Kayaking in South Georgia. Photo by @cmurillophoto

Kayaking in South Georgia. Photo by @cmurillophoto

Unforgettable Georgia Experiences for Spring and Summer

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.

Zipline at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia

Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia

Create Your Own Family Summer Camp

Spend time with the family on a getaway that takes full advantage of North Georgia's awe-inspiring natural wonders. At Georgia's Adventure Lodges at Amicalola and Unicoi state parks, unique lodging combines with an incredible collection of outdoor activities, offering a summer camp experience everyone will enjoy.

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.

Visit Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge

Visit Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Rafting in Georgia with Whitewater Express in Columbus, Georgia

Whitewater Express in Columbus, Georgia

Go 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 Chattahoochee or Chattooga National Wild & Scenic River.

The Chattahoochee River 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.

Meanwhile, Southeastern Expeditions takes adventurers on a wild ride on the Chattooga River, famous for its exciting whitewater and breathtaking 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 wear your commemorative t-shirt while you do. Six participating parks offer kayaking and canoeing, showcasing the diversity of Georgia's waterways.

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Camping on Cumberland Island, Georgia. Photo by @damiandelgado

Cumberland Island, Georgia. Photo by @damiandelgado

Go 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.

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

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

Backpack into the colorful geology of the "Little Grand Canyon" at Providence Canyon State Park.

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

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Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia

Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland

Explore Indoor Fun for Outdoorsy People

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

Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville and Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta showcase geology and ecosystems unique to the Peach State. Tellus also has a planetarium with several shows daily about the solar system and the night sky. At Fernbank, you also can head outside to explore 75 acres of outdoor nature adventures at WildWoods and Fernbank Forest.

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.

Browse amazing landscape paintings and photography from world-renowned artists at Booth Museum in Cartersville, and don't miss the fantastic visitors center museum at Tallulah Gorge State Park (pictured above).

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Published: March 2024
Written by: Candy Cook
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