A lot of people take the start of the new year and begin to work on themselves. Whether it’s taking a weekend solo trip to relax and unwind, or spending more time focusing on happiness and health over anything else. Regardless of what you plan to do in January, we have come up with a few places to visit for people who don’t want to be bothered by large crowds and loads of people, but who just want to be alone with their thoughts and indulge in solitude.
1. Tray Mountain Wilderness
A beautiful and secluded wilderness area along the Chattahoochee National Forest. Hiking through these relatively unknown trails will allow you the peace and quiet that you seek.
2. Okefenokee Swamp—Waycross, Georgia
When you have a place that spans 438,000-acres, its relatively easy to stay away from large crowds. Okedenokee swamp is the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy all the wonderment that nature in Georgia provides.
3. Providence Canyon State Park—Lumpkin, Georgia
Georgia's Little Grand Canyon certainly draws crowds, but not even a fraction of the amount that say, the real Grand Canyon. You could easily find trails with little-to-no human interactions and get lost in it all.
4. Bellwood Quarry—Atlanta, Georgia
While Bellwood Quarry has been used in various movies and television shows (The Hunger Games and Stranger Things to name a few) it still remains a relatively uncrowded spot. Despite being roped off in many areas (STEEP CLIFFS!), it is still a serene place to spend some time.
5. Beaverdam Wildlife Management—Dublin, Georgia
Beaverdam Wildlife Management is actually one of the premier bird watching spots in the entire state. It is 5500 acres of pure nature to explore and wander at your leisure.
6. Panther Creek Falls—Clarkesville, Georgia
Here’s the thing about the beautiful Panther Creek Falls—the trail getting to these majestic waterfalls is about 7 miles, and not many people are willing to make that trek. So that just means that there will be less crowds when you arrive.
7. Magnolia Springs State Park—Millen, Georgia
Magnolia Springs is 1,070-acres of pure bliss. Most notably at this park are the crystal clear springs which flow 7 million gallons per day. You can walk along the boardwalk that spans the entire springs, and revel in the beauty.
8. Springer Mountain Shelter on the Appalachian Trail—Fannin, Georgia
The amount of people who walk this part of the Appalachian Trail are few. Which means that the Springer Mountain Shelter along the trail for travelers to rest their weary bones, remains fairly empty. Just be prepared for one heck of a hike to get there.
9. Frick’s Cave—Walker County, Georgia
Frick’s Cave is a one-of-a-kind cave that not many people attempt to explore. Why? Well, besides the fact the cave is the summer home to 10,000 endangered bats, it also requires a lot of gear in order to attempt. However, the silence that you’ll experience once you’re down is said to be unlike anything else in the world.
10. Brasstown Bald—Blairsville, Georgia
How many large crowds would you presume are at the highest point in the state of Georgia? Answer: none. Hiking to the top of Brasstown Bald will get you away from all those crowds and into some pretty spectacular views.
11. Toccoa Falls—Stephen’s County, Georgia
Everyone that visit Toccoa Falls says the same thing—it’s pure peace and serenity. Sit and listen to the water cascade down the rocks, or just enjoy the environment away from everyone else.
12. Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum—Rome, Georgia
This unique place in Georgia is the home and museum of Berry College founder Marth Berry. What makes this place so special, and so secluded, is that it sits on 170-acres of land, and features stunning gardens, magical Greek Revival architecture, and tons of trails to walk along.
13. Flint River—Western Georgia
This 344-mile-long river is a great place to unwind and get away from it all. Many people flock to the river’s edge to find solace in their surroundings, and spend the weekend camping, fishing, and being with nature.