Georgia March 25, 2019
The 54-Mile Scenic Drive In Georgia You Will Want To Take As Soon As You Can
Spring in Georgia means that the waterfalls are full and flowing and the flowers are starting to show a pop of color. While we certainly recommend taking a few
day hikes throughout Georgia during the spring season, there is also another way to get a ton of natural beauty in one shot—a scenic drive. It’s not a long drive or road trip by any means but instead is a leisurely cruise throughout some of Georgia’s best mountains and forests.
The Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway in north Georgia is the type of trip to take when you want to cruise through the peaceful forests and lush mountain ranges. The drive along this byway is wonderfully serene, with ample opportunities to stop along stunning mountain overlooks for endless views of Georgia.
When you drive the 54-mile trip along Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway, you’ll encounter a little bit of everything along the way. Starting at the historic site Prater’s Mill, you’ll eventually go through the rolling hilltops throughout Murray County, and wind your way near Chattahoochee National Forest.
We guarantee you haven’t seen overlook views quite like the ones from Cohutta Overlook before. Especially on a sunny day when you have nothing but time to sit and enjoy. Mountaintop overlooks like this one, especially during the springtime, are nothing but pure vibrant greenery in every direction.
Make sure to stop and spend some time in Fort Mountain State Park, too, if you want to see some natural beauty up close during your trek. You can wander through the various hiking trails, or even set up and camp if you want to stretch this drive into a weekend adventure.
This scenic drive will take you through the rural communities of Dalton and Chatsworth, while incorporating natural beauty and historic relevance that are the true fabric of what Georgia nature is all about.
To experience the entirety of the Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway, start at Prater’s Mill and take Interstate 575/State Route 515 north, toward Ellijay. Then, take State Route 52 west towards Chatsworth.
Starting Point: Prater’s Mill in Whitfield County
To learn more about the Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway drive, visit the
Georgia Scenic Byway webpage.