Lover's Leap at Rock City Gardens in Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Lover's Leap at Rock City Gardens in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Photo by @seerockcity

6 Rare & Mysterious Landscapes in Georgia

Awe-inspiring and intriguing, these natural curiosities never fail to amaze.

Explore these unusual wonders in Georgia, and discover fairy caverns along enchanted mountain trails, moon-like mountains, and rare landscapes like nowhere else on Earth!

Rock City Gardens

Lover's Leap waterfall at Rock City Gardens in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
Rock City Gardens in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Photo by @thewayweroam

Winding through mountaintop gardens and ancient rock formations, Rock City Gardens' Enchanted Trail is an unforgettable experience enjoyed by all ages. Squeeze through towering rock walls, cross a swinging bridge, and visit with fairy tale characters and gnomes in this whimsical garden atop Lookout Mountain. Make your way to Lover's Leap for breathtaking views of the area.

Indian Mounds

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon, Georgia
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon, Georgia. Photo by @gcalebjones

During the Mississippian Period, Native Americans built monumental mounds for their elite. Climb to the tops of burial and ceremonial mounds and learn more about how generations of Native American populations lived at three of Georgia's Indian mounds sites: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site in Cartersville, Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon, and Kolomoki Mounds State Park in Blakely.

Monadnocks

Summit Skyride at Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, Georgia
Summit Skyride at Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, Georgia

Marvel over Atlanta's three massive monadnocks! These isolated mountains rise up out of the rolling hills and create unique landscapes and experiences. Picnic on Arabia Mountain's moon-like landscape, hike Panola Mountain's rare protected ecosystems and glide to the top of Stone Mountain on the Summit Skyride for a panoramic view of the metro area.

Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve

Flowers blooming at Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve in Cairo, Georgia
Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve in Cairo, Georgia

A true Georgia gem, this 140-acre nature preserve in Cairo is home the greatest expanse of trout lilies anywhere in the world! Commonly found in the Appalachian Mountains, these plants migrated thousands of years ago and only remain in a few places this far south. At Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, photographers will picture 30-50 million during the February bloom.

Broxton Rocks Preserve

Erosion of underlying sandstone combined with rushing waters and ages of weathering has created the fascinating and fragile Broxton Rocks Preserve. A natural anomaly, this strange environment of roaring waterfalls, rocky cliffs and rare plants is found hidden on the coastal plains in south Georgia about one hour east of Tifton

Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

Sunrise on Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia
Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @gcalebjones

As the north end of Jekyll Island slowly washes away, bare branches and tangled trees form the dramatic scenes of Driftwood Beach. The impressive sights of Driftwood Beach make it a popular destination for romantic weddings and nature photographers.

Published: February 2024
Written by: Candy Cook
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