This May there will be several exciting events happening throughout Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites. Below is a list of each event that you and your family and friends may take advantage of and enjoy.

Throughout 2016, Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites will host events that highlight secret spots few visitors notice, such as a moonshine truck that tumbled down a mountain. Visit for a list of statewide Hidden Gem programs. Some are listed below.

Indoor Basic Archery
Saturdays and Sundays in May, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you’re just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Panola Mountain State Park’s archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided. Ages 9 and older. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Spring at the Homestead
Saturday, April 30 – Sunday, May 1
Red Top Mountain State Park – Acworth, GA
Bring the whole family to this living history event and discover what life was like for soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. Living history demonstrations include cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking, toys and games, candle-dipping, and more. See soldiers camped nearby and witness black powder weapons demonstrations, including cannons. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, May 7, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and pay (exact change please, $5 cash only) at the Visitor’s Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Archaeology and Artifact ID Day
Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site – Cartersville, GA
Celebrate Archaeology Month by bringing in your artifacts to be identified by professionals. Discover what archaeologists do and how they learn from artifacts. There will be educational activities throughout the day. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

National Kids to Parks Day “Blue Moon” Paddle
Saturday, May 21, 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger on this guided night tour featuring a sky full of stars and constellations. National Kids to Parks Day is national movement engages children and families with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor recreation. What better way to spend the evening with family and friends on Lake Rutledge. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $15 includes equipment. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA
Join Panola Mountain State Park “on rope” for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Call to register. Ages 8 and older. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA
Join Panola Mountain State Park for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide you down to a lakeside campfire where you’ll enjoy s’mores. Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Advance registration required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

More information on accommodations and recreation can be found at or 1-800-864-7275.

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