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!

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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.
Date: Friday, May 21 | Friday, August 20 | Friday, November 12 | Sunday, December 12 | Sunday, January 16 | Friday, February 11
Cost: $10 per participant per class
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm (Fridays), 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (Sundays)
Location: Recreation Center
Ages: 7 and up

Explore Archery
Explore Archery is an innovative educational program focused on introducing the novice to the sport of archery. All skill levels are welcome!
Date: Thursdays, September 2, 9, 30 & October 7, 14, 21
Cost: $30 for the session
Time: 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Location: Recreation Center
Ages: 8-12

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


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.
Date: Saturday, October 30 & Saturday, February 5
Cost: $10 per participant
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Garland Mountain Horse and Hiking Trails
Ages: All Ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)

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, September 10
Cost: $10 per participant
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Lewis Park
 Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)

Hiking Scavenger Hunt: Halloween
Get your costumes and flashlights handy as we take on a Halloween themed scavenger hunt at dusk into nightfall!
Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 6:30P pm Cost: $10 per participant
Location: Lewis Park
Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)

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!
Date: Saturday, December 18
Time: 10:00 am Cost: $10 per participant
Location: Lewis Park
Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)


Little River Kayak Run
Please join us as we take an approximate 3 hour kayak run down the Little River! Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Date: Saturday, October 2
Cost: $40 includes kayak rental, $15 if you bring your own kayak
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Little River Marina
Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)

Volunteer Clean Up

Volunteer Trail Clean Up 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.
Date: Saturday, October 9 & Saturday, January 29
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Fields Landing Park (October), Cherokee Mills Boat Ramp (January)
Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)

For more information, contact Adam Fussell at cafussell@cherokeega.com or 770-924-7768.