Georgia State Park Events in October

Events at Georgia State Parks below are borken up by region. Additional information can be had by visiting www.georgiastateparks.com

NORTHERN GEORGIA

Southern Appalachian Mushrooms

Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and Lodge – Helen

Learn why fungi are critically important to the survival of our ecosystem. Following a slideshow and lecture by botanical photographer Debra Davis, participants will have an opportunity to participate in a non-collecting identification foray. Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Full Moon Canoe Outing

Saturday, October 3, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls

Enjoy a relaxing paddle around Tallulah Lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Register in advance. $4 parking. (706) 754-7981.

Appalachian Jam

Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site – Dahlonega

Listen to the sounds and songs of yesteryear. North Georgia’s mountain music singers and pickers will appear on the grounds of the historic Dahlonega Gold Museum every Saturday. Enjoy acoustic and old-time strings as the sounds of yesterday fill the air. (706) 864-3513.

Saturday Evening Concert Series

Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Unicoi State Park and Lodge – Helen

Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music, from Appalachian Mountain to bluegrass to Southern gospel. “Pass-the-hat” donations plus $5 parking. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.

Visiting Artist Series at Unicoi

Saturdays and Sundays, October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17,18, 24 and 31

Unicoi State Park and Lodge – Helen

Several talented artists and craftspeople from Georgia and surrounding states will demonstrate and have samples of their work for sale. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.

Special-Needs Fishing Event

Saturday, October 3, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Victoria Bryant State Park – Royston

Enjoy this fishing event for special-needs anglers of all ages. Prizes will be given and refreshments offered. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike

Sunday, October 4, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls

Hike by the light of the full moon to the park’s suspension bridge where you will learn about sensory awareness and how animals survive. Register in advance. (706) 754-7981.

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike

Monday, October 5, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls

Hike by the light of the full moon to the park’s suspension bridge where you will learn about sensory awareness and how animals survive. Register in advance. (706) 754-7981.

Fall Celebration at Smithgall

Saturday, October 10, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and Lodge – Helen

Enjoy the natural beauty of the season with pioneer skills exhibits, hayrides through the park, traditional craft vendors, mountain music and hands-on activities for kids. $5 parking. (706) 878-3087.

Fall Festival

Saturday, October 10, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Victoria Bryant State Park – Royston

Celebrate fall with animal demonstrations, refreshments, hayrides and activities for children. $5 parking. (706) 245-6270.

Historical Rock Hike

Saturday, October 17

Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls

Travel back in time on this strenuous hike where you will learn about rock formations named in the 1800s. Register in advance. $5 parking. (706) 754-7981.

Fall Hoedown

Saturday, October 17, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Vogel State Park – Blairsville

Celebrate autumn’s arrival with a 2 p.m. cakewalk, 4:30 p.m. hayrides, 5 p.m. chili and drinks for sale, 6:30 p.m. campfire and dancing, and finally at 8 p.m. a professional storyteller around a bonfire. $5 parking. (706) 745-2628.

Haunted Hills Hayride

Thursday, October 22 through Saturday, October 24, 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 29 through Saturday, October 31, 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Victoria Bryant State Park – Royston

Take a scary hayride with live-action haunted scenes. This event is not recommend for children younger than 12 or anyone with a heart problem or pregnancy. Hosted by the Friends of Victoria Bryant State Park. $5 per person $5 parking. (706) 245-6270.

Autumn Nights at Yargo

Friday, October 23 through Saturday, October 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Fort Yargo State Park – Winder

Join the park staff for hayrides, storytelling by the campfire, children’s games, and viewing the restored Old Fort by candlelight. $2 – $4, plus $5 parking. (770) 867-3489.

Harvest Happenings

Saturday, October 31, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tugaloo State Park – Lavonia

Come to this lakeside park for a hayride, campfire and storytelling. $5 parking. (706) 356-4362.

Halloween Kiddie Carnival

Saturday, October 31, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Victoria Bryant State Park – Royston

Children 14 and younger can join us for bobbing for apples, a beanbag pumpkin toss, greased pumpkin race, costume contest, hayrides and snacks. Hosted by the Friends of Victoria Bryant State Park. $2 plus $5 parking. (706) 245-6270.

Southern & Central Georgia

The Roosevelt Regatta

Saturday, October 3, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

F. D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was America’s sailor in the White House and he loved all things nautical. We will host a model sailboat regatta at Lake Delanor for an afternoon with model boats, living history, knot-tying, compass reading and more. Special guests include members of the Montgomery Model Boat Club. $5 parking. (706) 663-4858.

Astronomy Night

Saturday, October 10, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Providence Canyon State Park –Lumpkin

Columbus State University and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present an evening of stargazing and slides. Visitors may bring their own telescopes, but some will be provided. The park offers excellent sky viewing without light pollution. $5 parking. (229) 838-6202.

1860s Halloween Carnival

Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Florence Marina State Park – Florence

Celebrate an old-fashioned Halloween with 1860s games and treats, a costume contest, haunted hayride at dark, pumpkin carving and prizes for all ages. $2 plus carnival tickets. (229) 831-2335.

Octoberfest

Saturday, October 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Florence Marina State Park – Florence

Celebrate Halloween with a haunted hayride, games for kids and a costume contest. $1 – $3 plus $5 parking. (229) 838-4706.

Observatory Open House

Saturday, October 24, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge

Georgia State University’s Hard Labor Creek Observatory will have an open house one Saturday night a month from March to October. (706) 557-3001.

Howloween Spooktacular 2

Saturday, October 24, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge – Helena

Win many prizes at the creepy carnival, take a walk on the boogeyman boardwalk, and ride the scary haunted hayride. Carnival tickets 4 for $1 and $1 hayrides. $5 parking. (229) 868-7474.

Family Fall Festival

Saturday, October 24, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Mistletoe State Park – Appling

Enjoy a pumpkin scavenger hunt, nature hike, apple bobbing, marshmallow roasting, old-fashioned games, making cornhusk doll and grape vine wreaths, music, and storytelling. Friends of Mistletoe will offer $2 hayrides. $10 per vehicle includes parking fee. Free to overnight guests. (706) 541-0321.

Stamp Collecting For Kids

Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m.  – 3 p.m.

Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site  – Warm Springs

October is National Stamp Collecting Month and FDR was America’s stamp-collecting president. Hands-on activities for children are offered throughout the day. $4-$8. (706) 655-5870.

Fall Festival

Saturday, October 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Seminole State Park –Donalsonville

Kids can enjoy a haunted hayride, fun-filled games and costume contest for ages 12 and younger. Hayrides $1-$2, plus $5 parking. (229) 861-3137.

Moonlight Madness

Saturday, October 31, 6 p.m.  –  10 p.m.

General Coffee State Park – Nicholls

Enjoy after-dark activities such as glow-in-the-dark volleyball and scavenger hunts, a haunted hayride, carnival games and more. Wear white so you can glow in the dark too! Bring a flashlight and chair. Sponsored by the City of Douglas Coffee County Recreation Department and the park’s Friends. $5 parking. (912) 383-7332.

Howloween Spooktacular

Saturday, October 31, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge – Helena

Watch scary Halloween movies, meet live snakes, and make halloween crafts. $5 parking. (229) 868-7474.

Halloween Festival

Saturday, October 31

George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge – Fort Gaines

Celebrate with hayrides to the Haunted House, carnival games, campfire ghost stories, a costume contest and treats for the kids. $1 plus $5 parking. (229) 768-2571.

COASTAL GEORGIA

Halloween at Creepy Crooked River

Saturday, October 24, 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Crooked River State Park – St. Marys

Walk through the halls of the haunted nature center, then take a haunted hayride if you dare. All ages welcome. Kids must be accompanied by a parent on the hayride. $5 parking. (912) 882-5256.

Candle Lantern Tour of Fort McAllister

Saturday, October 24, 7 p.m.

Fort McAllister Historic Park – Richmond Hill

Experience the fort by candlelight. Walk through these historic grounds and watch the soldiers going through their nightly duties and chores. Be sure to stay with your guide or you may be captured as a spy. $3.50 – $5. $5 parking. (912) 727-2339.

Fall-O-Ween Festival

Saturday, October 24

Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah

Come out for an afternoon of crazy kids crafts, a pumpkin decorating contest, and family fun games. That evening join in a costume parade, hayrides, trick-or-treating, and a chilling haunted trail. Register before October 20 for trick-or-treating. $1 hayrides and $2 haunted trail. $5 parking. (912) 598-2300.
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Torch Light Tour of the Ancient City

Saturday, October 3, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site – Cartersville

Step back into ancient times as you walk along a torch-lit path and illuminated mounds. The 3/4-mile tour includes walking 134 steps to the top of 67-feet-high Mound A, the temple mound of the Etowah chief. $2.50-$5. (770) 387-3747.

Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb

Saturday, October 3, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge

Join us “on rope” for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory climb to Canopy-Adventure-Research-Educational Technical Tree Climbing (CARE TTC). Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. (770) 389-7801.

The Battle of Allatoona Pass

Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Red Top Mountain State Park and Lodge – Cartersville

Walk the trails, visit the Star Fort earthworks, and follow the old Tennessee Road just as the soldiers did in 1864. Explore daily life in the tent city, and see rifle and cannon demonstrations. This event is located near the park at Allatoona Pass Battlefield. $5 parking. (770) 975-4226.

“Ruins to Rapids” Full Moon Hike

Sunday, October 4, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs

This 1.5-mile guided hike is moderately difficult and visits the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. The hike will continue if it is overcast but will be cancelled if raining. Bring a flashlight and sturdy shoes. No children under 6 or dogs please. $1-$2 plus $3 parking. (770) 732-5876.

Basic Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge

The two-hour clinic covers equipment, knot tying, casting, safety issues and other tricks of the trade. If time permits participants may stay to catch the “Fish of Fish.” Instructors C. H. Brown and Michael Reilley suggest wearing long pants/shorts and hiking shoes, and bringing snacks, water and sun lotion. Georgia fishing license required. Register in advance. $7 – $10 $5 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Lost Person Prevention

Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m.

Panola Mountain State Park- Stockbridge

Learn simple techniques for not getting lost and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors of Georgia. Search and Rescue Dog Team will be joining the class. Register in advance. $5 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Basic Fly Tying Clinic

Saturday, October 10, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park- Stockbridge

Learn the art of fly tying as instructors introduce you to tools, techniques and tricks of the trade to create realistic flies. Participants will make one fly and possibly more if time permits. Ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Beyond the Basics: Fly Tying Clinic

Saturday, October 10, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park- Stockbridge

Having learned the art of basic fly tying, now we move beyond the basics. Instructors introduce you to more advanced techniques and tricks of the trade. Participants will make one or more flies such as deer hair flies, or even a hummingbird if time permits. $35 plus $3 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Halloween Hayrides

Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Red Top Mountain State Park and Lodge – Cartersville

Take a “spooktacular” hayride and then listen closely as storytellers bring ghosts and goblins to life around a campfire. Suitable for all ages. Reservations required. $5 parking. (770) 975-4226.

Nocturnal Treetop Excursion

Saturday, October 17, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge

Join us aloft in “Naomi Ruth,” a wonderful 90-foot Southern Red Oak, which is our living classroom. This nocturnal climb will include fluorescent lichen and other glowing critters of the night, stargazing and night climbing activities. We may even have a barred owl join us. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Wood Carving 101

Saturday, October 24, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge

During this introductory course, learn how to carve wood by hand, shaping it into art. The course will cover types of wood, carving tools and equipment, and hands-on instruction. Participants will carve in-the-round and relief. A 1 1/2 hour workshop will be offered after the clinic. Register in advance. $45 plus $5 parking. (770) 389-7801.

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