Georgia State Parks – This February

February is a perfect time to visit the parks even for a day trip. Below is a sampling of the events planned in February 2010. For a full calendar listing, click HERE.


35th Annual Fireside Art & Craft Show

Saturday, February 20 through Sunday, February 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Unicoi State Park and Lodge – Helen

More than 60 of the Southeast’s finest artists and crafts people will be here for this Unicoi tradition. This juried show has a reputation for excellence and is a nice balance between fine arts and quality crafts. $5 parking. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.

Buzzard Day

Saturday, February 6, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Reed Bingham State Park – Adel

This fun tribute to the park’s famous Black and Turkey Vultures (often called buzzards) features an 8:45 a.m. 10k/5k “Road-Kill Run” or walk, followed by a canoe trip past vulture roosting areas, “Birds of a Feather” program, kids crafts, hourly boat tours and a sunset astronomy program. Register in advance for canoe trip and Road-Kill Run. Sponsored by the Friends of Reed Bingham. $1-$5 activity fees, $15-18 race fee. $5 parking. (229) 896-3551.

Behind the Scenes Battlefield Tour

Saturday, February 21

Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site — Dallas
This tour will follow an old Civil War road that leads to where Leverett’s Mill once stood. The once operating mill was burned by Federal forces as war contraband, while retreating to Acworth. Terrain is rugged; wear good hiking shoes. $2.75 – $4. (770) 443-7850.

Backcountry Geology Hike

Sunday, February 21, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs

Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack’s Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. (770) 732-5871.

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