No matter what time of year, North Georgia offers incredible scenery and a multitude of recreational activities for visitors. Whether you’re looking for relaxing Georgia Mountain getaways or an exciting, heart-pumping adventure, Georgia state parks have something for everyone. You’ll be able to breathe in the fresh air, take in the unbelievable sights, and even challenge yourself to a variety of physical activities, all while being surrounded by nature.
If you’re thinking about planning a day trip to a park but don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered! From hiking in North Georgia and North Georgia Mountain biking trails to Tallulah Gorge kayaking, here are some of the best ways to explore the beautiful state parks in Georgia.
As the highest park in the entire state of Georgia, Black Mountain State Park is a must-see for those who want to experience the best of the great outdoors. Black Mountain State Park has some of the most outstanding scenery in the Peach state, with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and almost 1,800 acres of rolling hills and valleys. The park’s four scenic overlooks provide the perfect photo op for visitors from the moment they drive in, and activities like hiking trails, fishing, and camping opportunities will make your inner nature-enthusiast come to life.
Named after its impressive 1,000 feet deep gorge, Tallulah Gorge State Park is home to one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S. and features spectacular Tallulah Gorge Hiking Trails. The gorge has a diverse habitat that is home to rare species like the monkey-faced orchid and green salamander, and the park provides incredible views of rivers and waterfalls as well as activities like rock climbing, kayaking, and mountain biking. The park also hosts unique events like the Full Moon Paddle on September 26th that allows guests to paddle around Lake Tallulah by moonlight. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for locals and visitors alike.
Moccasin Creek State Park is located on the shores of Lake Burton and offers guests a multitude of activities throughout each season, including skiing, hiking, boating, and fishing. Since the park is relatively flat, it’s the perfect place to relax and take in the stunning North Georgia scenery. Kids will love exploring the nature trail, and more experienced hikers will be excited to try the slippery Hemlock Falls Trail. Autumn is a particularly beautiful time of year in Moccasin Creek State Park, so bring your camera and be prepared for a crowd!
Now that you know about some of the best state parks in Georgia, it’s time to book your trip! When planning your excursion, be sure to book a room at Glen-Ella Springs Inn. Our comfortable, rustic rooms and suites are the perfect place to lay your head after a long day spent traversing the mountains. In addition, we offer complimentary breakfast for guests! Our signature dishes like blueberry pancakes and two-cheese strata will have you feeling awake, refreshed, and ready to start the day. For more ideas on things to do in the North Georgia Mountains and places to see in the Clarkesville area, download our free vacation guide.
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