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When you feel the pull of the outdoors, don’t overlook the obvious choice: Georgia’s 63 state parks and historic sites cover incredibly diverse terrain, from North America’s largest blackwater swamp to one of the world’s great mountain ranges. Here are a few of our favorite places to explore, especially when the leaves start to turn.
Georgia’s state parks are among the best places to explore our mountains. One of the first I visited was Vogel, which is among the oldest in the state’s system. It’s simply impossible to believe this historic, verdant haven is just over 20 miles away from rollicking Helen. And I’ll put the views in Cloudland Canyon, Tallulah Gorge, Fort Mountain, and Black Rock Mountain state parks—especially when the leaves turn—up against anything in New England.
From coastal marshes to mountain forests, Georgia’s 47 state parks and recreation areas showcase the state’s diverse natural beauty and offer unmatched opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking, fishing, biking, geocaching, paddling, golf and many more activities.
They’re all great. But each of Georgia’s state parks and historic sites distinguishes itself in some special way. This list showcases the most winning features of some of Georgia’s most adored parks and historic sites. Visit any on the list and you’ll find much to discover and even more to love.