As summer approaches, Mistletoe State Park officials are showcasing their park to local residents through a special weekend of events Friday and Saturday.
“The kick-off for the weekend will take place Friday evening in the campground with guitar picking around the campfire,” said park Program Assistant Brenda Bettross. “Frank Locklear will entertain guests around the campfire with his guitar and music.”
Park guests can also enjoy an old-fashioned hayride Friday evening.
Saturday has been set aside for guests to hit the trails for a guided nature hike in the morning, beginning at 10 a.m. Walkers will meet at the Nature Center.
“The nature hike will focus on signs of spring,” said Bettross.
The walk is open to adults and children ages 8 or older accompanied by an adult.
Saturday afternoon activities will include an introduction to geocaching beginning at 1 p.m.
The basic idea of geocaching is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, take a trinket from the cache, leave something of equal or greater value in return for the next person and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is an outdoor adventure game similar to a treasure hunt, but played with a GPS device.
Janet Haskell will lead guests in the introduction to geocaching at the campground amphitheater.
“There are treasures in the woods,” said Bettross. “Would you know what to do if you found one?”
Immediately following the introduction, there will be a geocaching challenge. Participants will divide into teams to find caches in the woods. Prizes will be awarded to the first team to find all the caches.
The weekend will round out with hayrides and marshmallows Saturday evening from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
“Rides will leave approximately every half hour from the parking area beside the assembly shelter,” said Bettross. “Enjoy an old-fashioned hayride with a layover for roasting marshmallows. It will be fun for everyone in the family.”
Sponsored by Friends of Mistletoe State Park, hayrides cost $2 each. Aside from the geocaching challenge, which costs $5 per person, all other activities are free. There is a $5 park pass per vehicle.
For more about this and other park programs, call (706) 541-0321.