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First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to get people outdoors, with over 1,100 hikes scheduled this year in all 50 states. Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Find your nearest Georgia State Park below to participate!
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A.H. Stephens | 706-456-2602

Crawfordville, GA
9:30 a.m.

Kick off the new year with a moderate 3 mile Ranger led and pet friendly hike. We will hike to our C.C.C. fire tower and to some never before seen CCC structures located on our horse trails. Shortly after we will stop for lunch on Lake Buncombe. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring your own lunch and water. Each hiker will also receive a special gift.


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Amicalola Falls | 706-265-4703

Dawsonville, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

Join us on a beautiful hike up the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi. A perfect way to start your New Year and be healthy!

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Chattahoochee Bend | 770-254-7271

Newnan, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Day Use Area

Come hike next to the Chattahoochee River! Hikers can enjoy observing wildlife from our observation tower. Hikers can see a beaver pond and observe many different kinds of birds.

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Cloudland Canyon | 706-657-4050

Rising Fawn, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

Start the New Year out on the right foot: take a ranger-guided winter hike through a lesser known area of Cloudland Canyon State Park. We'll explore the Can't Hardly Trail and CCT corridor on a four-mile loop. Bring water, a brown bag lunch, wear sturdy shoes, and dress for cold weather. Meet at the Visitor Center/Park Office.

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Crooked River | 912-882-5256

St. Marys, GA
1:00 p.m.
Meet at the Park Office

Greet the New Year with a "First Day" hike. Vistas include wetland habitats plus our unique longleaf pine/saw palmetto ecosystem. Enjoy the great outdoors, camaraderie on the trail, and party hats. Please pay at the Park Office.

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Don Carter | 678-450-7726

Gainesville, GA
10:00 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Meet at the Trailhead Parking Lot

Join a ranger as we explore a beautiful backcountry area of the park. Our 2 mile cross country adventure will follow old road beds, ridges, hills and valleys. Moderate to strenuous. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water. Meet at the trail-head parking lot. Call the Visitor Center to reserve a spot. Limited to 15 hikers.

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Elijah Clark | 706-359-3458

Lincolnton, GA
10:00 a.m.

Join us the first day of 2017 on a three-mile hike through Elijah Clark State Park, then take a plunge into Clark's Hill Lake. Whose brave enough to bare the elements? We will complete the day with a bonfire, hot dog roast and hot chocolate. ($1 for food and drink items)

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Etowah Indian Mounds | 706-387-3747

Cartersville, GA

Coming soon.

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F.D. Roosevelt | 706-663-4858

Pine Mountain, GA
1:00 p.m.
Meet at the Dowdell's Knob Trailhead

Join members of the Pine Mountain Trail Association for a 4.3 mile, moderate Dowdell's Knob Loop hike to celebrate the New Year. Meet at the Dowdell's Knob trailhead. Geared towards ages 8 and up. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather.

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Fort King George | 912-437-4770

Darien, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

Travel through time by A1:P31 a guided site hike. From Egret watching on the marsh, to exploring Georgia's First Fort, this easy hike blends history and nature to celebrate what makes Fort King George beautiful. Focus on historic structures and natural surroundings. Includes fully guided fort tour.

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Florence Marina | 229-838-4706

Omaha, GA
11:30 a.m.
Meet at the Kirbo Center

No matter your age or hiking experience you can start your year off right, but taking a short, easy hike at Florence Marina. Join a ranger on our one mile trail, and take a leisurely walk through the woods to a beautiful cove where alligators, great blue herons, turtles, and other wildlife are found.

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Fort McAllister | 912-727-2339

Richmond Hill, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

Visitors will begin the hike from the visitor center, walking down our paved causeway to the trailhead of Magnolia Trail, passing beautiful vistas of salt marshes and maritime forests. After looping around Magnolia Trail, visitors will return to the visitor center, able to view the diverse flora and fauna of the coast. Allows for bird watching on several observation points along the marsh.

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Fort Morris | 912-884-5999

Midway, GA
11:00 a.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

Enjoy the site's natural beauty as well as the history of the site. The walk takes visitors around the earthen remains of Ft Morris.

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Fort Mountain | 706-422-1932

Chatsworth, GA
3:30 p.m.
Meet at the Old Fort Parking Area

Visitors will hike up stone stairs built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, pass the ancient stone wall and the CCC fire tower. Next, visitors will hike down steps towards the West Overlook and then end back at the parking area. Hike follows the 5th Annual Black Bear Plunge.

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Fort Yargo | 770-867-3489

Winder, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Nature Center

Bring in the New Year with a brisk walk and morning viewing of beautiful Marbury Creek Water Shed. Hikers will meet at the Nature Center for the 1/2-mile hike around Bird Berry Trail. No minimum age and ADA Accessible. Pre-registration appreciated but not required.

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General Coffee | 912-384-7082

Nicholls, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Campground Shelter

Visitors will begin at the Campground Shelter in Campground Loop #2 and hike the Gopher Trail Loop back to starting point. Coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts will be offered afterwards with a Ranger Q and A for participants The hike travels through our sandhill management area, where guests can see the different stages of longleaf pine restoration efforts. This trail is a good area for birding and wildlife viewing.

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George L. Smith | 478-763-2759

Twin City, GA
10:00 a.m.

Come join us for a Ranger led hike of our 3 mile nature trail. This will be an excellent chance to observe birds and other wildlife native to the park. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and snacks. Dogs are allowed on 6' or shorter leashes.

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George T. Bagby | 229-768-2571

Fort Gaines, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Hotel

Hike from Hotel to Wilderness Pavilion & Return on Phenom Trail. The Hike will highlight Lake Walter F. George and pass the nesting area's of the parks Osprey and Bald Eagles.

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Georgia Veterans | 855-330-4300

Cordele, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Park Office

Visitors will begin at the Park Office. Our Activities Coordinator will be leading the walk and will give information on Park and wildlife.

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Gordonia-Alatamaha | 912-557-7744 or 912-557-7745

Reidsville, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Clubhouse

Come join us on the first day of the new year on a Ranger conducted hike on our 1 mile loop Swamp Bay Nature Trail. We will gather down at the Golf Course Clubhouse before heading out for the hike.

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Hamburg | 478-552-2393

Mitchell, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Park Office

Visitors will meet at the Park Office and take a short walk around the lake to the beginning of the Red Trail. From there, we will enter the woods and learn about the plants and animals that call Hamburg their home, while also enjoying some incredible lakeside views.

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Hard Labor Creek | 706-557-3001

Rutledge, GA
12:00 p.m.
Meet at the Trading Post

Start the year off right by enjoying a pet-friendly, ranger-led hike. On this hike we will explore the Beaver Dam Trail, as well as the Brantley trail. The combined trails will cover 2 miles, and will have a varied terrain, including hills and stairs. Meet at the Trading Post, bring water and wear sturdy shoes.

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Hardman Farm | 706-878-1077

Sautee Nacoochee, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

Perhaps the oldest road in Georgia, the Unicoi Turnpike was a toll road completed in 1819. The house at Hardman Farm sits on the remnants of this road. The road was an active trade route used by Native Americans prior to becoming a toll road. Learn more about life along the trail and the farm on this tour.

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High Falls | 478-993-3053

Jackson, GA
2:00 p.m.

This staff-led 1.5 mile moderate hike will take you past several scenic and historic sites including the falls, the old grist mill, and through a mixed pine/hardwood forest. You will learn about the park history and the local ecology. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and a snack.

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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation | 912-264-7333

Brunswick, GA
December 31st, 11:00 p.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

Join us for a special New Year’s edition of Ghosts & Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation. The tour will start on New Year’s Eve at 11 p.m. at the site visitor center. We will walk to the plantation house, hear stories from the plantation’s unique past and celebrate the New Year by ringing the historic plantation bell. The tour will end at 1 a.m. Admission is $15 per person. Dress appropriately for the season and wear walking shoes. Begins on New Year's Eve. Will end at 1 a.m. after New Year.

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Indian Springs | 770-504-2277

Flovilla, GA
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Park Museum

Join a park ranger for a journey through time. Discover the history of Indian Springs State Park, sample the famous spring water, and tour the park museum while enjoying hot chocolate. This moderate hike will involve some steps and hills. Participants meet at the park museum at 10:00 a.m.

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James H. "Sloppy" Floyd | 706-857-0826

Summerville, GA
1:00 p.m.

Start your New Year off right with a Ranger-led hike (1 & 1/2 Miles) around the Upper Lake to view Flora and Fauna that call James H. Floyd State Park home. Participants will see one of the best views found in the park as well as learning a bit of history. This hike is good for all ages and the difficulty is easy.

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Kolomoki Mounds | 229-724-2150

Blakely, GA
2:00 p.m.
Meet at the Group Shelter #2 Parking Lot

Join us on the White Oak Trail as we kick off the new year! This short 1.25 mile hike is sure to get you off on the right foot. Meet at Group Shelter 2 parking lot. Please bring water with you and closed toed shoes. Please call the office more more details.

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Laura S. Walker | 912-287-4900

Waycross, GA
11:00 a.m.
Meet at the Boat Ramp Parking Area

Kick off a new year at Laura S by hiking along our lake! We will get to see several ecosystem types, and at the end enjoy our new boardwalk over the black water. You may enjoy the views and head back up the trail at your leisure. This event is free, but don't forget your $5 ParkPass!

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Little Ocmulgee | 229-868-7474, ext. 6052

Helena, GA
5:00 p.m.
Meet at the Day Use Area

Join us for a nocturnal night hike as we look for various nocturnal animals such as deer, raccoons, fox, and opossums. Bring your flashlight and dim it with a red lens so we can use our night vision. The hike should last around one hour.

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Magnolia Springs | 478-982-1660

Millen, GA
10:00 a.m.

What better way to start out the New Year than a beautiful easy guided hike down our wooded trails through the park and Camp Lawton? Hikers will pass unique lime sinks and then along the lakeside before making the stroll back to the Visitor Center. You can choose to complete the first 1.5 miles or hike the entire route for a rewarding 3 miles.

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Mistletoe | 706-541-0321

Appling, GA
2:00 p.m.
Meet at the Nature Center

Come start the new year off the the right foot. This ranger-led hike will allow guests to discover nature's winter wonder along the Cliatt Creek nature trail. We will meet at the nature center to begin this hike. Dogs welcome. Please bring water and sturdy shoes. No strollers.

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Panola Mountain | 770-389-7801

Stockbridge, GA
9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.

Start the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain! Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2017. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Must register in advance.

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Providence Canyon | 229-838-4244

Lumpkin, GA
9:00 a.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

Join a ranger on a hike around one of Georgia's beautiful wonders. Learn about the history of the land, the geology of the canyon, as well as some of the plants and animals that live there. We will explore the canyon from the rim and the floor, so be sure to bring shoes you don't mind getting muddy. We will be making hiking sticks before the hike begins. We will begin this at 8:30 a.m.

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Red Top Mountain | 770-975-0055

Acworth, GA
3:30 p.m.
Meet at the Iron Hill Parking Lot

Explore Iron Hill on this ranger-lead hike through the wooded pathways of the northwest Georgia Iron Industry. Search for our hidden gems from homesteads to iron mines and more! Explore the iron mine and the rich history of Red Top Mountain State Park.

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Reed Bingham | 229-896-3551

Adel, GA
9:00 a.m.
Meet at the Trailhead

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Reynolds Mansion/Sapelo Island | 912-485-2299

Darien, GA

Coming soon.

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Richard B. Russell | 706-213-2045

Elberton, GA
2:00 p.m.
Meet at the Blackwell Bridge Trailhead

Those wishing to increase their metabolism and decrease their waistline are invited to start the New Year with a healthy walk in the woods on January 1, 2017. We have planned a pet-friendly, naturalist-guided, hike on our fitness trail as part of national "First Day Hikes" program. Meet at the Blackwell Bridge Trailhead to join.

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Rocky Mountain PFA | 706-802-5087

Rome, GA
9:00 a.m.
Meet in the Visitor Information Building

Start 2017 with a Ranger led hike around East Antioch Lake. Learn about the unique history, flora and fauna of Rocky Mountain and the Big Texas Valley. Please meet in the Visitor Information building at the Main Entrance. The trail is considered easy.

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Seminole | 229-861-3137

Donalsonville, GA
9:00 a.m.

Kick off the New Year and take in the sights and sounds of nature on this hike down our Gopher Tortoise Trail.

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Skidaway Island | 912-598-2300

Savannah, GA
1:00 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon hike through the marsh. We will discuss the history of Skidaway Island, marsh plants and local animals. The hike will last about 1 1/2 hour and we will walk about 2 miles.

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Smithgall Woods | 706-878-3087

Helen, GA
1:00 p.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

Take a lovely moderate stroll past beautiful Dukes Creek and our premier cottages. There will be a break for piping hot cider after 1.5 miles in the rustic log cabin. The option to turn around or continue on 1.5 miles to breathtaking Dukes Creek Falls will be available at this point. This hike offers gorgeous views of a large waterfall, Dukes Creek, and Smithgall's luxury cottages. It will also provide access to the otherwise closed frontier cabin.

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Stephen C. Foster | 912-637-5274

Fargo, GA
7:00 a.m.

We will begin the first day of the new year by watching the first sunrise over the Okefenokee of 2017. As the swamp emerges from the dark of night, we will discuss the importance of fire, watch for birds and listen for creatures as we hike along the Trembling Earth Nature Trail.

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Sweetwater Creek | 770-732-5871

Lithia Springs, GA
10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

10:00 a.m.: This hike is for dog owners to bring their four legged friends to a ranger led hike to the mill and rapids.

12:00 p.m.: This hike visits the beautiful Eastside where we will visit the 'Indian Cave" and learn about the native American history of the area.

2:00 p.m.: This easy 1 mile hike visits the historic New Manchester Mill ruins and ends at the class 4 rapids.

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Tallulah Gorge | 706-754-7981

Tallulah Falls, GA
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Meet at the Interpretive Center & Old Jail House

10:00 a.m.: This hike will take you along some cliffs with drop offs over 300 feet. The hike offers several views of different waterfalls on the park. This hike goes into an area that is not open to the public and offers a wonderful view of the gorge and water falls.

2:00 p.m.: The hike is geared towards families with activities for all members to participate in.

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Tugaloo | 706-356-4362

Lavonia, GA
9:00 a.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

Welcome the New Year with a 3.75 moderate hike on the Sassafras Loop Trail. We will meet at the Visitor Center. Bring water and snacks and wear comfortable shoes.

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Unicoi | 706-878-2201 ext. 549

Helen, GA
1:00 p.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

Call for reservations.

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Victoria Bryant | 706-245-6270

Royston, GA
8:00 p.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

This unique night hike will give hikers a new appreciation for all of their senses. We will be discussing and participating in a variety of activities that highlight the different ways humans and animals use their senses.

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Vogel | 706-745-2628

Blairsville, GA
9:00 a.m.

Start the New Year off with a hike guided by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.

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Watson Mill Bridge | 706-245-6270

Comer, GA
9:00 a.m.

Join the Park Ranger for a Covered Bridge and Power Plant history hike.

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Wormsloe | 912-353-3023

Savannah, GA
10:30 a.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center

Interpretive guides will give a history of Wormsloe along the way, including information about one of the most well preserved Civil War earthworks in Georgia. Regular admission prices apply, and the tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. Please wear comfortable shoes. The tour will begin from the Wormsloe Historic Site Visitor Center and will travel to Battery Wimberly. For more information please contact the site at 912-353-3023.