There are a lot of beautiful places in Georgia, and one of the most underrated is Rabun County. This is perhaps the most scenic county in the state: nestled away within the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll find plenty of natural gems, such as waterfalls and Moccasin Creek State Park. This is one of the most mountainous regions of the state, and the miles of trails here can satisfy even the most avid of hikers. For those of us looking for something a little more low-effort, Rabun County still has plenty to offer. Another underrated gem here is the magnificent Black Rock Mountain State Park. Sprawling over 1,700 acres, this place is the highest state park in Georgia. You’ll find trails, cottages, and campsites here, but the real treat comes from the amazing views. Perhaps the best thing about the overlooks here is that you don’t even have to hike to reach them. Many of the park’s overlooks can be accessed just off the scenic vehicular roads that run through the park. Get ready for the ultimate drive through Black Rock Mountain State Park in Georgia.

One of the most scenic hiking trails in Black Rock Mountain State Park is the James E. Edmonds Trail. It is a challenging hike, but the views are definitely worth it. Be sure to check out AllTrails+ for all the trail info you need.

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What are some of the best scenic drives in Georgia?


Georgia has plenty of scenic drives with mountain views, open pastures, and delightfully forested areas. Here are some of the best scenic drives in Georgia that you may not have heard about yet:

  • Cohutta Wilderness Loop: There is something special about the Cohutta Wilderness Area and this 75-mile drive will treat you to amazing views of this incredible area. Starting out in Chatsworth, GA, and passing through the Chattahoochee National Forest, you will receive opportunities to stop for a quick (or a long) hike with a nearly endless amount of scenic overlooks and places to explore.
  • South Fulton Scenic Byway 120: This scenic byway near Atlanta gives you a chance to get away from the city and enjoy heart-warming views of wooded landscapes, gently flowing pastures, and rolling hills. The byway runs for about 30 miles, which gives you plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the calming views.
  • Rabun County Loop: If you haven't considered this 42-mile route tucked away in the corner of Northeast Georgia, you are in for a treat. The road dips and dunks between Georgia and North Carolina with stunning views and charming mountain towns. Rabun County has over 30 waterfalls to discover if you happen to need a leg-stretching opportunity.
  • Coastal Highway U.S. 17: This is one of the prettiest drives in Georgia with old-growth oak trees lining much of the route. You'll also enjoy scenic views of the coast, historic towns to stop for a bite to eat, and quiet beaches you can stop for a bit to cool off. This drive gives you a little bit of everything. It is a pretty epic journey if you take the entire road from Florida to Virginia, but the Georgia route can be enjoyed all by itself.

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