Travel: 5 Georgia State Parks Worth a Visit This Spring
Looking for a day trip with the family or friends?
The best in state escapes can be state parks.
Here's a look at Georgia.
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|Stone Mountain, just about 20 minutes outside of Atlanta.|
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There are nearly 50 state parks and historic sites in Georgia, and each are special in their own way.
Here’s five that are worth the day trip.
- Amicalola Falls State Park has a gorgeous 729 ft waterfall that is nearly five times the height of Niagara Falls. View the falls from a flat 1,250-foot path or join the Canyon Climbers Club and climb the staircases. There’s a great 8.5 miles hiking path to Springer Mountain, the southern tip of the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail, or tackle the five-mile trail to the Len Foote Hike Inn.
2. Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site is considered one of the nation’s most significant Native American archaeological digs—though only 9 percent has been excavated— it protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. The 54-acre site northwest of Atlanta was home to thousands from 1000 to 1550 and is today the most extensive Mississippian cultural site in the Southeast.
3. Fort McAllister will be your best stop for Civil War history. The Union navy first assaulted on July 1, 1862. It would not fall until 1864, at the end of Sherman’s March to the Sea. Head to this site on the Ogeechee River south of Savannah to see one of the best-preserved earthwork fortifications of the Confederacy and explore the fort’s cannons, barracks and museum.
4. Panola Mountain State Park’s 12-mile paved Rockdale River and Arabia Mountain Path Trail passes two fishing lakes, grassy fields, shaded woods and rock outcrops. This is a great trail for long distance bikers. There’s abundant wildlife, rare plants of the Piedmont region, and delicate ecological elements that earned its designation as a National Natural Landmark. Trek independently on three miles of trails or join guided hikes into restricted-access areas.
5. Reed Bingham State Park is just six miles off I-75 in southern Georgia, and is home to nesting bald eagles. There’s a three mile nature trail that will expose you to gopher tortoises, spotted turtles, American alligators and, during winter, thousands of black vultures and turkey vultures, if you’re into that stuff.
So, are you ready to take a day trip this weekend? Which state park will you visit?