Wildflower Walk
with Naturalist Ben Cash

Friday, April 12
10:00 am

Put some color into your hike! Learn more about the native wildflowers at Anna Ruby Falls with Naturalist, Ben Cash.  He will lead a walk to the falls, identifying the wildflowers along the trail.  There is a $3.00 per person fee. Please call to reserve your spot (706) 878-1448.

 

Solar Day
Atlanta Astronomy Club

Saturday, April 13

Take this opportunity to see the sun as you have never seen it before.  The Atlanta Astronomy Club will be here with special telescopes for viewing the sun.  The event starts at 11:00 noon and lasts until 4:00 pm. There is an admission fee of $3.00 per person, kids under age 16 free.  In case of rain the event will be rescheduled.  For more information call the visitor center at (706) 878-1448.

 

Fly Fishing for Mountain Trout
with Steve Hudson

Saturday, April 27

Join us for a fly fishing experience like no other!

 

In Search of the Foxfire

May

PURCHASE FOXFIRE TICKETS

Is it magic? Fairies? An unexplainable 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.

Dates for 2019 TBD – Month of May

8 pm to 10 pm
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.

Falconry Program
with North Georgia Falconry

Saturday, May 18

Get your chance to be up close and personal with some majestic birds of prey when you attend the North Georgia Falconry program here at Anna Ruby Falls.  You may get to meet hawks, owls and falcons. If you are an adventurer, a nature lover, or a bird watcher, you are sure to enjoy this ultimate falconry experience!

Fly Fishing for Mountain Trout
Steve Hudson

Sunday, May 19

 

In Search of the Foxfire

June

PURCHASE FOXFIRE TICKETS

Is it magic? Fairies? An unexplainable 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.

Dates for 2019 TBD – Month of June

8 pm to 10 pm
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.

Hemlock Day
Save the Hemlocks Foundation

Saturday, June 1
10 am to 4 pm

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.

 

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

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

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.