Trade the drudgery of the gym for these 3 adrenaline-fueled day trips

If your workout is feeling too much like “work,” go play outside

Zip line at Unicoi State Park

Photograph courtesy of Unicoi State Park

Zip line at Unicoi State Park & Lodge (Helen, GA)
Soar above the treeline in the North Georgia mountains in an aerial adventure tour that includes 11 zip lines, seven skywalk bridges, two towers, and breathtaking views of the wildlife and 53 acre–lake below. Not a fan of heights? The park also offers paddleboarding lessons, guided kayak tours, mountain biking, and archery classes. $59 per person for the two-hour tour

Disc golf at Fort Yargo State Park

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Play disc golf at Fort Yargo State Park (Winder, GA)
Skip the crowded links at your local course and hit the forest for this family-friendly game that’s part Frisbee, part nature hike. Additional activities at this park between Atlanta and Athens include biking, geocaching, miniature golf, and more than 20 miles of hiking trails. $5 parking, $2 per round of disc golf

Raft on the Chattooga River
Jawbone Rapid on the Chattooga River

Photograph courtesy of Wildwater Rafting

Raft on the Chattooga River (Long Creek, SC)
Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting in a seven-hour, fully guided tour of this free-flowing river just over the border in South Carolina. Opt for the Section Three excursion, which is a gentler, beginner-friendly experience and includes all gear, plus a buffet-lunch break. The rafting company also offers zip line canopy tours. $110 per person

This article appears in our July 2019 issue.