Valen­tine ac­tiv­i­ties planned at Ge­or­gia State Parks, Sites

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With Valen­tine’s Day fall­ing on a week­end this year, Ge­or­gia’s State Parks are of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of ways to share the love of na­ture with the ones you love. Park rangers have planned cre­ative events for cou­ples, fam­i­lies, friends -- and even Fido.

If your fa­vorite kisses in­volve a wet nose, bring your four-legged sweet­heart to High Falls State Park (Jack­son) for Paws on the Falls. At 1 p.m. Fe­bru­ary 13, dogs and their own­ers will gather for a scenic hike along the river, end­ing with dog treats. All pets must be on a six-foot leash while ex­plor­ing the park. Vis­i­tors may call 478-993-3053 for more de­tails.

Feel­ing like Cupid? A cou­ples-only archery class at Panola Moun­tain State Park (Stock­bridge) will fan the flames with a com­pe­ti­tion. At 5 p.m. Fe­bru­ary 13, take aim to see who’s the best ar­row-tot­ing an­gel. All equip­ment is pro­vided, but cou­ples must reg­is­ter in ad­vance by call­ing 770-389-7801.

Noth­ing says ro­mance as much as snug­gling by a fire. A few Ge­or­gia State Parks have planned Valen­tine’s Week­end spe­cials on cabin rentals. Guests at Eli­jah Clark State Park ( Clarks Hill Lake) will get a 30% dis­count, box of choco­late, wine glasses and sparkling cider at check-in, plus a friendly putt-putt chal­lenge. F.D. Roo­sevelt State Park (Pine Moun­tain) of­fers a free fire­side wine and cheese tast­ing, plus a scav­enger hunt ad­ven­ture, to cabin guests. Make reser­va­tions by call­ing 706-359-3458 for Eli­jah Clark and 706-6634858 for F.D. Roo­sevelt.

His­tory lovers will fall for a ro­man­tic story from Fort Moun­tain State Park (Chatsworth). Dur­ing the 1930s, a Civil­ian Con­ser­va­tion Corps ma­son carved a heart-shaped stone for his sweet­heart, set­ting it into a fire tower. On Fe­bru­ary 13 at 1 p.m., join a fam­ily friendly hike to see the stone and hear about their love story. The lad’s ro­man­tic ges­ture must have won her heart, be­cause they were mar­ried 59 years. To learn more about the hike, call 706-422-1932.

Look­ing for ro­mance on the rails? On Fe­bru­ary 14, en­joy a sun­set din­ner on the Sam Short­line Ex­cur­sion Train (Cordele) as it crosses sparkling Lake Black­s­hear. The meal is $129 per cou­ple and in­cludes an Ital­ian din­ner, 45-minute train ride, ro­man­tic dec­o­ra­tions and cash bar. Call 229-2760755 for reser­va­tions.

Fi­nally, over the years, many Ge­or­gians have popped the ques­tion and even got­ten mar­ried in state parks. Now, rangers are invit­ing vis­i­tors to share their ro­man­tic sto­ries and pho­tos on the park sys­tem’s Face­book page. Some of the best will be high­lighted over Valen­tine’s Day week­end. To share your own story, post it to www.face­­or­gias­tateparks/.

To learn more about Ge­or­gia’s State Parks and His­toric Sites, visit Ge­or­giaS­

Valen­tine shaped stone in foun­da­tion

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