There are many great state parks in and around Georgia – many just a short drive from Atlanta! Here are a few of my family’s favorites.
Hike the Little Grand Canyon Providence Canyon, located outside of Columbus in Lumpkin, Ga., is known as “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon” because of the massive gullies exposing 43 different shades of soil ranging from light orange, salmon, red and scarlet to white, purple and pink. The Canyon, at times as deep as 150 feet, is the result of poor farming practices in the 1800s.
Walk the Course at Victoria Bryant
The Highland Walk Golf Course at Victoria Bryant State Park in Royston, Ga., near the University of Georgia in Athens offers rolling hills and beautiful scenery, plus a challenging course that will use all the clubs in your golf bag.
Go Splunking at Cloudland Canyon
Cloudland Canyon, located just outside Chattanooga, TN, is one of Georgia’s most scenic parks, both above and below the ground. This area of Georgia has some of the best caving in the country. For beginners, try a guided cave tour with the Georgia Girl Guides. They’ll have you wading through underground rivers, crawling in chocolate mud creeks and having a blast.
Become a Canyon Climber at Amicalola Falls
Climb 425 steps to the top of Amicalola Falls and you’ve completed one of the four canyons to be inducted into the Georgia State Parks Canyon Climbers Club. Next up: Providence Canyon, Cloudland Canyon and Tallulah Gorge.
Get Muddy at Unicoi State Park
Unicoi has eight miles of mountain biking trails. It’s one of 11 state parks that participate in the Muddy Spokes Club. Finish all 68 miles of trails around the state and receive bragging rights and a t-shirt.
Kayak Whitewater at Tullulah Gorge
Hit the dam’s water release dates just right and be prepared for some major flow at this North Georgia State Park! Whether you kayak or just watch from the gorge above, this whitewater will get your heart pumping.