Is it just me or did mother nature spent a little extra time on Georgia? It’s time to break out the maps, let the windows down, and experience what Georgia has to offer- because trust me it’s a lot. Check out this list of the top destinations for a day trip from Atlanta.
Amicalola Falls- 77 miles, 1 hour 40 min
At a whopping height of 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest Cascading waterfall in the Southeast. There is a combination of ways to view the waterfall from an accessible pathway to more challenging hiking trails. The great thing about Amicalola Falls is it’s just as easy or hard as you want to make it.
Brasstown Bald- 102 miles, 2 hours 20 minutes
Brasstown Bald is the tallest mountain in Georgia standing over 4,700 feet above sea level. On a clear day at the peak you can see the four states of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. If you are feeling more adventurous, there are three other trails accessible from this site, one of which leads to the Appalachian Trial. Nearby you can take the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway and drive through the national forest. From here you can stop at the Vogel State park, which has camping, hiking, fishing, and lake swimming.
Callaway Gardens- 80 miles, 1 hour 20 min
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Callaway Gardens has an activity for everyone. They are best known for their natural exhibits of different gardens and habitats. However, they also offer biking trails, golf, tennis, suspended obstacle courses, and a lake where you can fish, kayak and jon boat. For all of you who the outdoors may not be your thing, you need to check out their spa!
Dahlonega- 65 miles, 2 hours
Close your eyes and picture this- hills of vineyards surrounded by running streams and waterfalls, all in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. That right there is Dahlonega, GA. Historic Dahlonega offers live music, culture festivals, and food that is worth the trip itself. For all you wine enthusiasts, Dahlonega has five vineyards which annually produce 100 acres of wine grapes.
On top of the vineyards and entertainment, there is also kayaking, tubing, horseback riding, gardens and even a zoo. For the little ones, there are multiple gold mine tours and panning. Afterall, Dahlonega is located on top of the largest gold deposits found east of the Mississippi river. Not to pick favorites, but Dahlonega has stolen my heart.
Helen- 90 miles, 2 hours
Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure there is something for absolutely every kind of person in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For the H2O lovers, there is white water rafting, floating, kayaking, waterfalls and even a water park. For the outdoors lovers, there is hiking, horseback riding, multiple adventure parks, and mining and gem panning. For the food lovers, there are tons of different restaurants and shopping as well as wineries. You will have enough activities to last you well over a day trip.
Providence Canyon State Park- 147 miles, 2 hours 15 minutes
If you can’t make it to the Grand Canyon, you need to check out Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon”. Here you can hike the trails that overlook the 150-foot deep gullies. If you are a more adventurous hiker you can explore the deepest canyons and also backpack overnight with a trail that has a mix of forest and the canyons.
Tallulah Gorge- 96 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes
Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and 1,000 feet deep. You can choose to hike around it or walk over it on a suspended bridge 80 feet above high. The visitors center is packed with historic information on the town as well as the forest life. You can also chose to hike the gorge floor at certain times of the day. However, they only give out 100 permits a day so make sure you are early if you know that is something you want to do.
Yonah Mountain Vineyards- 85 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes
This 200-acre family winery is located on the southeastern base of Yonah Mountain, and is perfect for wine enthusiasts. Here they offer walking tours, wine tastings, a chance for you to get to experience how they craft their own wine from the grapes that they grow on property. There is also live music every Saturday and a festival once a year where there is live music, food trucks, wine tastings, and a chance for you to participate in barefoot grape stomping.
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