As we pass over the Thanksgiving holiday and approach the new year, I can’t help but to stop and stare at all the glorious and beautiful places we have in this great state. It makes me incredibly grateful! Take a peek at these 10 enchanting spots in Georgia that you may have never known existed.
1. Down in the Tallulah Gorge - 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
OK, you probably already knew about this one--because it is like the best canyon on this side of the country. It's two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. If you ever get a chance to walk the length of this gorge, you will be truly amazed by its beauty!
2. Long Creek Falls in Three Forks, GA
These magnificent falls are about 50 feet high and pretty wide. The trail next to the falls is a moderate two-mile hike. It's easy enough for most people to get out there and experience the wonder of these falls.
3. This mountain spring in Amicalola State Park - 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534
This huge park covers more than 800 acres and is located between Ellijay and Dahlonega in Dawsonville, Georgia. A scene like the one above is common in this amazing state park.
4. The bottom of Anna Ruby Falls in Helen, GA
This is Smith Creek, located at the bottom of Ruby Falls. The Smith Creek Trail is a 4.6 mile hike which connects the base of Anna Ruby Falls to Unicoi State Park. You're sure to see amazing sights like this magical scene pictured above all throughout this area.
5. The lower cascade of Amicalola falls, at the end of the trail. - 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534
The name of Amicalola Falls means "tumbling waters" in the Cherokee language. I can surely see where they got the idea to name this park! In this expansive park you have multiple opportunities to see beautiful tumbling waters.
6. Cascade Falls on the Pine Mountain Trail - Komatsu Dr SE, Cartersville, GA 30121
These gorgeous falls can be found on the Pine Mountain Trail. Cascade Falls are about a two-mile hike from the beginning of the trail. It makes for a wonderful day trip!
7. Cockspur Lighthouse - Tybee Island, GA 31328
This historic and majestic light house was built in 1855 on an oyster bed foundation. It ceased to be a beacon in 1909 and was open daily until very recently. It closed down just on November 20th due to hazards. It is still however viewable from a distance.
8. Sapelo Island Lighthouse
If you've never visited Sapelo Island, you definitely have to put it on your Georgia bucket list. The light house on this island is actually the second oldest brick light house in the country. It was built in 1820 by Winslow Lewis and is the oldest surviving lighthouse by this architect. It is on the list of national historic places.
9. Gresham's Mill - Canton, GA
10. 100-year-old bird house barn in Spaulding County.
The fact that this is a 100-year-old barn is not the only interesting thing it has going on--it was also filmed in the fourth season of AMC's "The Walking Dead." The photographer said the owner refused to let the grass grow tall because many of the people buying his bird houses are older ladies that wouldn't walk through tall grass to get to the bird houses. What a considerate guy!
Where are some of your special spots in Georgia? Do you go to a particular lake, stream, forest, or mountain when you just want to experience the natural beauty of Georgia? Share your places with us in the comments below!