Georgia destinations, parks and attractions
Are you going on a road trip to Georgia, looking for tips about the destinations so you and your party can enjoy it, be comfortable and not spend a fortune?
Here are some of the top destinations in Georgia and tips about visiting them
National parks and monuments in Georgia
- Andersonville National Historical Site:,
The Camp Sumter military prison at Andersonville was one of the largest Confederate military prisons during the Civil War. During the 14 months the prison existed, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined here. Of these, almost 13,000 died here. Today, Andersonville National Historic Site is a memorial to all American prisoners of war throughout the nation's history.
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail,
Maine to Georgia, CT,GA,MA,MD,ME,NC,NH,NJ,NY,PA,TN,VA,VT,WV.
The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.
- Chattahoochee River National Recreation area:,
Today the river valley attracts us for so many reasons. Take a solitary walk to enjoy nature’s display, raft leisurely through the rocky shoals with friends, fish the misty waters as the sun comes up, or have a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. Get Outdoors and experience your Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area as you have never done before.
- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park,
Fort Oglethorpe, GA,TN.
In 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga, known as the "Gateway to the Deep South." The Confederates were victorious at nearby Chickamauga in September. However, renewed fighting in Chattanooga that November provided Union troops victory and control of the city. After the fighting, a Confederate soldier ominously wrote, "This...is the death-knell of the Confederacy."
- Cumberland Island NationalSeashore,
Saint Marys, GA.
St Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island. Here pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists all walked here. Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness.
- Fort Frederica National Monument,
St. Simons Island, GA.
Georgia's fate was decided in 1742 when Spanish and British forces clashed on St. Simons Island. Fort Frederica's troops defeated the Spanish, ensuring Georgia's future as a British colony. Today, the archeological remnants of Frederica are protected by the National Park Service.
- Fort Pulaski National Monument,
For much of the 19th century, masonry fortifications were the United States’ main defense against overseas enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts. The Union army used rifled cannon and compelled the Confederate garrison inside Fort Pulaski to surrender. The siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention.
- Jimmy Carter National Historical Park:,
Few U.S. Presidents have had such close ties with where they were born and raised. The rural southern culture of Plains, Georgia, that revolves around farming, church and school, had a large influence in molding the character and in shaping the political policies of the 39th President of the United States.
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park,
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is a 2,965 acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. Opposing forces maneuvered and fought here from June 19, 1864 until July 2, 1864. Although most famous as a Civil War battlefield, Kennesaw Mountain has a much richer story.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park:,
A young boy grows up in a time of segregation…A dreamer is moved by destiny into leadership of the modern civil rights movement…This was Martin Luther King, Jr. Come hear his story, visit the home of his birth, and where he played as a child. Walk in his footsteps, and hear his voice in the church where he moved hearts and minds. Marvel at how he was an instrument for social change.
- Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park:,
Welcome to Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. This park is a prehistoric American Indian site, where many different American Indian cultures occupied this land for thousands of years. American Indians first came here during the Paleo-Indian Period hunting Ice Age mammals. Around 900 CE, the Mississippian Period began, and people constructed mounds for their elite, which remain here today.
- Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail,
Remember and commemorate the survival of the Cherokee people, forcefully removed from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee to live in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. They traveled by foot, horse, wagon, or steamboat in 1838-1839.
Georgia State parks and historic sites
- A.H. Stephens
- Amicalola Falls
- Black Rock Mountain
- Chattahoochee Bend
- Cloudland Canyon
- Crooked River
- Dames Ferry Campground
- Don Carter
- Elijah Clark
- F.D. Roosevelt
- Florence Marina
- Fort McAllister
- Fort Mountain
- Fort Yargo
- General Coffee
- George L. Smith
- Georgia Veterans
- Hard Labor Creek
- High Falls
- Indian Springs
- Jack Hill
- James H. Floyd
- Kolomoki Indian Mounds
- Laura S. Walker
- Little Ocmulgee
- Magnolia Springs
- Moccasin Creek
- Panola Mountain
- Providence Canyon
- Red Top Mountain
- Reed Bingham
- Reynold's Mansion on Sapelo Island
- Richard B. Russell
- Skidaway Island
- Smithgall Woods
- Standing Boy Creek
- Stephen C. Foster
- Suwannee River Eco-Lodge
- Sweetwater Creek
- Tallulah Gorge
- Victoria Bryant
- Watson Mill Bridge
State Historic Sites
- Chief Vann House
- Dahlonega Gold Museum
- Etowah Indian Mounds
- Fort King George
- Fort Morris
- Hardman Farm
- Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
- Jarrell Plantation
- New Echota
- Pickett's Mill Battlefield
- Roosevelt's Little White House
- Traveler's Rest
Outdoor Recreation or Historic Areas
- Ball's Ferry
- Bobby Brown Park
- Bush Head Shoals
- Fort Jackson
- Hart (Now Hartwell Lakeside Park)
- Jefferson Davis Memorial
- Lapham Patterson House
- Resaca Battlefield
- Robert Toombs House
- Rocky Mountain
- Sam Shortline Excursion Train
- Sprewell Bluff Par
Georgia Seasons, bugs, topography and climateGeorgia has tow climatic areas, north of Atlanta and south and east of Atlanta. The northern third is hot in the summer with mild winters. The southern part of the state is a humid subtropical climate, with short, mild winters and long, hot summers. ... Summer daytime temperatures in Georgia often exceed 95 °F (35 °C). The state experiences widespread precipitation. Tornadoes and tropical cyclones are common in the western 1/3 of the state.
Georgia Camping tips
Georgia's state parks have a campsite for you. Forty-one parks offer more than 2,700 campsites, including tent-only areas, RV pull-thru sites, primitive camping and group camping areas. Rates average around $30–$35 per night. Most state parks have laundry facilities and sell camping supplies. If you've never camped before, don’t let that stop you. Several parks offer "glamping" yurts (a cross between a tent and a cabin).
Tent, Trailer and RV Campsites
These developed sites offer electrical and water hookups, grills or fire rings, and picnic tables. Some are specially designed just for tents, while others have curved pull-thrus for large RVs. Modern comfort stations with hot showers, flush toilets and electrical outlets are conveniently located. All campgrounds have dump stations, and several offer cable TV hookups.
Camping Hookups At Parks