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Unforgettable Experiences for Spring and Summer

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    Roast marshmallows and sleep under the stars at Georgia's scenic campgrounds.

Spring is warming up, and summer's right around the corner. It's time to gear up and celebrate the season of adventure with these unforgettable experiences across Georgia.

Adventure Lodges of Georgia

Surrounded by awe-inspiring natural wonders, Amicalola and Unicoi state parks make the most of Georgia's mountain playground. With unique lodging and an incredible collection of outdoor activities, the Adventure Lodges offer a summer camp experience the whole family will enjoy.

Mountain biking at Unicoi State Park. Photo by Candy Cook
Mountain biking at Unicoi State Park. Photo by Candy Cook

Fly through the trees on thrilling ziplines, try kayaking or paddleboarding, and hit the trails with a mountain biking guru. Level up your wilderness skills with expert courses on survival, fly fishing, archery and more. Both parks serve up delicious meals, and lodging ranges from primitive camping and RV sites to rustic lodges and cozy cabins. 

Paddling & Rafting

From world-class rapids to North America's largest blackwater swamp, Georgia's waters always lead to extraordinary experiences. Join expert outfitters for a rush of high adventure rafting the rapids of the Chattachoochee or Chattooga National Wild & Scenic Rivers.

Whitewater Express in Columbus, Georgia
Whitewater Express in Columbus, Georgia

The Chattahoochee picks up the pace in Columbus, producing some of the biggest rapids in the Eastern United States. Whitewater Express takes full advantage of daily dam-controlled releases to offer the thrill of class IV and V rapids, as well as family-friendly class I-III rapids.

Southeastern Expeditions
Southeastern Expeditions

Meanwhile, Southeastern Expeditions takes adventurers on a wild ride on the Chattooga, famous for its exciting whitewater and breath-taking beauty in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.

For a more laid-back experience, explore the six water trails featured in Georgia State Parks' Park Paddlers Club and earn a commemorative t-shirt. Six participating parks offer kayaking and canoeing, showcasing the diversity of Georgia's waterways. 

Camping

Georgia offers an abundance of unique camping experiences in some of the most spectacular destinations in the Southern United States. Georgia campers enjoy the most brilliantly starry skies in the South, the coastal paradise of the Golden Isles, moonlight through the pines, and fall asleep to the sound of rushing waterfalls.

Stephen C. Foster State Park. Photo Credit: Rena Johnson Photography - https://www.facebook.com/RenaJohnsonsPhotography/
Stephen C. Foster State Park. Photo Credit: Rena Johnson Photography - https://www.facebook.com/RenaJohnsonsPhotography/

Experience the awe-inspiring wonder of the Okenfenokee Swamp and marvel at celestial beauty in the South's only gold-star Dark Sky park, Stephen C. Foster State Park.

Sunrise on Cumberland Island - Candy Cook
Sunrise on Cumberland Island - Candy Cook

Explore the wilderness of maritime forest and roam historic mansion ruins on Cumberland Island.

Providence Canyon photo by Candy Cook
Providence Canyon photo by Candy Cook

Backpack into the colorful geology of the "Little Grand Canyon," at Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area.

Paddle to a campsite at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan.
Paddle to a campsite at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan.

Paddle into camp at Chattahoochee Bend State Park, or hike nearly 80 miles through the mountains along the iconic Appalachian Trail

Indoor Fun for Outdoorsy People

Discover new perspectives at the many indoor venues celebrating nature with interactive exhibits, wildlife encounters, artwork and activities.

Discover how life on Earth began in the Tellus Science Museum's Fossil Gallery in Cartersville
Discover how life on Earth began in the Tellus Science Museum's Fossil Gallery in Cartersville

Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville and Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta showcase geology and ecosystems unique to the Peach State.

Photo courtesy of the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center
Photo courtesy of the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center

Jekyll Island's Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and the Go Fish Education Center in Perry offer opportunities to see Georgia's endangered species and the programs working to save them.

See artifacts from the American West at the Booth Western Art Museum.
See artifacts from the American West at the Booth Western Art Museum.

Browse amazing landscape paintings and photography from world-renowned artists at Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, and don't miss the fantastic visitors center museums at Tallulah Gorge State Park and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

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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