October News from Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites

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October 2016

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

> IN THIS ISSUE: Leaf Watching, Halloween Hayrides, Horse Stables

cloudland canyon leaf watch fall color

Let’s Go Leaf Watching

It’s fall, y’all! We’re not seeing much change in the leaves yet, but we’re looking forward to gorgeous autumn scenes later this month. Use our Leaf Watch travel planner to find the best fall color in Georgia, autumn events, cozy cabins and more. Have pretty photos you want to share? Post your photos and state park stories on our Facebook event and Instagram. #GaLeafWatch #GaStateParks


Park Activities

AH Stephens horse stables stalls

New Horse Stables

Saddle up! Ten new horse stables have opened at A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville. For $12 per night, your steed can take you along 21 miles of equestrian trails. The park offers cottages and campsites as well. This park is conveniently located off I-20, less than an hour west of Augusta.

Red Top Mountain hiking

Hiking Safety Tips

Did you know that teaching young children to “hug a tree” if they get lost can make it easier to find them? Or that every hiker should carry a whistle in case they’re in trouble? Check out more tips on how to make sure everyone in your hiking party has a great time while exploring fall color.

AH Stephens

Cheer On UGA

Show your Bulldog spirit by decorating your campsite at A.H. Stephens State Park (Crawfordville) and Fort Yargo State Park (Winder) on most game days. Door prizes will be awarded each week, and winners will be entered into a drawing for a UGA cornhole game to be given away at the end of the season.


Upcoming Events

Kids Train Ride

Thomas the Tank Sam Shortline

Day Out With Thomas

SAM Shortline Excursion Train, Cordele

For two weekends only, Thomas the Tank Engine will visit southwest Georgia. Your little engineer can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and friends. Thomas departs seven times each day. $22 includes train ride. Call SAM Shortline Excursion Train with questions, 229-276-0755

October 21, 22, 29 and 30

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Fall Celebrations

Red Top Mountain Halloween hayride

Halloween-Season Happenings


Celebrate fall’s arrival and Halloween with dozens of programs for all ages. You’ll find spooky hayrides, fall festivals, trunk-or-treating for kids, haunted tours of historic homes and campsite decorating contests.

Throughout October

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History Comes Alive

Hardman Farm

Nacoochee Valley Farm & Family Exposition

Hardman Farm Historic Site, Sautee Nacoochee

Travel back in time to an old country fair with vendors dressed in period costumes. They'll be creating hand-made Appalachian products like baskets, brooms, pottery and more. The Crafters Village welcomes you to learn how to make candles, butter and more. Tours of the Nichols-Hunnicutt-Hardman House available by reservation. $5 parking. 706-878-1077 

October 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Featured Deal


Camping Discount at Kolomoki Mounds State Park, Blakely

Camp for two nights and get the third night free, now through November 20. Use promo code KoloFallPromo when making reservations. This park features ancient Indian mounds, a museum, fishing, kayak rental, mini-golf, nature trails and more. Leashed dogs are welcome in the campground. 229-724-2150

Look for military discounts at numerous Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites in celebration of Veterans Day next month.

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