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!

Explore Archery
Explore Archery is an innovative educational program focused on introducing the novice to the sport of archery.
Date: Thursdays, March 2 – March 30, 2023
Cost: $30 for the session
Time: 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Recreation Center
Ages: 8-12
Contact: Adam Fussell, cafussell@cherokeega.com
Registration Dates: Feb 6 – March 1, 2023 

Archery Come and Try Days
If you’ve never picked up a bow and arrow but want to see what all the hype is about, this is your chance! This single day event will introduce participants to the very basics of the sport. Space is limited.
Dates: Friday, November 18/ Sunday, December 4/ Sunday, January 15/ Friday, February 24
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:15pm (Fridays), 2:00pm – 3:15pm (Sundays)
Ages: 8 and up
Location: The WREC
Cost: $10 per participant per class
Contact: Adam Fussell, cafussell@cherokeega.com
Registration Dates: August 1st 9:00am – November 16th 5:00pm/December 2nd 5:00pm/January 13th 5:00pm/ February 22nd 5:00pm

Garland Mountain Day Hike
Join us for a beautiful morning hike (approximately a 4-mile loop) as we take on the natural beauty of the Appalachian foothills! This hike is considered moderate.
Dates: Saturday, February 4 and Saturday, April 15
Time: 10:00 am
Ages: All Ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location: Garland Mountain Horse and Hiking Trails
Cost: $10 per participant
Contact: Adam Fussell, cafussell@cherokeega.com
Registration Dates: August 1

Lewis Park Night Hike 
Join us as we hike through the trails of Lewis Park at dusk into the nightfall (approximately 1.5 miles) to add an extra later of excitement to the adventure! Snacks and water will be provided.
Date: Friday, March 3rd  
Cost: $10 per participant
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Lewis Park
Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Contact: Adam Fussell, cafussell@cherokeega.com
Registration Dates: February 6 – March 1, 2023

Volunteer Clean-up Trail and Maintenance
Join us as a volunteer in an effort to clean and maintain our beloved parks! We will provide as many tools as possible. Please register for this event so we can plan accordingly.
Dates: Saturday, January 28
Time: 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location: Cherokee Veterans Park (determined based on park needs at time of event)
Cost: Free
Contact: Adam Fussell, cafussell@cherokeega.com
Registration Date: August 1


Hiking Scavenger Hunt: Halloween 
Get your costumes and flashlights handy as we take on a Halloween themed scavenger hunt at dusk into nightfall!
Dates: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 6:30pm
Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location: Lewis Park
Cost: $10 per participant
Contact: Adam Fussell, cafussell@cherokeega.com
Registration Dates: August 1

Hiking Scavenger Hunt: Christmas 
Bring your holiday spirit as we take on a Christmas themed scavenger hunt while hiking through the trails of Lewis Park!
Dates: Saturday, December 10
Time: 10:00 am
Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location: Lewis Park
Cost: $10 per participant
Contact: Adam Fussell, cafussell@cherokeega.com
Registration Dates: August 1