Below is a sample of June events at Georgia’s state parks and historic sites. For more programs, visit www.GaStateParks.org/events and the parks’ web pages. More information on accommodations and recreation can be found at GeorgiaStateParks.org or 1-800-864-7275.
National Trails Day in Georgia’s State Parks
June 3, Statewide at dozens of Georgia’s parks and sites
Join ranger-led hikes at most state parks in celebration of this annual event. Programs include a tree identification hike at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, night hike at Red Top Mountain, and Dukes Creek Falls hike at Smithgall Woods. $5 parking. Some event fees.
Family Beach Day
June 7, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island, Darien
Come explore the wonders of Sapelo Island beaches. A naturalist will lead beach walks and teach about animals that call the intertidal zone their home. The program conclude with a chance to fish with a seine. $10. 912-485-2299.
Full Moon Paddle
June 9, 8-9 p.m.
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross
Celebrate this day by watching the full moon rise over our black water. Limited space; pre-registration required. This is a ranger led paddle, the lake is closed to the public after sunset. $25 single; $35 tandem $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
June 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site, Brunswick
Take an eerie journey at coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old live oaks, explore the out-buildings and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcounty rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
Kid’s Fishing Rodeo
June 10, 8-11 a.m.
Laura S. Walker State Park, Waycross
Celebrate National Fishing Week at the Park. Children, age 3-12, are welcome. Prizes will be awarded. Hot dogs, drinks and bait will be provided. The park is doing a fish count, so weigh and identify your fish. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Recreation with a Ranger
June 10, 10 a.m.
Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah
Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by touring the park’s outdoor fitness options. Learn about the best trail loops for running or walking. Try out the Street Striders and explore other ways to get fit in the park. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
June 2, 8-10 p.m.
Magnolia Springs State Park. Millen
Gaze at the galaxy, watch for meteors, and observe planets and the moon. Observations will be our unaided eyes and a new Celestron telescope. Bring a lounge chair and bug spray. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
June 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Florence Marina State Park, Omaha
Discover what mysterious animals lurk under the waters of the Chattahoochee River. There will be presentations, and crafts, and you’ll meet a baby alligator. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
June 3, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area, Lumpkin
Providence Canyon invites the public to join a hike through the canyons and learn about the geological formations and why the canyons are here! $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding for Beginners
June 4, 9:30-11 a.m.
High Falls State Park, Jackson
The class will help you develop skills such as balance, steering and recovery techniques. After class, soak in High Falls Lake from the view of a paddleboard free for an hour. Open to adults and children 8 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Must be a swimmer. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.