Outdoor Recreation

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Despite its diversity, all outdoor recreation has one thing in common. By definition, outdoor recreation depends in some way on natural environments. The natural setting might be a pristine wilderness area, a pond in your backyard, or a carefully designed and modified urban park or greenway. It can occur days from the nearest road or in a tiny park in the heart of downtown. Outdoor recreation includes activities such as hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, kayaking, biking, rock climbing, restoration and conservation volunteering, etc. It is believed that nearly 50% of all Americans participate in at least one outdoor activity annually. Taking part in recreational activities, especially outdoors, can greatly improve physical and mental health. Enjoying the great outdoors also promotes the health and well-being of the natural environment itself. Proper use of our public lands creates concern and awareness for keeping them protected. It is also a vital part of the economy on both the local and national level by contributing billions of dollars. Most importantly, outdoor recreation improves quality of life. It’s clear that simply getting outside has a direct correlation on making one happier and healthier. Why wait? Nothing can bring you to your senses like being in the beautiful outdoors. Get outside and play in Cherokee County!

NIGHT HIKE 
Join us as we take a hike through the trails of Lewis Park (approximately 1.5 miles). The hike will take place at night to add an extra layer of excitement to the adventure. Snacks and water will
be provided.
Date:                     Friday, September 4
Time:                     7:30 p.m.
Ages:                     ALL (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location:               Lewis Park
Cost:                     $10 per participant
Registration:         Opens August 3 at 9:00AM

LITTLE RIVER KAYAK RUN
Please join us as we take a kayaking run from Olde Rope Mill Park to the Little River Marina.
Date:                      Saturday, September 12
Time:                      8:30 a.m.
Ages:                      ALL (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location:                Olde Rope Mill Park
Cost:                       $40 with kayak rental
                               $15 if you bring your own kayak
Registration:           Opens August 3 at 9:00AM              

EXPLORE ARCHERY 
Explore Archery is an innovative educational program focused on introducing the novice to the sport. All ages and skill levels are welcome—from beginners to well-seasoned archers. Participants will fall in love with the fastest growing sport in the Southeast.
Date:                      Thursdays, September 3, 10 & October 1, 8
Time:                      6:15 p.m.–7:45 p.m.
Ages:                      8-12 years of age
Location:                Recreation Center
Cost:                      $30 for the six-week session
Registration:          Open August 3 at 9:00AM

KAYAK AND FISH
Join us at the beautiful Hickory Log Creek Reservoir in Canton for a morning of kayaking and fishing. During registration, let the staff member know if you have a kayak for the trip or if you will be renting one. The kayak, fishing equipment, and bait is included.
Date:                      Saturday, October 10
Time:                      9:00 a.m.
Ages:                      ALL (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location:                Hickory Log Creek Reservoir
Cost:                      $40 with kayak rental
                              $15 if you bring your own kayak
Registration:          Opens August 3 at 9:00AM

HIKING SCAVENGER HUNT-HALLOWEEN
Get your costumes and flashlights handy as we take on a Halloween themed scavenger hunt at night!
Date:                      Wednesday, October 28
Time:                      6:30 p.m.
Ages:                      ALL (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location:                Lewis Park
Cost:                      $10 per participant
Registration:          Opens August 3 at 9:00AM

GARLAND MOUNTAIN DAY HIKE 
Join us for a morning day hike (approximately 3-4 miles) as we take on the natural beauty of the Appalachian foothills.
Date:                      Saturday, November 7
Time:                      9:00 a.m.
Ages:                      ALL (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location:                Garland Mountain Horse and Hiking Trails
Cost:                      $10 per participant
Registration:          Opens August 3 at 9:00AM

ARCHERY COME AND TRY DAY
Come and try the fast growing sport of archery! Only the very basics will be taught in these sessions. Space will be limited.
Date:                      Friday, November 20
Time:                      6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Ages:                      ANY
Location:                Recreation Center
Cost:                      $10 per participant
Registration:          Opens August 3 at 9:00AM

HIKING SCAVENGER HUNT-CHRISTMAS
Bring your holiday spirit as we take on a Christmas themed scavenger hunt while hiking at Lewis Park!
Date:                      Saturday, December 12
Time:                      10:00 a.m.
Ages:                      ALL (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location:                Lewis Park
Cost:                      $10 per participant
Registration:          Opens August 3 at 9:00AM

PROJECT WILD WORKSHOP
Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. The goal is to develop awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to result in responsible behavior and constructive actions concerning wildlife.
Date:                      Saturday, December 19
Time:                      9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Ages:                      7-12 years of age
Location:                Recreation Center
Cost:                      $5 per participant
Registration:          Opens August 3 at 9:00AM

GARLAND MOUNTAIN DAY HIKE
Join us for a morning day hike (approximately 3-4 miles) as we take on the natural beauty of the Appalachian foothills.
Date:                      Saturday, February 13
Time:                      10:00 a.m.
Ages:                      ALL (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location:                Garland Mountain Horse and Hiking Trails
Cost:                      $10 per participant
Registration:          Opens August 3 at 9:00AM

ARCHERY COME AND TRY DAY
Come and try the fast growing sport of archery! Only the very basics will be taught in these sessions. Space will be limited.
Date:                      Friday, February 19
Time:                      6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Ages:                      ANY
Location:                Recreation Center
Cost:                      $10 per participant
Registration:          Opens August 3 at 9:00AM

VOLUNTEER TRAIL CLEAN-UP AND MAINTENANCE
Please join us at Lewis Park in an effort to clean and maintain one of our local, natural parks! We will provide as many tools as possible.
Date:                      Saturday, February 27
Time:                      10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ages:                      ALL (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location:                 Lewis Park
Cost:                       FREE
Registration:           Opens August 3 at 9:00AM

Contact: Adam Fussell | cafussell@cherokeega.com | 770-924-7768