hike around 9 miles. Expect to see beautiful views, hike up and down the mountain,and pass a waterfall. We will stop to eat lunch, and snacks. Please bring plenty of water and food, and wear appropriate hiking gear. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Junior Ranger Day Camp
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 8:30 AM to 3 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
While the kids are out of school send them to our Junior Ranger Day Camp! Kids will participate in a range of activities from fishing, hiking, crafts, and more. In addition we offer educational experiences that focus on the ecology and history of the park. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Noche de cine en Fort Yargo
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
¿Estás buscando una noche familiar? Únase a nosotros para una noche de cine relajante presentada en español. Lleve una silla, una manta o tome asiento en un banco de picnic. Damos la bienvenida a los visitantes que comienzan a llegar a las 6:30 p.m., y la película comenzará a las 7:00 p.m. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Campfire Stories and S'mores
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Meet at picnic shelter #5 for a fun evening where you can roast marshmallows and swap stories among friends. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 21, 2018 until Dec 28, 2018 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Handicapped Accessible 
Winter Solstice Campfire
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 5 PM to 6 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Ring in the first official day of winter with this warm and relaxing campfire program. Share holiday stories and sing carols while roasting marshmallows, sipping hot cocoa, and getting to know your fellow park visitors. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Parks After Dark 
Cabin by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Come join our Rangers for this Full Moon hike back in time. Meet with your Ranger guide in the 50 Lodge Rd parking lot, where they will guide the group to the Vaughn Log Cabin by candlelight. Once there, you will tour the cabin and learn about pioneer life after dark. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Parks After Dark 
Mini-Golf Tournament
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 6 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Come test your skills on our mini-golf course. All ages welcome. The winner (the player with the lowest score) will receive a prize. Register and pick up your equipment in the park office. $3-$5 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
The Honor Tree: A photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
9 AM - 5 PM from Dec 21, 2018 until Dec 30, 2018 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guest are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These honor trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 
Swamp Senses Hike
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 5 PM to 6 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger for a guided hike focused on getting in touch with your senses in nature. So many things, big and small are living their lives all around you. It's important to take a second and observe them and try to understand our place and theirs on this planet. Come make a deeper connection with the plants and animals of the swamp on this hike. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Parks After Dark 
First Day Of Winter Hike
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Celebrate the first day of Winter with a hike guided by a park ranger to the most scenic areas of Sweetwater Creek. Along the way we will discuss the winter traditions of the settlers of the town of New Manchester, along with winter tree identification. (meet at the Visitor Center) $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 22, 2018 until Dec 23, 2018 
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.
Handicapped Accessible Parks After Dark 
Eye-Spy Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8 AM - 4:30 PM – Dec 22, 2018 until Dec 29, 2018 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Bring your camera and take a look around our park for the items on our scavenger hunt list. Take a picture with each item on our list and bring your completed list and pictures to the office to claim your prize. Remember, this is not a race, have fun! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Holiday Craft - Christmas
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 10 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us at the Nature Center for a special craft where we'll paint and decorate pine cone Christmas Trees. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Snowy Owl Craft
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 1 PM to 2 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Come learn a little bit about owls and participate in a snowy owl pine cone craft. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Escape the Gold Museum: Santa's Missing List
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 5:30 PM to 6 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
It's almost time for Christmas, but this year Santa has a problem. Blitzen has eaten the nice list! Santa has backup list, but he keeps it hidden the Dahlonega Gold Museum. He needs your help to find the backup list in 30 minutes and save Christmas! $5. 706-864-2257.
Handicapped Accessible Parks After Dark 
Escape the Gold Museum: Santa's Missing List
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 6:15 PM to 6:45 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
It's almost time for Christmas, but this year Santa has a problem. Blitzen has eaten the nice list! Santa has backup list, but he keeps it hidden the Dahlonega Gold Museum. He needs your help to find the backup list in 30 minutes and save Christmas! $5. 706-864-2257.
Handicapped Accessible Parks After Dark 
Escape the Gold Museum: Santa's Missing List
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 7 PM to 7:30 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
It's almost time for Christmas, but this year Santa has a problem. Blitzen has eaten the nice list! Santa has backup list, but he keeps it hidden the Dahlonega Gold Museum. He needs your help to find the backup list in 30 minutes and save Christmas! $5. 706-864-2257.
Handicapped Accessible Parks After Dark 
Escape the Gold Museum: Santa's Missing List
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
It's almost time for Christmas, but this year Santa has a problem. Blitzen has eaten the nice list! Santa has backup list, but he keeps it hidden the Dahlonega Gold Museum. He needs your help to find the backup list in 30 minutes and save Christmas! $5. 706-864-2257.
Handicapped Accessible Parks After Dark 
Bon Fire, S'Mores and Carols on the Beach
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 5 PM to 7 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Bellow out a Christmas Carol with us. Meet us on the Beach in our Day Use Area ... we'll be the ones roasting S'Mores by the Bon Fire! $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Parks After Dark 
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 8 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to park office with checklist by 4PM Sat. Winners will be called to pick up prize. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Candy Shoot Target Archery
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 12 PM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stationary target archery shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction, equipment, and candy prizes. Not geared towards large groups. Groups can contact us for a special time. Pay and pre-register at Park Office or pay correct change at the range. Park at the boathouse on Lake Deleanor and walk down to the range. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Lake Paddle With Santa
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 2 PM to 3:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Santa’s flotilla on Lake Deleanor. We provide life jackets, paddles, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats or row boats. Limited space. . After the paddle, roast a marshmallow, drink hot chocolate and participate in ranger-led activities around the campfire. Pre-register & prepay at the park office. Limited space for boaters. $3-$10 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 11 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
The fort's plantation house will be open and ready to be explored. An interpretive ranger portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to Civil War medicine. This program is included with regular fort admission. 912-727-2339.
Handicapped Accessible 
Edible Plant Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Enjoy a beautiful and scenic hike with our park Naturalist and learn helpful tricks to identifying edible wild plants in Georgia. We'll be searching for local plants that have medicinal properties, some used for tea, seasonings, and ones that could be poisonous. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Campfire Yoga
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Say goodbye to winter blues and warm up with campfire yoga while you ignite your inner Agni. Each session will be a mixture of ashtanga and hatha styles to warm and strengthen body, mind, and spirit, and will last about 50 minutes. Afterwards, stay and meditate around the fire and under the full moon. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Parks After Dark 
Holiday Lanterns
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 1 PM to 2 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Use a recycled tin can, hammer, nails, and paint to create a lantern. A battery powered votive will be given to light up your creation. Takes place in the Nature Nook, under the Group Shelter. Registration is required. Register in the Visitor Center 8am-5pm, or by calling the park. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Clean Up Along the Birdberry Trail
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 to Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
If you need volunteer experience, just enjoy keeping the park clean, or both join us during our monthly Birdberry Trail Cleanup! We will provide rubber gloves, trash bags, and some tools. We will meet at the trail head at 10:00 am. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Handicapped Accessible 
Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy Fort Yargo after dark on a guided moonlit hike by the lake each full moon of this year. Early evening hours are great for spotting wildlife such as deer, rabbits, owls and others along the lake shore. Hike length and meeting location will vary month to month. Bring sturdy shoes, water and a flashlight. $5 parking. 706-867-3489.
Parks After Dark 
Christmas Hike & Hayride
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park & Resort - Cordele, GA
We will meet at the Yucca Trace Trail Head and hike 2 miles through the park trails to the Visitor Center for Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Cookies. Then we will ride a hay wagon and sing Christmas carols back to the Yucca Trace Trail Head. Please bring a flashlight or head lamp and dress warmly. $5 parking. 229-276-2372.
Winter Festival (POSTPONED TO DEC 22th)
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 2 PM to 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Get into the holiday spirit by joining us for a variety of festive activities - including a visit from Santa. He and the Mrs. Santa will be at the park for photos. Got gingerbread skills? Enter your decorated gingerbread house in our contest. Tour the park on a hay ride or play a round of mini golf. Enjoy games, crafts, food, hot cocoa, and more! $2 hay rides; $3 mini golf $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Art in the Park - Holiday Edition
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 11 AM to 12 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Enjoy making Christmas and New Years themed holiday crafts at the park. Ornaments, cards, and holiday decorations is on this month's Art in the Park agenda. Come prepared to flex your creative juices and bring home some fun masterpieces. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Holiday Archery
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 2 PM to 4 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
It seems that our park is being overrun by abominable snowmen, yetis, and other scary holiday characters and we need your help to clean up. Join us for a holiday themed archery program where you can put your skills to the test against these nefarious villains. $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Reindeer Bingo
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 5 PM to 6 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Bring the whole family for this fun Holiday-themed Bingo night at the park. Fun prizes will be handed out for the lucky bingo winners. $3 - $15 $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 1 PM to 2 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 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 2 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 
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 4:45 PM to 6:45 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire, where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Parks After Dark 
Christmas Craft
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 2:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join a ranger to make a mini Christmas tree to take home with you. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 5:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join a ranger on our Coastal Plains Trails under the full moon to see the forest come alive at night. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes, bug spray, and a flashlight/headlamp. $3 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Parks After Dark 
The Honor Tree: A photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
9 AM - 5 PM from Dec 22, 2018 until Dec 30, 2018 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guest are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These honor trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 
Moonlight Paddle
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 6 PM to 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
See the swamp by the light of the moon on this ranger guided paddle to Billy's Lake deep in the Okefenokee. Watch for alligators crossing the black water of the swamp and listen for owls hooting in the distance as your boat quietly slips through the water. $15 - $20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Parks After Dark 
Trails Work Day
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a volunteer work day performing general trail maintenance on the beautiful trails of the park. Bring gloves, water, comfortable work clothes, and closed-toe, sturdy shoes. Recommended age 12 and up. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Bark in the Park Dog Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 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 and anyone else. 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." Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 23, 2018 
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.
Handicapped Accessible Parks After Dark 
Sunday Morning Hike
Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our park naturalist on a short, scenic hike to learn about different topics ranging from flora and fauna to natural remedies. Guests should meet at the Visitors Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Sunday Spiel
Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 4 PM to 5 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us in the Fort McAllister Museum where a ranger will provide a short "spiel" on a topic ranging from history to natural resources. Each one is different! Enjoy this program at no additional charge with regular fort admission. 912-727-2339.
Handicapped Accessible 
The Honor Tree: A photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
9 AM - 5 PM from Dec 23, 2018 until Dec 30, 2018 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guest are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These honor trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 8 PM to 9 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.
Handicapped Accessible Parks After Dark 
Eastside Hike
Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This ranger-led hike will take us to the beautiful east side of the park and will focus on both nature and history. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required on this moderate to strenuous 2 mile hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. For ages 12 and up. Reservations recommended. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Honor Tree: A photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
9 AM - 5 PM from Dec 24, 2018 until Dec 30, 2018 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guest are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These honor trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Honor Tree: A photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
9 AM - 5 PM from Dec 25, 2018 until Dec 30, 2018 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guest are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These honor trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Honor Tree: A photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
9 AM - 5 PM from Dec 26, 2018 until Dec 30, 2018 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guest are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These honor trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Junior Ranger Archery and Blowgun Day Camp
Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 9 AM to 2 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Calling all Junior Rangers who want to learn and practice their archery skills. We will be spending the day at our archery range, creating your own targets, and making your own marshmallow blowgun. Campfire cooked lunch will be included. $15 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
The Honor Tree: A photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
9 AM - 5 PM from Dec 27, 2018 until Dec 30, 2018 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guest are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These honor trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 
Shoot for the Stars
Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 8 PM to 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a Ranger to learn some of the basics of night photography. Learn what it takes to capture the stars, what hazards to look out for and what kind of equipment you might need to get started with photography after dark. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Parks After Dark 
Children's Nature Hike
Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike for children (6 years and older) will focus on learning more about the beautiful Piedmont forest we live in, especially the animals and plants of this area. We will be hiking down to the five story Civil War-era mill. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Sunset Boat Cruise
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along Crooked River while watching the sunset, taking breathtaking photographs, and viewing various coastal birds and marine life. Binoculars provided. Space limited. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM the day before cruise. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Parks After Dark 
Wildlife Poker Walk
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 1:30 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a 1.5-mile, card playing and wildlife learning adventure around Lake Franklin. Discover natural history fun facts at five different stops along your guided walk from trees to mammals. Draw cards at each stop. Bring water & and a snack. Pre-register and pre-payment suggested. Meet at the Lake Franklin Event Center at Large Group Camp. $6 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bingo And Winter Campfire
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Adults and families, come play our famous, original BINGO next to the campfire and within view of Lake Deleanor. Prizes given and marshmallows offered. Pay correct change at the door. Meet at the lakeside boathouse in the campground. Bring a chair, flashlight and roasting stick. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Parks After Dark 
Friday at the Forge
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 3 PM to 3:30 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Visit our blacksmith's shop to learn about their tools, techniques, and importance during the Civil War. Our living historians will be demonstrating how iron is heated and formed. We will also demonstrate how musket balls were cast. This program is included with regular fort admission. 912-727-2339.
Family Movie Night
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 6 PM to 9 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us in the museum as we keep the doors open late for family movie night! Great for campers, local residents and visitors. Contact the park office for more details. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Parks After Dark 
Wildlife Tracks, Skulls, and Talk
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Would you like to learn how to identify the paw prints you find in the mud? Learn about different animal tracks, scat, and signs. See bear, deer, raccoon, and snake bones! Learn all about local wildlife. The event takes place in the Nature Nook, under the Group Shelter by the lake. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Art by the Lake
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 3 PM to 4 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Color, paint, or glue. The choice is up to you. Art supplies will be available to create what you may. Takes place in the Nature Nook, under the Group Shelter. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Winter Festival
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 6 PM to 9 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy the cool weather and join us at our Winter Festival at the Beach Area. We will have mini golf, holiday games and crafts, and so much more. $20 per vehicle will allow entrance to the park and all activities within the festival. You wont want to miss this celebration! $15-$20 $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Parks After Dark 
Campfire Stories and S'mores
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Meet at picnic shelter #5 for a fun evening where you can roast marshmallows and swap stories among friends. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Parks After Dark 
Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays 5 PM - 10 PM – Dec 28, 2018 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Handicapped Accessible 
Fireside Hike
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 4 PM to 6 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come join our Ranger for a one-mile winter hike on the beautiful Beaver Trail learning about the season's flora and fauna. Then enjoy marshmallows and a cup of cocoa in front of the fire to warm up. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
The Honor Tree: A photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
9 AM - 5 PM from Dec 28, 2018 until Dec 30, 2018 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guest are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These honor trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 
Paddle Under the Stars
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 6 PM to 8 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.
Parks After Dark 
Junior Ranger Day Camp
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 10 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for 4 hours of fun and education. We will be learning about nature and history. Highlights include walking down you and inside the Civil War era New Manchester mill alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek. There will be other hikes and fun activities. Lunch is not included. AGES 6 TO 12. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Eye-Spy Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8 AM - 4:30 PM – Dec 29, 2018 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Bring your camera and take a look around our park for the items on our scavenger hunt list. Take a picture with each item on our list and bring your completed list and pictures to the office to claim your prize. Remember, this is not a race, have fun! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Homeschool in the Park- Wintering Birds
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 12 PM to 1 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join our naturalist to learn about wintering birds in Georgia and learn bird ID along with a craft. Meet at picnic shelter #1 $3 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Handicapped Accessible 
Local History Boat Cruise
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 to Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 9 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise while learning local history and seeing unique historical sites along Camden County's waterways. Space limited. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM on the day prior to cruise. $35 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Wildlife of Our World
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 10 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet and greet the animals who make coastal Georgia their home in this exciting and informative live animal presentation. Learn about their behaviors, why they look and live the way they do and gain a better understanding of why they are so important to our world. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Handicapped Accessible 
Winter Craft
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
It’s a winter wonderland at the Nature Center, come join the fun as we teach you how to make snow. Afterwards we’ll enjoy a winter penguin craft for you to take home. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 8 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to park office with checklist by 4PM Sat. Winners will be called to pick up prize. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fairy House and Fairy Funrniture Contest
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 11 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Build a home using outdoor-sturdy, unique, natural materials. Show us whimsical creativity. Recycled and re-purposed wood, glass, ceramic and metal accents are ok. Size less than 18” high with no larger than 24” x 24” base. Must pre-register and prepay Fee per house or room of furniture. Contact office for more info. Deliver to Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Candy Shoot Target Archery
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 12 PM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stationary target archery shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction, equipment, and candy prizes. Not geared towards large groups. Groups can contact us for a special time. Pay and pre-register at Park Office or pay correct change at the range. Park at the boathouse on Lake Deleanor and walk down to the range. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 11 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
The fort's plantation house will be open and ready to be explored. An interpretive ranger portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to Civil War medicine. This program is included with regular fort admission. 912-727-2339.
Handicapped Accessible 
Last Hike of the Year. Sunset Sendoff and Campfire
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
We will say farewell to 2018 with a sunset hike around the West Overlook Trail, where we will stop and watch the sunset from the overlook. The hike will be followed by a campfire by the lake. Write down your regrets, your hopes, your dreams, or whatever you would like and toss them into the fire and get ready for a new year!! $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Parks After Dark 
Coffee With A Ranger
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Ranger for fresh brewed coffee, and a demonstration on Dutch Oven cooking over a fire. Coffee, hot chocolate, and hot tea will be available. Call the Visitor Center to register in advance, space is limited. Meet at the visitor center. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Guided Geocaching
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
With the help of a ranger, enjoy exploring nature with family while finding Hard Labor's treasures. Bring a smart phone, a toy for trading, and water. Wear closed-toed shoes for this off-trail program. Meet at the visitor center. Please download the free Geocache mobile app at: www.geocaching.com/play/mobile before coming to the park. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Pinecone Feeders and Festive Crafts
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 3 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us in spreading the holiday cheer to your neighborhood animals with fun outdoor decorations and snowflake ornaments. Create a cranberry and popcorn garland for outdoor trees and make peanut butter pinecone feeders to hang from branches. If you want to make an indoor decoration, create a popsicle stick snowflake. Meet at Visitor Center $3 (both crafts included) $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Stargazing and Constelation Stories
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Listen to myths and origins of the constellations in the sky. Meet at Picnic Shelter #5. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Parks After Dark 
Woodpecker Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 11 AM to 12 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come on out and have a short fun Ranger led hike on our Woodpecker Trail and learn about native plants and animals. Kids of all ages can do fun activities as they learn on this Get Outdoors Georgia certified trail. Don't forget to bring good walking shoes and plenty of water. Meet the Ranger at the spring boardwalk to start this easy ½ mile loop. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Thank You Card Workshop
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Got some great gifts from Santa and your family? Create your own crafty thank you cards in this fun filled Thank You Card Workshop. We provide the supplies and some template ideas, you bring your creativity and make your own unforgettable, wall-hangable card art to show your appreciation. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Camp Lawton Lantern Tour
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 6 PM to 7 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come experience the historic Camp Lawton at night via lantern-light in this guided historical tour. Be transported back in time as you hike the trail and learn about the world's largest prison stockade and its inhabitants. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Parks After Dark 
Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 9 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call to register in advance. $10 cash only $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
The Honor Tree: A photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
9 AM - 5 PM from Dec 29, 2018 until Dec 30, 2018 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guest are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These honor trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 8 PM to 9 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.
Handicapped Accessible Parks After Dark 
Winter Splendor East Ridge Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 12 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This ranger-led hike to the remote and beautiful East Ridge will focus on the splendor of nature in winter. Hike three miles with an emphasis on winter tree identification, topography, and the vistas high above the whitewater rapids (up to class IV). This hike is rated moderate/strenuous. Reservations recommended. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Off the Beaten Path" Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, two and a half hour moderate hike to an interesting, seldom-visited area of the park. Eight years old minimum. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes (boots preferred) are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sunday Morning Hike
Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our park naturalist on a short, scenic hike to learn about different topics ranging from flora and fauna to natural remedies. Guests should meet at the Visitors Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Sunday Spiel
Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 4 PM to 5 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us in the Fort McAllister Museum where a ranger will provide a short "spiel" on a topic ranging from history to natural resources. Each one is different! Enjoy this program at no additional charge with regular fort admission. 912-727-2339.
Handicapped Accessible 
Be a Tortoise
Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 2 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Instead of being a Polar Bear and taking an early morning dip, why not be a Tortoise and play lawn games on land? Meet at Group shelter #1. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Crochet for Beginners
Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 3 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Make your own hot pad for warm winter dishes. Take home the same day. We will meet at Group Shelter #1. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Campfire Stories and S'mores
Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Meet at picnic shelter #5 for a fun evening where you can roast marshmallows and swap stories among friends. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Parks After Dark 
The Honor Tree: A photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
9 AM - 5 PM from Dec 30, 2018 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guest are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These honor trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 
Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp
Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Sit back and relax while one of our rangers takes you on Billy's Lake for a beautiful Okefenokee sunset. Enjoy the wildlife and changing colors of the sky as the sun drops beneath the horizon. Listen for the sounds of sandhill cranes and barred owls echoing across the swamp and keep an eye out for alligators along the waters edge. $15 - $20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Parks After Dark 
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Bark in the Park Dog Hike
Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion and anyone else. 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." Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Holiday Cruise
Monday, Dec 31, 2018 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Come celebrate New Year's Eve with a relaxing sunset cruise along the Crooked River waterways. Binoculars provided. Space limited. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM day prior cruise. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
New Year's Ghosts & Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation
Monday, Dec 31, 2018 to Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
A special New Year's edition of Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation. The tour will start on New Year's Eve and will celebrate the New Year at Midnight by ringing the Historic Plantation Bell and end at 12:30 am. Reservations Required! $15 per person. 912-264-7333.
Parks After Dark 
Last Day Hike
Monday, Dec 31, 2018 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Before you make your New Year's resolution come join park staff for a guided moderately difficult hike to closed out the year right. Wear closed toed shoes and bring water for this 2-mile hike. 5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

First Day Hike 2019
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 9:30 AM to 11 AM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Come get started with your New Year’s resolutions; by joining us on a pet-friendly ranger-led hike. On the hike we will explore the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Alexander H. Stephens. We will meet at Lake Liberty, which is located in front of our park office. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Take a hike with our Rangers to see the tallest cascading waterfall East of the Mississippi River. This 2 mile loop hike is part of the Appalachian Approach Trail and includes 604 stairs. Learn about the flora, fauna, and history of the area. Meet us at the Visitor Center and please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-265-4703.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us in welcoming the new year with a ranger led 2 mile hike on the River Trail to the observation tower. Participants will receive a hiking medallion. Meet at Boat Ramp in day use. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
First Day Hike: Overlook to Pond via Bear Creek
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
This hike will feature a lesser known section of the Overlook Trail and a connecting portion of Bear Creek Trail with the final destination of the pond and meadow area. We will then return by backtracking to the main picnic area. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Informative hike with a Ranger along our Sempervierens Trail where we’ll identify various plant species and interpret their medicinal and historical uses. After the hike, all hikers are invited to stop inside one of our cabins for a cup of hot cocoa or cider and a snack provided by Friends of Crooked River State Park. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
First Day Cruise
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Come celebrate the New Year with a relaxing sunset cruise along the Crooked River waterways. Binoculars provided. Space limited. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM day prior cruise $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
First Day Hike on Lake Lanier
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us at Don Carter State Park for a nature trail hike displaying some of the best views of Lake Lanier. The Dog Creek Outer loop trail that is approximately 1.5 miles. After the hike, we will meet around the campfire at Shelter 4 for smores and hot chocolate. Register in advance by calling 678-450-7726 $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Start the year out right with a hike! This easy family friendly trail hike is designed for non-hikers, new hikers, families, seniors, just about everyone (but no pets - see the pm hike for that). We will gather, take this easy hike and then celebrate with hot beverages at the end of a short hike. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
First Furry Friends Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Our 1:00 PM Program will be First Day Furry Friends Hike on the Three Mile Trail. This is hike is on the easy side of moderate. All dogs must be on a 6 foot leash and we will organize the hike based on how the furry ladies and gents get along. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
First Day Hike Dowdell's Knob Loop
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Pine Mountain Trail Association members and new hiking buddies for a celebratory walk in the winter woodlands. This easy to moderate 4.3 mile loop offers vista and woodland views from the highest point along Pine Mountain Ridge. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather. Geared towards ages 10 and up. Meet at Dowdell's Knob Parking Area. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
First Day Hike: Marina Mile
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
No matter your age or hiking experience you can start your year off right by taking a short, easy hike at Florence Marina. Join a ranger on our one mile trail, and take a leisurely walk through the woods to a beautiful cove where alligators, great blue herons, turtles, and other wildlife are found. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Fort McAllister's First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Start off the year right with a walk through the woods with us! We will walk a 3-mile loop where we will discuss wildlife, winter birds, maritime forests, and the marshlands of the Georgia coast. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
The Beginnings of America- First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Enjoy a leisurely walk, guided by a uniformed American Continental Soldier, into and around the earthwork fort. $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
Black Bear Plunge 2019
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 9 AM to 12 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Start 2019 off with a thrilling plunge into our lake. This annual tradition at Fort Mountian is a fun way to start the year! Are you brave enough to take the plunge? We will serve free refreshments and have a nice hot fire! The first 100 people to register will receive a souvenir mug. Registration is only the day of the event starting at 9am. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Start the year off right with a First Day Hike to the Stone Wall, Historic CCC Fire Tower and West Overlook to take in some breathtaking views. This is a moderate, rocky one-mile hike with plenty of nature, history and sightseeing to satisfy the whole family. Please register in advance. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a First Day Hike! Get out and active this year on our 7 mile inner loop trail. This trail will take visitors past many of the park's amenities including the Old Fort and campgrounds. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Kids First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 3 PM to 4 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Explore and search for changes that the new year has brought at our Kids First Day Hike! We will meet at the Birdberry Trail head and begin promptly at 3:00 pm. This is a .5 mile paved trail. Suitable for all ages. Strollers welcome. Dogs allowed on a leash. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Start off the New Year right,with a nice, easy 1.5-mile hike on our Gopher Loop Trail. Learn about the plants and animals that inhabit our Pine Forests, with a chance at seeing a Gopher Tortoise. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
First Day 3 Mile trail hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Ring in the New Year and join us for a 3 -mile nature hike on our Deer Run Nature trail. Hopefully our friend and Georgia State Reptile the Gopher Tortoise will come out for some photo ops along the way. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Annual Back Nine Walk: First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park - Reidsville, GA
Come get a view of the vast back nine of the golf course in a casual, stroller friendly walk. There, we will be greeted with your choice of hot chocolate or apple cider. Please call the park to register by Sunday, 30th December so we have enough refreshments. $5 parking. 912-557-7744.
First Day Hike At Hamburg
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Hamburg State Park - Mitchell, GA
Join the Ranger at Hamburg State Park for our First Day Hike. We will walk the Red Trail and discuss the history of Hamburg State Park, while enjoying some picturesque lake front views of the Hamburg Grist Mill. Please dress for the weather, bring water, and wear sturdy shoes. Afterwards, we will tour the Hamburg Mill and Agricultural Museum. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-552-2393.
First Day Hike on the Red Trail
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This Ranger –Led hike on the Mountain Bike Red Trail will take visitors along gentle ridges and cascading creeks. Start the New Year off right with this 2 mile scenic hike. Explore our past as we walk by the remains of some CCC constructions. Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hike geared toward active adults and children over 8 years old. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Helen First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Take a two mile hike along the Chattahoochee River from Hardman Farm to downtown Helen, GA, and back. You will see famous Nora Mill Grainery dam, interactive interpretive panels along the trail and follow the old Gainesville Railroad. This is an out and back, 2 miles round trip hike, starting and ending at Hardman Farm Visitor Center. 706-878-1077.
First Day Hike at Hart
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Hart Outdoor Recreation Area - Hartwell, GA
Start your year off on the right foot with a Ranger-led hike on the 1/2 mile Nature Trail. Learn about the trees and wildlife you may see at the park and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate following the hike. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Start the year off right with this 2-mile hike through our Tranquility Trail. Meet at the Tranquility Trailhead. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
First Day Sensory Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Have you ever heard the phrase "stop and smell the roses"? Start your year with a hike to connect with nature and engage your senses. This all-ages hike will include several activities to slow down and observe your surroundings using sight, hearing, smell, and touch. Meet at the multi-use trail on Highway 42. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
First Day Hike at James H. Floyd
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Start your New Year off right with a ranger-led hike (2 miles) to the Marble Mine. This hike is moderate in difficulty. Please meet at Park Office at 9 a.m. for the morning hike or 2 p.m for the afternoon hike. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
First Day Hike at James H. Floyd
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Start your New Year off right with a ranger-led hike (2 miles) to the Marble Mine. This hike is moderate in difficulty. Please meet at Park Office at 9 a.m. for the morning hike or 2 p.m for the afternoon hike. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
We will hike 2.6 miles on the Lake Trail. Adults, kids and dogs welcome. Wear sturdy shoes and dogs must be on a 6' leash. After the hike, you are welcome to join us and write your regrets for the 2018 year and burn them in our campfire. Then write down your hopes for the New Year and take that home with you as a reminder. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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