published Friday, August 31st, 2012

Cloudland Canyon offering September outdoor programs

Hikers enjoy the trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park.
Hikers enjoy the trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park.
Photo by Angela Lewis.

Cloudland Canyon State park in Rising Fawn, Ga., celebrates September with a series of caving and hiking outings.

Reservations are required for all events. Call 706-913-7170.

Wild Cave Tours

This two-hour adventure is geared to families, groups and adventure seekers (ages 6 and up) who want to get muddy, wet and experience a wild cave. Participants must be able to crawl, stoop, balance, climb and wade into cold water. $40 plus $5 parking.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday and Sept. 8, 15 and 29; 10 a.m. Wednesday and Sept. 19; 10 a.m. Sept. 9 and 23; 6 p.m. Sept. 21.

Wild Cave Adventure

Guides will be along to educate participants (ages 12 and up) on geology and animals and ensure everyone's safety in and out of the cave but will take a back seat to allow free exploration of all the side passages. Tours are four hours and can travel more than 1 mile underground. $60 plus $5 parking.

When: 10 a.m. Sunday and Sept. 12 and 16.

Introduction to Caving

This is considered the perfect cave tour for beginners (ages 6 and up) who are unsure of the underground environment. Guides will direct participants through a crawl space, direct their attention to cave formations and cave critters, and walk with them in an underground river. $30 plus $5 parking.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 8, 15 and 29.

Bear Creek Guided Hike

This is a strenuous hike, but participants will go slow to enjoy the scenery on the 9-mile trail. Participants should bring water, lunch, sunscreen and a hiking stick if they have one. Meet at the G3 Building near the tennis courts. $25 plus $5 parking.

When: 10 a.m. Monday and Sept. 14.

Sunset West Rim Hike

Georgia Girl Guides will lead a day's end hike on the West Rim; includes the history and geology of the park as well as stops for scenic overlooks. Participants should bring water and a headlamp or flashlight. $10 plus $5 parking.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 28.

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