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6 Rare & Mysterious Landscapes in Georgia

Awe-inspiring and intriguing, these natural curiosities never fail to amaze.

  • Rock City Gardens

    Rock City is a true marvel of nature, featuring massive rock formations, gardens with more than 400 native plant species and panoramic views.

    Rock City

Explore these weird wonders in Georgia, and discover fairy caverns along enchanted mountain trails, moon-like mountains, and rare landscapes like nowhere else on Earth!

Rock City, Lookout Mountain

Rock City's Rhododendron Trail

Winding through mountaintop gardens and ancient rock formations, Rock City's Enchanted Trail is an unforgettable experience enjoyed by all ages. Squeeze through towering rock walls, cross a swinging bridge, and visit with fairy tale characters and gnomes in this whimsical garden atop Lookout Mountain.

Indian Mounds

The Earth Lodge at Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Georgia.

During the Mississippian Period, prehistoric American Indians built monumental mounds for their elite. Climb to the tops of burial and ceremonial mounds, take a peek inside large temple mounds, and uncover an amazing world of archaeology at Georgia's Indian Mounds sites: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site in Cartersville, Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, and Kolomoki Mounds State Park in Blakely.


Arabia Mountain. Photo courtesy of Candy Cook.

Marvel over Atlanta's three massive monadnocks! These isolated mountains rise up out of the rolling hills and create unique landscapes and experiences. Picnic on Arabia Mountain's moon-like landscape, hike Panola Mountain's rare protected ecosystems, and party with the world's longest running lasershow at Stone Mountain

Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve

Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve in Cairo, Georgia

A true Georgia gem, this 140-acre nature preserve in Cairo is home the greatest expanse of trout lilies anywhere in the world! Commonly found in the Appalachian Mountains, these plants migrated thousands of years ago and only remain in a few places this far south. At Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, photographers will picture 30-50 million during the February bloom.

Broxton Rocks Preserve

Broxton Rocks, Douglas, GA

Erosion of underlying sandstone combined with rushing waters and ages of weathering has created the fascinating and fragile Broxton Rocks Perserve. A natural anomaly, this strange environment of roaring waterfalls, rocky cliffs and rare plants is found hidden on the coastal plains in South Georgia. 

Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

As the north end of Jekyll Island slowly washes away, bare branches and tangled trees form the dramatic scenes of Driftwood Beach. The impressive sights of Driftwood Beach make it a popular destination for romantic weddings and nature photographers.

Candy Cook is Georgia’s official Outdoor Explorer and the author of the blog “Happy Trails Wild Tales.” Click here for more outdoor content from Candy.

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