It’s amazing just how many scenic byways there are throughout our beautiful state. Sometimes we get so caught up in the rigmarole of daily life, or we’re too stressed out in traffic, that we don’t stop to appreciate the majestic roads that stretch before us – roads that link small-town Main Street roads to downtown Atlanta, or the Golden Isles to Chattahoochee National Forest. We’ve rounded up some of the most enchanting byways in the state of Georgia, perfect for a scenic summer drive.
1. Altamaha Historic Scenic Byway
This gorgeous byway runs for 17 miles through McIntosh and Glynn Counties and all the way through the City of Darien. What's so fascinating about this byway is the scenic views of the marshland, mixed with the plethora of live oaks dripping with Spanish moss.
2. Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway
This scenic byway follows State Route 2 past rolling, rustic lands into Murray County. These quiet country roads surely do not disappoint, especially when you see the Cohutta Mountains in the distance.
3. Enduring Farmlands Scenic Byway
This is one of those byways that showcases the beauty of historic towns throughout Georgia. On this byway, you'll see the towns of Hawkinsville, Pineview, Rochelle, and Abbeville, plus all the pastoral landscapes of the accompanying countryside.
4. Historic Dixie Highway
Probably one of the longer byways in Georgia, this beautiful road travels 62 miles through the towns Albany, Baconton, Camilla, Pelham, Meigs, Ochlocknee and Thomasville. You'll get a little bit of history during this stretch of road.
5. Historic Effingham-Ebenezer Scenic Byway
This 60-mile journey winds through country and state roads, stopping at a few of the most important historic sites in Georgia. You can also use this byway to recreate Georgia Washington's 1791 Southern tour if you're feeling nostalgic.
6. Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway
At 82-miles, this one requires a few more snacks if you're taking it the whole way. This particular route highlights a lot of what this great state has to offer, from more rural scenes, including old Antebellum houses, through the popular and beautiful Oconee National Forest.
7. I-185 Scenic Byway
Maybe not as beautifully sprawling as the other byways, but it's just as important. There are a ton of rich cultural and rustic attractions that dot the route of the byway.
8. Meriwether-Pike Scenic Byway
This 55-mile trek begins at the charming town of Warm Springs. It's the byway that honors the legacy of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Between the 1920s and 1940s, Roosevelt came to Warm Springs in hopes the therapeutic springs would treat his legs, which were damaged by polio.
9. Monticello Crossroads Scenic Byway
On the shorter end as Georgia byways go, this scenic trek through the rolling pastures of Jasper County is worth the trip. Not only is it a lovely drive, it also has deep historical roots for our fair state.
10. Ocmulgee-Piedmont Scenic Byway
Speaking of history, the Ocmulgee-Piedmont Scenic Byway travels through historic and pre-historic sites of the Creek Indians, which inhabited the area during the 17th and 18th centuries. Talk about a trip back in time.
11. Ridge & Valley Scenic Byway
During this road trip, you'll travel through 51 miles of mountain passes and rustic farmlands, getting the perfect glimpse into how much variety Georgia has to offer.
12. Russell Brasstown Scenic Byway
The great thing about this byway is that it's a loop, which reveals some of the most breathtaking scenery in the entire state. Not only do you get to see Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest mountain, but the byway also passes near Helen, Georgia, the quaint Bavarian town.
13. South Fulton Scenic Byway
Another byway loop in Georgia, the South Fulton Scenic Byway takes you through Fulton County, where you can observe the wonderful forestry, plus the rolling hills and farmlands.
Have you ever traveled down any of these scenic roads? Perhaps there are some other byways which you drive for fun. Share with us your experience!