If you fill your calendar with the activities that we have listed here, fall will come and go before you know it. Enjoy!
The Shores of Lake Allatoona
See the trees as they reflect on the lake as you cruise the calm waters with your closest friends on a captain’s tour, offered through the Little River Marina. A captain will drive the boat and offer a tour of the lake and special locations. The marina offers 25 percent off the price of boat rentals through the fall.
For more information on specialty events and group tours, call Michelle at 770-345-2900 or 770-331-2040.
Red Top Mountain State Park
Nothing can top a breathtaking view of Georgia forests painted with myriad oranges, reds and golds in the crisp autumn air. Autumn weather beckons trail-goers to enjoy the cooler climate via water, wheels or trusty hiking boots. Feel the leaves crunch underfoot while hiking, breeze past a blur of fall foliage on a mountain bike and camp under the stars.
• By mountain bike: Circle the meandering four-mile Iron Hill Trail loop while admiring the spectacular sights of Lake Allatoona’s autumn foliage. This park is part of Georgia’s Muddy Spokes Club, a series of mountain biking trails created to challenge experienced and casual cyclists alike to tackle 68 miles of trails in 11 state parks.
• Hike with your dog: Take your dog on the White Tail Trail at Red Top as part of Georgia State Parks’ newest Tails on Trails club. Hikers and their four-legged companions are challenged to hike seven trails at one of Georgia’s state parks and, upon completion, dogs earn a bandana and their owners earn a T-shirt for logging the miles. The trail meanders through hardwood forest to a beautiful overlook of Lake Allatoona. More than 15 miles of trails wind through the forested park, and dogs are welcome on all, not just the Tails on Trails designated trail.
• Camp under the stars: The First-Time Camper program immerses newbies into camping in a safe, fun way. Thirteen state parks, including Red Top Mountain, offer loaner gear by Coleman, REI and North Face. For $50, first-time adventure seekers can spend two nights in a modern campground with a tent, sleeping pads, chairs, a camp stove, lantern and marshmallow-roasting sticks. Park staff and volunteers can help set up the tents and provide “Camping 101” instructions.
Information courtesy Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Foraging (for candy)
Towne Lake Community Church Trunk-N-Treat Bible Stories, 7-9 p.m., with games, candy, cake walk, bonfire and more. Kid-friendly costumes please. The church is at 132 N. Medical Parkway, Woodstock. www.tlcchurch.com
Cherokee YMCA trunk or treat is 3-8 p.m. at the outdoor facility at 201 E. Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. Also featuring hayrides, climbing tower, costume contest, games and a bounce house. Free.
Trunk or Treat at River Ridge High School 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Other activities include face painting and playing on inflatables. River Ridge is at 400 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Email RRHStrunkortreat@gmail.com with questions.
Trunk or Treat 5-7 p.m. with live music at Bascomb United Methodist Church, 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock.
Trunk or Treat & Fall Festival 4-7 p.m. at Fields Chapel United Methodist Church, 1331 Fields Chapel Road, Canton. Food, games, candy and hayrides. www.fieldschapel.org
Holly Springs Autumn Fest is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Barrett Park and will feature local arts and crafts vendors, food, a children’s area with inflatables, pumpkin painting and a pumpkin seed spitting contest. www.hollyspringsga.us
Cornerstone Community Church is hosting its first fall festival 4-8 p.m. at 4206 N. Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. The event is free and open to the public. It will include food, inflatables, door prizes and games. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” will be shown in the sanctuary. There also will be live music including praise and worship, Southern gospel and bluegrass. Prizes will be given to the first 150 children. For more information, contact Sadie Wauford at firstname.lastname@example.org or Erika Neldner at email@example.com.
Woodstock Lions Club festival at His Hands Church, 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Train and helicopter rides, horseback riding, bouncing houses, fire truck for kids to climb on. Woodstocklionsclb@gmail.com. 770-906-2958
Arnold Mill Elementary festival 5-8 p.m. with games, inflatables, music and food. The school is at 710 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock.
Woodstock Elementary School festival, 6-9 p.m. with games, cake walk, face painting, vendors, snow cones, popcorn and barbecue.
Oak Grove Fine Arts Academy will host a Dr. Seuss Fall Festival beginning at 6 p.m. The school is at 6118 Woodstock Road, Acworth.
Sixes Elementary festival is 5-9 p.m., with traditional games including Duck Pond. Games are sponsored by homeroom classes. Also includes a fun zone with inflatables, silent auction, pumpkin decorating contest between all classes and shopping from local vendors. The school is at 20 Ridge Road, Canton.