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    Pine Mountain in Cartersville. Photo by Candy Cook

A perfect destination for outdoor lovers, Cartersville is a rewarding place to spend time hiking and biking, and browsing two stunning museums. Make a date to explore art, science and the great outdoors at these fun Cartersville attractions.

Pine Mountain Recreation Area

Pine Mountain Recreation Area challenges hikers along a rugged trail leading to the highest elevation in Cartersville. The trails include a West Loop for hiking only, an East Loop open to hiking and biking, and a connection to the Army Corps of Engineers' Cooper's Furnace Trail. Expect a fun climb with unique rock formations and overlooks along the 2.25-mile West Loop, peaking at a gorgeous view overlooking Lake Allatoona. The East Loop offers another 2.5 miles of everyday scenic beauty for hikers, and it's open to mountain bikers every Wednesday and Saturday.  

Tellus Science Museum

Stan the T-Rex at Tellus Science Museum
Stan the T-Rex at Tellus Science Museum

Tellus Science Museum celebrates natural history, scientific discovery and human innovation with engaging exhibits. An extensive mineral gallery tells the story of geological Georgia, while fossils found around the state paint a prehistoric picture. The newest exhibit, "From Clay to Copper," showcases archeological items recovered from Georgia's own Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site. An incredible collection, dating back to Woodland and Mississipian periods, many of the artifacts have been in storage for nearly 100 years. Tellus also quenches the curiosity of young children with interactive experiments relating to nature, physics and a special Tinkertoy exhibit coming in January 2017. 

Booth Western Art Museum

Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia
Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia

Booth Western Art Museum is truly a masterpiece to behold. Shining a light on the unique personalities, landscapes and daily life of the American West, exhibits touch on every chord of our unbridled spirit. The American West Gallery presents a sweeping vista of Western traditions and colliding cultures using conventional paintings and stunning sculpture, while the Cowboy Gallery & Faces of the West focus on the intimate details of frontier life from a varied range of artists and mediums. A hands-on children's gallery offers hands-on learning and play centered around artistic expression and the American West. 

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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