GEORGIA is a natural and breathtakingly beautiful playground, with a coastline, mountains, waterfalls and a 430-mile river running through it. Here are the best parks to get out and play in the Peach State.
1. Tallulah Gorge — Clayton, GA
In Northeast Georgia, you’re deep in mountain country, with lots of waterfalls, steep hikes, and leafy trees to help you keep your cool in the sticky southern summers. This park is one of Seven Wonders of Georgia (two more are featured in this article), and you may recognize it from the classic movie Deliverance. It has 6 waterfalls — the largest, Hurricane Falls, can be heard long before you lay eyes on it. You can take a trail down to the suspension bridge over Hurricane Falls, but if you want to go further down to the Tallulah River Basin you need a permit. There is an RV and campground area near the park entrance if you want to set up and stay a day or two. Don’t miss eating in this area. Tallulah Gorge is in the farm-to-table capital of Georgia. Five chefs voted Best Chefs of America have restaurants near the park, including Fromage, Fortify and Chophouse.