Wildwater Chattooga Adventure Center in Clayton, Georgia

Wildwater Chattooga Adventure Center in Clayton, Georgia

5 Small Towns that Deliver Big Family Fun in Summer

Some of our best summer escapes have been in Georgia's adorable small towns. Here are a handful of our favorites; tell us about yours!

Thronateeska Heritage Center in Albany, Georgia

Thronateeska Heritage Center in Albany, Georgia

Albany

Begin your Albany adventure at Chehaw Park, where you can take a veldt ride or feed a camel. Head to Flint RiverQuarium to cool off and learn about Blue Holes. Kayak the Flint River, and take in some train history at Thronateeska Heritage Center. (More about Albany)

Mountain Biking at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, Georgia

Mountain Biking at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, Georgia

Rutledge

Take a hike in Rutledge through Hard Labor Creek Park, and eat lunch at the bright red Caboose. There are great desserts here, but save room for the buttermilk pie at Yesterday's Cafe. Nearby, you can enjoy even more fun at Southern Cross Guest Ranch or Durhamtown Off Road Resort. (More about Rutledge)

Southern Belle Farm, Facebook

Southern Belle Farm, Facebook

McDonough

In McDonough, you can nosh on delicious produce at Southern Belle Farm, see the animals at Noah's Ark, or bring your bike to Sandy Ridge BMX Park. From the train watching platform to the nearby Atlanta Motor Speedway, McDonough and all of Henry County offer so much for families. (More about McDonough)

Consolidated Gold Mines. Photo courtesy of Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce

Consolidated Gold Mines. Photo courtesy of Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce

Dahlonega

Take the kids on a gold hunting adventure in Dahlonega, which served as home to the nation's first gold rush. There's also hiking, waterfalls, horseback riding and more. And mom and dad will love Cavender Creek for kid-friendly wine tasting. (More about Dahlonega)

Black Rock Mountain State Park. Photo by Lesli Peterson

Black Rock Mountain State Park. Photo by Lesli Peterson

Clayton

If your family adores outdoor adventure, then Clayton is your ideal destination. Try hiking myriad waterfalls (many very easy to get to like Dick's Creek Falls,) exploring Foxfire Museum and its Appalachian history, shooting the rapids with Wildwater Chattooga Adventure Center and taking in the shops and restaurants. Set up a "home base" by renting a cabin, and explore Black Rock Mountain State Park. (More about Clayton)

Published: May 2019
Written by: Lesli Peterson