The Hidden Gems of Georgia


Embrace your sense of adventure this fall and check out some of the many unknown hotspots in the state of Georgia. These often-overlooked sites are worthy of exploring and great places to take out-of-town guests. From stately homes to wild horses to spots with breathtaking views, these hidden gems will deliver. Enjoy fall outings with your guests and take everything in that Georgia has to offer.

Cumberland Island’s Wild Horses

Cumberland Island is the state’s largest barrier island and home to wild horses. These beautiful creatures were abandoned by Spanish settlers more than 500 years ago and have been roaming the beaches and marshlands ever since. Have your cameras ready to capture their grace and beauty as they run free. Since Cumberland Island is only accessible by boat and driving isn’t allowed, make sure to wear comfortable shoes and pack a backpack with a picnic or snacks. Water and other supplies are a definite necessity while enjoying a day of relaxing and sightseeing. Overnight camping on the island is available through the National Park Service.

Swan House

Iconic blue doors welcome visitors to this stately, Atlanta mansion built in 1928 by Edward and Emily Inman. The house was built for entertaining and reflects the couple’s love of culture, quality and comfort. While touring, guests will learn interesting information about the homeowners and some of their employees and glean a sense of what life was like in that day. After touring, check out Mr. Inman’s fleet of classic cars, both luxurious and industrial, and then enjoy a stroll around the grounds and admire the gardens and fountains.

Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

Located just east of Atlanta along I-20 is the Arabia Mountain National Heritage area. This area took over 400 million years to form and is a perfect place to appreciate the beauty of our land. Visitors will enjoy exploring natural wonders, the two granite outcrops and a host of other sites within the area. If you like to hike, then be prepared to see interesting geology and rare plants at The Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve and Panola Mountain State Park. Take your bike and travel the PATH along the shoals of the South River and pass historic farms along the way. Make sure to check out the Flat Rock Archives to learn how a community was formed by a group of slaves that endured enslavement, emancipation and segregation.

Before you leave, stop off at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit where you can learn about a Trappist monk society that settled in Georgia during wartime to build a place of peace. The monastery’s architecture is gorgeous, and the bonsai exhibit is not to be missed.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Located in the heart of the bustling city of Atlanta is a beautiful area of respite: the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It has been known as the emerald jewel in the crown of Atlanta culture since it opened in 1976. These gardens have been called the loveliest place in the city to visit, highlighted by spectacular exhibitions and renowned plant collections. There are 30 acres of outdoor gardens, an award-winning Children’s Garden, Butterfly Maze, Storza Woods with a unique Canopy Walk, Sunflower Fountain and Skyline Garden. This is a perfect destination for all who are horticulturally minded and inspired by nature.

Etowah Indian Mounds

Take a step back in time and explore the Etowah Indian Mounds. This 54-acre archeological site is located in Bartow County, south of Cartersville. Studies show that this area was built and occupied by the indigenous peoples of the South Appalachian Mississippian culture and ancestors of the Muskogean language-speaking Muscogee people. The name Etowah is derived from Italwa, a Muskogee word that means town. This site is designated as a National Historic Landmark and has three main platform mounds and three lesser mounds. Artifacts discovered in burial sites lead scientists to believe that the residents of this area were technically advanced and artistically inclined. You will enjoy the beauty of the area while appreciating a significant history lesson.

Tree House

If you have ever dreamed of spending the night in a tree house, now you can. Located in a secluded area in the heart of intown Altanta, this treasure was named one of the top Airbnb locations in the world. A lighted rope bridge welcomes you to a magical, whimsical place that beckons all who are drawn to living in the treetops and escaping it all. The treehouse features three separate areas that represent mind, body and spirit. The Mind room is the sitting room with antique furnishings, impressive artifacts including fossils and windows made of pressed butterfly wings. The Body space is the bedroom with cozy linens made without chemicals, offering you an exquisite night’s sleep. The Spirit room is The Hammock Deck. This outdoor living area was built to immerse guests in the thick greenery of the forest.

Little Grand Canyon

You will have to pinch yourself to believe that you aren’t in the Grand Canyon when you visit Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area. Known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, the park is located just seven miles west of Lumpkin, Georgia in Stewart County. This site covers 1,108 acres with 15 canyons that reach a depth of 150 feet from rim to bottom. If you enjoy hiking and camping with spectacular views, then this site is for you.

Wormsloe Historic Site

You will be captivated by the Spanish moss-covered archway at the Wormsloe Historic Site, formerly known as the Wormsloe Plantation. Just a 15-minute drive from the historic district of Savannah will bring you to one of the most gorgeous estates in the city. Travel down a 1.5-mile magical road to the grounds of the estate originally owned by carpenter Noble Jones, who came to Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe. View the ruins of Jones’ tabby house, which was built in 1745, and explore the paths along the edge of the forest while taking in the wonderful views of the Isle of Hope.

Blood Mountain

Blood Mountain is one of the most popular places for day hikes in North Georgia. Serious hikers will appreciate the tough workout as the steep trail ascends to the summit of the mountain. Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with some of the most amazing views on one of the highest peaks in the state. This part of the Appalachian Trail gives you a true mountaintop experience.

So, what are you waiting for? These often-overlooked places are just waiting to be explored by you and your out-of-town guests and appreciated for the hidden gems that they are. Enjoy the ride in your beautiful Porsche, perhaps with the top down, as you check each one off your list.

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