October Festivities & Events
Get ready for a spooktacular season as Georgia's State Parks welcome the cooler weather and changing tree colors this fall. Whether it's leaf-watching, hayrides, haunted trails, or Halloween happenings, there's a frightfully fun activity for all to enjoy!
- Leaf Watch
Georgia’s mountains turn to a vibrant red and gold blanket every October as the leaves change. Peak color is usually mid to late October at the highest elevations, moving into early November at lower elevations. Some of the best parks to visit to see beautiful colors are Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge, Black Rock Mountain State Park, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Fort Mountain State Park, Smithgall Woods State Park, and Tallulah Gorge. Discover all of Georgia's Leaf Watch Hidden Gems.
If you get to visit any of these beautiful parks, make sure you take pictures and share them with us on social media using the #GALeafwatch!
2. Fall Hiking Adventures
Embrace the refreshing autumn air and natural beauty with a stroll through Georgia's State Parks. In October, there's a spectrum of exciting fall hiking activities to engage everyone for a fun-filled experience. A few of these exciting events are:
Voices Of The Past- Lantern Tour- Join a guided lantern tour during this special after-dark opening. Your guide will share stories of history and mystery as you walk through the historic buildings lit with candlelight.
Location: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site Juliette, GA
Camp Lawton Guided Tour- Explore the grounds of what was once the largest prison in the world! Journey through history, shedding light on the remarkable stories and events that unfolded within these hallowed walls.
Location: Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Fall Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt- Team up for an engaging game for all ages. This fun-filled activity creates a unique way to explore the season's beauty while making memories.
Location: F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
3. Halloween Happenings
The spooky season has arrived. It's the perfect time for ghosts and goblins to come out and play, to explore the mysterious and thrilling events at Georgia State Parks. From haunted trails to ghostly campfire stories, there's no shortage of fun and excitement during this spine-chilling season. Dare to be scared?
Nightmare on 190- Brave the spine-chilling, secluded haunted structure hidden within the forest. Do you believe you possess the courage to venture all the way to the end? Discover for yourself!
Location: F. D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
A Haunted Evening - Come & join the park staff and Friends of A.H. Stephens for a fun evening of ghoulish events. Activities include a haunted hayride, treats, a movie on the lawn, games, and a campsite decorating contest for both RV and Equestrian Campers.
Location:A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Halloween Bash- Come for a fun evening of S'mores, hot chocolate, and popcorn. We'll tell spooky stories by the campfire. Wear your Halloween costume for a chance to win the 'Best Costume' prize. Join the Trick or Treat fun around the campground and help choose the 'Best Decoration' winner.
Location: Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
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