February 2017 Events Offered In Georgia’s State Parks And Historic Sites

Thursday, January 26, 2017



Super Museum Sunday

Sunday, February 5

To celebrate Georgia’s diverse history, many museums are offering free admission as part of Georgia History Festival’s statewide celebration of “Super Museum Sunday.

” Visitors can walk in the footsteps of Civil War and Revolutionary War soldiers, tour FDR’s modest cottage, explore plantations, climb to the top of an Indian mound and experience more during this annual event.

Free. www.GaStateParks.org


Coastal Georgia


Colonial Faire and Muster

Friday, February 3, 2017 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA

Experience life in Colonial Georgia during the 18th century with a military encampment, Sutler's Row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, and period music and dance. Food concessions will be available. Friday - $4.50 - $10. Saturdayand Sunday - Free. 912-353-3023.


Rides and Rebels Car Show

Saturday, February 4, 2017 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA

Connoisseurs of classic cars are encouraged to show off their amazing autos for both the public as well as other automobile enthusiasts. Enjoy a day filled with cool rides, local history, and cannon and rifle firings. Classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, customs and exotics are all welcome to attend. Register in advance. $5 - $9. 912-727-2339.


Hike through History at Skidaway Narrows

Saturday, February 11, 2017 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA

Come join one of our park rangers for a hike along the Sandpiper and Avian loop trails, leading to the pristine Skidaway Narrows. Learn some cool facts about the history of this popular river. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.


Eco-Discovery Nature Camp

Monday, February 20, 2017 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA

This camp is for all the nature nuts interested in learning more about ecosystems found at Crooked River. We will hike and explore habitats found on the park and learn how they are different. Bring snacks, lunch and drinks. Limited space, pre-registration required. K - 8th grade. $10 per student for half day or $25 for full day. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.


Paddle Under the Stars

Friday, February 24, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA

Join a ranger-guided paddle as the sun sets over the Okefenokee Swamp. Watch as the last light of day fades into the dark night, leaving only the twinkling light of stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for alligator eyes glowing from your flashlight, take in a full moon or perhaps the Milky Way and enjoy a relaxing paddle in the swamp. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.


Metro Atlanta


Valentine's Day Couples Hike

Saturday, February 11, 2017 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA

Looking for something new to do with your valentine? Bring them to Panola Mountain for a sunset hike. Compete with your partner in a series of team-building games to see who knows their companion best. Reservations required. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.


Valentine's Day Cupid Shoot

Saturday, February 11, 2017 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA

Looking to spice things up this Valentine's Day? Nothing fans the flames of love like a little competition. Take aim and see which of you is the best Cupid in this indoors, intro archery class just for couples. Bring your beau; we'll bring the arrows. Adults only. Equipment provided. Must register in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.


Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike

Saturday, February 18, 2017 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA

Take a guided hike with a "Friends of Panola" volunteer through the Conservation Area and up the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views. Register in advance. $5 cash only. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.


Wilderness Survival Course

Saturday, February 18, 2017 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA

Going on a day hike? What if your hike turned into a three-day survival trek? Through a series of hands-on classes, we will teach you skills and tricks that could save your life. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.


Winter Encampment

Saturday, February 11, 2017 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA

Confederate reenactors will be encamped next to our original 164-year-old log cabin, where civilian women will demonstrate what life was like on the home front. There will be musket firings every hour as well as interactive living history displays where you will be able to learn more about this important time in our state’s history. $3-$5.50 $5 parking. 770-443-7850.


"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike

Sunday, February 19, 2017 12 p.m.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 1 p.m.

Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA

Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.


Early Spring Wildflower Hike

Saturday, February 25, 2017 3 p.m.

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.

Middle & South Georgia


Full Moon Night Hike

Friday, February 10, 2017 7 p.m.

Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA

Explore the moonlit night by using all of your senses while going on a ranger-led hike. Listen and look for Whippoorwills, owls, bats, and other creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight, water and good hiking shoes. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.


The Triple Nickels & Military Order of the Purple Heart

Saturday, February 18, 2017 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA

The Triple Nickels were America's first all African American parachute infantry platoon and America's first "smoke jumpers." The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Meet and greet with these guests. www.triplenickle.com/history $9-$14. 706-655-5870.


Great Backyard Bird Count

Friday, February 17, 2017 8 a.m.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA

Help us count winter birds during this international event sponsored by Audubon and Cornell University. Novice and expert birders welcome. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Park Office and we will carpool to sites. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.


Northern Georgia


Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike

Friday, February 10, 2017 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA

Enjoy a short hike that takes you down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. No pets allowed. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.


Happy Tails Dog Hike

Saturday, February 11, 2017 11 a.m.

Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA

Bring your four-legged companion and join a ranger on this short and easy 1.1 mile hike around the Lake Trail. Join this new dog walking club, and hike all 7 "Tails on Trails" trails to earn special rewards. Dog must be leashed at all times. Meet at the picnic shelter closest to the beach. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.


The Tale of Sautee and Nacoochee

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10 a.m.

Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA

Learn the story of star-crossed lovers Sautee and Nacoochee. This story is a local legend that has influenced the community. Listen to a presentation before taking a guided walk around Hardman Farm to view the “burial place” of the fated lovers. Come for the legend, but stay for the truth of what resides in the Nacoochee Indian Mound. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

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