The beauty of Georgia's waterfalls lures visitors from far and wide who come to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, spectacular cascades of water in all shapes and forms, and a relaxing day in the great outdoors. Many of Georgia’s waterfalls are very accessible via easy hiking trails or walking paths that can be enjoyed by families with children and dogs and hardcore backpackers and hikers alike. Most of the waterfalls are set within well-maintained state parks, which provide comfortable campsites, restroom facilities, marked hiking trails, and shady picnic spots, making visiting Georgia's waterfalls easy even for the not-so-outdoorsy types. Pack a picnic basket, put on your hiking boots, and head into the picturesque wilds to check out some of these splendid waterfalls.

1. Ada-Hi Falls

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Located in Black Rock Mountain State Park in Rabun County, Ada-Hi Falls are the highest elevation falls in the state. Meaning “forest” in the Cherokee language, Ada-Hi Falls are surrounded by dense thickets of rhododendron and patches of wildflowers and can be viewed from an observation deck at the end of a short yet steep hike. Boasting rarely more than a trickle of water in the dry summer months, Ada-Hi Falls are at their best in the winter after heavy rains, when the water tumbles over layers of rock down a steep descent. The falls are reached by a delightful walk through a moist, north-slope Appalachian cove, which features lichen-covered stones, mature hardwoods, thickets of ferns and wildflowers, and a dense forest of rhododendrons.

Black Rock Mountain State Park: 3085 Black Rock Mountain Pkwy, Mountain City, GA 30562, Phone: 706-746-2141

2. Amicalola Falls

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Amicalola Falls is Georgia's tallest waterfall and cascades more than 720 feet through a shady forest. Meaning “tumbling waters” in the Cherokee language, Amicalola Falls is set within Amicalola Falls State Park in the Dawsonville-Dahlonega area of Georgia and boasts seven cascades, which can be viewed on from several hiking trails around the park, including the relatively easy 2.1-mile Amicalola Falls Trail. Surrounded by the magnificent Northeast Georgia Mountains, Amicalola Falls State Park also offers a variety of accommodations, from camping to hotel-style mountain-top lodges, such as Georgia's only backcountry lodge, the Len Foote Hike Inn, which is reachable by a 5-mile hike.

Amicalola Falls State Park: 280 Amicalola Falls State Park Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534, Phone: 706-265-8888

3. Ammons Creek

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Located in the Tallulah Ranger District, Ammons Creek Falls is a 100-foot waterfall that cascades through the Chattahoochee National Forest in Rabun County. The waterfall can be viewed from a wooden observation deck at the end of a 1.75-mile loop hiking trail that also provides access to the nearby 120-foot Holcomb Creek Falls. The hiking trail is easily accessed from two points, the first of which can be found at the intersection of Hale Ridge and Overflow Roads, while the second is further up Overflow Road just past a bridge. The trailhead located near the bridge offers a gentler slope and easier access to the falls for those wanting a relaxing stroll.

Tallulah Ranger District, Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

4. Anna Ruby Falls

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Situated near Unicoi State Park in the Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area, Anna Ruby Falls are twin waterfalls that are formed by the Curtis and York creeks, which join at the base of the falls to become Smith Creek, which flows into Unicoi Lake. Curtis and York creeks begin high up on Georgia's sixth-highest peak, Tray Mountain, and flow down to drop 153 feet and 50 feet, respectively. Named after Anna Ruby Nichols, Anna Ruby Falls is accessible via a half-mile paved trail known as the Anna Ruby Falls Trail, which is a National Recreation Trail and charges a small admittance fee. Anna Ruby Falls is one of four famous waterfalls in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the other three of which are Dukes Creek Falls, DeSoto Falls, and Raven Cliff Falls.

Unicoi State Park: 1788 Highway 356, Helen, GA 30545, Phone: 706-878-2201

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5. Bad Branch Falls

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Located in Rabun County near Lake Rabun and Lake Seed, Bad Branch Falls is a beautiful waterfall that cascades down a slanted rock formation in a unique fashion. Bad Branch Falls can be reached by driving 6 miles down Lake Rabun Road and then another 3 miles down a curvy, winding, unpaved road. The Lower and Upper Crow Creek Falls are situated along this winding road, and these are the indicators that you are getting close to the viewpoint for Bad Branch Falls. A small creek will indicate the location of Bad Branch Falls, which can be accessed by a trail leading slightly uphill from the road. Next read: Best Romantic Weekend Getaways from Atlanta

Rabun County, Georgia

6. Becky Branch

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Becky Branch Falls is a 20-foot waterfall situated on the Bartram Trail, which is a designated National Scenic Trail in the Warwoman Dell Valley in Clayton. Located within the boundaries of the Chattooga River Ranger District in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Becky Branch Falls can be reached by two distinct trails, namely the 0.6-mile loop trail Becky Branch Trail and the Bartram Trail, which run under a bridge just past the first parking lot and through Warwoman Dell. The Becky Branch Trail is a dead climb to the falls, but the Bartram Trail features several switchbacks that make for a more comfortable climb. The Bartram Trail continues to Martin Creek Falls, which is also worth a visit.

Warwoman Dell Valley, Clayton County, Georgia

7. Caledonia Cascade - Cascade Falls

Caledonia Cascade - Cascade Falls
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The second tallest waterfall in Georgia, Caledonia Cascade, also known as Cascade Falls, is a 600-foot waterfall near the town of Tallulah Falls in Rabun County. The tiered waterfall is set on a small stream that features three drops, the longest of which is 262 feet and drops majestically into Tallulah Gorge near its start. The best views of the Caledonia Cascade are from the hiking trail, which makes its way around the rim of Tallulah Gorge, which also offers breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes. Formed by the Tallulah River and set within Tallulah Gorge State Park, the Tallulah Gorge is a breathtaking area of natural beauty with dense forest and woodlands teeming with fauna and flora.

Tallulah Falls, Rabun County, Georgia

8. Cherokee Falls

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Cherokee Falls is a 60-foot waterfall located in northwest Georgia’s Cloudland Canyon State Park, which was named following a contest. Home to part of Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Canyon State Park straddles a pair of deep gorges and boasts breathtaking canyonland scenery. Set within Daniel Creek Gorge, Cherokee Falls are at their best after heavy rainfall in the area, which usually sees almost 80 inches a year. Cherokee Falls are reached via the famous Waterfalls Trail in Cloudland Canyon State Park, which descends the steep walls of Daniel Creek Gorge via stairs to the falls, which cascade in the beautiful, steep-walled canyon.

Cloudland Canyon State Park: 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738, Phone: 706-657-4050

9. Waterfalls Near Me: Cochrans Falls

Waterfalls Near Me: Cochrans Falls
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Vying with the Caledonia Cascade for being the second-tallest waterfall in Georgia, 600-foot Cochrans Falls is a spectacular cascading waterfall in Dawson County, northwest of Dawsonville. One of the most secluded waterfalls in the state, the little-known waterfall can be reached by following a jeep track from Blackhawk Road along Cochrans Creek into the Cochrans Creek Valley, and then a rugged and steep goat path to Cochran’s Falls. The most significant drop of the falls is near the top and can be reached by ascending a treacherous trail that climbs the right side of the falls, whereby extreme caution needs to be taken.

Dawsonville, Cochran Creek Valley, Dawson County, Georgia

10. DeSoto Falls

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Located along Frogtown Creek in the famous Chattahoochee National Forest, DeSoto Falls is another one of Georgia’s beautiful waterfalls and is named after Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who traveled through the region in the 16th century. Set within the Blairsville-Cleveland area of Georgia, DeSoto Falls can be reached by a relatively comfortable 2.2-mile DeSoto Falls Trail, which leads past a shady creek to the lower and upper cascades of the falls. Located at an elevation of 3,560 feet in the Rocky Mountains, the DeSoto Falls are made up of three sections, namely the Upper, Middle, and Lower DeSoto Falls, with the upper dropping 200 feet, the middle dropping 90 feet, and the lower dropping 35 feet into the stream bed below. DeSoto Falls is one of four famous waterfalls in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the others being Anna Ruby Falls, Dukes Creek Falls, and Raven Cliff Falls.

Chattahoochee National Forest, Blairsville-Cleveland, Georgia

11. Dick's Creek Falls

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Located in the world-renowned Chattahoochee National Forest, Dick's Creek Falls is a 60-foot waterfall that drops into a popular swimming hole along Dick’s Creek into the Chattooga River. The waterfall and swimming hole are reached via the Dick's Creek Trail, which is short 1.4-mile loop trail that connects to the Bartram Trail in Rabun County. Dick's Creek Trail can be accessed by following Sandy Ford Road onto a dirt road, which crosses a small creek and ends in a small parking area where the trail begins.

Off Dick's Creek/Sandy Ford Road, Clayton, GA 30525, Phone: 706-782-3320

12. Emery Creek Falls

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Nestled in northwest Georgia, Emery Creek Falls are remote and secluded waterfalls surrounded by lush forests and fording creeks that offer a refreshing, water-filled adventure in the hot summer months. Emery Creek Falls can be reached on a 6-mile out-and-back trail, which splashes through 20 creek crossings and passes five of Georgia's most secluded and beautiful waterfalls to the tumbling cascades of Emery Creek Falls. The hike to the falls is pegged as being one of the most spectacular walks in Georgia; however, it is not recommended for novice hikers due to the poorly marked trail and the creek’s slippery beds.

Emery Creek Trail, Chatsworth, GA 30705

13. Helton Creek Falls

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Located in Vogel State Park, Helton Creek Falls is a series of two waterfalls that slide down in watery tendrils through a beautiful, hemlock-filled creek valley and drop over 100 feet into a swimming hole that is popular with both locals and visitors. Surrounded by the magnificent Chattahoochee National Forest in a lush, mossy creek valley in Union County, Helton Creek Falls is reached by an easy 0.3-mile hike called the Helton Creek Falls Trail, which accesses both falls. While the walk is relatively comfortable, the rocks around the falls can be deceptively slippery, so caution needs to be taken. The ease of the hike, the beauty of the waterfalls, and the family-friendly swimming hole make a trip to these falls a fantastic day out.

405 Vogel State Park Rd, Blairsville, GA 30512, Phone: 706-745-2628

14. Hemlock Falls

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Surrounded by the majestic Chattahoochee National Forest, Hemlock Falls is set within Moccasin Creek State Park in the Tallulah Ranger District. Fed y the beautiful Moccasin Creek, which boasts a constant run of whitewater for its entire length, Hemlock Falls drops 15 feet into a pretty pool below. The area above the falls is lush and untouched and can be explored along an unmaintained footpath that crosses the creek and continues upwards through a picturesque gorge to the Upper Moccasin Creek Falls. Hemlock Falls can be reached by an easy 2-mile round-trip hike that hugs Moccasin Creek all the way and offers terrific views of the Chattahoochee National Forest.

3655 Georgia Hwy197, Clarkesville, GA 30523, Phone: 706-947-3194

15. High Shoals Falls

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One of two of Georgia’s most beautiful waterfalls, High Shoals Falls is set in a lush, green forest near Helen. High Shoals Falls and Blue Hole Falls can both be explored on a single 2.5-mile round-trip hiking trail that travels through a verdant, mossy creek valley. The trail also passes some prime backpacking campsites before reaching Blue Hole Falls, which drops into a deep, turquoise swimming hole below, followed by High Shoals Falls, which also cascades into a beautiful pool. Surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest, High Shoals Falls is slightly further along the trail than Blue Hole Falls but is worth the walk as it is a much more significant waterfall cascading down large rocks and offers excellent swimming in cold mountain waters on hot summer days.

1333 Indian Grave Gap Rd, Hiawassee, GA 30546, Phone: 706-745-6928

16. Holcomb Creek Falls

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Located in the Chattooga River Ranger District of the Chattahoochee National Forest, Holcomb Creek Falls is a magnificent 120-foot waterfall with a wooden observation deck that offers spectacular views. One of several beautiful walls in Rabun County, Holcomb Creek Falls can be reached by an easy 1.75-mile loop hiking trail, which leads to the observation deck overlooking Holcomb Creek Falls and continues to nearby Ammons Creek Falls. The hiking trail is easily accessed from two points, the first of which can be found at the intersection of Hale Ridge and Overflow Roads, and the second further up Overflow Road just past a bridge. The trailhead located near the bridge offers a gentler slope and easier access to the falls for those wanting a relaxing stroll.

Hale Ridge Rd, Clayton, GA 30525

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17. Jacks River Falls

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Thunderous and rugged, Jacks River Falls is easily one of the South’s most beautiful waterfalls. Set on the Jacks River in the heart of the Cohutta Wilderness, Jacks River Falls is an exceptionally beautiful roaring and rocky waterfall that is formed where the Jacks River tumbles crystal-clear over a rocky, grassy riverbed and out over a rocky outcropping. Surrounded by towering hardwoods and lined with lush, green foliage, the spectacular falls can be reached by hiking a relatively easy 9-mile route that includes the Beech Bottom Trail and the Jacks River Trail. The Beech Bottom Trail is the easier of the two trails and tends to be more crowded.

Cohutta Wilderness near Blue Ridge, Georgia

18. Long Creek Falls

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Sited in the lush Chattahoochee National Forest in Fannin County, Long Creek Falls is a 50-foot cascade near Three Forks that is accessible from the Benton MacKaye Trail, the Duncan Ridge Trail, and the Appalachian Trail. A serene destination that attracts visitors from Atlanta, who come to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Long Creek Falls is set within the lush, waterfall-filled Three Forks Valley and is a stunning, rushing cascade that flows under a dense forest canopy of hemlock, rhododendron, and tulip poplar. Long Creek Falls can be reached by an easy 2-mile out-and-back hike on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Appalachian Trail.

Chattahoochee National Forest, Fannin County, GA 30573

19. Martin’s Creek Falls

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Martin’s Creek Falls, sometimes referred to as Martin Creek Falls, is a beautiful waterfall located on the National Scenic Bartram Trail in Rabun County. Located east of Clayton and surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest, Martin’s Creek Falls is 20 feet high and offers a peaceful and tranquil spot for relaxation with spectacular views, particularly after heavy rains. Martin’s Creek Falls is accessed via the Bartram Trail, which crosses Warwoman Road, passes Becky Branch Falls, and continues for a challenging 1.8 miles to Martin’s Creek Falls.

Chattahoochee National Forest, Rabun County, GA 30573

20. Minnehaha Falls

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Named after the fictional character in the epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha, Minnehaha Falls is a 100-foot stair-stepping waterfall in the Tallulah Gorge area that boasts breathtaking natural scenery and excellent photographic opportunities. Set on Falls Creek in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest, the waterfalls cascade majestically for 100 feet over a unique rock formation that resembles steps near Lake Rabun and can be reached by the short 0.4-mile Minnehaha Trail from Bear Gap Road. The hike to the falls is relatively easy and a great walk for families with children and dogs. Minnehaha Falls are at their best in the springtime, when the water flow is optimal and it is surrounded by spectacular foliage and flowers.

Tallulah Gorge, Chattahoochee National Forest, Tallulah Falls, Rabun County, GA 30573

21. Panther Falls

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The first of two waterfalls on the Angel Falls Trail in Rabun County, Panther Creek Falls is one of North Georgia’s most beautiful and famous waterfalls. The 50-foot waterfall is set within a lush stretch of the Chattahoochee National Forest and is popular due to its easy access, which is only about a half mile away from the starting point of the trail. The Angel Falls Trail passes some beautiful mountain laurel and patches of rhododendron along the way. For more of a challenge, the falls can also be reached by the Panther Creek Trail, which is about 7 miles long and slightly more difficult.

Chattahoochee National Forest, Rabun County, Georgia

22. Raven Cliff Falls

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Located outside the Bavarian-themed town of Helen in White County, Raven Cliff Falls is a three-drop 60-foot waterfall set along a creek that joins Dodd Creek. Located within the Raven Cliffs Wilderness in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the falls are made up of three separate drops, the first being 60 feet, the second being 20 feet and cascading into a deep pool, while the third is 20 feet and flows into Dodd Creek. Raven Cliff Falls is reached by the Raven Cliffs Trail, which lies just off the Richard Russell Scenic Highway and meanders for about 2.5 miles along the banks of Dodd Creek to the falls. The trail is relatively easy to hike until near the end by Bear Den Creek, where the path slopes gently upward from 2,040 feet to 2,600 feet at the base of the falls.

3000 Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy, Helen, GA 30545, Phone: 706-754-6221

23. Tallulah Falls

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Made up of six spectacular waterfalls that cascade through the 1,000-foot-deep Tallulah Gorge in Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls offers a dramatic and unforgettable experience. The falls can be viewed from a swinging suspension bridge over the gorge, which attracts aspiring nature photographers who come to snap inspiring shots. Tallulah Falls can be reached by a challenging and rewarding hike on the Hurricane Falls Trail, which crosses the gorge on the suspension bridge, or on the Sliding Rock Trail, which is tougher and rockier but leads to the only natural swimming area by the canyon. Tallulah Gorge State Park has several other hiking and nature trails, including the paved 3-mile Shortline Trail, which follows an old railroad bed.

338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573, Phone: 706-754-7981

24. Toccoa Falls

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Situated on the campus of Toccoa Falls College just outside of Toccoa, Toccoa Falls is a 186-foot, free-falling waterfall that offers visitors a quiet, relaxing spot to absorb the natural beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. Meaning “beautiful” in the Cherokee language, Toccoa Falls is believed to be the highest single drop waterfall east of the Mississippi and can be reached by a short walk along the stream to the base of the falls on the campus. Surrounded by the Toccoa Falls College campus, Toccoa Falls has a modern visitors center, which offers information about the falls and their rich history, including mysteries and tragedies.

Toccoa Falls College Visitor Information Center: 107 Kincaid Drive, Toccoa Falls, GA 30598, Phone: 706-886-6831

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The southern state of Georgia ticks all the boxes when it comes to finding an ideal vacation destination for all tastes and ages. History buffs will delight in discovering over 400 Civil War sites in Georgia and can explore one of the largest historic districts in the U.S. in Savannah, the state’s oldest city. When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the cities you can head for the coast to see wild horses roaming the beaches of Cumberland Island National Seashore, or get outdoors and active in one of Georgia’s 47 state parks, against a backdrop of spectacular natural beauty.

Cumberland Island

Beautiful Cumberland Island is the southernmost barrier island in Georgia and offers visitors a chance to experience 18 miles of wild and wonderful beaches which, together with 19,000 acres of upland, form the Cumberland Island National Seashore. The island is served by a regular 45min ferry service from St. Mary’s on the mainland and there are five campgrounds where you can spend a night or two getting back to nature. There are several outfitters offering kayaking rentals and guided excursions and you can also hire bicycles on the island. If you would like to explore the history of the island you can see some of the historic holiday homes of the Carnegie family on a Land and Legacies Tour. Children can get the most out of their visit by signing up for an educational Junior Ranger program.

Driftwood Beach (Jekyll Island)

The remarkable Driftwood Beach is located at the northern end of Jekyll Island, one of four barrier islands off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia. Years of erosion have resulted in huge trees being deposited on Driftwood Beach where they remain as a reminder of the forces of nature. Driftwood beach is particularly popular with photographers, and has consistently been voted as one of the most romantic beaches in the U.S. Besides taking some amazing photos at Driftwood beach you can enjoy a picnic or do some fishing from the pier at the adjoining Clam Creek Picnic Area which also offers horse-back riding and a walking/jogging trail. Jekyll Island is an idyllic vacation island offering over 10 miles of white sandy beaches, 20 miles of cycling trails, great wildlife and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.


Atlanta is the capital and largest city in Georgia, boasting a vibrant Downtown (also known as the Historic Business Center), and a dynamic and thriving arts scene boasting a wide variety of museums, performing arts centers and music venues. There are excellent attractions for the whole family to enjoy and an Atlantic City Pass will give you access to some of the most popular, including the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta and World of Coca Cola, where you can learn all about the history of the world’s leading brand and sample over 60 soft drinks. Interesting museums to add to your itinerary include the Atlanta History Museum and the Centennial Olympic Games Museum. For sport enthusiasts the highlight of any visit is to catch the Atlanta Falcons, Hawks or Braves in action.

Callaway Botanical Gardens

You will find the Callaway Botanical Gardens serenely nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at Pine Mountain, Georgia. The gardens opened to the public in 1952 and besides offering a visual feast for the senses also provide hours of family fun. At the heart of the property you will beautiful displays of flowers which include superb Azalea and Hydrangea gardens, the Day Butterfly Center, the Meadowlark Garden and a Pioneer Log Cabin. Gardens aside, you can enjoy a wonderful golf course, attend the daily Birds of Prey show, have fun at Treetop Adventures and Zip Line or head to Robin Lake Beach for swimming, water skiing, wake-boarding and tubing. There are seven miles of nature trails and four accommodation options including cottages and an inn.


The lively coastal city of Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and offers visitors year-round attractions for all ages. First-time visitors can find their bearings by joining a guided tour (there is one to suit everyone) by bike, trolley or on foot - choices range from seeing historic antebellum mansions or visiting Revolutionary and Civil War landmarks to investigating the paranormal. The city has a thriving art scene to explore, the largest Historic District in the country, a varied collection of interesting museums and a long string of breweries where you can quench your thirst. Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from a wide variety of water sports including fishing, jet-skiing, para-sailing, kayaking and paddle-boarding or hike/cycle miles of paths and trails.

Toccoa Falls

The Toccoa Falls waterfall is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College in the town of Toccoa in Stephens County, northeast Georgia. Dropping a whopping 186 feet from rim to base, the falls are higher than Niagara Falls and are one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. To see the falls you need to start at the Gate Cottage Gift Shop where you can buy local crafts and souvenirs. From the gift shop there is a short 100mt accessible trail to the base of the waterfall where you can take some photos of the impressive falls. The viewpoint is also a good place to sit for a while and enjoy the delightful sound of the water.

Tallulah Gorge State Park

In Tallulah Gorge State Park the Tallulah River has carved a spectacular two-mile gorge through the surrounding rolling hills to form one of the most impressive canyons in the eastern U.S., featuring sheer rocky walls and five impressive waterfalls. The gorge drops a dizzying 1,000 feet from rim to floor and affords visitors an exceptional playground for all kinds of adventure activities. You can hike rim trails to several overlooks or get a permit to hike the gorge floor in the summer. The park has 50 campsites and three backcountry campsites which you can reserve in advance. Some of the activities on offer include rock climbing, hiking, white-water rafting and wildlife watching, and the park offers a variety of guided seasonal activities.

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St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island is one of four barrier islands called the Golden Isles, found off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia. The island has a rich historic and cultural legacy to explore as well as miles of relatively undeveloped beaches offering a diversity of outdoor activities. You can easily explore the island by bicycle – there are good trails and rental equipment is available. Other outdoor activities include canoeing and kayaking both offshore and through the marshes and wetlands which are teeming with wildlife. When the weather is less than perfect you can spend some time exploring the many historic sites which include the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, the Bloody Marsh Battle Site and the Fort Frederica National Monument.

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on Cockspur Island between Tybee Island and historic Savannah, where it played an important defensive role during the American Civil War. The Visitor’s Center provides a good orientation for your visit; you can watch a short film entitled “The Battle for Fort Pulaski” and enquire about scheduled ranger-led programs. You can learn all the fascinating facts about the fort on a guided tour and then spend some time enjoying the varied outdoor activities available, which include hiking, biking, bird watching and fishing. Younger visitors can enhance their experience by enrolling in a Junior Ranger’s Program to earn a badge.

Ocmulgee National Monument

Protecting, showcasing and celebrating over 17,000 years of continuous human habitation, the Ocmulgee National Monument is a prehistoric American Indian site where ancient Indian tribes once hunted Ice-Age mammals. To get some background information about the site (which is crucial to your enjoyment of the monument) you can start by watching a short video presentation at the Visitor’s Center. You can explore all eleven points of interest in the park on foot and join a guided tour of the Earthlodge (the ceremonial mound) twice daily in summer or weekends only in winter. You can also visit the small but interesting museum which is a treasure-trove of ancient relics and artifacts.

Vogel State Park

Located at the foot of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Vogel State Park is one of the oldest and most popular parks in Georgia. Outdoor enthusiasts can get back to nature surrounded by the superb scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains which put on a spectacular show of fall color. Hikers have over 17 miles of trails to explore including the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail. During the summer months you can enjoy a variety of water sports on the lake – equipment hire is available on site. If you would like to linger for a few days you can choose from various campsites or rent a cottage, while day visitors can enjoy a picnic at one of five picnic sites.

Red Top Mountain State Park

Red Top Mountain State Park is located on Lake Allatoona just 45 minutes north of Atlanta. The name of the park derives from the rich red soil of the area which was once an important mining area for iron-ore. Today the park offers outdoor enthusiasts a great place to escape the city and get back to nature. In summer you can enjoy boating, skiing and fishing on the lake or simply relax on the sand swimming beach. In addition to offering great water sports the park also has excellent hiking trails and the four -mile Iron Hill biking trail. If you would like to stay overnight you can rent a cottage, go “glamping” in a Yurt or bring your tent or RV to one of the campsites.


The bustling and vibrant town of Alpharetta is located just 26 miles north of Atlanta and offers a good cross-section of indoor and outdoor activities for visitors. You can learn all about the early days in Alpharetta on a self-guided Alpharetta History Walk – pick up a brochure at the Alpharetta Welcome Center. If you would like to explore the town by bicycle you can grab a bike from the Zagster Bike Share Program – free for the first three hours. Alpharetta is known for great shopping and has five shopping districts including North Point Mall and some unique boutique shops in Historic Downtown Alpharetta. Foodies can learn all about great southern cuisine by signing up for a cookery lesson at one of three cookery schools.


Duluth is located just 35min north of Atlanta and offers visitors many big city amenities Road Park. Round off a busy day with a show at Gwinnett Center or the New Dawn Theater.combined with small-town charm. The town offers a network of sidewalks and bike paths which make it easy to explore on two wheels, and you can enjoy hiking and biking in a rustic old-farm setting at McDaniel Farm Park. The Duluth History Museum and the Southeastern Railway Museum are family favorites – children will love the miniature train ride and you can take younger children to have hours of fun at the playgrounds at Shorty Howell Park and Bunten

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Tybee Island

Tybee Island (aka Savannah Beach) is a barrier island lying off the coast of the historic city of Savannah. The island is easily accessible and offers visitors access to a great three-mile stretch of unspoiled sandy beach and a good selection of water sports. You can choose from a laid-back kayaking tour of the calm coastal waters or opt for an energetic jet-ski excursion on the Savannah River. Paddle-boarding is also available and there are several outfitters ready to supply all the equipment you need. Fishermen will enjoy casting a line from the South-end Pier or can charter an off-shore fishing excursion. Since the island is less than three miles long a bicycle rental from Tim’s Bike & Beach Gear is the perfect way to explore.

Blue Ridge

The charming small town of Blue Ridge is located in the North Georgia Mountains and has been welcoming visitors since the railroad reached the town back in 1886. The beautiful mountain setting offers year-round activities including hiking, horseback riding and whitewater rafting in summer, scenic drives to see the fall foliage in autumn and some of the best trout fishing in the whole of Georgia. The town is proudly “arty” and there are several galleries and studios to explore and a thriving community theater. You can take a self-guided historic walking tour of the town, taste some local beers and wine and listen to live music. One of the highlights of a visit is a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.

Wormsloe Historic Site

The Wormsloe Historic Site is located outside the city of Savannah and encompasses a long avenue of Oak Trees which lead visitors to the ruins of the colonial estate of Noble Jones, which dates back to around 1733. The site is of particular interest to architecture enthusiasts as it is the oldest standing structure in Savannah and was constructed using tabby, an early building material made by combining lime, ash, oyster shell and sand. The historic site hosts regular events which showcase everyday life in the 1700’s, presented by costumed interpreters. You can join one of the daily guided tours of the ruins and then set off along the nature trail to see the surrounding marshes. During the summer there are regular guided hikes to nearby historic sites.

Arabia Mountain

Located just east of Atlanta and dominated by two massive granite outcrops, the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is a great place for visitors to combine outdoor activities with learning about history and culture. You can discover rare plants and fascinating geology as you hike through the Davidson-Arabia Nature Reserve and the Panola Mountain State Park (where you can also go paddling and kayaking) and uncover remnants of the granite quarry industry which supplied the raw materials for dozens of U.S. state buildings and monuments. The PATH offers cyclists over 30 miles of trails linking several historic sites. While you are in the area you can visit AWARE – the Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort which offers tours every Saturday and Sunday.

Etowah Indian Mounds

The Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site offers a fascinating insight into the life and culture of thousands of Native Americans who lived on the site between 1000 AD and 1550 AD. The 54-acre site protects and showcases a traditional village comprising six large earthen mounds, a plaza and even a defensive ditch. At the museum you can watch a short introductory film and see a collection of relics and artifacts that tell the story of a highly developed culture which employed sophisticated methods to trap fish and were knowledgeable about natural medicines. The largest mound on the site is 63 feet high and is thought to have been a platform for the home of the priest chief; other mounds were used as burial chambers.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect the Okefenokee Swamp and to provide a sanctuary for migrating and local birds and wildlife. Today the refuge is a popular getaway destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers and provides an ideal spot to get back to nature. The refuge is divided into three separate areas, each of which is offers visitors a chance to enjoy a different aspect of the sanctuary. You can go on a wildlife drive along Swamp Island Drive, go hiking and bird-watching or float gently along almost 120 miles of canoe/kayak trails. There are several launching sites for boats (less than 10HP) and adventurers can choose from a day trip or a multi-day kayak expedition including wilderness camping.

Providence Canyon State Park

The Providence Canyon State Park is located in southwestern Georgia, close to the town of Columbus. The canyon was formed by massive soil erosion caused by bad farming methods back in the 1800’s, which resulted in massive gauges, some as deep as 150ft, being carved out of the soft sand to reveal amazing colored striations. Backpackers have seven miles of trails to explore and can sleep overnight at one of six backcountry campsites, while day visitors can stay at one of three pioneer campsites and have access to three miles of trails. The park offers regular ranger-led hikes including a spooky after-dark Halloween hike.

Appalachian Trail

The first (or last) 79 miles of the incredible 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail meanders through exquisite mountain scenery in Georgia, beginning at Springer Mountain. Hiking the entire trail through 14 states in one go, (called a thru-hike), takes between five and seven months and is a mammoth undertaking, but everyone can seize the opportunity to hike a part of the trail on a day-hike or multi-day hike. There are dozens of access points where you can join the trail and if you are planning on doing a multi-day hike you will find several campsites along the way. You can get all the info you need from the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.

Chattahoochee River

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is located along a series of sites alongside the Chattahoochee River between Atlanta and Lake Sidney Lanier. The area offers outdoor enthusiasts a huge playground encompassing 48 miles of water suitable for canoeing, kayaking, boating, tubing and paddle-boarding, as well as 15 land units suitable for hiking and wildlife watching. If you need to rent equipment there are three authorized outfitters who can provided everything you need – they also offer guided river expeditions and lessons. Although the main emphasis is on enjoying various forms of boating on the river there is also a good network of cycling trails and the river trout fishing is rumored to be excellent.