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March 2015 Events at Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites

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March 2015 Events at Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites

Below is a selection of March events at Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites. For more programs, visit www.GaStateParks.org/events and the parks’ web pages. More information on accommodations and recreation can be found at GeorgiaStateParks.org or 1-800-864-7275. You can also become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our monthly newsletter. Thank you for helping promote Georgia’s natural and historic resources!

Coastal Georgia

Plein Air Affair
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site – Brunswick
Artists, bring your plein air materials for fun and camaraderie in this historic setting. No prizes, no judging; just good camaraderie and big fun. We have many scenes to paint – 800-year-old, moss-draped live oaks, scenic vistas across rice fields, a 150-year-old plantation house, barns, slave cabins and out buildings. $5 Youth (6 – 17) $7 Senior (62 and over) $8 Adult. 912-264-7333.

Okefenokee Swamp Run
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Laura S. Walker State Park – Waycross
Registration for the 38th annual Okefenokee Swamp Run will be held at group shelter #2 prior to the start of the race. All ages are welcome to participate. Proceeds are donated to the YMCA, Easter Seals, and other charitable organizations. This event is sponsored by the Okefenokee Track and Cycling Club. $5 parking. 912-282-0703.

Scottish Heritage Days
March 21, 22 and 23, 2015
Fort King George Historic Site – Darien
All ages will enjoy this showcase of Georgia’s Scottish and colonial history, with weapon demonstrations and cannon firings, re-enactors, blacksmithing, weaving, period cooking and music, and fort tours. Friday is Student Day. A battle reenactment will be 2 p.m. Saturday. A traditional Scottish “Kirkin of the Tartans” will be 11 a.m. Sunday. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.

Golf Tournament
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Laura S. Walker State Park – Waycross
Charity golf tournament sponsored by the Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park to raise funds to benefit the park and golf course. Proceeds will be used to maintain, repair, and improve the park and golf course. You can pick up applications in the park visitor center or at the golf course. $200 per team of 4 people. $50 per player. $20 per team to play from ladies red tee box on a hole of choice or $5 per ladies tee. $5 mulligans 912-285-6154.


Metro Atlanta

Native American Heritage Day at Etowah
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site – Cartersville
Etowah will be hosting a lecture on historic Creek and Cherokee cultures in Georgia. Come learn about how our modern society still carries the past on its shoulders. There will also be a genealogy lecture and workshop to help guests understand how their families have been influenced by Native Americans. $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.

Reptile Day at Panola Mountain
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge
Are you in love with lizards? Silly for snakes? Head-over-heals for herps? Learn about and meet fascinating reptiles from our own backyards and around the world. Meet specialists and members of the Georgia Reptile Society and Georgia Herpetological Society. $3. Kids younger than 3 are free. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Soldier’s Life
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site – Dallas
Learn about the life of the common Civil War soldier who fought in Georgia. A Park Ranger dressed as a soldier will display the items soldiers carried while marching and fighting in north Georgia in 1864. $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.

Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Intermediate Archery
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 8, 2015, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 29, 2015, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

New Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, March 20, 2015, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 2 p.m. to 4 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 Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park feeder are welcome. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 1 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge
Join us “on rope” for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. Participants must call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Hills of Iron and Iron Pour
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Red Top Mountain State Park – Acworth
The iron industry was one of Georgia’s first businesses long before the Civil War. Take guided wagon ride tours of the historic Iron Hill section in the morning. Later that evening, watch molten iron pour from an operating blast furnace at 2800 degrees Fahrenheit. A limited number of scratch block molds will be for purchase so you can make your own keepsake. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.


Middle & South Georgia

Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, March 6, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Friday, March 20, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
SAM Shortline – Cordele
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. Ticket fee ranges. 229-276-0755.

Kite Rally
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 1 p.m.
Florence Marina State Park – Omaha
Enjoy a day flying kites overlooking the lake. Make your own kite with furnished materials or bring one of your own. We’ll have prizes for the best-made kite and the highest flyer. $3 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Americus Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
SAM Shortline – Cordele
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for reservations and group rates). 229-276-0755.

American Frontier Days
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See living skills displays from local historians. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Equestrian Bingo Ride
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A.H. Stephens State Park – Crawfordville
Registration is from 8-9am., ride starts at 9:30am., $30 per rider includes one bingo card, lunch, parking and riding fee. $15 per non-rider. Negative coggings is required. $5 parking. 770-466-4430.

The Springs Fling
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10 a.m.
Indian Springs State Park – Flovilla
Enjoy games, crafts, vendors, and fun for the whole family. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.

Kickoff to Spring Festival
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
George L. Smith State Park – Twin City
Welcome spring with food vendors, arts and crafts, and fresh produce. We will also be grinding corn meal in the Mill House. Visitors will enjoy the scenery of this park with covered bridge, mill pond and cypress trees. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.

Geology Day
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Providence Canyon State Park – Lumpkin
Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans will lead visitors into the canyons and back in time to discover the geological history of the canyons. The floors of the canyons are often wet and muddy, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Bring water and your camera. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Little River Fest
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Reed Bingham State Park – Adel
Our first Little River Festival will include live reptile shows, canoeing and kayaking, pontoon boat tours, fishing, an imagination station for kids, food vendors, arts and crafts, and music. Vendors applications being accepted now: reedbinghamevent@gmail.com $5 parking. 229-896-3551.


Northern Georgia

Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Friday, March 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls
Enjoy a 1 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Friday, March 27, 2015, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fort Yargo State Park – Winder
Fort Yargo has some great habitat, including marshland, mixed hardwood Forest, and an expansive open lake. We will look for a variety of birds like woodpeckers, warblers, and wading birds. Learn about the Atlanta Audubon Society, and how you can get involved in bird watching, as well as land conservation. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Annual Market Faire
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 29, 2015, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fort Yargo State Park – Winder
Interact with living historians demonstrating life in the 1790s frontier Georgia. See 18th century craftsman and women demonstrating their trades, frontier camps, Native American warriors, century music, and other unique demonstrations. Children under 12 free. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

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