That Stately Oaks was spared, later becoming home to the Robert McCord family before beginning a new life as a local attraction and a listed property on the National Register of Historic Places, is remarkable enough in itself. That it has been so faithfully restored and preserved makes it a treasure...read more »
7 Natural Wonders
1. Amicalola Falls, located in the Appalachian Mountains near Helen, Georgia, is a ever moving ribbon of tumbling silver. It is the centerpiece of Amicalola Falls State Park. The park offers camping, cabins, a luxurious lodge and restaurants as well as other park amenities. Amicalola is the Cherokee word meaning “tumbling waters." That’s certainly an appropriate word for these 729-foot falls, the highest in Georgia. Over a century ago, the Cherokee braves would journey up the mountain on a vision quest. To them the falls were sacred. When the white man came, the beauty of the area caused them to covet it. Today, you can vacation at an impressive stone lodge built high atop the mountain....read more »
Altamaha River Trail
Just over 100 miles long, the Altamaha River is formed by the confluence of the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers just east of Lumber City. Critical habitat is found here for bald eagles, swallow-tailed kites and red-cockaded woodpeckers. The waterway is flush with wildlife, and not the first man-made dam. Boat ramps and landings facilities are located in each county as well as a range of services from bait and tackle shops to picnic areas and marked hiking trails. The Altamaha River has been designated by The Nature Conservancy as one of the 75 "Last Great Places" in the world, and you can explore this magnificent ecosystem on your own or with local outfitters and guides who can help arrange a paddling or fishing trip for you and your group.
A trip to Atlanta should also include a trip to the Zoo Atlanta, one of the oldest zoos in the country. It underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in the 1980’s, replicating natural habitats for its inhabitants, some of which are endangered species, including two panda bears from China. This zoo is still expanding today.
The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum can also be found in Atlanta and might be a source of knowledge while you are in Atlanta. The former president’s home offers information about his administration, personal life, and other extensive historic information regarding Carter. The library is situated on a historic hilltop and surrounded by 30 acres of gorgeous gardens, waterfalls, and lakes...read more about Atlanta Georgia
Be sure to make a trip to the World of Coca-Cola, a popular Atlanta attraction that displays a huge collection of memorabilia, hands on exhibits, and video presentations detailing the history of the popular soft drink. As a bonus, you’ll be able to taste unlimited samples in many flavors.
For a more history experience, other Atlanta attractions include the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, including the home of his birth and the church where he preached. The High Museum of Art boasts over 11,000 pieces in a four-story building, including American, European, and African art, as well as photography and other art forms.
The Fox Theatre is a favorite Atlanta attraction, recently restored to ins original 1920’s design and featuring a classic Moller organ with over 3,600 pipes, nicknamed “Mighty Mo”. The CNN Center, home to the first and largest 24-hour news network in the world, offers a Studio Tour, going behind the scenes of a live newsroom....read more about Atlanta Attractons »
Zoo Atlanta - If you are taking your family with you on your Atlanta vacation, the Zoo Atlanta is one of the ideal places to go. This is actually an extraordinary zoo, one of the oldest in the United States that underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in the 1980s and is still expanding. It has landscaping that replicates the natural habitats of the myriad of animals, some of which are endangered species. Your kids, your parents, and even you yourself will surely be delighted with the two panda bears from China as well as group of Gorillas that are separated by moats which do their own share of entertaining...read more about Atlanta
Brasstown Valley Golf Club
The Brasstown Valley Golf Club has been ranked by both Golf Digest and Leading Golf Courses of America as one of the top courses to play in Georgia. A Denis Griffiths-designed course, a professional driving and practice range, and an on-site PGA, Pro Brett Beazley, who offers golf clinics and lessons and customizes special tournaments, highlight the award-winning golf facilities. The award winning course is maintained and managed by the resort staff, so the resort guest's experience here is the first priority. From the well-equipped Pro Shop to the Glow Ball Night events for conferences, great golf is the goal.
Beautiful Brasstown Bald, rising 4,784 feet above sea level, is Georgia's highest mountain. On clear days, the spectacular 360-degree view from atop the mountain allows you to see four states, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The surrounding area is home to a wide variety of plants and animals...read more>>
Brunswick Old Town Historic District
Brunswick is west of Jekyll Island at the junction of 1-95 and US 82
The Brunswick Old Town Historic District encompasses the site of the colonial British town of Brunswick. Named after the family of King George III of England, it is one of two deep water ports on the coast of Georgia. The town was laid out in 1771 and retains its original plan known as "Old Town"--a grid plan similar to that of Savannah, Georgia's other deep water port. Brunswick contains an outstanding collection of late 19th century residential and public buildings. Among the best examples are the Hazelhurst-Taylor House (Hanover Square), the Mahoney-McGarvey House (Reynolds Street) and the Old City Hall. The town also retains many of its original sidewalks paved with unusual hexagonal stone tiles.
From the blooming Azalea Bowl, the world’s largest, to Sibley Horticultural Center, a five acre conservatory featuring some of the most colorful plants in existence; from the Day Butterfly Center, aflutter with jewel toned "flying flowers" and darting hummingbirds, to the native wildlife, deer, raccoons, birds and others, all protected by the lush growth. . Throughout the year, Callaway throws many special events but none more traditional than their Independence Day celebration...read more »
Chattahoochee National Forest
Water Recreation: The Chattooga Wild and Scenic River is most popular for guided rafting trips. This premier whitewater river offers some of the most challenging rapids in the Southeast. The Chattahoochee and Toccoa rivers are popular for canoe or kayak. Unlike most Georgia rivers, the Toccoa flows north instead of south, and is considered to be the state's loveliest river.
Fishing: Nearby Lake Blue Ridge is the only place in Georgia where anglers can catch muskellunge. This 3,290-acre lake is bordered by two Forest Service campgrounds and has a privately owned marina for boat rentals. Nottely Lake, Lake Chatuge, Lake Burton, and Lake Rabun also tough the Chattahoochee and provide good trout and bass fishing. With over 1,300 miles of trout streams on the forest, there are plenty opportunities to catch trout, walleye, bluegill, and bass...read more>>
Cockspur Island and Cockspur Lighthouse
Colonial Coast Birding Trail
681 Fort Argyle Road Savannah, GA 31419
Cumberland Island National Seashore - Cumberland Island is 17.5 miles long and totals 36,415 acres of which 16,850 are marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks. It is well known for its sea turtles, wild turkeys, wild horses, armadillos, abundant shore birds, dune fields, maritime forests, salt marshes, and historic structures. Visit Cumberland Island National Seashore for a natural experience: sun and sand, beautiful vistas and relaxing atmosphere
Fort King George
South of Darien, on US Highway 17, three miles east of 1-95
Fort King George, Georgia's first colonial British garrison, is located at the mouth of the Altamaha river and contains the brick ruins of its early sawmill operation and a small graveyard. Established in 1721 to stop French and Spanish expansion, the fort was the southernmost outpost of the British Empire in North America. The fort was destroyed by fire in 1726 and rebuilt the following year. The surviving portions of the first sawmill are significant and rare examples of early colonial industry in Georgia. A museum interprets the history of the area, including the early occupation of the site by the Guale Indians. The site also includes a reconstructed blockhouse.
Fort Frederica National Monument
St. Simon's Island, 12 miles from Brunswick
Fort Frederica National Monument, administered by the National Park Service, is located on St. Simon's Island and interprets the struggle between Great Britain and Spain for domination of the New World. Fort Frederica was the focus of defense for the fledgling English colony of Georgia. The remains of the fortified settlement, established in 1736 by the founder of Georgia, Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, include ruins of the fort, barracks, walls, moat, and several houses. The fort was established at a time when Great Britain, France and Spain all claimed the area. In 1742, a British victory over the Spanish at the Battle of Bloody Marsh secured Britain's hold on Georgia. The battle site is six miles south of Fort Frederica. The fort and town fell into decline after Oglethorpe's regiment was disbanded in 1749 and a 1758 fire destroyed most of the buildings.
Georgia State Capitol
206 Washington St. on Capitol Square in downtown Atlanta, near the intersection of I-20 and I-75/85
Then and Now: The Georgia Rural Telephone Museum
Where would we be without our phone? It’s our protection should our car break down. It’s how we plan our lives and communicate with friends. We use it to do business. Isn’t it wonderful that it fits in our pocket or purse and goes wherever we do? Little did I dream back in the day when I watched Star Trek’s Captain Kirk “call” Mr. Spock on that nifty little handheld device that I would one day have my own and not leave home without it...read more »
Georgia Vets Memorial Golf Course
Designed by architect Denis Griffiths and listed on Golf Digest magazine's list of four star-rated courses, Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course rests quietly on the shores of Lake Blackshear. Expertly placed mounds, water traps, and plenty of sand bunkers define the holes and enhance the challenge. The Dwarf Bermuda greens are large and sloping and putt as smooth as glass. The wide Tif 419 fairways wind through mounds and stands of tall loblolly pines.
Georgia National Forests
Ten wildernesses, 1,367 miles of trout streams, and 430 miles of trails enrich the Chattahoochee National Forest. The famous 2,135-mile Appalachian Trail begins here and hardy hikers don't see the end until they reach Maine!...read more>>
Georgia's national forests are said to be a hiker's paradise. Winding trails lead visitors through scenic mountains and rolling hills, by wild rushing rivers and cascading waterfalls. They also lead visitors through the history books: Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto's futile search for gold, the United States' first frenzied gold rush. The Cherokee Indians' struggle to hold on to heir lands, and major battles of the Civil War.
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef is one of the largest near shore live-bottom reefs of the southeastern United States. The sanctuary is located 32 kilometers (17.5 nautical miles) off Sapelo Island, Georgia and encompasses 58 square kilometers (17 sq. nautical miles) of live-bottom habitat.
Arthur J. Moore Drive on the west side of St. Simons Island, 12 miles east of Brunswick
Located on St. Simons Island, the remains of this antebellum plantation contain two surviving slave cabins, originally a set of four built before 1833. Among the better surviving slave cabins in the South, they are made of tabby, a cement consisting of lime, water, and crushed oyster shells. The cabins have built-in windows and a central chimney. James Hamilton Couper, namesake of the owner and manager of the plantation, was an architect and a builder. He designed and built the cabins to house the slaves who served in the plantation's main house. Utilizing a duplex plan to house more than one family, the cabins were originally part of a planned community of slave dwellings.
Between Brunswick and Darien on US Highway 17, one mile east of 1-95
The Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is located in the marshlands of the Altamaha River. The plantation illustrates more than a century of Georgia's coastal history and was owned and occupied by the same family from 1804 to 1973. The plantation, originally known as "Broadfield," became a center for rice cultivation in the 19th century. The plantation house, "Hofwyl House," was probably constructed by slave labor in the 1850s after theoriginal residence was destroyed. Modeled after a large farmhouse with the original kitchen and a cabin connected to the house by long passages, the interior shows strong Federal influences. One of the more notable features in the house is the ornate marble fireplace in the dining room. The furniture in the house spans several centuries and includes many rare pieces. The plantation grounds are landscaped with large oak trees, most of which are very old. Tabby ruins, likely the foundation of the rice mill, and several surviving outbuildings, including a barn and an ice house, are located on the property. A museum interprets a working a rice plantation, and the life of slaves and planters.
Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Hunting - Lake Blackshear
One of Georgia’s best kept secrets is the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. It’s easy to find located just off Interstate 75 in Tifton, Georgia and is a real treasure. Yet it isn’t as universally known as many tourist hotspots. This was my second visit there and it was never crowded. Considering all it has to offer, I don’t know why it isn't thronged with visitors...read more »
For traditional quail, deer, and turkey hunting, Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club is perfect for treating family, friends or business clients to one of the most memorable experiences that Lake Blackshear has to offer.
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
This 1,100 acres of wildlife filled wetlands just minutes from downtown Augusta provides trails to hike or bike, waters to kayak or canoe, picnic areas and even a nature campus for students. It offers something for every age and interest. It is a habitat for wildlife. You will find birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. Even the insects offer interesting photo ops...read more »
Jekyll Island Historic District
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Between Riverview Drive and Old Village Boulevard on Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island Historic District, a National Historic Landmark administered by the state of Georgia, is situated on the southeast side of Jekyll Island. Occupied by the Guale Indians who called the area Ospo, the island was a popular hunting and fishing site. Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia, maintained an outpost on the island, and a plantation was established by one of his officers, Maj. William Horton. In 1794 a French family, the du Bignons, bought the island. They retained possession until 1886 when the island was sold to the newly formed "Jekyll Island Club." Considered to be the most exclusive social club in the United States, the Jekyll Island Club had a limit of 100 members, among them the Astors, Vanderbilts, Pulitzers, Morgans and McCormicks and was laid out by prominent landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland. A club house was built on the island and members constructed private "cottages"-- enormous residences designed to house entire families with staff. The club was open for the post-Christmas season when many families came down from Newport and New York to relax and enjoy the "country life." In 1942 the U.S. government ordered the area evacuated. The state of Georgia purchased the island from the club in 1947 and turned it into a state park. Most of the cottages have been preserved and are open to the public. Among them are San Souci, owned in part by J.P, Morgan and one of the first condominiums in the U.S.; Indian Mound, the twenty-five room home of the Rockefeller family; the Goodyear Cottage completed in 1906 from designs by the firm of Carrére and Hastings; Crane Cottage, circa 1917, the largest and most lavish of the cottages; the original Club House, a wood and brick Victorian structure with towers and manicured lawns; and Faith Chapel, built in 1904 in the Gothic style with copies of the Notre Dame de Paris gargoyles. The chapel also has a large signed Tiffany stained glass window.
Oconee National Forest
Water Recreation: Lake Sinclair is a popular lake for swimming, fishing, and boating. The Oconee River is an excellent canoeing river, with the Oconee River Campground the favorite launching point....read more>>
Hiking and Riding: Hiking trails are near major recreation areas. Three trails are suitable for horseback riding near the Ocmulgee River. The 1-mile Burgess Mountain Trail reaches the highest point on the forest at 645 feet above sea level, and is open to horseback riding.
Savannah Historic District - The boundaries of the Savannah Historic District are the Savannah River, E. Broad Street, Gwinnett Street, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
Savannah Victorian Historic District - The boundaries of the Savannah Victorian Historic District are Gwinnett Street, Anderson Street, and building lines just beyond Montgomery Street and Price Street.
Fort Pulaski National Monument
East of Savannanh off of US Highway 80
Built between 1829 and 1847 on Cockspur Island to protect the river approaches to the city of Savannah, Fort Pulaski was part of America's ambitious Third-System of coastal fortifications. Featuring walls of solid brick seven and one-half feet thick, the fort was considered impregnable by most military authorities. At the beginning of the Civil War, Confederate forces occupied Fort Pulaski, and early in 1862, Union forces laid siege to it. Using newly developed rifled cannons with superior range and penetrating power, the Federals breached the walls of the fort in a 30-hour bombardment that forced a Confederate surrender. The restored fort stands today as a monument to the power of technology to render previous conceptions of invincibility instantly obsolete.
10 miles southeast of Savannah at 7601 Skidway Road, just north of Isle of Hope
Situated on a forested peninsula surrounded by coastal marshes, Wormsloe Plantation was established in 1737 by Noble Jones one of the first British colonists in the area. The site includes a plantation house built by Jones' grandson in 1828, a detached library, the ruins of a fortified house, a mile-long drive bordered by large oaks, and Confederate earthworks. Wormsloe was Noble Jones' country estate where he experimented with his grand passion—horticulture. He protected the cypress and oak forests of his property and never cultivated the land. The surviving ruins of the original house are one of the only remaining examples of fortified houses once common throughout coastal Georgia.
Isle of Hope Historic District
Established as a retreat in the 19th century for the elite of Savannah, Isle of Hope provided a refuge from the intense heat and outbreaks of malaria prevalent throughout the summer months. Originally owned by Henry Parker, the land was divided into lots in the 1850s and 1860s. These were sold to prominent Savannah families who built palatial homes along the water. A small African American settlement in the district dates from after the Civil War when freed slaves from Wormsloe Plantation settled in the town. In 1871 a railroad was built connecting Savannah with Isle of Hope and by the early 20th century many residents were living in the town year-round. The historic district encompasses a large area extending back from the Skidaway River. Landscaped with old oak trees covered in Spanish moss, the houses range in style from Greek Revival, Victorian, and Neoclassical to Craftsman Bungalows. Many of the residences also have both formal and informal gardens.
The Midway Historic District
At the junction of US Highway 17 and Georgia Highway 38
Once an influential center for political, economic, and religious life, the colonial town of Midway was founded by New England Puritans in 1752. These colonists were strongly in favor of independence from Great Britain, and during the Revolution the church and most of the buildings in the town were burned by the British. The church was rebuilt in 1792. Also remaining to represent the colonial era of Midway are the historic 1756 cemetery and a segment of the historic "Old Sunbury Road" now a portion of Georgia highway 38. A museum modeled after the houses that once stood in Midway is also located in the district.
Fort Morris is one of the few remaining Revolutionary War era earthwork fortifications in the United States. First fortified in the 1750s, the fort was manned to protect the once prosperous seaport town of Sunbury. Fort Morris was surrendered to the British on January 9, 1779, the last patriot post to fall in the American Revolution.
Six Flags Over Georgia
With heart-pounding rides, live shows and thrilling attractions, Six Flags Over Georgia offers family fun for all ages. Nine roller coasters, including the Georgia Scorcher, one of the Southeast’s tallest and fastest stand-up coasters; and The Georgia Cyclone, the South’s only twister coaster; as well as Acrophobia with a 200-foot rotating tower drop; will propel you and your family through enough twists and thrills to last you for weeks.
Six Flags White Water
One of the three largest water theme parks in the country, Six Flags White Water is situated on nearly 40 acres. Relax in the Atlanta Ocean wave pool or, if you dare, take on the 90-foot Cliffhanger, one of the tallest freefalls in the world or Tornado, touching down as a 132-foot long tunnel and drenching waterfall.
Southern Passages - the Atlantic Heritage Coast Trail
111 East Liberty Street Savannah, GA 31401
St. Marys Historic District
St. Simons Beach (Massengale Park)
St. Marys, one of Georgia's oldest towns, is in the southeast corner of the state nine miles from the Atlantic Ocean. St. Marys Historic District encompasses the original grid pattern plan of the town as laid out in 1788. During the late 18th century, St. Marys was a bustling seaport. Historic sites in the district include the "Washington Oak," the only remaining tree of four oaks planted in 1799 on the day George Washington was buried and the 1808 Presbyterian Church, famous for its historic bell, which was cast by Paul and Joseph Warren Revere.
Ocean Blvd. St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Stone Mountain Park
Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve
Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most visited attraction, drawing nearly 4 million visitors each year. Travel back in time to the town of Crossroads to see what life may have been like in a 1870s Southern town. Crossroads includes the Treehouse Challenge; Georgia’s only 4D theater; The Great Barn and live entertainment. Other attractions include the skylift to the top of Stone Mountain, the Ride The Ducks Adventure, Scenic Railroad, Antebellum Plantation and more.
Sapelo Island Visitor Center, Landing Rd. Meridian, GA 31319
Sun Valley Water Park
5350 Holloman Rd. Powder Springs, GA 30127
Toccoa River Canoe Trail
The Toccoa River Canoe trail starts at the Deep Hole Recreation Area and flows 13.8 miles to the take-out at Sandy Bottoms. You'll enjoy views of forested public lands, pastoral private lands, laurel and rhododendron thickets, and their associated wildlife. Coupled with great fishing and some rapids make this a perfect canoe trip. This canoe trail is ideal for beginners and those who enjoy a less than vigorous float in a north Georgia Mountain River. This is the only designated canoe trail in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.....read more>>
Valdosta - Wild Adventures
Gravity defying roller coasters are only one of the reasons that Valdosta's Wild Adventures is the fastest growing theme park in America. Where else can you find a gorgeously costumed ice skating review, top name entertainers in concert, laser shows, over 500 wild animals, 55 rides, a water park and so much more. Of course, those 9 roller coasters don't hurt. It's this combination of wild life and wild rides that has moved Wild Adventures from one man's back yard petting zoo to the largest privately owned theme park in the nation. It still manages to maintain one of the lowest prices in the nation as well- you can even return for a free second day with one admission- which might help account for its popularity.... read more »
Many people lack the equipment or skill needed to run the Chattooga River safely. Three companies are commercially licensed to operate on the Chattooga by the U.S. Forest Service.
These companies run scheduled trips using 4-6 person rubber rafts. They furnish guides, all equipment, transportation, and lunch for trips taking most of a day....read more>>
World of Coca-Cola Museum - Atlanta
Browse the world's largest collection of memorabilia that celebrates the refreshing beverage that was created here in Atlanta in 1886.
55 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive - Atlanta
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