When it comes to finding interesting places to discover and explore in Georgia, the possibilities are endless. Here’s a new set of places that most people don’t know are hiding right here in Georgia.
1. SAM Shortline Excursion Train - 105 9th Ave E, Cordele, GA 31015
You will have a blast on this train ride into the historic South Georgia. These air-conditioned 1949 vintage train cars run through quaint towns with little shops and restaurants that you'll love! Stops include the Rural Telephone Museum, Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village, President Carter’s boyhood farm and more.
2. Smithgall Woods State Park - 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen, GA 30545
If you're a pro trout fisher, you need to check out the best trout fishing spot in all of Georgia. Dukes Creek in Smithgall Woods State Park has been quoted in Southern Living as, "the holiest of holies in Georgia trout-catching circles." They also have five miles of trails for those who are not fishers.
3. James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park - 2800 Sloppy Floyd Lake Rd, Summerville, GA 30747
This park is a toddler heaven! They have a fun playground for the little ones, duck feeding, paddleboats, and bluebird watching all surrounded by the beautiful serenity of the Chattahoochee National Forest.
4. Indian Springs State Park - 678 Lake Clark Rd, Flovilla, GA 30216
Get some of the best spring water at Indian Springs State Park. This is one of Georgia's oldest state parks and was known for centuries by the Creek Indians as a place of healing.
5. The Pirates' House - 20 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401
The Pirates' House is a famous restaurant in Savannah and is known for being haunted, but did you also know that this is the oldest standing building in Georgia? This old house is rumored to have been a real pirate house and was the inspiration for Treasure Island. Take part in their murder mystery dinner theater and taste one of their "pirate" dishes!
6. Little St. Simons Island
I know you know all about St. Simons Island, but have you ever visited Little St. Simons Island? This tiny 10,000-acre island is only accessible by boat and holds only 32 overnight guests at a time in The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island. This private island has seven beaches and beautiful sights to see!
7. Smith Gilbert Gardens - 2382 Pine Mountain Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30152
Another gorgeous botanical garden located in Kennesaw, Smith Gilbert Gardens features 3,000 plant species, beautiful sculptures, a historic home, and classes. See interesting bonsai trees like the ones pictured above.
8. Hillcrest Orchards - 9696 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536
Pick some of the freshest apples in all of Georgia at Hillcrest Orchards. They have also have a bakery (apple fritters, yes please!), ice cream parlor, grilled dishes, petting farm, pig races, and so much more. Seriously, what does this place not have? It's a fun time for the whole family.
9. Edmonds Backcountry Trail at Black Rock Mountain - 3085 Black Rock Mountain Pkwy, Mountain City, GA 30562
Hike the beautiful Black Rock Mountain on this trail. It'll take you through multiple mountain summits, streams and a beautiful waterfall.
10. Fort King George Historic Site - 302 McIntosh Rd, Darien, GA 31305
Take a step back to 1721 when this historic fort was built. It was once the southern-most outpost of the British empire. It eventually became a lumber exporting center until 1925. This site is now an interesting museum and nature trail.
11. General Coffee State Park - 46 John Coffee Rd, Nicholls, GA 31554
General Coffee State Park is a fun getaway location for both families and couples. The park is home to Heritage Farm which hosts a cane mill, tobacco, corn, goats, sheep, chickens and a variety of other farm animals. After a long day of play, settle into a 19th-century style cabin.
12. Paddling through George L. Smith Park - 371 George L Smith State Park Rd, Twin City, GA 30471
Manuever your way though the mystic Cypress trees at George L. Smith Park. After you're done, you can camp out in one of their cottages.
How many of these places did you know exist? How many of them have you visited? Let us know in the comments below which ones are your favorites!