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State Parks Offer Affordable Star-Spangled Celebrations

Grilling burgers in the shade and camping under the stars are just some of the July 4th activities offered by Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites.  Want to learn about our nation’s independence?  Visit Fort Morris near Darien for their Colonial Faire and cannon firings.  How fast can you win a three-legged race?  Join the old-timey games at A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville.  Whether you have just a few hours on the 4th or the extended weekend, Georgia’s State Parks make for a festive holiday destination.

Can’t get away for the whole weekend?  State parks welcome visitors to come for just the day as well.  For a $5 parking fee, guests can cool off at lakeside beaches, explore hiking trails, and even fish for their dinner – all for free. Many state parks rent stand-up paddleboards, aquacycles, bikes and kayaks for a small fee.  Some of the state’s historic forts will showcase America’s history with musket firings, military drills and displays.  Historic site admission ranges from $3.50 to $12 per person.

Park rangers encourage visitors to bring picnics, but to leave fireworks at home because sparklers and explosives are not allowed in Georgia’s state parks.  However, many parks are close to towns with their own displays planned.

Want more ideas on affordable July 4th activities?  Visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org or call 1-800-864-7275. Cabins, yurts and campsites make great summer vacation destinations. Dozens of events are hosted throughout the year, such as guided hikes and paddles, snake shows, Civil War enactments, outdoor concerts and children’s nature crafts.  Programs are listed at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/events.


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July Events Across the State

Below is a selection of July events at Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites. For more programs, visit www.GaStateParks.org/events and the parks’ web pages. More information on accommodations and recreation can be found at GeorgiaStateParks.org or 1-800-864-7275. Thank you for helping promote Georgia’s natural and historic resources!


Coastal Georgia

Cannons Across the Marsh
Saturday, July 4, 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site – Darien, GA
Join the garrison for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, and soldier’s life activities to honor Independence Day. Free watermelon and lemonade will be served. $4.50- $7.50 912-437-4770.

Independence Day at Fort McAllister
Saturday, July 4, 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill, GA
Celebrate Independence Day like it’s 1864. Games, food and fun for all. Living history demonstrations, cannon firings, and musket demonstrations. $5-$8 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Independence Day Colonial Faire
Saturday, July 4, 11 AM to 3 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site – Midway, GA
Celebrate the 4th with colonial games, contests of skill, colonial music, musket firings, cannon firings and activities. Prizes will be awarded to all participants. Free admission sponsored by the City of Flemington, Friends of Fort Morris and Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 912-884-5999.

Independence Day in Waycross
Saturday, July 4, 9 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park – Waycross, GA
Children can participate in three-legged races, sack races, football toss, watermelon football, relay races, egg carry, and other fun games. Bring the whole family for a ranger-led hike on Big Creek Nature Trail at 9:30 a.m. Free watermelon and hot dogs will be available for children while supplies last. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.


Metro Atlanta

Full Moon Kayak Tour
Thursday, July 2, 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, July 31, 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Native American Games 
Saturday, July 11, 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site – Cartersville, GA
Learn about games that early Native Americans played and how they have influenced modern games and sports. $2 – $6. 770-387-3747.

New Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, July 17, 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, July 18, 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. Meet at Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

“Get Outdoors” Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Friday, July 17, 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, July 18, 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek State Park is just far enough from Atlanta to have a really dark sky – perfect for stargazers. Join this guided paddle and enjoy the stars, and night sounds on this after dark kayak tour. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.


Middle & South Georgia

Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 10 AM to 1 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park – Crawfordville, GA
Events will begin with our 10 a.m. bicycle parade. Old-time games will start in the field behind the office, at 11 a.m. include sack races, three-legged races, relays, egg and water balloon tosses, and a paddle boat race. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602.

Liberty Bell Pool Party
Saturday, July 4, 1 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain, GA
Come splash with us! Music, food, and activities for the whole family. Play Beach Blanket Bingo and enjoy fab music from our sand and surf DJ. Fees plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Fourth of July Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 10 AM to 4 PM
Florence Marina State Park – Omaha, GA
Arts and crafts for the whole family. Pontoon boat rides offered all day. $1 – $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Ol’ Time Independence Day at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, July 4, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site – Juliette, GA
Put on your red, white and blue, pack a picnic, and spend a day on the farm. Hear the Declaration of Independence at noon and compete in sack race, three-legged race, egg toss, and other events. Watch blacksmiths, steam engineers, quilters, and other skills of the past. $4.00-$6.50 478-986-5172.

Independence Day Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, July 4, 9 AM to 11 AM
Reed Bingham State Park – Adel, GA
Land of the free and home of the brave, so what better to do than go fishing? Friends of Reed Bingham will host a kids fishing rodeo for kids 12 and under at the rodeo ponds. Prizes will be awarded. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.

Astronomy Night
Saturday, July 18, 7 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area – Lumpkin, GA
Columbus State University and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present an evening of star gazing and slides. Visitors may bring their own telescopes, but some will be provided. The park offers excellent sky viewing without light pollution. $5 parking. 229-838-6202.

Gators and the Galaxy
Saturday, July 18, 8 PM to 10 PM
Reed Bingham State Park – Adel, GA
I spy a gator. I spy a constellation. I spy a pontoon boat. Those three things together mean one thing. I night pontoon ride to see some gators and galaxies all around us. Preregistration is required. There will be two tours, 8 pm and 9 pm. Maximum of 15 people per tour. $8/adult and $5/child $5 parking. 229-896-3551.


Northern Georgia

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesdays and Saturdays in July
Cloudland Canyon State Park – Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 plus $5 parking. 800-979-3370.

Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Wednesday, July 1, 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Thursday, July 30, 8 PM to 10 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1-mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

July 4th at Vogel
Saturday, July 4, 8 AM to 5 PM
Vogel State Park – Blairsville, GA
Celebrate July 4th at one of the nation’s oldest state parks. We will start the day with a flag raising ceremony at 8 a.m. at the Visitors Center, followed by a day of games for the whole family. There will be a bicycle parade, pedal boat races, sandcastle competition, watermelon eating contest, sack races, egg toss and greased pole climbing. $2 pedal boat race. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.

Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, July 4, 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, July 5, 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Monday, July 6, 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles are 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Tightrope Lessons
Saturday, July 4, 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, July 5, 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, July 25, 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls, GA
A .25 mile hike will take us to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. There we will learn about the history of the tight rope walkers at Tallulah Gorge and teach the basics of walking on a slackline. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, limit 20 spaces $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, July 25, 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, July 26, 10 AM to 4 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site – Chatsworth, GA
Craftsmen will demonstrate 19th century weaving, basket making, quilting, spinning, rug making, blacksmithing, soap making, woodcarving, chair caning, and much more. Several activities will be set up for children including shooting a Cherokee blowgun and making their own butter. $5.50 – $6.50 706-695-2598.

November 2014 events across the State

Mountain Arts and Craft Celebration

Below are just some of the November 2014 events hosted by Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites. For a complete calendar, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/events. More information on accommodations and recreation can be found at GeorgiaStateParks.org or 1-800-864-7275. Thank you for helping promote Georgia’s natural and historic resources.

Metro Atlanta

Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site – Cartersville, GA
Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story. $2 – $8. 770-387-3747.

Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA
Join us “on rope” for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. Participants must call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Women’s Safety Awareness
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA
Ladies, join us for this class on how to keep yourself safe while at home, out on the trail, or out and about down town. Great for women of all ages, so bring your mother, daughters, and friends. There will be special safety giveaways, but space is limited. Must register and pay in advance. Meet at Nature Center. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Iron Pour
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 2 PM to 7 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park – Acworth, GA
Come discover the art of casting metal as we pour molten iron into scratch blocks that you’ve designed. Scratch blocks sold at event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Coastal Georgia

Digging Savannah Hike
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah, GA
The three-mile hikes will be led by Armstrong Atlantic State University archaeologist Laura Seifert and starts at the Big Ferry Trailhead. 912-598-2300.

Wormsloe Lantern Tours
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site – Savannah, GA
Ever wanted to see Wormsloe at night? Guided tours by lantern take you to the tabby ruins where you will meet Noble Jones himself. The colonial life area will be aglow with a lively village celebrating the arrival of spring. $4.50-$10.00 912-353-3023.

Autumn Encampment 2014
Friday, Nov 14, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site – Darien, GA
A wide range of living history presentations will be given highlighting all the various cultures and people that inhabited our region before Georgia was established in the 1730s. A battle re-enactment will take place at 2 PM. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.

Billy’s Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park – Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy’s Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

“Come and Take It!” Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 11 AM to 4 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site – Midway, GA
This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh’s defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, a skirmish and more. Free. 912-884-5999.

Middle & South Georgia

Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:50 PM
SAM Shortline Train – Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for reservations and group rates) and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today’s South. 229-276-0755.

American Frontier Days
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 10 AM to 5 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See living skills displays from local historians. Walk through time from the mid 1700s to the late 1800s. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Syrup Makin’ Time on the Plantation
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site – Juliette, GA
Have you ever sipped fresh sugar cane juice or tasted fresh cane syrup on a biscuit? Find out how in times past farmers made their own. Come experience syrup makin’ day in the country, plus craft making demonstrations throughout the farm. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.

Geology Day
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area – Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is one of the great geographic wonders of the eastern United States. Join Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans for a closeup view of this most unusual park. Pre-registration is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Pioneer Harvest Festival
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
General Coffee State Park – Nicholls, GA
Celebrate the history of farm life in the wiregrass region of south Georgia at the parks annual festival. The day will include demonstrations of farm life, and arts and craft show, local entertainers, and more. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-1581.

Annual Sugar Cane Festival
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
George L. Smith State Park – Twin City, GA
Enjoy a fun day in the park with fresh cane syrup, fresh ground corn meal, live music, and a wide variety of food and crafts vendors. $1 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.

Civil War Living History
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 8 AM to 5 PM
High Falls State Park – Jackson, GA
This event will include educational presentations on U.S. Gen. Kilpatrick’s troops, cooking demonstration, firing demonstration, and camp life of the soldiers. Free but donations accepted. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.

Quilting Bee at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site – Juliette, GA
Beginner quilters can learn about hand piecing and stitching in the big frame, and the steps of making a quilt. Also the Plantation Quilters Guild welcomes visitors to their meeting. 478-986-5172.

Heritage Day 2014: 150 Years of Camp Lawton
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 9 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park – Millen, GA
Enjoy a living history encampment, live cannon fire, and the replica of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley. Georgia Southern will be hosting an archaeology presentation while vendors and other presenters join in the festivities in the picnic area. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.

Battle of Griswoldville 150th Anniversary Commemoration
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Griswoldville Battlefield near Jarrell Plantation Historic Site – Juliette, GA
Learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman’s March to the Sea in November 1864. Civil War soldier life portrayals and Union and Confederate encampments followed with a noon memorial service and battlefield tours. Donations appreciated to help preserve this historic site. 478-986-5172.

Geology Day
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area – Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is one of the great geographic wonders of the eastern United States. Join Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans for a close-up view of this most unusual park. Pre-registration is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Astronomy Night
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 6 PM to 9 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area – Lumpkin, GA Providence Canyon is an ideal location to view night skies because there is virtually no light pollution. Join Columbus State University as they reveal the night skies through the use of telescopes and share mythological stories about the constellations. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Pioneer and Indian Lifestyles
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 9:30 AM to 2 PM
Mistletoe State Park – Appling, GA
This program is for children 7-12 years old. Children will dip candles, make butter, make pioneer stew and create a pioneer toy. They will learn why wildlife and plants played an important role in Pioneer and Indian living. Pre-registration required by November 22. $20. 706-541-0321.

Thanksgiving Throwdown
Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 11 AM to 7 PM
Reed Bingham State Park – Adel, GA
Its football and turkey season the best time of year. However, we all need that break from sitting down and watching football eventually. Whether you need a break all day to come out for our hike, animal program, and campfire, or just want to come out for a few hours. $1 s’more plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.

Northern Georgia

2nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park – Rising Fawn, GA
Enjoy gorgeous fall scenery while browsing handmade crafts and food vendors from all over the U.S. The event will be held at the group shelter. Benefits Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park. $10 per car; $5 with annual ParkPass. 706-657-4050.

Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

“Green” Bee Keeping
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park – Helen, GA
In this introduction to sustainable practices in hobby bee keeping, guests will learn about pathogen and disease identification, organic treatments, how to help hives overwinter, swarming behavior, creating a bee-friendly yard, and non-toxic pest and disease control. Taught by entomologist and bee-keeper Amanda Rose Newton. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Walk Off The Turkey
Friday, Nov 28, 2014 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls, GA
Take a guided hike through the gorge floor to work off those extra pounds you acquired over Thanksgiving. This hike is strenuous and involves climbing over and under rocks and logs, jumping from rock to rock, and possibly getting your feet wet. Participants must be 10 or older. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.