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5 Stops on Your Visit to Georgia, USAIf you are headed through the south on your next vacation or trip, passing through Georgia does offer some interesting side trips along the way. Below are five of such tidbits of treasure. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park This park, 25 miles north of Atlanta, was the site that the Confederates drew back to after the fall of Chattanooga in 1863. Wrapped in tons of Civil War memorabilia and artifacts, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is a wonderful day trip if you are near the area. Slide presentations of the battles are available in the visitor's station. Monday through Friday you can drive your own vehicle through the cannons and park 200 yards below the summit. There is wonderful hiking and has wonderful displays along the trail. There is also, on Saturdays and Sundays, a free shuttle bus to take you up the mountain with a tour guide. The trips go every half hour, but on a clear sunny day most will hike at least halfway just to see all the natural beauty of the land. There are two other principle battlefields, Cheatham hill and Kolb's Farm, that are 4 and 7 miles from Kennesaw Mountain. These can be accessible for the serious hiker. Maps are available at the visitor's center. Picnic areas with grills are available near the parking area of the visitor's center if you want to make an entire day of it. The park itself is 4-5 miles west of I-75, and is open M-F 8:30-5, Sat and Sun to 6 pm. Georgia Guidestones The Georgia Guidestones reminds most visitors of Stonehenge. The four granite stones are as much a mystery here in Georgia as they are in England. Located 7 miles north of Elberton, in Northeast Georgia, the Georgia Guidestones are 10 guides engraved in eight different languages on four huge granite pillars. Etched in June of 1979 by a man going under the pseudonym of R.C. Christian, the stones are set forth being used as an occult and mystical centerpiece for pagan festivals. The 10 Guides, in English, are as follows:
THE MESSAGE OF THE GEORGIA GUIDESTONES
Stopping by first at the Visitors Center, you start your tour of Ocmulgee National Monument with a 12 minute film and a look throught the various dioramas. This gives you a good "feel" for the area. There are a dozen burial mounds all built between 900-1100 A.D., by the Mississippians. The Mississippians were the Indians populating Ocmulgee at that time period and stayed there until they were replaced by the Creek Indians. The last Indian inhabitants left in 1839 via the Trail of Tears.The Great Temple Mound, built they say with "a million basketfuls of dirt", sits beside the Lesser Temple Mound. These two mounds create the skyline of Ocmulgee. The Great Temple Mound itself is 45 feet high, making one able to see Macon 85 miles away. The top of the mound is great for sightseeing. The walking trail leads from Earth Lodge to the Temple Mounds, around the trading post, to a flat top funeral mound. Rangers recommend walking the trail in spring or summer so as to get the real beauty of the land. Viewing by car is recommended in the other months. There is no admission charged to view the mounds or to partake in any of the activities there. They are open daily from 9-5, but pack a lunch for a day trip as there is no food served or available there. Tina Samuels is a freelance writer and book author out of Rome, GA. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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