Starting March 22: Recreation, outdoor and sporting events

March 20, 2013 

Hike the Pine Mountain trail on Saturday night, walk to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis on Saturday morning and watch the Cottonmouths at the Snake Pit (the Columbus Civic Center) Friday-Saturday (March 22-23).

HOCKEY

The Columbus Cottonmouths: vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers 7:30 p.m. March 22 and vs. August RiverHawks 7:30 p.m. March 23 at the Columbus Civic Center. Tickets cost $12.75-$30.75.

RUNNING/WALKING

Multiple Sclerosis Walk: March 23, Golden Park, Columbus. Registration, 9 a.m./walk, 10 a.m. Walk to create a world free of MS. Register at walkMS.org or 1-800-344-4867.

Big Dog Trail Run: The 10K will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Flat Rock Park. Cost is $25 through March 29. On race day it's $30. bigdogrunning.com

Red, White, & Blue Veterans Run: 10K, 5K and walk. 9 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Rotary Park. Romal Holder, 706-593-3393, rholder@redwhiteandbluerun.com

CrossFit 5K Summer Series: 9 a.m. Saturday, March 30. This is the first of 8 races hosted by CrossFit Sacrifice and Big Dog Running Co. that run through October. www.cfinceptionendurance.com

Kids Run Columbus: A free program sponsored by Columbus Road Runners and Big Dog Running Company, through May 5, Lakebottom Park, near oval track. Pre-K-5th grade: 4-4:30 p.m. Sundays and 7:15-7:45 p.m. Thursdays; 5th grade-8th grade: 4:30-5 p.m. Sundays, 7:45-8:15 p.m. Thursdays. Goals: promote fitness, healthy lifestyle, basic nutrition, and lifetime of activity. 706-596-9308.

HIKING

Pine Mountain Trail Hike: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Country Store Parking Lot. Night hike on the Overlook Loop, 3.4 easy miles, guided. Free, hikers of all ages are welcome. No registration, just show up a few minutes before the stated start time and bring water and a snack. Visit pinemountaintrail.org or call Jim Hall 706-569-0497 for more information.

ICE SKATING

Columbus Ice Rink: Public skating sessions are 5-7 p.m. today; 4-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4-9 p.m. Sunday; 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, at the rink, 400 Fourth St. $7, $5 for children 10 and younger; $3 for skate rentals. 706-225-4500.

BASEBALL

CSU doubleheader: Vs. Tuskegee 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 27, Ragsdale Field. $5, $3 for ages 12 and young; free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. 706-568-2204.

CSU: Vs. Flagler 4 p.m. March 29, Ragsdale Field.

SOFTBALL

CSU doubleheader: Vs. Georgia Southwestern 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 27, Cougar Field. Admission: $5/$3 for ages 12 and young; free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. 706-568-2204.

CSU doubleheader: Augusta State 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. March 29, Cougar Field.

TENNIS

CSU women: Vs. UNC Pembroke 10 a.m. March 25, Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center.

CSU women: Vs. BYU-Hawaii 2 p.m. March 26, Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center.

DESTINATIONS

Take a tree walk: Teach your kids about trees native to the Columbus area on this walk-at-your-own-pace activity. Trees Columbus offers free printable maps and audio tours for users to download at columbusga.org/TreeWalk. Materials are available for Lakebottom Park Trail and a Downtown Trail.

Fall Line Trace: Also commonly called Rails to Trails, families can run, walk and bike on this 12-foot wide asphalt trail that includes two rest areas, one near Hannan Magnet Academy on Warm Springs Road and one on Manchester Expressway across from Legacy Chevrolet. Learn more here.

Walk along the Riverwalk: Take a look at how the river in downtown Columbus has changed with the Whitewater project. City Mills Dam will likely be blown up next week, so take some photos now. Read more about the Riverwalk here and more about the latest stage in the Whitewater development plan here.

CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center: Learn about plant and animal life. Enclosures for alligators, tortoises, snakes, fish and other animals. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Free to visit, some programs have a fee. 706-507-8550. Learn more at oxbow.columbusstate.edu. Oxbow offers 30-minute guided tree canopy walks. Pre-registration is required, call 706-507-8550 to book your tour. They are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and cost $5 per person, with binocular rental included.

Pine Mountain Trail: Just a bit out of town, take a hike along one of the Pine Mountain Trail's scenic loops. Loops are 3.2 miles to 7.8 miles. Find trail maps, parking information and guidelines here.

Hills & Dales Estate: Tour the gardens and historic home from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Garden tours, which include iPod audio tours, cost $8 for adults and $4 for students age 7 through college. Home tours are $15 for adults and $7 for those age 7 through college. Kids 6 and younger are not permitted in the house but may tour the gardens with their families for free. Learn more at hillsanddales.org.

Callaway Gardens: Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily for the recreational park and activity center in Pine Mountain. Exhibits include the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, John A. Sibley Horticulture Center and Birds of Prey shows. Regular admission is $18 for anyone 13 and older and $9 for children ages 6-12. callawaygardens.com. 706-663-2281.

Butts Mill Farm: Opens at 10 a.m. daily. Features paintball fields, go-karts, fishing, horseback riding, miniature golf, on-site catering, plenty of children’s activities. Two miles west of Pine Mountain on Butts Mill Road. $15.95 for everyone 10 and older, $13.95 for children ages 3-9, free for children 2 and younger; free for military with valid ID. 706-663-7400. Learn more at buttsmillfarm.com.

Wild Animal Safari at Pine Mountain: Drive your car through the up-close animal encounter or ride on the bus. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Extended spring break hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 23-April 7. $19.95 for anyone 13 and older; $16.95 for seniors and children 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. 800-367-2751. animalsafari.com/Georgia.

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