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Six Perfect Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Great Outdoors

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    Cumberland Island National Seashore

    Courtesy of Sarah Dodge, Georgia Conservancy

Create classic romance for your outdoorsy Valentine at one of these escapes.

Romance on the River

There’s nothing that better represents the timeless nature of love like Georgia’s rivers. Find river walks with dining nearby at Porterdale’s Yellow River Park and at the Chattahoochee River Walk in Columbus. For something a little more rugged, make a day of hiking or mountain biking Bear Creek in North Georgia. Home to the giant Gennett Poplar, Bear Creek Trail offers a moderate hike and bike along the water, several creek crossings and a relaxing area perfect for a picnic. Speaking of picnics…

Photo Credit: Parker Whidby
Photo Credit: Parker Whidby

Plan a Picturesque Picnic

Pack a blanket and carry a favorite meal to an overlook for a charming change of scenery. Hike to a spacious wooden deck and a stunning view on Fort Mountain State Park‘s West Overlook Trail, or take a more leisurely stroll to picnic on the boulders of Arabia Mountain.

The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area includes panoramic views, trails, creeks and historic sites. - 65mb via Flickr
The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area includes panoramic views, trails, creeks and historic sites. - 65mb via Flickr

Serenade your Sweetheart

Take a scene from classic love stories and serenade your sweetheart, guiding a canoe among the cypress trees at the secluded George L Smith State Park.

Jason Grimes via Facebook
Jason Grimes via Facebook

Waterfall Wonders

Taking the plunge this Valentine’s Day? Georgia’s waterfalls create a stunning backdrop for popping the question.

JMC Artistic Photography
JMC Artistic Photography

Coastal Combinations

Well-known for romantic inns, coastal cuisine and Southern strolls, a stay in Savannah weaves a weekend of nature and nightlife. Further down the coast, hop on a bike to explore 30 miles of historic sites, ocean views, shopping and eateries on St. Simons Island.

Stroll along the beaches of St. Simons Island
Stroll along the beaches of St. Simons Island

Camp Cuddles

Cuddle up at a campsite in Crooked River State Park followed by a day of walking the pristine beach on Cumberland Island.

Candy Cook
Candy Cook

Candy Cook

Candy 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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