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Northeast Georgia parks plan outdoor adventures
An array of outdoor activities spread across state
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As the weather warms, regional residents can head to the mountains for a hike or cool off in the lakes and rivers.

Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are also supplying a plethora of activities for families and outdoorsmen and women. A selection of events slated for Georgia’s state parks and historic sites include:

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

Meet the feathered legend and other nonreleasable birds of prey during the entertaining program at 1 p.m. Saturdays at the lodge lobby at Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville.

Parking is $5. For more information, call 706-265-1969.

Siege on Fort Yargo Trail Challenge and Adventure Race

Teams of two or three will travel on a mandatory course with a three-hour limit. Teams will face multiple challenges and obstacles as they travel through the course. The race will include trail challenge, mountain biking and a six-hour cutoff for the Adventure Race.

The event will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S Broad St., in Winder.

The race cost $50-$60, plus $5 for parking.

For more information, visit or call 770-867-3489.

Twilight Hike

Join Amicalola’s naturalist for a twilight hike to explore the beauty of our waterfall, the sounds of the mountain’s nocturnal inhabitants and the history of Amicalola and some of the local moonshine lore.

The hike will be from 8-9 p.m. Friday, June 13, at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, in Dawsonville.

The cost is $3 per person or $10 for a family, plus $5 for parking.

Call 706-344-1500 for more information.

Kids Day at the Park

Hands-on exhibits in outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education give kids a chance to learn ways to stay healthy and appreciate the great outdoors. Kids can earn a badge through active participation in archery, animal exhibits, compass games, air rifles and stream critters.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, in Helen.

Call 706-878-3087 for more information.

Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hikes

Enjoy a 1.5-mile hike that takes you down the stairs, across a suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon.

The hike is at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 14, and 10:15 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Road, in Tallulah Falls.

Cost is $5 plus $5 for parking. Preregistration is required.

Call 706-754-7981 for more information.

Kids Fishing Rodeo

Wolf Creek will be stocked with plenty of trout to be tempted by anglers 12 and younger. Prizes will be given to the lucky ticket holders. Adults must be accompanied with the children who will fish at the registration tent. A limited amount of fishing poles will be loaned out.

The fishing rodeo will be Saturday, June 14, at Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Road, in Blairsville.

Cost is $5 for parking.

Call 706-745-2628 for more information.

Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

Children and their special “big person” can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught may be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods.

The fishing day will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 21, at Buck Shoals in Helen. Call 706-878-3087 for directions.

Cost is $5 for parking.

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