Leaf Watching, Halloween Happenings, FootGolf Invitational

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October 2019

Hiking at FD Roosevelt

Let’s Go Leaf Watching!

It won’t be long before autumn hues blanket the mountains. Our “Leaf Watch” travel planner lists Top 10 parks for fall color, events, cabins, campsites, hiking tips and more. Only Mother Nature knows when color will peak, but some experts are predicting it will be later this year due to the hot, dry summer. We are guessing late October through mid-November will be the best time for leaf peeping. Tag @GaStateParks and #GaLeafWatch for a chance to have your photos featured on Leaf Watch.

49th Annual Kolomoki Festival is Saturday

Kolomoki Festival

This Saturday is the 49th Annual Kolomoki Festival in southwest Georgia, with Native American demonstrators, live music and dance performances, boat tours, kids crafts, food, and the ever-popular Winged Ambassadors' owl and hawk. Kolomoki Mounds State Park is home to the oldest and largest Woodland Indian site in the southeastern United States, occupied by Indians from 350 to 750 A.D.


Georgia FootGolf Invitational is October 11-13

FootGolf players at Brazell's Creek

Ready for a twist on golf? On October 11 – 13, come to Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park to watch experts and novices compete in FootGolf. The sports is just like it sounds – a high-energy combination of soccer and golf. During this tournament, spectators can watch for free or competitors can join in on the fun for $100 (both pros and amateurs). Call Brazell’s Creek Golf Course, 912-294-4373, to register and learn more.

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank

Toot toot! Tiny fans of Thomas the Tank Engine can ride a real train when the storybook character pulls into southwest Georgia this month. Children will ride along with their favorite hero, meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy crafts and storytelling, jump in bouncy houses, and burn off energy at this fun-filled event in Cordele. Tickets are available by calling Sam Shortline Train at 866-468-7630. Dates: October 18, 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2019.

Look Who's in the News

Albany Herald -- Day Out with Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 pulling in to SAM Shortline
Gwinnett Daily Post -- Get the Perfect View of Georgia’s Fall Foliage: Top 5 Overlooks at Georgia State Parks
Cartersville Daily-Tribune -- Leaf sites track fall color
Rockdale Citizen -- Top 10 Georgia state parks for fall color
365 Atlanta Traveler -- Exploring Fort King George Historical Site
Trips to Discover -- 8 Pet-Friendly Things to Do in Augusta, Georgia
Jackson Progress-Argus -- Managers to lower High Falls Lake this fall, winter

Halloween & Harvest Happenings

Boo! It’s time for gooey s’mores and ghost stories by the campfire. Celebrate the spooky season with haunted hayrides, fall festivals, trunk-or-treating, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf and campsite decorating contests at Georgia State Parks. Check out more of what’s happening in October and November.

Haunted Hollow Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf – October 12 at Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge
Bark-in-the-Park Pet Costume Contest – October 12 at Laura S. Walker State Park, Waycross
Pioneer Days – October 12 at Traveler’s Rest Historic Site, Toccoa
Hung Jury Escape Room – October 18 at Dahlonega Gold Museum, Dahlonega
Blockhouse Breakout Escape Room – October 18 and 25 at Fort King George Historic Site, Darien
Zombie Archery Shoot – October 19 at Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth
Halloween at Hamburg – October 19 at Hamburg State Park, Mitchell
Fall Color Paddle – October 20 at Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs
Halloween Festival – October 25 at Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton
Pumpkin Archery – October 26 at Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen