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State Parks offering numerous New Year Day activities




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New Year’s Day Hike at Amicalola Falls

Tuesday, January 1, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge – Dawsonville

Start 2013 off with a brisk walk full of winter views to the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Meet at the West Ridge Falls Access Trailhead, 0.6 of a mile roundtrip. $5 parking. (706) 265-1969.


Black Bear Plunge

Tuesday, January 1, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Fort Mountain State Park – Chatsworth

See how brave you are as we race and plunge into Fort Mountain's cold mountain lake. Start a great New Year's tradition with us. Register in advanced. $20-$25 plus $5 parking. (706) 422-1932.




First Day Hike at Cloudland Canyon

Tuesday, January 1

Cloudland Canyon State Park – Rising Fawn

Join our outfitter guides for a short but challenging hike to Hemlock and Cherokee Falls to learn about the unique geology and history of the park. All participants staying in the campground will receive a 25% discount off their stay. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. (706) 913-7170.


First Day Hike

Tuesday, January 1, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Fort Mountain State Park – Chatsworth

Come celebrate the first day of 2013 at with a short hike guided by our naturalist. $5 parking. (706) 422-1932.



First Day New Year Hike

Tuesday, January 1, 1 p.m.

Fort Yargo State Park – Winder

Start off the New Year by going for a moderate, 2.5-mile excursion along the lake and our new trail, Turtle Creek. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. (770) 867-3489.


New Year’s Camp

Tuesday, January 1 through Wednesday, January 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Smithgall Woods State Park – Helen

Kids ages 6-12 can ring in the New Year with fun holiday traditions, indoor and outdoor games, hikes, and more. Dream about the New Year and plant seeds to grow those dreams. $55 if paid by December 21; $65 after. $5 parking. (706) 878-3087.




First Day Hike at Smithgall Woods

Tuesday, January 1, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Smithgall Woods State Park – Helen

Hike 2.6 miles with Smithgall staff to the park's beautiful cottage facility where hot cider will be waiting. Let the First Hike be your first step toward good health, and then continue through the year with progressively longer hikes. “A Walk in the Park” brochure offers guidance for hike distance and difficulty. $5 parking. (706) 878-3087.


First Day Hike at Tallulah

Tuesday, January 1, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls

What a great way to start the New Year – Go for a Hike! Join a ranger on a moderate 3.5-mile hike along the rim and through the woods. Children must be 8 yrs. or older. Bring water and snacks. $5 plus $5 parking. (706) 754-7981.


First Day Hike at Vogel

Tuesday, January 1, 9:15 a.m.

Vogel State Park – Blairsville

Join members of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club for a healthy hike on New Year's Day. We'll explore the 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail, which has a beautiful overlook with Lake Trahlyta in view. Vogel Volunteers will provide lunch afterward. $5 parking. (706) 745-2628.


First Day Along with a Little Luck Hike

Tuesday, January 1, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Unicoi State Park and Lodge – Helen

Welcome the New Year with a 2 1/2-mile moderate hike around Unicoi Lake. Finish the trail at our campfire ring where hikers can add a little luck to their year by enjoying a small meal of black eyed peas, greens, and pork cooked in Dutch ovens over an open fire. Register in advance. $5 parking. (706) 878-2201 ext. 305.


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