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Georgia's 7 Natural Wonders

November 15, 2013
A canyon curves with shadows and trees dotting the red clay.

Georgia residents don’t need to travel far to see awe-inspiring wonders of nature. The state has its own collection of seven natural wonders that are prime locations for day trips.

  1. Amicalola Falls is one of Georgia’s most beautiful displays of natural beauty. Located near Dawsonville, the stunning waterfall can be viewed from an overlook or by hiking a challenging pathway that includes a staircase.

  2. The Okefenokee Swamp is home to many different varieties of animals, ranging from birds to reptiles. This Georgia gem is the largest swamp in North America and has a large selection of fun activities for visitors.

  3. Providence Canyon is best known as “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon.” The vast gullies go down to depths of 150 feet which you can safely see from the top of the canyon. This natural wonder of Georgia has been the source of many beautiful photographs.

  4. Radium Springs has a glamorous past. In 1927, the beautiful blue springs were home to a casino and resort that were wildly popular with visitors. The naturally-occurring radium in the water provides its unique color and has long been thought to provide therapeutic relief to those who enjoy it.

  5. Stone Mountain is one of Georgia’s most recognizable landmarks, and is the largest mass of exposed granite in the world. The mountain is known for the historic carving on the face of the rock, and Stone Mountain Park has become known for its wide variety of entertainment and outdoor activities.

  6. Tallulah Gorge is one of Northeast Georgia’s top treasures. Measuring a spectacular two miles in length and 1,000 feet deep, the gorge is an awe-inspiring sight to behold. Organized hiking trips into Tallulah Gorge are available, as well as picnicking options and other recreational activities.

  7. Warm Springs has a presidential legacy. In the mid-1920s, Franklin D. Roosevelt discovered that the naturally-occurring warm water helped ease his polio symptoms. The president grew so fond of this Georgia town that he built a house near the springs, which came to be affectionately known as “The Little White House.” Today, visitors can tour the Little White House as well as enjoy the natural beauty of the Warm Springs area.

About the Author

Rachael Wheeler is a Georgia native and works as a Web Support Specialist for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of government topics.