North Georgia is incredibly rich & diverse in places to go & things to do. Here we’ll do our best to cover many options of the Great Outdoors. There is so much to offer we will revisit this topic again to break down choices by area and activity. It would take days to write about them all – and years to do them all.
(OK, we must confess the links below cover all of Georgia. While exceeding our upper half scope of the state, we’ll forgive those who also choose to enjoy “that other half”.)
Lakes, Rivers & Waterfalls – and a whole lot of each. Whatever your pleasure, fishing, skiing/boarding, power boating, sailing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, photography or just a lazy day on the beach, North Georgia has you covered. (Note: there is a separate link each for Lakes and Rivers websites.)
From Weiss Lake eastward to Allatoona, Lanier, Burton & Hartwell - to name only a few – Georgians are passionate about their big bodies of water.
Rivers - also to name only a few - include the Coosawattee, Ellijay, Tallulah, Chattooga, Oostanaula, Coosa, Etowah, Tugaloo, Tallapoosa & of course, the Chattahoochee - known to many as "the Hooch". They are enough to make one's spellcheck blow a sprocket.
Mountains, Canyons & Gorges - and a whole lot of them too. From rigorous climbs to relaxed hikes, sheer cliffs to gentle slopes, North Georgia has a huge array of landscapes that are anything but horizontal.
The Blue Ridge Mountains mark the southernmost stretch of the Appalachian Trail. Brasstown Bald is Georgia's highest elevation at 4,783 feet. Kennesaw & Lookout are stunning mountains & sites of critical Civil War battles. Stone Mountain bears the distinction of being the world's largest (A) chunk of granite and (B) bas-relief sculpture.
Georgia State Parks – About anywhere there are great North Georgia outdoors to explore, there is an excellent state park. Some are day use only, others feature luxurious lodges, with primitive camping to RV setups as yet other overnight alternatives.
The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest covers a massive land area at Georgia's northern border. Large sections are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, and as such are designated to remain forever wild.
We have not yet even made mention of cycling, horseback tours, hang gliding, zip lining, caving, tree climbing, Native American history, agritourism or fall colors. Don’t even get us started about golf.
Did we mention a need to revisit this North Georgia Great Outdoors topic? Stay tuned.
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Georgia Department of Natural Resources
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