Metro Atlanta features a multitude of day escapes just two hours or less outside of the city proper, perfect for residents and newcomers alike. Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike, a simple day in the sun or an exotic escape, our state is a diverse place of entertainment.
Travel Through Time at Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park
One of the metro area’s top attractions, Stone Mountain Park is home to the largest exposed granite dome in North America and features plenty of exciting activities for the entire family. From the world-famous Civil War carving and the historic district to the thrilling amusement park, Stone Mountain Park is equal parts entertainment and education!
Callaway Gardens' TreeTop Adventures
A quest to test your love of nature, the Pine Mountain adventure features zip lines and other high-flying challenges at Callaway Resort and Gardens in Gilmer County. Over 3,000 feet long and 70 feet above the forest floor, experiences range from 44 to 700 feet long. Featuring five zip lines and 20 sections, the base Discovery Course highlights slot blog netting, ladders, discs, logs, wires and other suspended surfaces. The Lake Course features five zip lines, several over water, and four obstacle courses for a more adventurous option.
Pedal Through Gilmer County
Distinguished as “Georgia’s Mountain Biking Capital,” Gilmer County has more than 100 miles of single-track mountain biking trails. Single Tracks, an adventure biking website, named the Ellijay Bear Creek trail its third favorite mountain biking destination in Georgia. Other favored byways include Carter’s Lake Trail, a 5.6-mile roller coaster ride through the Ridgeway Recreation Center, and Stanley Gap, a 12-mile scenic route. The pathways are maintained year-round by the Ellijay Mountain Bike Association and its volunteers.
Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary
Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary
Are you looking for some friendly furry faces? A nonprofit 501(c)(3) sanctuary home to more than 1,500 animals, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove assists hundreds of wild creatures annually through the organization’s wildlife rehabilitation program. Enjoy a free self-guided tour to learn about each of the sanctuary’s animals or pay for an up-close and personal visit with the locale’s residential friends. Tickets start at $75 per attendee.
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Another adventurous outing, Tallulah Gorge State Park located in Tallulah Falls is a two-mile-long, 1,000-foot-deep quest. Hike the rim trails to glimpse stunning overlooks or obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge soaring 80 feet above the waterfalls and river boasts spectacular views, and a paved path ideal for strollers and bikers follows along a historic railroad bed. A challenging 10-mile biking trail is the ultimate test of agility and strength.
Tubing the 'Hooch in Helen
Set amongst the picturesque backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Helen showcases plenty of fun activities for the whole family in the quaint Bavarian town. The Chattahoochee River, a famous cold-water mountain stream running through the community, attracts visitors year-round to Cool River Tubing or Helen Tubing. Sit back and relax amidst the canopy of North Georgia during a two- to three-hour trip down the river.
A great date idea for adventurous couples, Helen also features unique culinary fare and adorable shops that’ll make you forget you’re in the middle of the Southern United States.
Bask in the Sun at Lake Lanier
The result of a manmade reservoir constructed in 1956, Lake Lanier has expanded into a thriving resort destination for residents across the South and is located 45 minutes outside of Atlanta. Extend the day trip at Lanier Islands Resort, which features seasonal activities, lodges, villas, lake houses, a Margaritaville RV Resort and campgrounds. Famous for its diverse array of activities, Lake Lanier has plenty of opportunities for entertainment with water sports, trails, sports, events and much more.
Get Lost in the Beauty of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
Countless trails, outdoor recreation and gorgeous green spaces are just a few reasons to recommend Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Over 867,000 acres of forest territory is home to endless opportunities for picnics, horseback riding, fishing, wildlife watching, hiking and more through the seasons. Immerse your family in the natural beauty of North Georgia.