Georgia Natural Attractions

Georgia Natural Attractions
Georgia is a state rich in diverse activities and natural beauty. Nature lovers will delight at the ecologically diverse sights including marshes, seashores, forests and open pastures. Thrill seekers will find numerous physically demanding challenges throughout the state. There are suitable locations for all types of activities scattered around the state.

Kolomoki Mounds Historic Park

From AD 350 AD to AD 650, American Indians occupied the site that is now the Kolomoki Mounds Historic Park. This historically significant landmark occupies 1,294 acres. The museum sits adjacent to the Indian burial grounds that give the site its name. The museum contains artifacts from and stories about the ancient Indian tribes that once inhabited the land. Visitors to the park can select from a diverse array of outdoor activities. There are 5 miles of hiking trails in the park. Paddle boats or canoes are available for rent in the spring, summer and fall to tour the park's lakes, and there are numerous designated fishing areas. Campsites are also available.

Kolomoki Mounds Historic Park
205 Indian Mounds Rd
Blakely , GA 39823-4460
(404) 656-2770
gastateparks.org

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Cumberland Island is a barrier island off the coast of southern Georgia. This island is a popular tourist attraction due to the views, diverse ecosystems and numerous leisure activities available. In addition to the beach, there are 50 miles of hiking trails that wind through a variety of landscapes. Ranger-led hikes provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about the natural features of Cumberland Island. There are several camping options available. Visitors can select from a developed or a wilderness campsite. Campsites lay scattered around the park; some are deep in the heart of the forest, while others are situated on the pristine beaches. Fishing and hunting are also available; the appropriate license should be acquired prior to heading to the island. Biking is permitted on the island. You may bring your own bike, or you may rent a bike at the Sea Camp Dock.

Cumberland Island National Seashore
P. O. Box 806
St. Marys, Georgia 31558
(912) 882-4336 ext. 254
nps.gov

Fort Yargo State Park

Fort Yargo State Park is located between Athens and Atlanta. In the park, a log fort that was originally built in 1792 for protection from the Indians sits as a reminder of the historical significance of this patch of land. The park consists of 1,816 acres and features a 260-acre lake with two boat ramps and a beach that is open during the spring and summer. Canoes and paddle boats are available for rent seasonally, and there are on-site minigolf and disc golf courses. Visitors may hike or bike on the 18 miles of rustic trails. Numerous accommodation options including campsites, cottages and yurts are available for those who wish to spend an extended time touring this park.

Fort Yargo State Park
210 S. Broad Street
Winder , GA 30680
(770) 867-3489
gastateparks.org

Article Written By Erin Schreiner

Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.

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