Isn’t it nice to be surprised with a new place to visit? Especially if you’re a resident of Georgia and you feel like you’ve seen it all over the years. We love coming up with new places for people to explore in order to get the most out of their state. Georgia has quite a few new places popping up on the radar, as well as places that remain much of a hidden gem, even to those who have lived here the longest. Looking for things to do in Georgia that are outside the box? Check out these 8 underrated places.
1. Three Forks Trail to Hawk Mountain Shelter
The Three Forks to Hawk Mountain Shelter hiking trail is located just outside of Ellijay, Georgia and clocks in under 8 miles out and back. The coolest part about this entire hiking trail is that it'll take you past an old graveyard known as Hickory Flats Cemetery, which is filled with old Georgia history.
Address: Appalachian Trail, Atlanta, GA 30301
2. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Visiting this temple in Atlanta is nothing short of spectacular. You don’t need to be of the Hindu faith in order to visit and appreciate the architecture throughout. The Mandir is comprised of 3 different types of stone—Turkish Limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink sandstone. Over 30,000 individual pieces were carved by hand and shipped over for assembly. Purely breathtaking to see in person.
Address: 460 Rockbridge Road NW, Lilburn, GA 30047
3. The Old Gaol
This underrated structure in Greensboro, Georgia is truly a piece of history right in front of our very own eyes. Completed in 1807, this structure is known to be the oldest standing masonry jail within the state of Georgia. With a castle-like appearance and a castellated roof line, this old jail is both astounding to see from the inside as well as the outside.
Address: N East Street, Greensboro, GA 30642
4. The Mad Italian
When we talk about underrated, one restaurant comes to mind—The Mad Italian. Because really, any restaurant that nails the cheesesteak outside of Philadelphia is going to be underrated, right? The Mad Italian has crafted a mouthwatering cheesesteak that will become your go-to meal whenever you’re passing through Chamblee.
Address: 2089 Savoy Drive, Chamblee, Georgia, 30341
5. Mountain Fresh Creamery
Mountain Fresh Creamery is the type of place you can visit for a variety of reasons. Farm tours, deliciously creamy ice cream, fresh milk, or just to learn about the process from cow to store by people who milk the Holsteins every single day. By the way, when we said ice cream, we mean some of the freshest, most decadent ice cream you’ve ever put your lips on. It wouldn’t be summer in Georgia without a trip to Mountain Fresh Creamery.
Address: 6615 Cleveland Highway, Clermont, GA 30527
6. Moon River Brewing Company
You can’t beat craft beer in a historic building that is supposedly haunted. It just really doesn’t get much better than that. Visiting Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah is an experience no matter what time of day you visit. But, we always recommend visiting during their haunted brewery tour if you want to learn all about the history and haunts from this unique place.
Address: 21 W Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401
7. Cedar Lane Supper Club
Established in the 1970s, Cedar Lane Supper Club is a waterside restaurant that many Georgia residents don’t even know exists. As a small, family-owned restaurant in McRae-Helena, Georgia, you’ll find simplicity in their seafood and steak options, as well as their Southern specialties. But perhaps the draw for many visitors to Cedar Lane Supper Club is the fact they boast the biggest salad bar in the entire Southeast!
Address: 150 Grahamville Road, McRae-Helena, GA 31055-3608
8. Atlanta Motorsports Park
Sure, indoor go-karting might be all you have known, but have you ever taken a go-kart around an outdoor track? At Atlanta Motorsports Park, visitors can take to the most unique kart track in the world, hitting speeds of up to 55 m.p.h.. Built to Formula One standards and offering 43 feet of elevation change, this is one go-karting experience you do not want to miss.
Address: 20 Duck Thurmond Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Lets keep this list going! Add some of your favorite underrated places in Georgia to the list via the comments section.