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Celebrate Georgia State Parks 85th birthday with a hike
Don Carter State Park, Moccasin Creek State Park plan treks through the woods June 4
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People may go camping or hiking at Don Carter State Park.

JUNE EVENTS IN GEORGIA STATE PARKS

Master Naturalist Certification

What: Eight-week training in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to the southern Blue Ridge ecoregion

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, June 6-July 25

Where: Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen

Cost: $200 plus $5 parking; register in advance

More info: 706-878-4736

 

Flat Creek Adventure

What: 2-3 hour excursion to Flat Creek Island; bring food and water

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11

Where: Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Road, Gainesville

Cost: $20 with personal kayak/canoe or $30 with kayak rental; $5 parking

More info: 678-450-7726

 

Hike to Hemlock Falls

What: 2.2-mile staff-led hike to Hemlock Falls featuring a waterfall; bring water and be prepared to walk on uneven and sometimes muddy terrain

When: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 11

Where: Moccasin Creek State Park, 3655 Ga. 197, Clarkesville

Cost: $5 parking

More info: 706-947-3194

 

Witch’s Head Hike

What: Guided hike to bottom of the dam to view the witch’s head rock; Bring water, lunch and proper foot wear. Children must be 8 or older; no pets.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11

Where: Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Road, Tallulah Falls

Cost: $5 plus $5 parking; register in advance

More info: 706-754-7981

 

Slackline 101

What: Learn basics of walking on a slackline. Bring pair of comfortable shoes. For ages 12 and older.

When: 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 29

Where: Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Road, Tallulah Falls

Cost: $5 plus $5 parking; Space is limited.

More info: 706-754-7981

Georgians of all ages can lace up their boots in June to celebrate National Trails Day as park rangers say “hike with us on our birthday.”

As a way to honor our country’s largest public trail event, National Trails Day is held the first Saturday of each June. It highlights 200,000 miles of trails that crisscross America.

Programs include ranger-led hikes, kayak tours, caving, geocaching and even the kickoff of a new dog walking club. On Saturday, June 4, two state parks in Northeast Georgia will conduct hikes.

At 10 a.m. at Don Carter State Park in Gainesville, a naturalist will guide participants around the Huckleberry Point Loop. The easy three-quarters of a mile loop will take hikes into a wooded area while hugging the shoreline of Lake Lanier. Along the way the guide will point out native plants and look out for wildlife.

Cost is $5 plus $5 parking. For more information, call 678-450-7726.

At the Moccasin Creek State Park in Clarkesville, a ranger will lead a 2.2-mile hike from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, to Hemlock Falls.

Participants need to bring water and be prepared to walk on uneven and sometimes muddy terrain. Visitors should park and meet at the Hemlock Falls Trail Head.

For more information, call 706-947-3194.

To learn more about the National Trails Day, visit www.AmericanHiking.org.

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