May 2013 News & Events from Georgia's State Parks

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May 2013

Red Top Mountain State Park

Dogs Can Enjoy Staying, Playing in Georgia's State Parks

The dog days of summer will be here before you know it, and Georgia’s State Parks want to make sure Fido has a good time in the great outdoors. By spending time in parks, dogs and owners will get exercise -- and Fido can enjoy a smorgasbord of sights and smells.  

  • Camping
    What could be more fun to Fido than camping in the woods?  More than 40 State Parks have campgrounds which welcome dogs.  Pets must be leashed (6 feet or shorter) and accompanied by their owner at all times.  Find a camp site near you at 
  • Cabins
    If Fluffy prefers more creature comforts, bring him along for a cabin getaway.  Many parks have dog-friendly cabins, and advanced reservations are required. To find more information on cabins visit

  • Hiking (and Sniffing) Trails 
    Nearly every Georgia State Park has walking trails which welcome leashed dogs, with a few exceptions at Tallulah Gorge and Panola Mountain.  Trails range from easy to challenging – and everything in between.  Find the best trail for your next adventure at
  • Free Dog Walks 
    Dogs need exercise just as much as people do, so we partnered with the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association to encourage dog walking.  Vets can give a “prescription” for a healthy walk, which is redeemable for a $5 parking pass.  (We have even partnered with LifeLine Animal Project to have kids from South DeKalb YMCA walk shelter dogs at Panola Mountain State Park!) To find out more about the program visit


Cloudland Canyon State Park

Spending Time Together is the Best Mother's Day Gift

This year, give Mom something truly special that she’ll remember always – time together.  Georgia’s State Parks provide plenty of options that are close to home, affordable and suitable for all ages. Need a few ideas? 

  • Picnic in the Park
    Give Mom a day off from cooking by packing a picnic basket with her favorite goodies.  All of Georgia’s State Parks have picnic tables and reservable shelters with beautiful views.  If Mom is an adventurous diner, sign up for the Wild Gourmet Dinner on May 11 at Mistletoe State Park.  On the menu: rattlesnake and acorns!  Find a picnic spot near you at
  • Brunch with a View
    If restaurants are more Mom’s style, visit a state park lodge where diners are treated to bountiful meals.  Afterward, you can walk off that banana pudding with a walk in the woods.  Restaurant locations are listed at
  • Take a Ranger-led Wildlife Walk
    Birds, blooms and butterflies are sure to make Mom smile when you sign up for a guided nature hike.  A calendar of family friendly events is listed at
  • Go Glamping
    Moms who enjoy camping will love being treated to the luxury of “glamour camping.”  Four Georgia State Parks offer yurts – a cross between a tent and a cabin – with great views.  Let Dad fire up the grill and treat Mom to a steak dinner too!  View yurts at
  • Year-Round Fun
    If the kids can’t resist wrapping up a gift for Mom, consider an annual membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.  In addition to discounts, membership comes with an Annual ParkPass.  Order online at


Park Paddlers

Park Paddlers Club Offers 

Challenging Fun for all Ages

If you are looking for a new way to explore the parks this, try the Park Paddlers Club, ideal for summer weather.  Canoe and kayak fans will love exploring six state parks by waterway, ranging from quiet lakes to the famed Okefenokee Swamp.  Paddlers must complete 22 miles at Crooked River, George L. Smith, Chattahoochee Bend, Reed Bingham, Stephen C. Foster and Sweetwater Creek state parks to earn an official bragging-rights t-shirt.  For more information visit

Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger Day Camps 

Kids ages 6 to 12 are invited to explore Georgia’s wildlife, nature and fascinating history first-hand as they earn their way through four badge levels.  Nature hikes, arts and crafts, water games, fishing and outdoor cooking are just a few of the daily camp workshops offered at Georgia’s state parks. With more than a dozen Junior Ranger Day Camps offered through the end of July, kids can meet new friends as they build self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. And, parents can have the satisfaction of knowing their children are entertained and learning an appreciation for the great outdoors. Families can also pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Book at any state park or historic site and work through the activity requirements at their own pace. Receive the latest park news and learn more about Georgia by subscribing to The Georgia Junior Ranger, a free e-newsletter.  Camps are also listed at


May 2013

Divided By Region

Below are just some of the many programs happening in May.  Check GeorgiaStateparks.or/events for a full calendar. 



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
Unicoi State Park and Lodge – Helen
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.   



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. 



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.
Friday, May 17, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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 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 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 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. 



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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