Georgia is a beautiful state abundant with nature, wildlife, and its national parks showcase the area’s rich history. The government has designated these special spots as National land, and have turned them into welcoming and educational areas where visitors can dive into the state’s interesting past and nature. Coming to the Peach State soon? Don’t miss these must-see stops.
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Camp Sumter in Andersonville was formerly a military prison during the Civil War, and now is a monument to prisoners of war. There’s a museum, many markers through the area to pay tribute, and the actual cemetery. It is a place where you can deep dive into the impacts of the War and a great place for history enthusiasts to explore.
The Augusta Canal
A National Heritage Site, The Augusta Canal was originally built as a power source fueled by the Savannah River. Jump on a Petersburg open airboat for a tour of not only the canal but old buildings that surround it. A guide fills passengers in on significant facts while pointing out wildlife, from otters to alligators!
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Do you love outdoor adventures? Definitely, the most noteworthy thing to do in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is rafting or kayaking. Taking advantage of the rapids is an exciting way to explore. Some even hop in a tube and float the calmer portions of the river.
Fort Frederica National Monument
On Saint Simons Island, this fort was established all the way back in the 1700s. There’s many reasons to take a trip to this island, from southern seafood to quaint inns, but the fact that an important part of American history is still standing in the area, well that makes it even more alluring.
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
This unique heritage area stretches across many islands of the east coast, including Georgia’s Sapelo Island. Gullah/Geechee communities are still active today and have much to teach us about their specific life methods and difficult past.
The Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail not only runs through Georgia but all the way up to Maine. It’s an iconic stretch of path that many hike traverse through, while others dedicate themselves to the entire trek. Walking the Georgia portion, you’ll see rolling mountains, evergreens and some of Georgia’s most historic sites.
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Much history resides in Savannah Georgia, and that includes this old Civil War fort, which now serves as an interactive place to learn about the past. From occasional cannon firings to numerous signs situated about, this is an important site on Georgia’s coast. While educational, it’s also a very beautiful landscape as well.
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
One of many Civil War battles took place at this Oglethorpe location. You’ll find old cannons, monuments and two visitors centers with indoor learning opportunities. Outside guests can kayak, rock climb, hike, bike or even horseback ride within the park.
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Cumberland Island is somewhat eerie and magical at the same time. Indigenous oaks sway in the wind, crumbling mansions set abandoned and horses roam the shores. Ferry over to the largest barrier island and bike the roads to see wilderness and historic structures up close.
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
It’s like stepping back in time when visiting this little town in Plains, Georgia, where President Jimmy Carter’s childhood home still resides. There are some cute shops in town, in addition to great cafes, a bakery, and lots of peanut crops. You can hop onboard the nostalgic SAM Shortline train in Cordele, and arrive in Plains for a short visit.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
In 1864, a prominent Civil War battle took place here, which explains the name. Today, visitors can immerse in the history while trekking among a variety of trails coming in at a variety of different lengths. Ironically, it’s now a serene place to view Georgia landscape. Onsite you’ll find an informative visitors center where you can learn a bit more, and even purchase souvenirs.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
This moving site encompasses a handful of stops in Atlanta, significant to Martin Luther King Jr. Visitors can see the home where he was born, the church where he preached and was baptized, in addition to his final resting place.
Ocmulgee National Monument
Macon houses this monument to Native American history, which allows visitors to view burial grounds from a wooden platform, accessible via stairs. A museum offers more onsite educational information of the time period and the people who dwelled here.
Trail of Tears Historical Site
An accumulation of significant sites in towns like Marietta, Cedartown, Rossville and Calhoun comprise the Georgia portion of the Trail of Tears. The historic trail serves now as a line of sites that remember the Native Americans who suffered and died on the journey out of the southeast in the earlier half of the 1800s. The trail consists of prominent homes and crucial sites where pivotal moments took place.
Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
In Lithonia, and area east of Atlanta, there is an emerging granite mountain similar to that of the famed Stone Mountain. Officially classified as a National Heritage Area, some of the historic structures have been preserved and serve as an educational part of the unique landscape. Hike the granite, view unusual hued seasonal plants and soak in a specific, unique culture that thrived here.