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Learn how to tame the wild
Don Carter State Park conducts classes during holiday weekend
Don Carter State Park off North Browning Bridge Road will be open for the three-day Memorial Day weekend and host a few activities ranging from survival training to a 2-mile hike.

Holiday Gorge Floor Hike

What: A 3.5-mile trek, including hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls for a swim.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 23-25

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

Cost: $10 a person for advance registration and $5 parking.

More info: 706-754-7981.

Tightrope Lessons

What: A quarter-mile hike to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. Learn the history of tight rope walkers and basics of walking on a slackline.

When: 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24

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

Cost: Reservations required. $5 for admission and $5 for parking. Limited to 20 spaces.

More info: For ages 8 and older. 706-754-7981.

While many people hit Lake Lanier to relax on Memorial Day weekend, some may want a challenge.

To that end, Don Carter State Park is conducting survival training from 4-5 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at 5000 N. Browning Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Participants will learn the skills and techniques needed to survive if they become lost in the wilderness. They will also learn how to prevent a survival situation.

In the program, a park ranger will teach participants survival basics, preparation and equipment. All ages welcome.

Following the survival training, the park will host a campfire safety course from 6-6:45 p.m. Saturday. Rangers will teach participants how to build a fire safely using multiple techniques.

Participants may meet at the visitor center’s upper parking area. Bring water, sunscreen and insect repellent.

If survival skills or campfire building is not a person’s forte, put on hiking boots and head out on a strenuous hike.

The 2-mile hike along one of the park’s little known trails will be from 1-2:30 p.m. and offer some of the best chances to encounter wildlife. The creek will be crosses twice, so wear appropriate shoes.

Participants of all ages may meet at the visitor center.

Cost for the events is $5 admission into the park and $5 for parking.

To register in advance for the classes or hikes, call 678-450-7726.

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