Originally controlled by the local Cherokee tribe, the name of the waterfalls after which the park is named means "tumbling waters" in Cherokee. The waterfall is the highest in the state, measuring in at just under 730 feet. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the four trail groups winding their way around the waterfall. Turn it into a vacation by staying at the Len Foote Hike Inn, found just inside the park's boundaries.
Amicalola Falls State Park
240 Amicalola State Park Rd
Dawsonville, Georgia 30534-1003
Len Foote Hike Inn
240 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd
Dawsonville, Georgia 30534
The swamp spans over 430 thousand acres of wetlands and is the United States' biggest peat swamp. Thousands of tourists visit annually to enjoy the serene environment or to catch a glimpse at the numerous animals living in the swamp, including the rare Florida black bear and numerous alligators and waterfowl. Look for carnivorous plants, such as the giant hooded pitcher plant that can grow to a soaring height of four feet and eats bugs and frogs.
Okefenokee State Park
5700 Okefenokee Swamp Rd
Waycross, Georgia 31503-7925
Located along Georgia's western border, the canyon's steep gorges were formed by a combination of natural erosion and runoff from nearby farmlands. The main Pioneer Campground, as well as six small campsites scattered throughout the park's thousand acres, attract many campers. Visit the visitor centers found throughout the park to learn more about the areas history.
Hwy 39C and Hwy 28
Lumpkin, Georgia 31815
Over 50,000 gallons of water gush out of the springs and pour into the nearby Flint River. Some individuals enjoy sitting along the banks of the springs and enjoying the warmth generated, as the water is an average 70 degrees Fahrenheit, even in the dead of winter.
Intersection of Radium Springs Rd and Holly Dr
Albany, Georgia 31705
This granite mountain is one of the largest in the state. Look for a massive relief sculpture of three Confederate leaders in the United States' civil war, engraved in the side of the mountain and covering three acres of the mountain's face. There are also many attractions and hiking trails, including an open air farm museum and the Stone Mountain Park, which hosts nightly laser shows and rides on the nearby lake.
Found along Stone Mountain Lithonia Drive
PO Box 778
Stone Mountain Park, Georgia 30086
This two-mile gorge reaches a depth of over 1,000 feet in some areas and includes a series of waterfalls that run from the top of the gorge to the lake at the bottom. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy using the falls and lake for whitewater rafting and kayaking.
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Clarkesville, Georgia 30523
Roosevelt Warm Springs
Originally launched over 80 years ago by the U.S. president after whom the institute is named, the warm springs is a functioning rehabilitation center. Its location was named for the center's warm mineral springs, which are heated by underground thermal activity to a constant heat of 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation
6135 Roosevelt Hwy
Warm Springs, Georgia 31830