Georgia March 03, 2017
11 Under-The-Radar Travel Destinations You Must Visit In Georgia
Most people when they visit a new state tend to stick to the more popular, well-known destinations and areas in order to get a true feel for what the state has to offer. Yet, we’d like those visitors to also take a chance on some of the more under-the-radar destinations, too. Take Georgia, for example. While many folks prefer to stick to the
Seven Natural Wonders, or bigger cities like Atlanta and Savannah, they don’t realize all those hidden gems that they are missing out on! So, we’ve decided to share some of the more lesser known travel destinations in Georgia, in order to get people excited. In Georgia, there is always more than what meets the eye.
1. Gibbs Garden - Ball Ground
You really cannot find views in Georgia like the ones you'll find in Gibbs Garden. If you visit during the springtime, you'll be able to feast your eyes on thousands of varieties and colors of flowers, all hitting full bloom right in front of your eyes. It is pure Georgia magic.
2. Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge
Panola Mountain is one of the most stunning state parks in Georgia, and also one kept primarily under-the-radar. This state park offers a diverse natural wonderland of life, not to mention a place to experience the great outdoors away from the rest of the world. This is Georgia nature at its finest.
3. Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve
This 140-acre preserve is something of a hidden treasure to the state of Georgia. There are literally millions of undisturbed yellow and maroon trout lilies everywhere. Once you see these flowers bloom when they're ready, you'll be happy to have stumbled upon this magnificent place in our great state.
4. Providence Spring - Andersonville
The reason why this natural spring is coveted in the state of Georgia, is because in the summer of 1864, Andersonville Prison was deathly hot, and the prisoners were without water yet again. They began to pray, and eventually a storm brewed over the camp, unleashing a blinding bolt of lightning. The lightning hit, cracking through the ground, producing torrents of fresh water. A natural spring was born, and to this day, was the reason hundreds of men did not perish of dehydration.
5. Ocmulgee National Monument - Macon
This prehistoric America Indian site is a sacred ground and one that has been preserved for visitors to come and enjoy learning about. Indulge in the unique history and culture which permeates these hallowed grounds, and see how the earth lodge was constructed, plus be able to see for miles above the sacred mounds.
6. Vogel State Park - Blairsville
Sitting at over 230-acres of land, Vogel State Park remains much of an under-the-radar travel destination for most. Little do they know, Vogel is equally as beautiful during the summer as it is during the fall.
7. Dawson Forest
Dawson Forest has a very unique history in the state of Georgia, one that many visitors aren't aware of. The forest was once home to the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory, and still has remains of the laboratory to this day. Do you dare to venture through and find what still stands?
8. Cascade Springs Nature Preserve - Atlanta
While many people tend to stick to Atlanta and do the big-city things, they don't realize that this city has just as much natural beauty tucked away in all the right spots. Like Cascade Springs, which features just as much wonderment as it does history in the state of Georgia.
9. Carters Lake - Ellijay
Since the dam was constructed in 1977, Carters Lake has become a popular place for many families and residents of Georgia. Not only are there beautiful sights of the Milky Way on a good night, but also the lake boasts incredible fishing for those who seek to spend the day on the water.
10. Broxton Rocks Nature Preserve
Here is the thing about Broxton Rocks that most Georgians don't know about--there is a waterfall, unique caves and rare plant life all ready to be explored. This geological wonder is over 4 miles of exposed sandstone, and a true natural feat in Georgia.
11. Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Chattahoochee Bend State Park is one of the largest parks in Georgia, yet it doesn’t seem to get much attention compared to others. Not only can you access the river itself with a kayak, boat, or canoe, but you also have complete access to over 6 miles of woodland trails, perfect for a quiet day hiking. Those who wish to have an experience of a lifetime should check out the Lyrics Meteor Shower Trip through Chattahoochee Bend State Park this April.
Have you ever visited these under-the-radar spots in Georgia? Share your stories with us!