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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 More information on accommodations and recreation can be found at 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.

Celebrate Memorial Day with a reflection on American battles

As many families gather for picnics over Memorial Day weekend, some may also want to honor those who fought on American soil.  Georgia is home to many significant battlefields and forts that have been carefully preserved.

A visit to one of these sites is a great way to teach children about our country’s rich history and honor those who have fallen.  Below are suggested forts, museums and battlefields across Georgia.  For directions and admission fees, visit

  • Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien
    From 1721 until 1736, this fort was the southern outpost of the British empire in North America.  Climb into the reconstructed cypress blockhouse, explore the palisaded earthen fort and tabby ruins, tour the museum.  Be sure to hike the pretty nature trail following the river and marsh.  For those wishing to take a mini staycation while in the area, campsites and cabins are nearby at Fort  McAllister and Skidaway Island state parks.
  • Fort Morris State Historic Site, Midway
    This earthen fort on the Medway River protected Georgia against the British in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.  A museum describes the colonial port of Sunbury, and a nature trail and picnic sites are available.  For a holiday getaway, cabins and campsites are found nearby at Fort McAllister and Skidaway Island state parks.
  • Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, Dallas
    Pickett’s Mill is one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation, highlighted with a museum, earthworks and wooded trails.  The 1864 battle was one of the few Confederate victories during General Sherman’s Georgia campaign.  Water lovers may want to spend Memorial Day weekend nearby at Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona, where they can also visit Allatoona Pass Battlefield.
  • A.H. Stephens State Historic Park, Crawfordville
    This park is named for the Confederate Vice President, and his 1875 home, Liberty Hall, is furnished and open for tours.  A museum houses one of the finest collections of Civil War artifacts in Georgia.  Families can also enjoy geocaching, fishing, hiking and boating at the park.  Campsites and cabins are available for overnight getaways.
  • Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
    This beautiful park south of Savannah marked the end of General Sherman’s March to the Sea and is the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy.   On Saturday, May 24, watch a program about Civil War soldiers, as well as musket and cannon firings.  Nestled among giant live oaks and Spanish moss, this park is also a great place for camping, hiking, fishing and boating.  Cabins overlook the forest and marsh.
  • Georgia Veterans State Park, Cordele
    Established as a memorial to U.S. veterans, this park features a museum with aircraft (including a Boeing B-29A), armored vehicles, uniforms, weapons, medals and other items from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War.  Park visitors can also enjoy camping, cabins, Lake Blackshear Resort, golf and boating.

Easter Egg Hunts in Georgia’s State Parks

If the little ones in your family are excited about Easter, start the celebration early by joining an egg hunt. Several Georgia State Parks are hosting events where children can fill their baskets with goodies and work off energy on playgrounds. Covered picnic shelters and enclosed group shelters can be reserved for large family potlucks and barbecues. To find a nearby park, visit

Middle & South Georgia

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to noon
A.H. Stephens State Park – Crawfordville, GA
The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs, and they are waiting to be found. Children can bring their own basket, join the fun and search for a few. Little hunters will have their own small patch; and if we are lucky, there may be a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.

Easter Egg Hunt at Florence Marina
Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Florence Marina State Park – Omaha, GA
Children can bring their baskets and hunt for eggs and prizes, while the giant Easter Bunny will be on hand. Enjoy our Festival By The Lake with craft vendors, food vendors, games and entertainment. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Georgia Veterans Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m.
Georgia Veterans State Park – Cordele, GA
Come join us for one of the biggest Easter egg hunts around. Over 3,000 eggs will be available for children to find, each with a treat inside. More Easter activities will be taking place throughout the day. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.

Glow-In-The-Dark Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
High Falls State Park – Jackson, GA
Eggs hunts are no long for the day. Bring your Easter basket and get ready to search for over 1,000 glowing eggs under the moon light. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 479-993-3053.

Baskets, Eggs and Rabbits
Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mistletoe State Park – Appling, GA
Ages 3 – 10 will create their own Easter baskets then go on an egg scavenger hunt looking for clues through the woods. We will finish with the 4-H Bunny Club sharing their rabbits. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Easter at Reed Bingham
Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Reed Bingham State Park – Adel, GA
Celebrate Easter in the great outdoors with a 3 p.m. egg hunt for more than 2,000 eggs. Once all the eggs are found, there will be a live animal show about local egg-laying reptiles. After the animal show, there will be a chance for you to make your very own Easter craft. Some fees plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.

Easter Egg Night Hunt at Kolomoki
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park – Blakely, GA
Join us for EGG-citing fun at our Easter Egg Night Hunt held at Group Camp Hicita. There will be 3 age groups and prizes awarded to those who find the golden eggs. Kids, bring your own baskets and flashlights.  $1 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.

3rd Annual Easter Egg Roll and Hunt
Easter Sunday, April 20, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site – Warm Springs, GA
Bring your Easter basket and camera for a fun day set in the Little White House grounds. The 3-5 year old group will begin at 1 p.m. The 6-8 year old group will begin at 1:30 p.m. The 9-11 year old group will begin at 2 p.m. Following the Easter egg hunt, children can participate in an Easter Egg Roll similar to the one at the White House in D.C. $10 – $14. 706-655-5870.

Coastal Georgia

Easter Blast at Skidaway
Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah, GA
Bring the whole family for a day filled with hayrides, games and crafts. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Flashlight Egg Hunts
Friday, April 18, 8 p.m.
Crooked River State Park – St. Marys, GA
Kick off Easter early with evening egg hunts.  Children ages 0 to 5 will hunt at 8 p.m. and older kids will hunt at 8:30 p.m. Limited participation; early wristband purchase available. Entertainment and music will be provided by Camden DJ. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Suwannee River Visitor Center’s Eggstraordinary Easter
Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m.
S.C. Foster State Park’s Suwannee River Visitor Center – Fargo, GA
The afternoon will be full of games, live animal programs and, of course, an Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will begin at 2 p.m., but come early to make a milk jug into an Easter basket. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Northern Georgia

Glow-In-The-Dark Easter Egg Hunt

NOTE THE DATE:  Saturday, April 12, 8:30 p.m.  (two Saturdays before Easter)
Fort Mountain State Park – Chatsworth, GA
Hunt for glowing Easter eggs in the dark and ride a wagon to the special spot and find your prize. Space limited; to register go to Cabins and campsites available.  $5 parking. 706-422-1932.

Fort Yargo Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fort Yargo State Park – Winder, GA
Bring the kids and let them search for Easter eggs on our new beginner bike trail. Dress the little ones in appropriate attire in case they get dirty. The trail begins at the multi-purpose courts. Sponsored by Friends of Fort Yargo. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Earth Day and Spring EGGtravanganza
Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park – Summerville, GA
Earth Day is just around the corner, so spend the day learning about Mother Earth. Programs include guided hikes, recycled crafts and wildlife presentations.  Stick around that afternoon for an Easter Egg hunt. During the evening we will host a campfire, so bring your best skits, songs and, of course, marshmallows.  $5 parking. 706-857-0826.

Tugaloo Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Tugaloo State Park – Lavonia, GA
Kids 12 and younger can bring Easter baskets and join us at the beach for hunting treats. Sponsored by Poplar Springs Baptist Church. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.