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March 1, 2018

Have You Parked After Dark?

SC Foster astronomy

Throughout 2018, our “Parks After Dark” programming theme highlights the sights and sounds of evening. Join park rangers for full-moon paddles, owl prowls, frog frolics, night hikes, outdoor concerts, campfire sing-a-longs, hayrides, candlelit tours and more. Want to explore the moon and stars? A top spot for astronomy is Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp. Because of the very low light pollution, this park is a gold-tier “International Dark Sky Park” and offers public astronomy programs. Photo: Rena Johnson

Rockdale Citizen: See The Other Side of State Parks 

Peregrine Falcons Return to Tallulah Gorge

Tallulah peregrine falcon

A pair of Peregrine Falcons has returned to Tallulah Gorge State Park for breeding season. Even though the raptors mate for life, they carry out elaborate annual courtships. “The male will spend about a month impressing the female,” said assistant manager Jessica James. “He’ll show off his hunting skills with aerial acrobatics. In steep dives, they can reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour.” Visitors may bring binoculars and observe the raptors from the South Rim Trail; however, rock climbing has been suspended to encourage breeding. Photo: Danny Young 

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Peregrine Falcons Return to Tallulah

Northeast Georgia Sites Open for Spring

Hardman Farm

Hardman Farm Historic Site, best known for its gazebo-topped Indian mound, will open for the 2018 season on March 1. This weekend, visitors can pet goats, sheep and other farm animals during their Farm Animal Fun Day. Then, on March 16, both Black Rock Mountain and Moccasin Creek state parks will re-open for the season, offering cabins, camping, fishing and hiking opportunities. 

Easter Egg Hunts & Happenings

Easter at Hofwyl Broadfield

Hop over to one of Georgia’s State Parks for Easter crafts, glow-in-the-dark egg hunts and even photos with that special bunny. After your little ones fill their baskets with goodies, they can work off energy on playgrounds.  Group shelters can be reserved for large family potlucks, plus cabins and campsites let you spend time away from distractions at home.  Find Easter events on our calendar.

Groundbreaking for Fort Yargo Visitor Center

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for Fort Yargo State Park’s new visitor center at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. The 5,859-square-foot center will serve as the first stop for visitors to the popular Georgia State Park. It will include a reception area, interpretive displays, gift shop, meeting and classroom space, and a patio. During construction, the park’s entrance will be relocated a half-mile south on Hwy. 81 to improve safety and access. The center is slated to open in 2019. Fort Yargo is one of Georgia’s most popular state parks, offering hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, camping, cabin rental, disc golf and numerous other outdoor activities. 

Look Who’s In the News

Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta -- New Echota Cherokee Phoenix

Blairsville-Union County Chamber Of Commerce -- Vogel State Park

365 Atlanta Family -- 21 Things Every Family Should Do At Tallulah Gorge State Park