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Local Georgia State Parks Celebrate National Trails Day With Guided Hikes, GeoTours & More

Jun 02, 2016 05:57PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Photo courtesy of Alexa Lampasona.

This Saturday, June 4th, marks National Trails Day! Georgia State Parks will be offering special guided tours and challenges in celebration. 

What's a better way to celebrate than heading to some local State Parks and join in on the fun? 

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site History Trail GeoTour 

In honor of National Trails Day, they challenge visitors to complete their special History Trail GeoTour. Never geocached before? This is a great way to get started. All you need are good walking shoes and a prize/keepsake to trade when you unlock the geocache box. No GPS required.

$4-$6.50. 478-986-5172.

Black Rock Mountain State Park - Guided Hike

Join a ranger on a guided hike of the Tennessee Rock Trail and travel to the parks highest point 3640 feet. Wear appropriate foot wear and bring water and a snack. 

$5 parking. 706-746-2141.


Don Carter State Park Huckleberry Loop Hike

Join their Naturalist for a nature hike around the Huckleberry Point Loop. This easy 3/4 mile loop will take you into a beautiful wooded area while hugging the shoreline of Lake Lanier. Along the way the naturalist will point out some native plants and will be on the lookout for wildlife. 

$5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.


Moccasin Creek State Park - Hike to Hemlock Falls

Take a staff-led hike to Hemlock Falls and enjoy the outdoors. 2.2 mile moderate hike in the North Georgia Mountains. Please bring water and be prepared to walk on uneven and sometimes muddy terrain. Park and meet at the Hemlock Falls Trail Head. 


Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Trails Expo

In honor of National Trails Day, Park Rangers and Volunteers will be available to provide information and answer questions on Lost Prevention, Geo-Caching, Basics of Hiking, and Native Plants and Animals of Tallulah Gorge.

$5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Tallulah Gorge State Park - Birthday Bash at Tallulah Lake

Celebrate the 85th Anniversary of Georgia State Parks. The first 85 participants will get to enjoy birthday cupcakes, and all can play games like "pin the waterfall in the gorge", water balloon toss, tug-a-war, and more. Parking will be in the Day Use Area of the park and relays will take place at the swimming beach.

$5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Tugaloo State Park - Folk Roots, Shoreline Hike

Join the Rangers at the Sassafrass Trail Head to delve into the folk roots of the Piedmont Region. They will walk to an old homestead, all the while sharing the stories of those that came before us along the way. Be sure to bring sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. 

$5 parking. 706-356-4362.

Tugaloo State Park - Fire on the Lake Sunset Paddle

Join the Naturalist by the cove at the park office for a sunset paddle on Lake Hartwell. Witness the sapphire blue waters be set ablaze by the reflection of the sinking sun upon the gentle wake. Be sure to bring towels, water, and snacks, and don't forget the camera. 

$10 per boat $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

Content courtesy of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

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