Georgia State Park Events for February 2012

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BUY YOUR 2012 PARKPASS NOW

Save money during 2012 with an Annual Georgia ParkPass. The $50 pass covers the usual $5 parking fee at all Georgia’s State Parks, such as Cloudland Canyon, Fort Yargo and Skidaway Island. The Annual ParkPass is good for one year from purchase date, and senior and military discounts are available. To purchase an Annual ParkPass, stop by any Georgia State Park office.

 

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Get the latest updates from Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites when you sign up for our new GovDelivery alerts. You can subscribe to a variety of topics such as cabin discounts, our latest news releases, just-listed events and more. In fact, we’ll start sending this GO GA Newsletter via GovDelivery next month. Look for the red envelope on GeorgiaStateParks.org or sign up here. At any time, you can manage your account or unsubscribe.

 

FREE 2012 PARK GUIDE AVAILABLE
The 2012 Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites is the perfect resource for planning a quick getaway, spring break and summer vacation. The free, 64-page booklet is filled with tips on the state’s best hiking and biking trails, top fishing spots, affordable accommodations, family reunion destinations and more. For a free copy, call 1-800-864-7275 or stop by any Georgia State park or State Historic Site.
FEBRUARY EVENTS

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NORTHERN GEORGIA

 

37th Annual Fireside Craft/Art Show

Saturday, February 18 through Sunday, February 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Unicoi State Park and Lodge – Helen

Celebrate 37 years of the Fireside Craft/Art Show. More than 60 of the Southeast’s finest artists and crafts people will be here for this Unicoi tradition. This indoor, juried show has a reputation for excellence and is a nice balance between fine arts and quality crafts. $5 parking. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.

 

Orienteering Meet

Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Smithgall Woods State Park – Helen

Find the “controls” hidden in the woods using a detailed map and compass. Beginners can learn how the sport works at the 10:00 a.m. orientation. All participants must begin by 11:00 a.m. and be off the course by 1:00 p.m. Register by February 11. $2 plus $5 parking. (706) 878-3087.

 

Falconry Experience at Buck Shoals

Sunday, February 26, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Smithgall Woods State Park – Helen

Learn about the art of falconry with Falconer Buster Brown, Secretary/Treasurer and DNR Coordinator with the Georgia Falconry Association. A short presentation will be followed by a live hunt. Register in advance. $20/adult if paid by February 10, $25 afterward. Kids free. $5 parking. (706) 878-3087.

 

 

COASTAL GEORGIA

Dinner with General James E. Oglethorpe

Saturday, February 18

Fort King George Historic Site – Darien

General James E. Oglethorpe and the Garrison of Fort King George invite the public to a colonial dinner in the enlisted soldiers’ barracks. Entertainment will feature the arrival of General Oglethorpe, musket and cannon firings, and interaction between the fort officers, soldiers and dinner guests. $35. (912) 437-4770.

 

Dark Sky Star Party

Saturday, February 25, 6 p.m.

Stephen C. Foster State Park – Fargo

Without any light pollution, the Okefenokee Swamp is one of the best places in the Southeast to view stars and planets. Members of the Northeast Florida Observatory Foundation will bring high-powered telescopes so you’ll get an exceptional view of our night sky. Register in advance. $3 plus $5 parking. (912) 637- 5274.

 

SOUTHERN & CENTRAL GEORGIA

Arbor Day Celebration

Saturday, February 18, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Reed Bingham State Park – Adel

In celebration of Georgia Arbor Day we will be planting native trees around the park, hosting an educational tree lesson, and making some crafts using parts of different trees. $1 per craft. $5 parking. (229) 896-3551.

 

Wild Gourmet in Winter

Sunday, February 19, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mistletoe State Park – Appling

What’s cooking this winter? We’re promised a hearty raccoon barbeque with an acorn side dish (acorn grits?) At this potluck, the only rule is that every dish must contain at least one wild ingredient. A little nervous? Come on anyway; we’ll teach you how to find delicious edibles all around you. $5 parking. (706) 541-0321.

 

Pioneers and Indians

Monday, February 20

Mistletoe State Park – Appling

Ever wonder about the lives of folks in Georgia 300 years ago? Come learn how they lived. We’ll make our own butter, candles, and pioneer toys. And we’ll even learn some Indian sign language and create your own Indian peace pipe. Register by February 17. $20 plus $5 parking. (706) 541-0321.

 

Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk

Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 12 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 Trading Post. $5 parking. (706) 557-3001.

 

METRO ATLANTA

 

New Manchester History Hike

Saturday, February 18 and 25,1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs

This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids, which provide great photo opportunities. No dogs or children under 6 years please. $4 plus $5 parking. (770) 732-5871.

 

Friends of Panola Mountain Hike

Saturday, February 18, 10 a.m.

Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge

Going on a day hike? What if your hike turned into a three-day survival trek? We will list what items to put in your survival kit and how to use them. Weather permitting we will practice building fires and learn other important survival skills. Register in Advance. $7 plus $5 parking. (770) 389-7801.

 

Wilderness Survival Skills

Saturday, February 18, 10 a.m.

Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge

Wear your hiking boots, pack a lunch and bring plenty of water for a rigorous half-day, ranger-led hike through Panola’s rugged conservation area. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before hike departs. Ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. (770) 389-7801.

 

Sunset Mountain Hike

Saturday, February 18, 4:30 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge

Join a ranger on a hike to the top of Panola Mountain, just as the sunsets. This twilight hike promises to provide spectacular views and good photo ops. Bring sturdy shoes, water and a flashlight. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. (770) 389-7801.

 

Atlanta Audubon Society Intro to Bird watching Hike

Saturday, February 18, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs

This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, the important habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society, which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the park’s Interpretive Center. $5 parking. (770) 732-5871.

 

Candle Light Hike to the Mill

Saturday, February 18, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs

This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Space is limited and is on a first-come first-serve basis. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. (770) 732-5871.

 

Chattahoochee Riverside Hike

Sunday, February 19, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs

This moderate three-mile hike will take us mostly alongside the Chattahoochee River inside the park. Explore beautiful and seldom-visited areas. Meet at the Interpretive Center where we will carpool 10 minutes to the trailhead. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. (770) 732-5871.

 

Vanishing Habitat

Sunday, February 19, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs

This ranger-led hike will take visitors to a seldom-seen area where a trace of the globally imperiled Mountain Longleaf Pine habitat has survived. We will discuss trees that share this habitat, plans to restore habitat, and take in some beautiful vistas from the ridge tops of this incredible area. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. (770) 732-5871.

 

Panola Unlimited

Saturday, February 25, 9 a.m.

Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge

Wear your hiking boots, pack a lunch and bring plenty of water for a rigorous half-day, ranger-led hike through Panola’s rugged conservation area. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before hike departs. Ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. (770) 389-7801.

 

Wilderness Survival School

Saturday, February 25 through Sunday, February 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Red Top Mountain State Park – Cartersville

Learn to survive in the wilderness. The Southeast School of Survival has joined up with Red Top Mountain State Park to bring Wilderness Survival Training each month. Shelter, fire, food, water, survival first aid, signaling, and rescue are only a sample of what the Southeast School of Survival will bring to you during each course. To register, visit www.SoutheastSchoolofSurvival.com $5 parking. (770) 406-1438.

 

Night Sounds Hike

Saturday, February 25, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs

This ranger-led hike will focus on being out at night and listening to owls, insects, frogs, and other “creatures of the night”. $5 plus $5 parking. (770) 732-5871.

Backcountry Geology Hike

Sunday, February 26, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs

Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack’s Branch area and the seldom-visited rock quarry

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