Georgia Geographical Attractions

Georgia Geographical Attractions
The geographical diversity of Georgia, with its beautiful coastline, majestic mountain peaks and tranquil countryside, is enough to entice anyone outdoors. The biggest challenge to Georgia visitors is in deciding which wonderful attractions to add to the itinerary. Whether you are flying solo and looking for a great outdoor adventure or planning a vacation for the whole family, Georgia has many attractions in which to delight.

Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains offers a variety of outdoor adventure and family fun, all set in the midst of natural beauty. Located in Fannin County, in the northeast corner of Georgia, the Blue Ridge Mountains are a great destination any time of year. The Ocoee Whitewater Center is the place to go for whitewater rafting and more. The Center also plays host to more than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. Long Creek Falls and Falls Branch Falls are popular attractions in summer and can be easily accessed by a simple short hike. Fishermen will delight at the opportunities at Shallowford Bridge, Horseshoe Bend Park, Rock Creek, Lake Blue Ridge and many other locations. If you truly want to get away from it all, to discover nature in the raw, the Cohutta Wilderness Area is the place to go. The Forest Service can offer you a map and get you started on your adventure.

Blue Ridge Mountains
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
152 Orvin Lance Drive
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
(706) 632-5680
blueridgemountains.com

Okefenokee Swamp

This beautiful, pristine wilderness is one of the greatest wetland areas in the country. Hiking, hunting and fishing are all available, as well as motor boat tours of the swamp. For a real adventure, take a paddle boat tour on your own. It is not for the faint of heart, because this is gator country. For those who want more than a day on the water, seven camping shelters are available along the canoe trails. A special permit, issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is required for overnight stays. Okefenokee Swamp is a haven for wildlife, including herons, egrets, alligators and black bears. Other attractions include the Chesser Family Homestead location, where you can step back in time to experience what life was like for original settlers.

Okefenokee Swamp
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2700 Suwannee Canal Road
Folkston, GA 31537
(912) 496-7366
fws.gov/okefenokee

Brasstown Bald

A trip to Brasstown Bald, at 4,784 feet above sea level, will take you to the top of Georgia. Located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, Brasstown Bald will allow you to see four states, on a clear day. However, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest has much more to offer. Activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, hunting and much more. The park also features OHV trails and campsites, for those who want to stay in the midst of nature throughout their visit. For those who find indoor accommodations more desirable, the Lake Winfield Scott Campground offers cabins to rent, for you convenience. If you want to take a less strenuous approach to the natural beauty of the area, take a drive down the Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway and marvel at the spectacular sites along the way.

Brasstown Bald
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-3000
fs.usda.gov

Article Written By Michael Evans

Michael Evans was born in Memphis, Tenn. He graduated from The University of Memphis, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. His primary course of study was photography and film production. He first began writing professionally for iOwn Inc. in 1997, and was published by LensWork Magazine in 2003.

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