Since 2017 is finally in full swing, we decided it’s time to unleash a few of Georgia’s hidden gems in hopes to ignite a passion for travel this year and an affection for adventure. We’re talking small towns, the bread and butter of our great state. This year we highlighted a lot of incredible small towns in Georgia, and here are the ones you need to visit in 2017.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
The Quiet Fishing Town In Georgia That Seems Frozen In Time
Shellman Bluff is a quaint, charming town where fishing seems to be on everyone's mind. This old, historic town is located south of Savannah and is actually one of the oldest fishing villages in the entire state of Georgia.
It’s Impossible To Drive Through This Delightful Georgia Town Without Stopping
Toccoa, Georgia is considered “The Heart of Northeast Georgia”. Nestled against the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Toccoa boasts some truly magical mountain town charm. Spend the weekend hiking the trails and exploring one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state.
The Oldest Town In Georgia That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once
St. Marys, Georgia originally began as a town, established by the British in 1787. That makes this small spot the second-oldest city in America. How about that for some impressive history worth checking out?
There’s Something Incredibly Bizarre And Fascinating About This One Tiny Town In Georgia
With a population of around 35,000 residents, Peachtree City is a wonderfully unique place right in the heart of Georgia. But what makes this spot so darn special is that most residents have traded in their automobiles for golf carts, creating a safer, more eco-friendly lifestyle. It's absolutely worth seeing in person.
This Small Town In Georgia That Offers Nothing But Peace And Quiet
Blue Ridge, Georgia is home to a beautiful part of the Appalachian Mountain range. Nature and beauty are what this tiny town is all about. It is a peaceful spot for guests and visitors to get away from it all and see what Georgian nature is really about.
Visiting This One Place In Georgia Is Like Experiencing A Dream
Pine Mountain, Georgia is an incredible town which features one of the most stunning areas in the state—Callaway Gardens. Visit this town and get immersed in the floral wonderland that will make you feel like you're in a dream.
The Slow-Paced Small Town In Georgia Where Life Is Still Simple
Some could say the small town of Ball Ground is set in their ways, which is exactly why we love this place. The fact that they don't take themselves too seriously in this town and honor history and culture is a great chance to see what an old fashioned Georgia town is really like.
The One Georgia Town That’s So Perfectly Southern
Newnan, Georgia has a population of just over 41,000 people, which has actually increased by 153% in the last ten years. It's the type of town where you feel like you’ve stepped back into a state history book, and totally worth a weekend of exploration.
The Little Town In Georgia That Might Just Be The Most Unique Town In The World
Alpine Helen is such a special, extraordinary town, we couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s part of our great state of Georgia. It doesn’t matter the time of year you visit Helen, because it’s always spectacular. You must try tubing the Chattahoochee for a one-of-a-kind adventure!
Why This One Little Town Is Georgia’s Best Kept Secret
As of 2010, the population of Senoia was less than 4,000 residents, which makes it still a fairly small town. Yet, despite the size or small population, Senoia is one of the most historically charming places in the entire state. It's such a beautiful place that a few movies were filmed here, including Fried Green Tomatoes, Driving Miss Daisy, and the 2011 remake of Footloose!
The Friendliest Small Town In Georgia Where Everyone Knows Your Name
Wrightsville, Georgia has a population of just over 2,000 residents within 3.5 square miles. It isn't just the water tower in this small town which reads “Wrightsville, the Friendliest Town in Georgia”, that gave this town it's claim to fame—everyone agrees. Visit this small town and see for yourself.
This Historic Railroad Town In Georgia That Will Transport You Through Time
With a population of less than 1,000 people, Plains, Georgia has earned its reputation since being the birthplace of Jimmy Carter. Besides that, Plains is also one of the best railroad towns in the East. There are plenty of trains which stop in this great town, which just add to the Southern charm.
The Tiny Town In Georgia With The Most Mouthwatering Destination Restaurant
In the tiny town of Ellijay, Georgia, you'll find the mouthwatering restaurant called Cajun Depot Grill. Fan favorites such as the red beans and rice, are served steaming hot to the table. It's a true Cajun gem right in the heart of Georgia.
This Town In Georgia Has One of The Best Main Streets You Gotta Visit
Things to do when you're in Milledgeville: eat a ton of great Georgian food, take a trolley tour through the city, stop by Andalusia Farm, and explore the Old Governor's Mansion. The perfect vacation right in your own backyard.
The Coolest Small Town In Georgia You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Prepare to be scared visiting Surrency, Gorgia. This small town has a spooky and fascinating history. Read all about the story of the Surrency Spook Light before you visit, then plan a trip you'll never forget.
This Charming Small Town In Georgia Has Something Fun For Everyone
Just over an hour from Marietta and Macon, you will find the beautiful town of Madison, Georgia. Located on the Antebellum Trail, Madison is truly a town with something for everyone! With small town charm, and unique architecture throughout, you'll never be at a loss for what to do or explore in Madison, Georgia.
The Tiny Town In Georgia Where Something Huge Happened
Just west of Augusta is the tiny town of Harlem, Georgia. It's within the limits of this small town that fans of old-time cinema unite every year to pay homage to comedian Oliver Hardy, who was born in this very town. Harlem is also home to the Laurel and Hardy Museum, as well, which is open to the public throughout the year.
How many of these small towns will you be adding to your bucket list this year? Share with us! 🙂