In the Southern Chattahoochee episode of "The Excursion," host David Zelski explores West Georgia by whitewater rafting on the Chattahoochee River, ziplining between two states in Columbus, running through Georgia's Little Grand Canyon, fishing and water skiing. The potential reward? A relaxing massage at the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Resort & Gardens.
Recreate his adventures on your own excursion in West Georgia!
Stay at the Columbus Marriott
This national landmark once was a grist mill that began operations in 1861. Converted into a 177-room hotel, the historic Columbus Marriott is conveniently located within walking distance to the Chattahoochee RiverWalk and the heart of the city’s entertainment district.
Shoot the rapids with Whitewater Express
Brave the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world with Whitewater Express. Rapids vary from class 2 to class 5, depending on the time of day, offering plenty of adventure for the whole family. Experience some of the biggest rapids east of the Colorado right on the Chattahoochee River in Georgia!
Zip across the river at Blue Heron Zipline Adventure Park
Zip on the only dual zipline that connects two states at the Blue Heron Zipline Adventure Park. Soar above the Chattahoochee River between Columbus, Georgia, and Phenix City, Alabama, on the 1,200-foot zipline as rafters pass below.
Run the 5K Canyon Loop Trail at Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon" makes some of the prettiest photographs within the state. Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area's pink, orange, red and purple hues make a beautiful natural painting at this quiet park. Visitors can enjoy views of the canyons from the Canyon Loop Trail that circles nine of the canyons.
Go fishing at Florence Marina State Park
Located 10 miles from Providence Canyon, Florence Marina State Park sits at the northern end of 45,000-acre Lake Walter F. George. The natural deep water marina is where the powerful Chattahoochee River meets Lake Walter F. George. This quiet park offers the perfect getaway for those who love water sports.
Go water skiing and tubing at Callaway Resort & Gardens
Nestled in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Callaway Resort & Gardens is an award-winning 2,500-acre gardens and resort. The resort's 65-acre Robin Lake is home to the world-renowned Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament each May, and it's a playground for water sports enthusiasts of all skill levels. Whether you prefer skiing, wakeboarding or just skimming along on an oversized tube, you’ll enjoy a thrilling ride on this scenic body of water.
Relax in style at the The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens
Situated within 2,500 acres of lush vegetation, vibrant flora and preserved forest land, The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Resort & Gardens is a true product of its gorgeous, organic surroundings. At Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens, guests are pampered in calming splendor, surrounded by tranquil hues and a delicate garden motif that reflect the surrounding woodlands. Callaway's own style of nature-based massages, nourishing custom facials, herbal and mineral wraps, and relaxing bath treatments will spoil every spa enthusiast.