Upcoming Events


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Guided First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Start your year off right with a Ranger-led hike on our "Everliving" trail where you'll learn about native plants along the way including their historical and medicinal uses. Afterwards, hikers are asked to join us at the screened in shelter behind Cottage #4 to pick up their first day souvenirs and enjoy some traditional New Year's Day treats. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 to Thursday, Jan 2, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Start your year off right with a Ranger-led hike on our "Everliving" trail where you'll learn about native plants along the way including their historical and medicinal uses. Afterwards, hikers are asked to join us at the screened in shelter behind Cottage #4 to pick up their first day souvenirs and enjoy some traditional New Year's Day treats. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Dog Creek Hike - First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1 PM to 3 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Come start the year off right with a hike at Don Carter. We will be hiking the Dog Creek Outer Loop which is approximately 1.5 miles and offers gorgeous views of both Lake Lanier and Dog Creek. Register in advance by calling park visitor center. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 11 AM to 1 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Start the year out right with a hike! Enjoy the scenery on this 3-mile trail hike. Please be sure to bring water, warm clothes, hiking-friendly shoes, and your sense of adventure! Meet @ Park Office. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Etowah's First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Start the New Year with a Short 1 1/2 mile hike around the mounds. Learn about the site's history and be prepared to experience the nature at our site on New Year's Day. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
First Day Hike East End Loop
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9:45 AM to 2 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 moderate 3.4 mile loop offers vista and woodland views along Pine Mountain Ridge. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather. Geared towards ages 10 and up. Meet at WJSP Tower Parking Lot. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
The Beginnings of America- First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 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.
The Beginnings of America- First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 2 PM to 3 PM
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
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 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
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Start the decade off with a 2-mile hike around the Marbury Creek Watershed. This hike will start promptly at 9:10am, following a brief introduction and safety discussion. Please bring water, snacks, and wear comfortable hiking attire. $3 per person over the age of 6. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
First Day Hike on Bird Berry
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Slept in but still want to start the year off with a hike? Join us for a leisurely 0.5-mile guided hike along the Bird Berry trail. This hike will start promptly at 1:05pm after a quick safety talk. We will be meeting at the Visitors Center and walk to the trail head as a group. Please bring water and wear comfortable hiking attire. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Start off the New Year right,with a nice, easy 1.5-mile hike on our East River Swamp Trail at 10 AM. Learn about the plants and animals that inhabit our coastal plains. And get serious with another hike on West River Trail (3-miles) at 2 PM. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
3-Mile Trek for First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come out and welcome the New Year with a 3-mile hike down our Deer Run Nature Trail. Along the way we may observe white-tailed deer, various songbirds and be able to observe several Gopher Tortoise burrows. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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First Day Hike At Hamburg
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 to Thursday, Jan 2, 2020 10:30 AM
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
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 11 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This Ranger –Led hike will take visitors along gentle ridges and cascading creeks. Start the New Year off right with this 2 mile scenic hike. Explore our past as we walk by the remains of some unknown CCC constructions. Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hike geared toward active adults and children over 8 years old. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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First Day Hike on the Red Trail
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 3 PM to 5 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This Ranger –Led hike will take visitors along gentle ridges and cascading creeks. Start the New Year off right with this 2 mile scenic hike. Explore our past as we walk by the remains of some unknown CCC constructions. Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hike geared toward active adults and children over 8 years old. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Falls to Farm First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 7:30 AM to 5 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Take an 11 mile, one-way hike back in time from Anna Ruby Falls to Hardman Farm State Historic Site. This hike spans what was once the vast estate of Hardman Farm’s proprietary family, the Nichols. $40. 706-878-1077.
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Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail - First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
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.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Start the new year off by getting your heart pumping on this moderate 2.5 mile hike. This will be a guided hike on our Tranquility Trail. We will meet at the Tranquility Trailhead at 10 AM. Please dress for the weather and wear closed toes sturdy hiking shoes. Everyone is welcome, but the trail is not easily accessible for strollers. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
First Day Sensory Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Start the new year with a renewed appreciation of the world around you with our First Day Sensory Hike! We'll be actively working to slow down and connect with our environment using all our senses. This hike is pet friendly and open to all ages. Meet at the Overland Nature Trail in the Spring Picnic Area. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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First Day Dirty Boots Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Start the year off right with a Ranger-led hike along Big Creek Nature Trail. After the hike, all are welcome to join us around the campfire to write out your regrets for the year of 2019 and burn them in the fire. Hikers can then write down their hopes for the New Year and take that home for a reminder. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Bark in the Park First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 11 AM to 1 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Bring your furry friend for a Fist Day Hike along the Lake Trail. Adults, kids and canines welcome to join us on this easy 2.4 mile hike. Hikers should wear sturdy closed toe shoes and keep dogs on a 6' leash. After the hike, all are welcome to join us around the campfire to write out your regrets for the year of 2019 and burn them in the fire. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 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 2019 regrets and cleanse them in the fire, replacing them with goals and hopes for the new year. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain. Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2020. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Call to register. Click for times and details. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain. Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2020. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Call to register. Click for times and details. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 11 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Start the New Year off with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain. Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2020. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Call to register. Click for times and details. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Traditional Plant ID; First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from Eventbrite or call to register. Guests will learn and practice plant ID skills on this Ranger-lead hike on the Sweetgum Trail! We will discuss traditional uses of trees, shrubs, and plants, and how to identify them. Meet at the Visitor Center for this fun way to learn about traditional uses of plants, and how to identify them. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Reed Bingham: First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 6 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join a Ranger on our Birdwalk Trail at dusk as we usher in the new year with our first hike of 2020. Take the opportunity to experience the trails when they are normally closed to the public. Meet at the trail head. Don't forget to bring water, a flashlight/headlamp, weather appropriate clothing, and comfortable shoes. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
First Day Hike - Shiver and Stroll
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
This half-mile round-trip hike begins with an optional dip in the cold Winter waters of Lake Richard B. Russell followed by a short stroll to the group shelter for warm refreshments. After all toes are toasty, participants will make the short hike back to the beach parking lot. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 3 PM to 5 PM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Join a Park Ranger for your first hike of the year! This will be a 3.2 mile hike around Lake Antioch. For more information please call 706-802-5087 $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
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First Day Hike: Duke's Creek Falls Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
This hike will begin at the Visitor’s Center, and we will make a pit stop approximately 1.3 miles away at our primitive cabin. You can warm yourself against the cold chill with a cup of hot cocoa by the fire. If you are still feeling adventurous, then you can continue 1.2 miles (one way) to Duke’s Creek Falls. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Suwannee River Swamplands: First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 8 AM to 9:30 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will start the beginning of the year off at the beginning of the Suwannee River. As we hike we will discuss the origins of the river in the swamp and where all that water is headed. We will also talk about the history of the area from the purpose of the Suwannee River Sill to turpentiners in the woods. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
First Day Hike to Capture the Beauty of Sweetwater
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile long, moderate hike will take us down to the scenic highlights of the park. We will sketch and/or photograph the magnificent ruins of the 5 story Civil War era New Manchester Mill. We will also try to capture the beauty of the Sweetwater Creek rapids (up to class IV). Please bring your sketchpad and camera. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
First Day Hike to the Historic New Manchester Mill
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follow lovely Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the five story Civil War era ruins of the new Manchester Mill. The mill is situated alongside the beautiful rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. This hike requires a moderate, mile long hike (total) down to the mill and back. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
First Day Hike through the Piedmont Forest
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a park ranger for a hike through our beautiful Piedmont forest as we identify the trees and flowers and discuss the animals, reptiles, and birds along the way to a tour of the inside of the New Manchester mill alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek. 6 years minimum. Meet at the Visitors' Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
First Day Hike/Turtles & Trails!
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
During this fun children's program, we will learn about turtles. During the first half of the program, we will discuss different types of turtles. Then, children will craft their own turtle hiking buddy, and we will hike down the Red Trail. On the trail, we will learn more about turtles and their habitats. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Bring your friends and family to start the year off with a moderate, 3-mile hike along our back country trail. Kids must be 8 or older. No pets allowed on this hike. Bring water and snacks and dress for the weather. Please call to register. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
First Day Hike at Victoria Bryant
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Our Ranger led hike will start at the park office and us down to our scenic Victoria's Path trail. Along the hike, we will learn about local flora, fauna, enjoy scenic views and learn about why the park is named Victoria Bryant. This moderate trail is pet friendly and closed toe shoes are recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Watson Mill's First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, GA
Starting at the day use parking lot, we will travel through the historic bridge to the raceway trail. Along the trail hikers will get a beautiful view of the covered bridge, learn about its construction and hike along the original raceway that leads to the Watson Mill ruins. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 1:30 PM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Start the year off right with a hike at Wormsloe. Come enjoy a beautiful hike along our scenic marshland highlighting our 19th and 20th century history. The hike leaves the Museum at 1:30 pm and last 1.5 hours. The group will be walking our Battery Trail (2.3 mi). Bring water, bug spray, closed toed shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. $2 - $10. 912-353-3023.