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State parks’ spring blooms beckon nature enthusiasts to get outdoors

POSTED: April 6, 2008 5:00 a.m.
ATLANTA — As the days become longer and the weather warmer, Georgia’s forests become alive with an array of spring blooms including trout lily, wild azaleas, foam flower, trillim, violets and many other brilliant wildflowers.
Georgia’s 45 state parks, three state historic parks and 15 historic sites provide outdoor enthusiasts more than 54 hiking trails for every skill level.  Families with small children may enjoy a less daunting stroll one of the scenic paved nature trails, while more experienced hikers can tackle the backcountry trails of Amicalola Fall, Black Rock Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, F.D. Roosevelt, Fort Mountain, Providence Canyon, Unicoi and Vogel.
And, for those up to a challenge, the new Canyon Climber’s Club rewards hikers who complete the rigorous trails at four state parks including Amicalola Falls, Cloudland Canyon, Tallulah Gorge andProvidence Canyon with the ultimate bragging rights T-shirt that says “I did it.” To join, hikers can stop by one of the four participating state park offices and buy a $10 membership card or call (770) 389-7401.
While nearly every state park in Georgia features miles of beautiful trails and scenic landscape, below are some of the most popular guided wildflower hikes that feature park naturalists and wildflower experts, as well as hiking safety tips from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. For details on all of Georgia’s state park trails and recreational offerings, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org  or call 1-800-864-7275.
 

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