Georgia State Parks October 2011 Events
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Georgia State Parks October 2011 Events

Tweet Fall is here at last! The leaves are already starting to change and temperatures becoming more pleasant. Its the perfect time of year to head to your favorite state park for a heart-healthy hike, a weekend camping trip or to take part in the season’s festive hayrides, campfires, muciscal performances and harvest festivals. Whatever your passion, fall is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of the season. LEAF WATCH 2011 Early October, Georgia’s forests transform into a brilliant blanket of red, orange and gold, inspiring leaf peepers to pull out their camera’s and lace up their hiking boots. Georgia State Park’s Leaf Watch web site tracks the best color throughout the state and offers advice on where to find the best color, get safety tips on hiking and even check out the fall events happening. There is also a live Webcam from Black Rock Mountain State Park, providing daily updates on how the color is progressing. The weather is also perfect for hiking. Some of the most popular leaf watching spots include Amicalola Falls, Black Rock Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, Tallulah Gorge, Unicoi and Vogel. If you haven’t made plans yet, book your cabins lodge rooms and campsites now and check back often for last minute availability as space fills up quickly during the popular fall season. For weekly ranger updates, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/LeafWatch. FOOD DAY As part of the Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge program, Georgia State Parks is partnering with celebrity Chef Todd English, who grew up in Atlanta, to promote eating healthy, fresh and Georgia grown foods as part of a healthy lifestyle. Todd will unveil a “healthy picnic” at a press event in Atlanta, which will become part of every local food, local fun event across the state kicking off with Panola Mountain Food Day on October 22. The full-day event will include plenty of fresh, healthy food and nutritional information. There will be an organic gardening exhibit, open-air classes on fresh, locally grown products, and a healthy cooking demonstration. There will even be a chance to get a health check. Besides healthy food, there will be tons of outdoor activities – from hiking, biking, paddling and fishing to archery, geocaching and dog walking. Food Day will culminate with a healthy picnic in the park, for people and dogs. HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS If you are interested in getting a jumpstart to your holiday shopping, Georgia State Parks have some affordable gift ideas for all the outdoor lovers on your gift list. From Annual ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes, to Golf Club Memberships and Annual GreensPasses, there is something for everyone. Gifts start...

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Halloween and Hauntings at Georgia State Parks

Tweet 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Additional information can be had by visiting...

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