I love spending some time outside in the glow of the full moon. Fortunately, Georgia State Parks & State Parks in Tennessee & Florida, have catered to those of us who like to get out and enjoy nature at night with full moon hikes, paddles & even horseback rides.
Of course, my homestate of Georgia seems to be totally dedicated to getting folks out for a little night time fun & has scheduled the most full moon events in the Southeast region. In fact, I could only find one Full Moon Night Hike scheduled for June 13, by Tennessee State Parks at Long Hunter State Park. Find more info on that hike, here. If you're going to be in Florida on June 12, July 12 or August 10 check out the scheduled Full Moon Beach Strolls. I could find no information for Full Moon events scheduled in Alabama or South Carolina state parks.
Now, moving on to the leader in Full Moon Fun, Georgia State Parks!! Please note that you should visit the links to find out more information about costs, times & registration for the events. All of the events require pre-registration.
Full Moon Paddles - Meet in the evening to paddle in the light of a Full Moon. Jump in a canoe or kayak and enjoy a pleasant paddle under the peaceful night sky.
George L. Smith State Park
Full Moon Paddle - Meet in the evening to paddle in the light of a Full Moon. Jump in a canoe or kayak and enjoy a pleasant paddle under the peaceful night sky.
Twin City, GA 30471
Dates: Friday, Jun 13, 2014 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: Friday, Jul 11, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM - Info & Registration
Hard Labor Creek State Park
Full & New Moon Kayak Tours - Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park.
5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge, GA 30663
Dates: FULL MOON Kayak Tour: Friday, Jun 13, 2014 8:30 PM to 10 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: NEW MOON Kayak Tour: Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: FULL MOON Kayak Tour: Friday, Jul 11, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: FULL MOON Kayak Tour: Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: NEW MOON Kayak Tour: Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: FULL MOON Kayak Tour: Friday, Aug 8, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: FULL MOON Kayak Tour: Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM - Info & Registration
Full Moon Hikes - Choose easy-moderate hikes to enjoy under the light of the full summer moons.
Cloudland Canyon State Park
Friday the 13th Full Moon Hike - Set your superstitions aside and join us for a night hike on the darkened West Rim Trail. We will enjoy the sunset on the west side of the canyon and continue hiking to the east to watch the moon rise over the other side of the canyon. Water, snacks and headlamps are provided. Ages 10 and up.
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd.
Rising Fawn, GA 30738
Dates: Friday, Jun 13, 2014 8 PM to 11 PM - Info & Registration
Panola Mountain State Park
Moonlight Mountain Hike - Join us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the moon. We'll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program
2600 Highway 155, SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Dates: Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 8 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 8 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 7:30 PM - Info & Registration
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike - Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon.
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr
P.O. Box 248
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
Dates: Friday, Jun 13, 2014 10 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 10:15 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 9 PM to 11 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 to Monday, Jul 14, 2014 10 PM - Info & Registration
Dates: Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 8:15 PM to 10:15 PM - Info & Registration
Other Full Moon Events
Fort McAllister State Park
Full Moon Stargazers Party - Take a trip to Fort McAllister to see the night sky in a new way. With the moon to light up the night, this will be the perfect opportunity to see the stars shining brightly above us. Ms. Mullenax, Professor of Astronomy and Physics at AASU, will be here to help you discover and define the starry sky.
3894 Fort McAllister Road
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Dates: Friday, Aug 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM - Info & Registration
For those of you who will be in Florida for the next few full moons, happening June 12, July 12 & August 10; here are some fun ways to explore Florida in that eerie glow of night. The descriptions are borrowed directly from the listings on FL State Park's Official Website. Check them out.
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
Dates: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 7:15 p.m - 8:15 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Description: Moonrise is set for 8:01 p.m.
Join a Ranger for this full moon beach stroll! All ages welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. The hike will leave from the beachside day use pavilion and visitors will learn about fun and interesting moon facts and the effects of the moon on the tidal ecosystem. Join us for a different topic every month! Various programs will offer a choice to visitors to take a short stroll to learn about the coastal ecosystem, or participate in a longer hike while discussing various myths, mysteries, and mysticism of the full moon throughout the centuries. Please bring water and dress for the weather. Bring a camera for beautiful photo opportunities! Visitors will have the option to walk for exercise or focus on an educational portion with minimal walking.
Little Manatee River State Park Horseback Moonlight Trail Ride - Visit Link to Reserve Your Spot!
Date: Saturday, July 12th. 2014
Description: Experience the park’s nature trails by horseback under the glow of a full moon. This trail ride is a unique and fun way to experience the great outdoors at Little Manatee River State Park at night. If you do not have your own horse you can reserve and rent a horse from Wolfe’s Born To Ride at 941-812-1982. Food and drinks will also be available for a small donation courtesy of Friends of Little Manatee River State Park.
• Check in is from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
• Ride is from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
• Include your name, email address and number of participants.
• All riders must carry proof of negative coggins for their horse.
• Any riders under 17 years of age must wear a helmet.
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