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October 2015 events across the state

Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

October 2015 Events

Below is a selection of October 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. Our annual Leaf Watch website gives tips for viewing fall foliage in Georgia’s State Parks. Check GeorgiaStateParks.org beginning in October.

Northern Georgia

Wild Cave Tours at Cloudland Canyon State Park – Rising Fawn, GA: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in October. 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 fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.

Fall Celebration at the Hardman Farm in Sautee Nacoochee, GA: Saturday, October 10, 2015 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the natural beauty of the season with hands-on pioneer skills exhibits, hayrides through the site, traditional craft vendors, mountain music, and apple cider from a hand-cranked press. $10 per vehicle. 706-878-1077.

Second Saturday Guided Hikes at Smithgall Woods State Park – Helen, GA: 2nd Saturday of Month 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Haunted Hills Hayride at Victoria Bryant State Park – Royston, GA: October 23, 24, 30 and 31, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join our annual spooktacular haunted hayrides, which are fun for all ages. Come early because ticket sales close at 10 pm. We’ll be showing a movie, have a bonfire and we will have refreshments for sale. $5/person $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike at Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls, GA: Monday, October 26, 2015 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, October 27, 2015 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 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.

Coastal Georgia

History Under Our Feet at Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill, GA: Saturday, October 10, 2015 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Local archaeologist Jessie Larson will talk about local archaeology finds, how archaeologists know where to dig, and what tools they use. This informative talk and demonstration will be great for adults and older children. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Annual Candle Lantern Tour at Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill, GA: Saturday, October 10, 2015 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. See the soldiers go about their evening duties. Stop in the barracks for hot cider and a cookie. Then prepare yourself for noise as the cannon is fired over the Ogeechee River. $5-$8. 912-727-2339.

The Haunting of Blackbeard’s Island at Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill, GA: Saturday, October 24, 2015 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Savage Island becomes Blackbeard’s Island for the weekend as we dress like pirates. Decorate your campsite like a pirate ship or camp, and compete for prizes for the most original and most frightening campsite. Rangers will go site to site giving out candy. Come for a campfire where we will give prizes for best sites and best costumes. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Fall Festival in Waycross at Laura S. Walker State Park – Waycross, GA: Saturday, October 24, 2015 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Children of all ages can play new games as well as old favorites to win candy. Bring the whole family because we will also have live music, bingo, hayrides, a haunted hayride, face painting, and more. There will even be some activities for toddlers. Children dressed in costume may enter our raffle prize drawing. $8 parking. 912-287-4900.

Metro Atlanta

Skills of the Past at Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site – Cartersville, GA: Saturday, October 3, 2015 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about the skills Native Americans had that helped them survive their everyday lives. $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.

Halloween Hayridesat Red Top Mountain State Park – Acworth, GA: October 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 6 p.m. Take a spooky hayride through the haunted forest and along Lake Allatoona’s mystery-filled trails. Reservations are required and fill up quickly. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

New Moon Kayak Tour at Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge, GA: Saturday, October 10, 2015 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 11, 2015 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb at Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA: Saturday, October 17, 2015 1 p.m. Join us “on rope” for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous, unique activity. Register in advance. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Cabin Life at Pickett’s Mill at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site – Dallas, GA: Saturday, October 17, 2015 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discover what life was like on a small farm during the Civil War 150 years ago. Watch people cooking over a fire. Enjoy toys and games. Experience the sights and sounds of a black powder demonstration as authentic style muzzle loading rifles and muskets are fired. $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.

Candlelight Hike to the Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs, GA: Saturday, October 17, 2015 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Georgia State Astronomy Observatory Open House at Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge, GA: Saturday, October 24, 2015 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. 706-557-3001.

“Haunted Labor Creek” Night of Tricks and Treats at Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge, GA: Saturday, October 31, 2015 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Join park staff and campers for a fun filled evening trick or treating throughout our campground. Camp with us and take part decorating your campsite for our trick or treaters. Prize given for best decorated campsite. Campfire and s’mores, tricks and treats. Join us on the spookiest of nights! $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Middle & South Georgia

Geology Day at Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area – Lumpkin, GA: Saturday, October 3, 2015 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans will lead visitors into the canyons and back in time to discover the geological history of the canyons. The floors of the canyons are often wet and muddy, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Bring water and your camera. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

2nd Annual Little White House Fall Craft Festival at Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site – Warm Springs, GA: Saturday, October 3, 2015 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, October 4, 2015 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate the first days of autumn with us. We are seeking vendors who want to showcase and sell their arts, crafts, jams, jellies, woodwork and pottery in our 2nd Annual Festival. $50 booth fee for the weekend. Call or email for application and guidelines. 706-655-5870.

Watermelon Express Train Ride at SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot – Cordele, GA: Saturday, October 3, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. and Saturday, October 31, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.

Music & Dancing On the Mountain at F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain, GA: Saturday, October 10, 2015 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring your family and friends for an outing on the mountain. Dance, sing-a-long, and enjoy classic vinyl and oldies with our popular local musicians. Bring a chair or cushion. Cement seating. Meet at the rock amphitheater next to the park office. Resident overnight park guests $3 per person ages 4 & up; $5 all other guests 4 & up. Pay at the office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Sock Hop at Indian Springs State Park – Flovilla, GA: Saturday, October 10, 2015 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dust off your poodle skirts and letter sweaters and join in the Sock Hop! Enjoy music, dancing, and refreshments at the Stone Pavilion. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-504-2277.

Family Fall Fest at Mistletoe State Park – Appling, GA: Saturday, October 10, 2015 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Welcome fall with our 17th annual Fall Festival featuring a pumpkin scavenger hunt, face painting, children’s games, marshmallow roasting, hayrides, cake walk, a reptile program, and more. $10 per vehicle plus some fees. 706-541-0321.

Day Out With Thomas at Georgia Veterans State Park – SAM Shortline Platform – Cordele, GA: October 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thomas will visit the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends.

Moonlight Madness at General Coffee State Park – Nicholls, GA: Saturday, October 24, 2015 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Kick off your Halloween activities with a kids carnival from 1-4 pm. The parks annual haunted house will begin at 6 pm and run until 10 pm. Try something new this year with our first ever haunted hiking trail! Trail will open at dark and close at 10 pm. Ghost story hayrides will be offered 6 pm – 10 pm for folks who don’t want to be scared too much $1-$7 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.

A Haunted Evening at A.H. Stephens State Park – Crawfordville, GA: Saturday, October 31, 2015 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Join park staff and Friends of A.H. Stephens for a fun evening of ghouling events. Activities include a haunted hayride, treats, movie on the lawn, Wii Dance, Campfire, Costume Contest, and a Campsite decorating contest for both RV and Equestrian Campers. $1 -$3 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602.

Octoberfest at Florence Marina State Park – Omaha, GA: Saturday, October 31, 2015 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrate Halloween with a haunted hayride, games for kids, and a costume contest. Food vendors will be on hand. Games 1 ticket each, hayride 3 tickets, cakewalk 1 ticket. Friends of Florence Marina will be holding the annual Silent Auction. $1 per ticket plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

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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Below is http://theologyformen.com/zo/2014/04/08/fkrx-saugerties-webcams the May 2013 calendar from Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites.

More information on events, accommodations and recreation can be found at GeorgiaStateParks.org or 1-800-864-7275.

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Thank you for helping promote Georgia’s natural and historic resources!

May 2013 Events – Divided By Region:

NORTH GEORGIA

Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Saturday, May 11, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Fort Yargo State Park – Winder
Fort Yargo has some great habitat, including marshland, mixed hardwood Forest, and an expansive open lake. We will look for a variety of birds like woodpeckers, warblers, and wading birds. Learn about the Atlanta Audubon Society, and how you can get involved in bird watching, as well as land conservation. $5 parking. (770) 867-3489.

CCC Reunion/Trail Project
Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Vogel State Park – Blairsville
Join the boys of “The Tree Army” as they tell stories of the New Deal era. This is a covered-dish meal with meat and drinks provided by the Vogel Volunteers. Also join the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club for a service project like one that would have been done during “The Great Depression”. Work begins at 9:00 am and CCC Reunion begins at 11:00 am. RSVP required. (706) 745-2628.

Twisted Ankle Marathon
Saturday, May 18
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park – Summerville
The Twisted Ankle Marathon and Half Marathon is a hilly, technical run through the park and along Taylor’s Ridge in the Chattahoochee National Forest. There is also a Kid’s Fun Run on the day of the event – an enjoyable way to participate in National Kids to Parks Day. Fees. $5 parking. (706) 857-0826.

175 Years: Cherokee Trail of Tears Memorial Service
Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
New Echota Historic Site – Calhoun
In May 1838, State Militia and Federal Troops started the removal of Cherokee Indians from their homeland in Georgia and surrounding states. Join us for a memorial service including speakers from the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee and National Trail of Tears Association. Participating will be Tommy Wildcat, All Nations Warrior Society Honor Guard, Medicine Ridge Singers, Sammy Still and Jack Baker. $5-$6.50 (free for service only) (706) 624-1321.

Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Smithgall Woods State Park – Helen
Children and their special “big person” can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby, unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. (706) 878-3087.

Tugaloo’s National Kids Park Day
Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.
Tugaloo State Park – Lavonia
Celebrate getting outdoors and join us for these kid friendly programs. 11:00 am ‘Water Exploration’ see what critters live in Lake Hartwell. Met at the Amphitheater and wear shoes that can get wet. 1:00 pm ‘Snakes Alive’ at the Nature Hut. 3:00 pm ‘Putt-Putt Tournament’ at the Mini Golf Course by the beach. Tournament is for kids 12 and under. $5 Putt-Putt Tournament $5 parking. (706) 356-4362.

Junior Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Victoria Bryant State Park – Royston
Registration will begin at 8:30 am. We will hold the Rodeo at the back pond. It is for children ages 16 yrs. or younger. All participates must be registered or in line to register by 9:00 am to be eligible for prizes. $5 parking. (706) 245-6270.

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Friday, May 24, 8:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 25, 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls
Take a mile and a half hike under the full moon. $5 plus $5 parking. (706) 754-7981.

Memorial Day Blast
Friday, May 24, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, May 26, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, May 27, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge – Helen
Join in on sack races, field-day activities, hayrides, a campfire, a music concert and hoedown. $5 parking. (706) 878-2201 ext. 305.

Exploring Mushrooms
Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Smithgall Woods State Park – Helen
Explore mushroom natural history, ecology, and lore with Dr. Julia Kerrigan, a mycologist at Clemson University and co-founder of the South Carolina Upstate Mycological Society (SCUMS). Begin in the classroom with an introduction to the kingdom Fungi followed by a walk exploring fascinating fungi in the forest and their roles in the ecosystem. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. (706) 878-3087.

Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, May 25 through Tuesday, May 28, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls
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. $5 plus $5 parking. (706) 754-7981.

Southern Gospel Music
Saturday, May 25, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tugaloo State Park – Lavonia
The Southern Gospel group “Blood Bought” from Toccoa will be at the park’s Beach Pavilion for a night of fun and music. Bring your favorite camping chair and join us for a relaxing musical evening. $5 parking. (706) 356-4362.

Saturday Evening Concert Series
Saturday, May 25
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Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music from Appalachian Mountain, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through mid-November. These programs will be “pass-the-hat” donations for the musicians. $5 parking. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.

Visiting Artist Series
Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, May 26, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge – Helen
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. (706) 878-2201 ext. 305.

COASTAL GEORGIA

Family Nature Quest
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Crooked River State Park – St. Marys
Want to learn about nature as a family? Come to our “fundana” activities each month and learn about a different topic. There will be 12 quests and at each program the family will receive one bandana about the topic. The family that completes the most quests will receive a bonus bandana for the entire family. Register in advance. $10 per family $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Skidaway’s National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m.
Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah
Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day by competing in a number of yard games, such as water balloon toss and sack races. $5 parking. (912) 598-2300.

War of Jenkins’ Ear
Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Wormsloe Historic Site – Savannah
Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia’s role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a walking tour of the site. The program will also include military drills and black powder weapons demonstrations. $4.50 – $10 (912) 353-3023.

Memorial Day Commemoration
Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fort McAllister Historic Park – Richmond Hill
Help us pay tribute to our fellow patriots who served our country throughout the years. Cannon and musket firings, Civil War-era demonstrations, and lots of family fun. (912) 727-2339.

Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 27, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fort Morris Historic Site – Midway
This coastal fort will present hourly Revolutionary War soldier talks and musket and cannon demonstrations. $3-$4.50 (912) 884-5999.

SOUTHERN & CENTRAL GEORGIA

The Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival
Wednesday, May 1 through Saturday, May 4, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Elijah Clark State Park – Lincolnton
Little Roy and Lizzy return to Elijah Clark with some of the country’s best Bluegrass performers. Bring your lawn chairs. Enjoy the food and craft vendors. Fee. $5 parking. (706) 864-7203.

Twilight Paddle
Friday, May 3 through Saturday, May 4, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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Sunday, May 26 through Monday, May 27, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge
Explore Lake Rutledge on this ranger-guided twilight paddle. As we scan the sky for Ospreys and maybe an Eagle, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sunsets, we will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. (706) 557-3001.

Southern History Train Ride
Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
SAM Shortline Excursion Train – Cordele
Explore history with a departure from Georgia Veterans State Park, followed by an hour layover in Archery at the boyhood farm of President Jimmy Carter. Hop back on the train for a 10-minute ride into Plains for an hour and 20 minutes stop. You will arrive back at Georgia Veterans with time to enjoy the park’s museum. 1-877-427-2457.

May Day Train Ride
Saturday, May 4, 9:45 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.
SAM Shortline Excursion Train – Cordele
Enjoy May Day Festivities at St. Mark A.M.E. Church. Arriving at 12:30, you can have some lunch, hear choirs, view exhibitors making soap and other things. Face painting and crafts. Yes, there is the tradition of platting of the May Pole at 1:15 and speakers. 1-877-427-2457.

Bird Walk
Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the park office on Hwy 190. $5 parking. (706) 663-4858.

Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, May 4, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society, which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 parking. (706) 557-3001.

High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
High Falls State Park – Jackson
Join our naturalist on a short walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse, which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.

Roosevelt Day: Anniversary of the Little White House
Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site – Warm Springs
In May of 1932, a housewarming party was thrown to celebrate the construction of FDR’s Little White House. Eighty years later, a series of guest speakers and special programs will be offered. $8-$12. (706) 655-5870.

Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, May 10, 9:30 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.
SAM Shortline Excursion Train – Cordele
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel across Lake Blackshear, tour Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village and sample peanut butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today’s South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele through Georgia Veterans State Park to Americus and Plains, then back. Groups and parties welcome. 1-877-427-2457.

Kids Fishing Derby
Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
General Coffee State Park – Nicholls
Children ages 3-15 (accompanied by a parent or guardian) are invited to participate in the parks annual kids fishing derby. Prizes will be offered in various categories and age groups. Registration will be held the morning of the event. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. (912) 384-7082.

Wild Gourmet Dinner
Saturday, May 11
Mistletoe State Park – Appling
You never “sausage” a dinner as the one we’re planning this time! On the menu: rattlesnake sausage and venison sausage, smothered in gravy with acorn dumplings — a real taste treat. Come by and taste what everyone brings to this potluck treat http://mang-de-seen.de/rzbk-live-sex-show-with-chat/ where every dish has to contain at least one wild ingredient. $5 parking. (706) 541-0321.

New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge
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 nighttime paddle. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. (706) 557-3001.

International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Reed Bingham State Park – Adel
Everyone knows about robins and geese migrating, but did you know that hummingbirds, vultures, and hawks migrate as well? Come learn about migratory birds with guided bird hikes, bird lectures, and crafts. $5 parking. (229) 896-3551.

Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, May 11 and 25, 9:30 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.
SAM Shortline Excursion Train – Cordele
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel across Lake Blackshear to Plains and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter’s boyhood farm (Jimmy Carter National Historic Site), go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. Groups and parties welcome. 1-877-427-2457.

A Presidential Motorcade: Social Security Car Tour to Visit
Friday, May 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site – Warm Springs
More than 60 antique automobiles will be parked on the Little White House grounds for visitors to take a step back in time. The Social Security Car Tour features cars old enough to draw a Social Security card, if they could draw one. Car owners will be on hand to answer questions and show off their automobiles. $8-$12. (706) 655-5870.

The Dam Walk
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.
High Falls State Park – Jackson
Get up close and personal with the most predominant feature at High Falls State Park…the dam. Walk availability is dependent on river flow. No dogs. Must be 6 or older. Please wear durable shoes. $5 plus $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.

High Falls’ National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.
High Falls State Park – Jackson
Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day by competing in a number of fun activities including a miniature golf tournament, backyard Olympics, and wildlife trivia. $5 plus $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.

5K Road Kill Run
Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m.
Reed Bingham State Park – Adel
Stretch your legs and have fun. Meet at the Beach Pavilion to run in our 5k race around the beautiful park. The course is certified and will be professionally timed at the finish line. Register at the Visitor Center or at www.runningintheusa.com before May 12 or register at 7:00 a.m. the day of the race. $20 pre-register; $25 day of race. $5 parking. (229) 896-3551.

Jarrell Plantation’s National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site – Juliette
Learn what kind of life children had on the plantation. We will show you what kind of games they would have played and we will make one of the toys they would have played with in that time. $4-$6.50. (478) 986-5172.

75th Anniversary BBQ Dinner
Friday, May 24, 7 p.m.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain
75th Anniversary BBQ Dinner includes meal, seat in Group Shelter and Mystery Tree Program Presentation. Guest Speaker: Don Wells Author of the book Mystery Trees. The never-before-told story about the curious, oddly shaped “trail trees” that were used by Indians to guide themselves across the North American continent. $25. (706) 663-4858.

75th Celebration Activities
Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain
Outside World singles triple trouble download Outfitters Boat Demo Day- 8:00am –Noon & 2pm- 6pm at Lake Delanor. FDR Amusement Carnival- 10:00am – 6:00pm at ball field. Grand Opening of Liberty Bell Pool- 10:00am-6:00pm. Sean Rox Drum Circle Concert- 6:00pm- 10:00pm at the Office Amphitheater. Bring your own instruments; all percussion instruments welcome. Some fees. $5 parking. (706) 663 4858.

Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Reed Bingham State Park – Adel
Celebrate with boat rides, animal programs, arts and crafts, and guided hikes. Call in advance to reserve spots for boat rides. Boat Rides $5. $5 parking. (229) 896-3551.

Moonlight Hike
Friday, May 24, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge
Join a park ranger on this guided hike under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, insect repellant, and bring a camera to record the journey, as we listen for insects, frogs and other nocturnal creatures. Meet at the Hard Labor Creek Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. (706) 557-3001.

Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge
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. $15 plus $5 parking. (706) 557-3001.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration
Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27
Florence Marina State Park – Omaha
A variety of family events will include crafts and games throughout the weekend. $2 – $5 $5 parking. (229) 838-4706.

Memorial Day Mayhem
Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge – Helena
It’s H2O Olympics Time! Compete in soaking wet water games, meet interesting creatures, take home cool crafts and enjoy a night hike. $1-$3 plus $5 parking. (229) 868-7474 x6052.

Swim the Warm Springs
Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site – Warm Springs
Swim in the historic pools built by Franklin D. Roosevelt as a place for therapy. Normally kept empty for preservation, the shallow pools will be filled with naturally warm spring water. Limited to 80 per session. Reservations suggested. Ages 6 up. $20 adults; $12.50 ages 6 to 17; Family Package $80. (706) 655-5870.

Searching for Dragons and Damsels
Sunday, May 26, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge
Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most beautiful and beneficial insects in the bug world. They come in many sizes shapes and colors. Join a park ranger on the hunt for these tiny predators, and explore streams, lake and pond. Bring a digital camera and binoculars for the adventure. This hike is best for participants 10 years old and up. Meet at Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. (706) 557-3006.

Memorial Day Flag Retirement Ceremony
Monday, May 27, 10 a.m.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain
Pine Mountain Boy Scout Troop #40 will be performing a retirement ceremony for the American flag. Guests are welcome to bring flags needing to be retired and may drop their flags off at the FDR State Park Front Desk upon check-in. $5 parking. (706) 663-4858.

METRO ATLANTA

Soldier’s Life
Saturday, May 4
Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site – Dallas
Learn about the life of the common soldier who fought in Georgia. A Park Ranger dressed as a soldier will display the items soldiers carried while marching and fighting in north Georgia in 1864. $3-$5.50 (770) 443-7850.

Photography 101
Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don’t need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. This class offers easy to understand instructions, classroom time and a hike in the woods. Ages 12 and older. $15 plus $5 parking. (770) 732-5871.

Celebrate Archaeology
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site – Cartersville
See Etowah Mounds as an archaeologist would. Learn how archaeology works. See artifacts from the site and discover what they tell us about ancient people. There are activities for the kids including archaeological dig boxes. A guided tour with a professional archaeologist will highlight the day, along with other group presentations. $4.00-$5.50. (770) 387-3747.

Iron Pour
Saturday, May 11
Red Top Mountain State Park – Cartersville
Watch a demonstration of our iron furnace, harking back to the days of iron production in the Allatoona mining community. Purchase a scratch block mold and create your own piece of cast iron art. Molds go on sale at 2 pm and supplies are limited. $5 parking. (770) 975-0055.

Bird Walk
Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Red Top Mountain State Park – Cartersville
Bring your binoculars and cameras to this guided bird walk celebrating International Migratory Bird Day. We’ll be on the paved Lakeside Trail and hiking less than a mile. $5 parking. (770) 975-0055.

Kids Outdoor Adventure Festival
Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge
Join us at Alexander’s Lake for a fishing rodeo, archery, fly-fishing, tree climbing, orienteering, hayrides, and lots of other fun games. Bring your fishing poles and bait as we learn about aquatic habitats and fish identification. $5 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Geology Hike
Saturday, May 18, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs
Geologist and “Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park” member John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. There will also be a visit inside the ruins of the Civil War era New Manchester Mill alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. (770) 732-5871.

Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, May 19, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park’s Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at the Alexander Lake Area. Register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, May 25, 8 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge
Listen to whippoorwills and owls as the sun slowly sets and the moon begins to rise. Panola Mountain is one of the best places to see the wildlife of the night. Bring flashlights and hiking boots. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. (770) 389-7801.

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Editor’s Notes:
Key Web Address: www.GeorgiaStateParks.org