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Fort offers tours, hikes, more through October

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POSTED: October 10, 2017 9:26 p.m.

Fort McAllister, a 1,725-acre Georgia state park home to the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy, will host a number of events throughout the month. All events take place at 3894 Fort McAllister Road.

Events for October are as follows:

Weekend Hikes at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Sunday. Choose from the edible plant, weekend waterway or the marsh flora hike and enjoy an educational hike with the park naturalist and rangers. Edible plant and marsh flora hike are about 3 miles. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $2 per person.

Candle Lantern Tour from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Come out for the annual candlelight guided tours and see soldiers go about their evening duties and experience what life was like for those living on the Georgia coast during the Civil War. Stop by the barracks house for some sweet treats before being treated to an exclusive night-time firing of the cannon. Tours are every half hour, and cost is $5-9 per person.

Astronomy from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 20. Park rangers will serve as guides to the galaxy while spending the evening gazing at the lunar landscape. Peer through telescopes while learning about the real majesty of the galaxy. Visitors will meet rangers at the front office before making a short half-mile hike. $2 per person.

Sunset Bat Hikes from 6:45-7:45 p.m. Oct. 27. Take a peek into the wild world of bats. Join park rangers to watch the flying friends take off over the setting sun. Guests will meet rangers at the park office and museum before taking a short half-mile hike to the marshes and creeks. $2 per person.

Blacksmithing and Civil War Medicine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21. Join park rangers as they show off the fun and the challenges of blacksmithing. Then learn about some of the many tonics and remedies that doctors and surgeons of the past used to heal ailments and injuries during the Civil War. Fort admission required.

Halloween at Savage Island from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 29. Get ready to get spooky as campers decorate their campsites to compete for the many prizes such as scariest site, best costume and more. Satisfy your sweet tooth with some candy courtesy of park rangers. This event is for campers only.

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