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Georgia Outdoors Adventures



There are so many exciting outdoors adventures in Georgia for you to enjoy. Explore Georgia on one of its many scenic hiking trails, and Georgia is a virtual paradise for bird watchers. Biking has become a major activity and tourist draw in Georgia, as reflected in the diverse number of biking trails. Beaches, mountains, state parks, gorgeous lakes, meandering rivers, and a climate suitable for year-round outdoor activity make Georgia outdoors adventures among the best in the country.


Northeast Georgia Mountains
Northeast Georgia Mountains outdoors adventures offer an incredible variety of exciting things to do and see. Hike the Appalachian Trail! Georgia’s 76+ miles of the Appalachian Trail are among the most rugged on the 2175 mile footpath. Enjoy the unique Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls, Georgia’s only true eco-lodge, but be prepared because the only way you will get there is hiking to it.

Go whitewater rafting on the nationally designated Wild & Scenic Chattooga River, where several outfitters (such as Wildwater Ltd.) will equip and guide you through Class III, IV and V rapids.



Whitewater Rafting on the Chattooga River


Visit one of the many gorgeous waterfalls that dot this landscape. Travel to Amicalola Falls State Park just northwest of Dawsonville and be amazed at the beauty of this 729-foot waterfall – the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi. Near Clayton there are a number of waterfalls in the Chattahoochee National Forest to enjoy. Just north of Helen you will find Anna Ruby Falls, a spectacular double falls created by two creeks that join together. The Curtis Falls drops 153 feet and the York Falls drops 50 feet. South of Clayton along Highway 441 is the Tallulah Gorge State Park which is home to Tallulah Falls, which cascades down part of the 1,000 foot gorge.

The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds plays host to several popular annual events including the Georgia Mountain Fair, the Georgia Mountain Roots & Music Festival, the Superstar Concert Series, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival and Georgia’s Official State Fiddler’s Convention.


The Pioneer Village at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds


One of the most delightful northeast Georgia happenings is a trip to Lake Sidney Lanier. This beautiful 39,000 acre lake borders five Georgia counties and offers a variety of exciting things to do. There are a number of marinas and parks on the lake, which provide ample opportunities for fishing, boating and swimming. Further east along the border of South Carolina is another fantastic lake, the 55,000 acre Lake Hartwell, which also has gorgeous scenery and terrific fishing. Hart State Park offers camping, cottages, swimming, picnic areas, canoe rentals, fishing and trails. There are several other really nice state parks are in the area, including: Victoria Bryant in Royston, Fort Yargo in Winder, and Richard B. Russell and Bobby Brown - both near Elberton.


Presidential Pathways
Check out the Presidential Pathways outdoors adventures. For nature lovers a trip to Providence Canyon, known as “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon”, will be quite a treat. Providence Canyon is near Lumpkin and resides in a 1003-acre state conservation park known as Providence Canyon State Park. Visitors are amazed at the beauty of the multi-colored rocks and the vegetation.

Providence Canyon Hiking: Courtesy of the Georgia Department of Economic development


Nearby you can camp or stay in cottages at the Florence Marina State Park on the beautiful 45,000-acre Walter F. George Lake. This lake is ideal for boating, swimming, and fishing. Nature lovers, particularly those that enjoy birding, will love the variety birds found here
In Pine Mountain take an outdoor excursion to the Wild Animal Safari, a 500-acre wildlife preserve, where you can have face-to-face encounters with exotic animals from six continents. Just up the road is the F. D. Roosevelt State Park, where you can enjoy horseback riding. If you enjoy hiking, you should explore the 23-mile Pine Mountain trail, which offers breathtaking views and crystal-clear streams. Nearby is West Point Lake, which has over 500 miles of shoreline and is known as a championship fishing lake. There are parks, campgrounds, marinas and beach areas to enjoy. There are plenty of Wildlife Management Areas in this area that you can find out more information about if you enjoy hunting, fishing, birding or hiking.
The Flint River flows through this area and near Thomaston amateurs and experts can both enjoy a “Float the Flint” experience. Near Sprewell Bluff there are Class II rapids where you can enjoy a lazy float down the river. Along the infamous Yellow Jacket Shoals experts can be challenged by Class III and IV rapids. The Sprewell Bluff State Park is also located along the Flint River and provides nice picnic spots.

Located on magnificent West Point Lake and surrounded by the beautiful yellow pines and rolling hills of west Georgia , Highland Marina Resort is ideal for your family’s next vacation or weekend getaway. An area well known by water sport enthusiasts and fisherman alike, West Point Lake offers 27,000 acres for fishing, cruising and skiing fun. If fishing is your game, get ready for the best largemouth, crappie, and hybrid bass fishing in the country! West Point Lake has earned the title of one of the hottest fishing lakes in the nation. Anglers from all over the world flock to this lake where six pound bass are common, the lake record bass is 14.2 pounds!



Highland Marina Resort Activities on West Point Lake


The Georgia Veteran’s State Park near Cordele was established as a memorial to U.S. veterans and features a museum with aircraft, armored vehicles, uniforms, weapons, medals, and other items from the Revolutionary through Gulf Wars. Visitors can spend the day or longer exploring the area by land or lake. Within the Park is the first-class Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, which affords a breathtaking view of the 8,000-acre Lake Blackshear. Guests will find a variety of out
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