Cumberland Island, Georgia. Photo by Henry Sharp, @henrysharpphoto
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Nearly 50 miles of the Chattahoochee River run through the protected Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The various land units stretch from downstream of Buford Dam to Peachtree Creek, and offer a variety of fun opportunities for exploring nature, history and enjoying Atlanta's outdoor experience. Float down the river, ride mountain bikes, explore ruins and watch for wildlife along the trails. Parking fees are usually $5 per day.
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
Originally established to preserve battlefields and military history, the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park is one of the largest greenspaces in northwest Georgia. In addition to hiking historic trails marked by impressive monuments, visitors also enjoy biking, horseback riding, rock climbing and paddling. Although some park attractions are already fee-free, Point Park at Lookout Mountain Battlefield requires an entry fee of $10 per adult; children 15 and under are free.
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Explore the construction, history and military innovations related to this historic fort through a film, museum and guided tours. The striking architecture at Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah makes an interesting subject for photography. Various trails also guide visitors through scenic wooded areas, leading to a historic pier and beautiful views of the Savannah River. Entry fee is usually $10 per adult; children 15 and under are free.
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Accessible only by boat, this enchanting island near St. Marys is a must-see for Georgians and tourists. Head to Cumberland Island to explore hiking trails winding through maritime forest and boardwalks overlooking the salt marsh. Camp under the stars and comb for shells on sandy beaches. The island is also home to the massive Dungeness ruins, once owned by wealthy elites. In addition to ferry tickets, fees are usually $10 per adult; children 15 and under are free. Check https://www.nps.gov/cuis/index.htm for the latest information.