Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel in Americus, Georgia

Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel in Americus, Georgia

Four Unusual Places to Find Spirits in Georgia

As the Halloween season approaches, our thoughts turn to pumpkins, hayrides and spooky spirits. But not all spirits are scary. Here are four unusual places to find spirits in Georgia that you may not have considered.

Mermaid tree spirit on St. Simons Island, Georgia
Mermaid tree spirit on St. Simons Island, Georgia

St. Simons Island Tree Spirits

The spirits on St. Simons Island live in the large live oaks that dot the landscape. Visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau on Beachview Drive to see the life-sized mermaid and pick up a map to find the rest of these hand-carved works of art. It's a fun scavenger hunt and a great way to explore St. Simons Island.

Richland Distilling Co. in Richland, Georgia
Richland Distilling Co. in Richland, Georgia

Distillery Tours

Not all spirits come in human form. The hand-crafted spirits industry in Georgia is growing with more than a dozen distilleries throughout the state. Try Taza Ray, the first commercially distilled spirits from sunflower seeds at Dalton Distillery. Sip some Georgia-made moonshine at the annual Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In in Hiawassee, or go on a tasting tour of artisan rum at the Richland Distilling Company in Richland and Brunswick, Georgia.

Paddle-in campsite at Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Paddle-in campsite at Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Chattahoochee Bend State Park

At Chattahoochee Bend State Park, you can find your inner spirit with a paddle down the Chattahoochee River. Chattahoochee Bend State Park has guided Hooch Hike and Paddles, as well as paddle-in camp sites for those who want to commune over night.  

Exterior of the Windsor Hotel in Americus, Georgia
Windsor Hotel in Americus, Georgia

Haunted Hotels

If you want to find more traditional spirits, try one of Georgia's haunted hotels. Meet a little girl playing in the halls, a young bride-to-be mourning the death of her fiancé, or sit with a rich industrialist as he enjoys his favorite cigar overlooking the water.

Group tour with a costumed guide at Riverside Cemetery in Macon, Georgia
Riverside Cemetery in Macon, Georgia

Cemetery Tours

Georgia also has some wonderful cemetery tours where you can meet the "residents" — including Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Riverside Cemetery in Macon, the Midway Museum Cemetery Tour in Midway and the Lantern Tour of Old City Cemetery in Sandersville — as well as some of the finest ghost tours in the country. 

Published: October 2021
Written by: Sue Rodman