- Providence Canyon
Located in Stewart county, this 1,000 acre state park contains outstanding views of the multicolored walls of the “Little Grand Canyon.” Carved by erosion, this canyon shows Stewart county’s underground soil network and structure, exposing the different types and colors of clays, rocks, and sand up to a depth of 150 ft in some places. This state park offers some of the best hiking trails and camping opportunities in the state of Georgia and we highly recommend giving it a visit!
8930 Canyon Rd, Lumpkin, GA 31815, USA
- Tallulah Gorge
Located on the Rabun/Habersham county line, this 2,690 acre state park is one of the most highly visited state parks in the state of Georgia, and with good reason. The main attraction is a 2 mile long, 1000 ft deep gorge that contains waterfalls and the Tallulah river. This park has several great opportunities to hike, including the gorge floor trail, the rim trail, and a suspension bridge that connects the two gorge walls, swinging 80 feet above the gorge floor (offering spectacular views of the river and waterfalls). This park also has opportunities for camping, rock climbing, kayaking, and a museum exhibit containing information about native wildlife and history of the area.
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573, USA
- Stone Mountain
Located in DeKalb county, Stone Mountain is the largest exposed granite rock face in the world. It has a circumference of around 5 miles, and an elevation of 1686 feet. Stone mountain park has a rich history, including history with native americans and the ku klux klan (on separate occasions obviously), and is a monument for confederate soldiers. The carving on the rock face is a depiction of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis, and has historically attracted approximately 4 million people to this site per year. This 3,200 acre park has plenty to do including: lazer shows, shopping/dining, and a “theme park” type area for some family fun.
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, USA
- Radium Springs
Located in Dougherty county just southeast of Albany, Radium springs is a beautiful spring with light blue water that gushes from the ground at 70,000 gallons per minute, then eventually drains into the Flint River. The unique colored water contains trace amounts of Radium, maintains a year-round temperature of 68℉, and contains a complex underwater cavern system. In the 1920s, a casino was built next to the springs and they were used a sort of a spa type area. Over the years, the river would occasionally overflow and flood the casino, causing damage, and it was eventually closed. The casino was finally demolished in 2003.
2501 Radium Springs Rd, Albany, GA 31705, USA
- Warm Springs
Located in Meriwether county and measuring in at just over 9,000 acres, F. D. Roosevelt State Park is Georgia’s largest state park. This park contains both cool springs and warm springs. These warm springs are famous because of president F. D. Roosevelt, who used to use these springs as a treatment for his polio. This park has great hiking opportunities, with over 40 miles of hiking trails. There are also a few lakes and small waterfalls scattered throughout this large state park. This state park is rich with history, with many historical sites for tourists to visit including FDR’s house.
Address:1 Broad St, Warm Springs, GA 31830, USA
- Amicalola Falls State Park
Located in Dawson County, Amicalola falls state park is 829 acres and contains the tallest waterfall in the state of Georgia measuring in at 729 ft in height. There is an 8 mile hiking trail that leads to Springer Mountain, and is one of the starting points for the Appalachian Trail. This state park offers an abundance of hiking, camping, cabins, and a lodge.
418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534, USA
- Okefenokee Swamp
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At 438,000 acres, the Okefenokee swamp national wildlife refuge straddles the Georgia/Florida line, encompassing Georgia counties Charlton, Ware, and Clinch, as well as Baker county in Florida. The swamp is primarily shallow wetland, and is the largest blackwater swamp in North America. The Okefenokee swamp has abundant wildlife and contains many rare species of plants and animals. This area offers opportunities for camping, kayaking, canoeing, and more! In recent years, a series of wildfires destroyed much of the vegetation, but now the state of Georgia is working on repairing and replacing the damaged flora and fauna.This swamp has a “park” area where tourists may go to see some of the wildlife up close, as well as see shows, historical exhibits, and a gift shop.
5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd, Waycross, GA 31503, USA