A Black Bear Morning with Tom Hennigan

Saturday, July 13
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

Friday, July 19
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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.


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.


Geology Walk and Native Plant Communities
with Bill Witherspoon and Leslie Edwards

Sunday, September 22
11:00 am – 1:00pm

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.



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Fly Fishing for Mountain Trout
Steve Hudson

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!

Hemlock Day
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.

Living History with Captain Nichols and Anna Ruby

Friday, June 21
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Discover the heritage of Anna Ruby Falls and its connection to the Hardman Farm as Captain Nichols and Anna Ruby will be visiting in period dress! Transport yourself back to the 1860’s when our nation was at civil war. Tired and broken from fighting in the war, Captain Nichols and his wife Kate built their home at the now Hardman Farm just outside Helen. Life was tough as Anna’s two brothers both died in infancy and a few years later, Kate also passed. Tragedy brought 10 year old Anna and her lonely father closer. They loved heading out on the trail and riding horses together. It was on one of their excursions that Captain Nichols and Anna Ruby discovered the double falls we know today as Anna Ruby Falls.

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.