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!

Archery

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 pm –7:00 pm
Ages: All
Location: Recreation Center
Cost: $10 per participant

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 one of the fastest growing sports in the southeast.
Date: Thursdays, March 4 – April 1
Time: 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Recreation Center
Ages: 8 - 12
Cost: $30 for the session

Teen Beginner Archery
Date: Wednesdays, April 14, 21 & 28
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Recreation Center
Ages: 13-15
Cost: $15 for the session

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, May 21 & August 20
Time: 6:30 pm –7:30 pm
Ages: All
Location: Recreation Center
Cost: $10 per participant

Adult Beginner Archery
Join us for a three week session as we take on one of the fastest growing sports in the southeast.
Date: Wednesdays, August 11, 18 & 25
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Recreation Center
Ages: 18+
Cost: $15 per session

Hikes

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 & April 17
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

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, March 5
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Lewis Park
Ages: All
Cost: $10 per participant

Scavenger Hunt: Easter Hike
Come out and hop through the trails of Lewis Park with us as we take on a Easter-themed scavenger hunt!
Date: Wednesday, March 31
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Lewis Park
Ages: All (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $10 per participant

Kayaking

Little River Kayak Run
Please join us as we take a kayaking run from Olde Rope Mill Park to the Little River Marina! Snacks and water will be provided.
Date: Saturday, May 15
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Little River Marina
Ages: All (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $40 inlcudes kayak rental, $15 if you bring your own kayak

Other

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

For more information contact Adam Fussell, cafussell@cherokeega.com.