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Take a hike, celebrate National Trails Day

Those wanting to head into the woods for their first hike ever or those with well-worn hiking shoes have opportunities to share the trails June 2 in numerous organized treks at Georgia State Parks near Lake Lanier.
 
Georgia parks will celebrate National Trails Day with easy guided ventures into wildflower-studded forests, along rushing water, and on historic rural paths. A leisurely stroll at Moccasin Creek State Park near Clarkesville reveals late-blooming woodsy gems. The rushing water of Duke’s Creek near Helen refresh the spirit in a short walk at Smithgall Woods State Park. Tread along the Chattahoochee River for a look at what brought early settlers to North Georgia at Hardman Farm Historic Site.
 
For the more adventurous, head out to Tallulah Gorge State Park for a three-miler on the High Bluff Loop Backcountry Trail. Hike through the woods to Helen and back on a six-mile round tripper at Unicoi State Park. Take off at dusk to hear screech owls, frogs, katydids and other night creatures on the wetland loop at Smithgall Woods.
 
Want to pitch in, learn about unwanted plants invading Georgia woods, take a hike, and get a bite to eat? Do at the National Trails Day Celebration at Vogel State Park, which includes family hikes, programs, and a covered dish picnic.
 
See details in Lakeside’s Outdoor Calendar.
 
Free Fishing Days at Georgia State Parks
Cast a line for free at Don Carter State Park June 2 and 9 on Georgia State Parks’ free fishing days. No license is required for Georgia residents to fish those days at the only state park on Lake Lanier or at nine other Georgia lake parks.
 
Anglers might pull in spotted bass, striped bass, large mouth bass, black crappie and walleye on Lanier, according to the park website, which also lists the types of fish found in parks from the mountains to the Florida border.
 
Visitors to Don Carter and other participating parks can check out rods, reels and a tackle box.

Info: www.gastateparks.org.

Posted online 5/29/18
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