Summer is about getting away from it all, and with its Twilight Night Paddle, High Falls State Park is offering Middle Georgians a chance to do just that for a few hours.
The canoe caravan leaves at 7:30 p.m. Saturday from the parks office in Jackson and heads to the Buck Creek Bridge before returning.
We congregate when we get to the bridge and may talk a little about what we saw along the way, park resource manager Alyson Snipes said. We should get a chance to see the barn swallows and their nests as we go under the bridge.
Reservations are required for the event, and canoe experience is helpful but not required, Snipes said.
Its good if you have at least paddled before, she said, adding that no one younger than 6 is allowed to take the trip, and some kids older than 6 who have tagged along in the past have opted to paddle, but others just ride in the middle with their parents.
Its a nice, little, lazy paddle, but it is three miles. Its slow enough that people can take pictures from the boats, she said.
Seeing wading birds and watching the sun set are other highlights of the trip. The fee is $15 and includes the canoe, life jacket and paddle. Visitors with their own gear may participate for $10, and all visitors must buy the $5 parking pass.
All who come out for the paddles are advised to bring hats, water and clothes they dont mind getting wet, Snipes said.
Experienced canoers also are welcome to volunteer at the park to assist with future Twilight Night Paddles, coming up July 18 and 25 and Aug. 2.
In addition to the canoe trips, the park is offering a movie night under the stars July 19, featuring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
For more information and a calendar of summer events, visit www.gastateparks.org/HighFalls.
Twilight Night Paddle
When: 7:30 p.m. July 5
Where: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson