Georgia’s diverse landscape hosts seven particular wonders that captivate visitors from all over the world. Cascading falls, vibrant water holes and vast gorges all lie within the state.
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Amicalola Falls (Nearby Hotels)
Located near Dawsonville, the Amicalola Falls are striking. You’ll have to forge through a scenic 7.5 mile walk from Springer mountain to reach the astounding water feature; and it’s so worth it. From the falls, the 5 mile Hike Inn Trail guides adventurists to the Hike Inn, a cozy lodge only accessible by foot. It’s a rewarding treat to end your long trek; delicious food and warm beds welcome exhausted travelers.
Okefenokee Swamp (Nearby Hotels)
Right along the Florida Georgia line lies thousands of acres of wetlands, which are rich with foliage and wildlife. North America’s largest blackwater swamp, the Okefenokee, is protected by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, thus housing everything from Florida Black Bears, alligators, birds to various reptiles. Guided motorboat tours are the best way to experience the rugged waters, but the brave and experienced can camp along three islands dotted throughout the swamp.
Providence Canyon (Nearby Hotels)
“Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon” may be much smaller than the one out west, but it’s magnificent in its own right, with openings reaching depths of 150 feet. Farming in the 1800s led to massive erosion in the earth, forming gouges and cliffs with walls of red, white, pink and even purple. Trails weave inside and out of the canyon, all of which begin at the visitor’s center. Camping experiences are available too; more convenient pioneer camps offer basic necessities, while back country is for the truly seasoned outdoorsman.
Radium Springs (Nearby Hotels)
From an underground cave, 70,000 gallons of crystal clear water gush into a Caribbean-like pool. What once was a bustling resort is now an ecological and environmental park; you can still explore the ruins of the former hotel and casino which were destroyed by flood waters years ago. The chemical element, radium of course, gives the spring its luminescent, turquoise color. Walk along the stone pathways or through the gardens to peer into history and nature all at once.
Stone Mountain (Nearby Hotels)
Stone Mountain is the largest chunk of exposed granite in the world, and is famous for its enormous, and often controversial, Civil War carving. But during the summer, lasers light up the massive rock, and festivals and events keep the area hopping year round. Visitors can ride a cable car, or take a short hike, to the top of the mountain. The views are unbeatable; you can even see the Atlanta skyline.
Tallulah Gorge (Nearby Hotels)
Peering into the 2 mile long and 1,000 foot deep gorge can be a bit intimidating; the Tallulah River carved the massive valley and it remains the focal point of Tallulah Gorge State Park. Descending into the Gorge is a task that should be taken with great caution, but there are some stairs along the way. You’ll also find a sliding rock and swimming hole along the floor.
Warm Springs (Nearby Hotels)
Native Americans were known to have sought healing via the waters of Warm Springs located near Pine Mountain. Franklin D. Roosevelt took notice of the therapeutic benefits and spent much of his time there during the 20s. While tourist can no longer enjoy a soak in the bathing pools, Roosevelt’s Little White House now serves as a historical museum. The large pools are empty, but the spring at the bottom still bubbles a little water through the ground.