Georgia is one of those states that is filled with quaint, charming river towns that are absolutely worth exploring for your next spring road trip. What makes these towns so special is that they’re small in size, but have an ideal location, right on some of our bigger, or simply most beautiful, state rivers. Take a look and see which charming river towns made the list.
1. Tallulah Falls, Georgia
The town draws its name from a series of, get this, SIX waterfalls that all drop into the Tallulah River. Come spring, water from the dam is released, allowing Tallulah Falls to be the ideal place to visit and kayak.
2. Toccoa, Georgia
Near the South Carolina border in Stephens County lies the ever-lovely Toccoa. The town is known for the pristine mountain beauty and world famous Toccoa Falls, which draw thousands of visitors every spring.
3. Helen, Georgia
Located in the Appalachian mountains, the town of less than 1,000 has garnered tons of attention for modeling itself after Alpine communties. It's an amazing town to visit during Oktoberfest, or simply to take a tube adventure down the Chattahoochee River.
4. Hartwelll, Georgia
Along the South Carolina-Georgia border lies Hartwell, the county seat of Hart County. This town of less than 5,000 has a huge lake, which most confuse for a river, as it travels through several different communities into South Carolina. Hartwell has a quaint downtown square that's also worth exploring, with tons of shops and restaurants.
5. St. Mary's, Georgia
St. Mary's is your perfect springtime destination and the gateway to Cumberland Island, where the wild horses roam free. The St. Mary's River is over 126 miles long, and is named after the Irish Saint....you guessed it, Mary.
6. Summerville, Georgia
Summerville may be small, (we're talking less than 5,000 residents small), but it sure is beautiful. This makes for an incredible getwaway during spring, as camping along the water in Sloppy Floyd State Park is a huge hit.
7. Sky Valley, Georgia
Sky Valley is a town in Rabun County, tucked inside a scenic mountain valley on the northwest slopes of Rabun Bald. It's here that many visitors camp and hike, especially along Mud Creek, viewing all that nature has to offer.
8. Milledgeville, Georgia
Milledgeville is the main town between its larger neighbors of Athens and Macon, and also home to Southern novelist Flannery O’Connor. While many people travel to Milledgeville to see if they can explore the notorious abandoned buildings, most don't realize the Oconee River is just a stone's throw away.
Have you been to any of these charming river towns in Georgia? Or did any of these on the list intrigue you enough to want to explore this spring? We want to hear all about it!