This Weekend at Georgia State Parks

For many of you, this is the beginning of spring break! There is supposed to be some beautiful weather this weekend in Georgia, so I thought it would be a great idea to get outside and enjoy your local Georgia State Park! Here is a calendar of what will be happening this weekend in parks across the state.

Fort Yargo Colonial Mountain Fair
Thursday March 31, 2011 through Sunday April 3, 2011
9am- 5pm
Fort Yargo State Park, Winder GA

This 18th century living history event will feature persons dressed in 18th century fashion, proprietors of fine wares and provisions, tradesmen, and artisans. Adults $2, Children $1. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Group Hayrides
Fridays until November 25, 2011
Victoria Bryant State Park, Royston GA

Bring your group for a fun-filled, old fashioned hayride, available every Friday from March 4 until November 25. A minimum of 15 people is required and groups must register in advance. $5 per person. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Wild About Wildflowers
Saturday April 2, 2011
10am- 12pm
Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn, GA

This guided wildflower hike will give guests the experience of seeing many of the rare and beautiful wildflowers of the Cumberland Plateau. Meet at the Interpretive Center, then we will caravan to the site. Limit 40 participants. $1 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.

An Evening of Astronomy
Saturday April 2, 2011
8:30pm- 10pm
F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain GA

Constellations and planets have been an important part of human society and folklore since humans lived in caves. Join the Coca-Cola Space Science Center at the Park Office Amphitheater for an evening that will include star talks, star maps, and viewing of the night sky. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Festival by the Lake
Saturday April 2, 2011
10am- 4pm
Florence Marina State Park, Omaha GA

This festival includes craft vendors, entertainment, food and games. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Springtime at the Homestead
Saturday April 2, 2011 and Sunday April 3, 2011
Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville GA

When the troops moved, they often camped on the property of local civilians. Join us at the Vaughan Cabin and step back into the 1860s to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of such an encampment as volunteers demonstrate daily life of the soldiers and their hosts. Saturday’s festivities will culminate in a period style social and (informal) ball, with all invited. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Our Confederate Heritage 1861: Part 1
Saturday April 2, 2011
10am- 4pm
Robert Toombs House Historic Site, Washington GA

This living history program is presented by “Robert Toombs, his Family and Friends.” They find themselves citizens of the Republic of Georgia. Toombs positions himself to enter a new government as Secretary of State of the Confederacy. Free. 706-678-2226.

Trembling Earth Hike in the Okefenokee
Saturdays until May 28, 2011
930am- 1030am
Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo GA

Take a guided hike on the Trembling Earth Nature Trail. As you hike, learn about the plants and animals found in the beautiful Okefenokee Swamp and why wildfire is such an important factor to this unique ecosystem. $2 plus $5 parking. (912) 637-5274.

Guided Sunset Canoe Trip on Billy’s Lake
Saturday April 2, 2011
6pm- 730pm
Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo GA

Take advantage of a guided paddle trip after the usual “off-water” time. Enjoy evening in the Okefenokee while watching sunset over Billy’s Lake. Get back just in time before darkness settles in. Enjoy the sounds of nature – owls hooting, gators grunting and frogs calling. Weather and water-level permitting. Space is limited. Reservations required. $10-$20 $5 parking. (912) 637-5274.

New Manchester History Hike
Saturday April 2, 2011 and Sunday April 3, 2011
1pm- 3pm
Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs GA

This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead us 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 hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely rapids (providing great photo opportunities). $3-$4 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Chattahoochee Riverside Hike
Saturday April 2, 2011
1pm- 4pm
Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs GA

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

Sunday Afternoon Fly Fishing Clinic
1st Sunday of Month, April 2011 to December 2011
Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge GA

Casting is the backbone of this clinic; however, safety issues and other tricks of the trade will also be covered. Wear long pants/shorts and hiking shoes, and bringing snacks, water and sunscreen. Georgia fishing license required. Register in advance. $15 or $12 with own gear. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday April 3, 2011
2pm- 4pm
Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs GA

This 2-mile ranger-led hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through a variety of wildflower habitats and beautiful areas. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this post. I just wanted to share some fun events that I thought you all might enjoy!

One comment

  1. mmbear says:

    I am so pumped! I found another blogger in Georgia and you are writing about our great parks! Thanks for the info because I did not know of some of these events. I tend to get wrapped up in what is going on in Dahlonega and Dawsonville (I live in Dahlonega).

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