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5 Beautiful Places to Visit in Georgia

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Georgia’s landscape has it all: mountains, beaches, waterfalls, grassland, rolling hills — you name it. Georgia also happens to be the largest state by size in the southeastern United States, giving the outdoor adventurer plenty of room to roam. While there are beautiful places all over the world for you to visit, here are 5 in your own back yard!

1.Brasstown Bald, GA,

Brasstown Bald, located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, is a great place to take the whole family! The mountain offers spectacular views, cool mountain air temperatures, beautiful scenery, and a visitor center with a number of interactive exhibits and video presentations. With an elevation of 4,784 feet above sea level, Brasstown Bald is Georgia’s tallest mountain. Its incredible 360 degree view allows you to see Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina on a clear day. Breathtaking!

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2. Tallulah Falls, GA

One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern US, Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike trails to several overlooks, or obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing amazing views of the river and waterfalls. A paved path follows an on old railroad bed, perfect for strollers and bicycles, while mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging 10-mile trail. The views are a must-see!

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3. Cumberland Island, GA

Cumberland Island is the largest in a chain of barrier islands extending the length of Georgia, known collectively as the Sea Islands or Georgia’s Golden Isles. Cumberland Island is 17.5 miles long and totals 36, 415 acres, including marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks. It is well known for its sea turtles, wild turkeys, wild horses, armadillos, abundant shore birds, dune fields, maritime forests, salt marshes, and historic structures. A wonderful place to explore!

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4. Jekyll Island, GA

The southernmost island of Georgia’s Golden Isles, Jekyll Island, was purchased in 1886 by a group of wealthy families as a private retreat know as The Jekyll Island Club. By 1900, The Jekyll Island Club membership represented over one-sixth of the world’s wealth with members including the Rockefellers, Morgans, Cranes, and Goulds. The Club closed in 1942 and Jekyll Island was purchased by the State of Georgia in 1947. Jekyll Island’s exquisite natural beauty has long drawn guests to its barrier shores. With miles of beach, marsh and maritime forest, Jekyll Island is a haven of history, wonder and discovery!

driftwood-beach-jekyllPhoto courtesy: tripadvisor.com

5. Stone Mountain, GA

Stone Mountain Park is home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite, estimated to weigh over 1 trillion pounds. The historical carving on Stone Mountain is the largest high relief sculpture in the world. The Confederate Memorial Carving, depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War: President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The entire carved surface measures three- acres, and is larger than Mount Rushmore. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee’s elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain’s surface.

There are 10 miles of hiking and walking trails at Stone Mountain Park, and on a clear day you can see more than 45 miles from the top of the mountain. At any given time, there are numerous activities and various festivals at the park for the entire family to enjoy!

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