I love warm weather. Something about the colorful flowers and watching butterflies gliding by just uplifts my mood.
But I live in Atlanta, big skyscrapers, loud cars, and crowded with people. So where does one go to relax in nature when you live so close to the city? I got you covered.
For those of you who enjoy the great outdoors and want to get away, here are some of the most beautiful nature walks and vacationing spots right here in Georgia.
Blue Ridge in the North Georgia Mountains: This is the ultimate in social distancing. Waterfalls, mountains, and lakes this place has it all. Blue Ridge, Georgia is a small mountain town with local flavor. The town has breweries and wineries for you to sample. But if you're more into nature there are plenty of hiking trails (300 to be exact). You can also go white water rafting on the Ocoee River. The cherry on top is you can find luxurious cabins to rent for the weekend at reasonable prices.
Helen, GA: While Helen is also located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it has a unique charm. It's home to a small community of Barivian (southern Germany) people. The cultural nuance of the lovely little town is definitely refreshing from the fast-paced vibe of city life. You will never run out of fun things to do in Helen, GA. They have air balloon rides, shopping, and of course hiking trail that lead to waterfalls. If you're looking for a place to stay, Helen has an array of rental cabins and hotels if you want to be closer to the shops.
Lake Lanier in Buford, GA: Go to an island without going too far. Only 60 miles away from Atlanta, Lake Lanier has over 45 parks and 10 campgrounds. But if you prefer some glamping they have lakehouse rentals available. Go for a hike in the Appalachian Mountains or go fishing. Or visit the many shops and local restaurants in town.
Province Canyon State Park in Lumpkin, GA: Maybe you just want to go on a day trip. Just a 2-hour trip from Atlanta, you can enjoy Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon." If you are into adventure they have a climbing club. You can even hike through the canyon and see the many gullies left behind by those who used to farm there.
Okefenokee Swamp in Folkston, GA: Many people don't realize that Georgia has protected wetlands. In the Okefenokee Swamp there is so much wildlife to explore. But be careful when going down the river in your boat. This place is famous for their alligators. Best tip, don't bother them and they won't bother you. Overall, it's a great place to see the wonders of nature.
There are many more places to see right here in Georgia. From the wilderness to islands, whatvever you choose to do this spring and summer will be a fun time.
I hope to do more traveling and day trips soon as school is starting to get critical and I want to use what little free time I have to relax outside.
Stay safe everyone!