Upcoming Events


Friday, December 21, 2018

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.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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 

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 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 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.
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.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Ring in a New Year and join us for a 1-mile hike on our Nature Trail. Meet at the Beaver Trail and wear good shoes and bring water. Pets allowed on 6 ft. or shorter leash. After the hike, you are welcome to join us at the campfire to write down any 2018 regrets and cleans them in the fire, replacing them with goals and hopes for the new year. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain. Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2019. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Call to register. Click for times and details. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain. Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2019. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Call to register. Click for times and details. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 11 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain. Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2019. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Call to register. Click for times and details. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
First Day Geology Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Join a ranger on a 3 mile hike around one of Georgia's beautiful wonders. Learn about the different geologic formations of the canyon, the various minerals that are found, and the history and ecosystem of the area. We will explore the canyon from the rim and the floor, so be sure to bring shoes you don't mind getting muddy, and plenty of water. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Iron Hill History Hike; First Day Hike at Red Top Mtn
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Learn about the iron-mining history of Red Top Mountain! This Ranger-led hike will explain historical area and allow you to tour one of our mines. Rangers will point out plants that Pioneers would have used for food and medicine. Event may be cancelled due to inclement weather. All vehicles require a GA State Park parking pass. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 5:45 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join a Ranger on our Little River Trail after dark as we usher in the new year with our first hike of 2019. Experience the history, flora, and fauna the park has to offer. Meet at the trail head. Don't forget to bring water, a flashlight/headlamp and comfortable shoes. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Parks After Dark 
First Day Hike at Richard B. Russell
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Take a leisurely 1/4-mile stroll with a park ranger to the group shelter. Following a brief stop for hot chocolate and s'mores, participants will hike back to the meeting point. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
oin our Ranger for your first hike of the year! Dress for the weather, bring a snack and water to drink along the way. This will be a 3 mile hike. $5 parking fee per vehicle, no fee for the event. Call 706-802-5087 for more information. No Event Fee $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Start your year off right by meandering the marshes and maritime forests of our Sandpiper and Avian loop trails. Our park ranger guide will talk about our island's plants, wildlife and history along the way. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
First Day Hike: Dukes Creek Falls Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Start your New Year’s resolution off right with a guided hike to Dukes Creek Falls. The 2.3-mile moderate hike will make a pit stop at our primitive cabin. Warm yourself against the chill with a cup of hot cocoa. Still feeling adventurous? Then continue 2 miles to Dukes Creek Falls. This cascading series of waterfalls is a sight to behold. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Suwannee River Swamplands: First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 8 AM to 9:30 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will start the beginning of the year off at the beginning of the Suwannee River. As we hike we will discuss the origins of the river in the swamp and where all that water is headed. We will also talk about the history of the area from the purpose of the Suwannee River Sill to turpentiners in the woods. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
"New Manchester History Hike- First Day Hike"
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This one mile (total) easy to moderate hike will lead us to the five story ruins of the Civil War era New Manchester textile mill (seen in "Hunger Games:Mockingjay"). This hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely rapids providing great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"New Manchester History Hike- First Day Hike"
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This one mile (total) easy to moderate hike will lead us to the five story ruins of the Civil War era New Manchester textile mill (seen in "Hunger Games:Mockingjay"). This hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely rapids providing great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 1 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Bring your friends and family, furry ones included and start the year off with a moderate, 3-mile hike along our back country trail. Bring water and snacks and dress for the weather. Please call to register. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us as we kick off the New Year with a great hike along our Muscadine Trail that will include a stop at our Interpretive overlook of one of the peaceful lake coves. Ga State Park Parking Fee $5 or annual park pass $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Unicoi State Park and Lodge Start your New Year out the right way! Join Unicoi's Naturalist for our New Year's Day Hike of the 2.5 mile Lake Loop Trail! Get a free hiking stick medallion or collectors pin! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing. We will meet at the Visitors Center. $5 parking. 706-878-4727.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join us for a sunset stroll up and down the rolling hills of our Perimeter Trail. Meet at the fire ring behind the park office to roast s'mores and have a "burden burn" before we leave on the hike. $5 per person please dress for the weather and don't forget your flashlight. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us for a morning hike as we take on the Bear Hair Gap trail. We will be making a stop at the overlook, which looks down over the park. It's a beautiful view that you will not want miss. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Start the year off right with a hike at Wormsloe. Come enjoy a beautiful hike along our scenic marshland highlighting our 19th and 20th century history. The hike leaves the Visitor Center at 1:00 pm and last 1.5 hours. The group will be walking our Battery Trail (2.3 mi). Bring water, bug spray, closed toed shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. $4.50 - $10 912-353-3023.