National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 28th
The CHATTAHOOCHEE-OCONEE NATIONAL FOREST in North Georgia is home to around 800,000 acres of public land! Partnerships and working together as communities are what protects our forests for future generations. See and help it thrive! Bring your picnic, hike the trails, or participate in one of the exciting things we have planned….
- Special program: Sunrise Yoga: Flow at the Falls- pre register separately. 7:30 am – 9:30 am
- Get a first look at the new “Litter Matters” display, featuring common items and their decomposition rates.
- Scavenger Hunts for kids!
- The forest needs your help, find out how to volunteer!
- Discover your new favorite trail!
*Did you know??? All 4th graders in the United States get a free annual federal lands pass through the Every Kid in A Park Program! Sign up your kid and they’ll get you in for free too. Get yours at: www.everykidinapark.gov
And….Here’s a map to get you there.
Fireside Storytellin’ & Full Moon Hike
with Hardman Farms State Park & Ranger Robb
Saturday, October 12 – 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Tuesday, November 12 – 7:00 – 9:00 pm
In the magical holler of Anna Ruby Falls, we gather around the campfire with renowned North Georgia storytellers, Emory Jones, Garrison Baker, and the Hardman Farms Living History Group. Hear stories of our wise ole’ mountains and intriguing characters that make this place unique. As the full moon rises, you’ll then be guided up the rambling creek trail to the serene sounds and moonlight glow of the doubly beautiful, Anna Ruby Falls. Join in for an experience you won’t mind tellin’ over and over again! Get your tickets! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED $20 per adult $10 per/ 15 & under.
*This living history event is made possible in partnership with Hardman Farm State Historic Site.*
Sunrise Yoga: Flow at the Falls
Saturday, September 28
7:30 am – 9:00 am
Bring more energy and vitality to your body with a morning flow yoga class at the base of Anna Ruby Falls! Connect with yourself and nature as you take in the serene beauty and relaxing sounds of a magnificent double waterfall while doing yoga. We’ll start the morning with the birds as we take a short stroll on a paved creek side path, winding our way up through the forest to the observation deck where this one-of-a-kind class will be held!
What an invigorating way to start National Public Lands Day as the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association and Yonah Yoga are teaming up to offer this truly unique experience! Support your Public Lands through yoga.
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED to attend. Limited space available. Day pass to the park included. To reach the observation deck, a 0.4 mile moderate hike is necessary.
$18 per person- bring your own yoga mat
$22 per person- W/out yoga mat – we’re happy to provide you one!
* NEEF – National Public Lands Day is a signature event of the National Environmental Education Foundation, it promotes both popular enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands.
Saturday, October 12
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
It’s time to take those sunglasses off so you can stare back at that ball of fire in the sky (safely of course)! Discover what the sun looks like with The Atlanta Astronomy Club as they guide you through using a telescope with special solar viewing lenses. Drop on by! Hike to the Waterfalls, see the salamander wall, and have a picnic by the creek. The event starts at 11:00 a.m. and lasts until 3:00 p.m.
The event is free with the daily park entry fee of $3 per adult, ages 12 & under are free. In case of rain the event will be rescheduled. For more information call the visitor center at (706) 878-1448.
“The Atlanta Astronomy Club (AAC) is one of the largest organizations of beginner and amateur astronomers in the South Eastern United States. The club seeks to provide enjoyment and education to the public through amateur astronomy.”
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Geology Walk and Native Plant Communities
with Bill Witherspoon and Leslie Edwards
Photo by Ivy Rutzky
Geologist Dr. Bill Witherspoon, co-author of Roadside Geology of Georgia and biogeographer Dr. Leslie Edwards, co-author of Natural Communities of Georgia, will team up September 22 to lead a nature walk at Anna Ruby Falls near Helen. Both books “take the general reader to Georgia’s natural wonders and explain the science that lies behind the scenery,” according to Witherspoon. The event will begin at 1:00 at the Visitor Center, with an activity geared to teach young and old about native plants.
The event is free of charge with $3 Anna Ruby Falls admission (under 16 free).
Pre-registration is requested at 706-878-3574.
Fly Fishing for Mountain Trout
Steve Hudson, a writer, teacher, lifelong fly fisher, says he may have the best of all possible jobs – one that lets him share the excitement of the outdoors with others. An award-winning journalist and illustrator, he has written extensively on fly fishing, fly tying, hiking and travel. Steve’s newest book, CHATTAHOOCHEE TROUT, is a 328-page guide that’s been called “the definitive work on fishing for trout in the Chattahoochee River.” This comprehensive volume covers all of the river’s trout water – the headwaters and the upper Hooch as well as the upper and lower tailwater – and is an invaluable resource for anyone who fishing for trout in the Chattahoochee. Meet Steve here at Anna Ruby Falls to discover the fun of fly fishing!
Save the Hemlocks Foundation
Join us to be a part of Hemlock Day at Anna Ruby Falls. Save Georgia’s Hemlocks will have an education station near the visitor center where you can learn what’s killing our beautiful hemlocks and what you can do to help save them. Special presentations are scheduled for 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Healthy hemlocks saplings will be available for adoption.
Join us for a wonderful day in the great outdoors and help save the hemlocks! For info call: 706-878-1448 or visit www.savegeorgiahemlocks.org.
In Search of the Foxfire Night Hikes
Is it magic? Fairies? An inexplicable scientific phenomenon? No – it’s Orfelia fultoni, the only bioluminescent species of fly found in North America. The larvae live in stream banks among moss and rock cavities, such as the area along the Anna Ruby Falls Trail. Join us for a nighttime hike and educational experience in May and June to view the unique summertime phenomenon nicknamed“Foxfire”. We’ll walk up to the falls for nighttime viewing and exploration, and back down the trail to view the magical foxfire. Walking on a paved trail is required.
Bring a flashlight,(preferably with a red lens) and wear close-toed shoes, (No flip-flops) as the hike is approximately one mile round trip.
Cost: $7.00 for adults, $3.00/10 and Under
Because safety is our #1 priority, no infants (under age 2 ) are allowed due to dark hiking conditions. Thanks for understanding.
A Black Bear Morning with Tom Hennigan
Black bears are an iconic and magical creature of the North Georgia Mountains. It’s hard to believe at one point, they were almost extinct due to loss of habitat and over-hunting. Over the past 50 years, black bear populations have made a dramatic come back due to wildlife management efforts and hunting regulations. It is estimated nearly 3,000 black bears currently comb the North Georgia forest for berries, grubs, moths, animal matter….and sometimes your trash can or bird feeder. With increased knowledge of their behaviors and our own, we can healthfully live together.
Head to the falls with your “berry best” bear curiosities for a special morning with, Tom Hennigan, organism biology professor and ambassador for the North American Bear Center. Touch and feel displays will be set up at the Visitors Center to enhance your sensory experience. Come on by at your leisure!
Park entry of $3 per adult, 15 & under are free.
America the Beautiful Interagency passes are accepted
The North American Bear Center is the only black bear and wildlife educational facility of its kind. Dedicated to replacing old myths with facts, people learn from the bears themselves about bear behavior, ecology, and their relations with humans.
Snakes of Georgia with Kathy Church
Georgia is home to one of the highest diversities of snakes in the US. Their roles as both predator and prey make them unique, as well as their presence being an indicator of a healthy ecosystem. Come on by and meet a few for yourself along with Kathy Church, Interpretive Specialist for Smithgall Woods State Park. Educational displays with be set up at the Visitors Center for discovery at your own pace!
Park entry is $3 per adult, ages 15 & under are free.
America the Beautiful Interagency Passes are accepted.
Fascinating Forest Fridays
Friday, August 9, 16, 23, 30
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Interact with nature by joining park staff at the Visitors Center for an Anna Ruby Falls-centric discovery touch table. Interpretive education staff will have cultural and natural objects for participants to touch and learn more about. Table specimens and samples will change with the seasons.
Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, August 10
Join us at beautiful Anna Ruby Falls as we celebrate Smokey’s 75th Birthday! Visit the falls, take a hike thru pristine forest, and enjoy dessert and drinks, and so much more! There may just be a visit from Smokey himself!
Meet Abby, the Archaeo Bus
Saturday, August 17
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Experience archaeology in a very unique and special way right here at Anna Ruby Falls on August 17. Abby is a mobile archaeology exhibit that’s great for kids to learn about the past & how archaeologists study artifacts, sites, and cultures.