Say goodbye to frigid February winds and dreary skies and say hello to lush green landscapes and blue skies– Summer has finally emerged out of hiding. With two and a half months off of school before the fall semester creeps up upon us, don’t waste those days sitting inside watching Netflix. Take advantage of the beautiful world around you (and even if you aren’t an outdoorsy kind of person, some of the activities listed below don’t involve much effort). (;
Sawnee Mountain Preserve
First time hiking? Take it easy at one of four mild hiking trails at Sawnee Mountain located in Forsyth County, GA. Take the 3.5 mile hike if you are interested to learn about the tribes that once called Sawnee Mountain home and visit old mining shafts that were once in full swing. Want to just reach the top of the mountains to get of look of what makes this hike so famous? Take any of the three other trails and get to the top within 0.3 miles or less. Either trail taken will take you up to the beautiful Indian Seats that were once used as a location for mediation among the tribes that once lived there.
Not much of a hiking person? Cool off from the scorching Southern heat at a North GA swimming hole– none other that Poole’s Mill. What makes this location loads of fun? Sliding on the rocks and swinging from the rope on the tree next to the bridge makes this destination worthwhile. Want a cool photo-op? Go anytime of day (the bridge is never full of people) to the bridge mentioned above and shown below for a artsy, total Instagram worthy shot.
This North GA lake extends far up north and is a prime location for sunny beaches, barbecues, and any water activity. Take a beautiful scenic drive up to Don Carter State Park for a variety of activities (hiking, boating, archery, camping, and my personal favorite: paddle boarding). At only $20 per person for an hour of paddling and two other time selections, paddling comes at a steal.
On the search for the perfect lake-house getaway for a weekend with friends? Look no further than Lake Burton located in the northeastern of Georgia in Rabun County. With beautiful views of the north Georgia mountains and crystal clear water, this lake makes a perfect location for Fourth of July festivities.
Staying with the water trend, Roswell Mills is another popular swimming hole in Georgia. Although the water isn’t deep enough to actually submerge in not to mention how slippery the rocks are, the Mill nonetheless offers a beautiful hangout spot.
Have any adventurous spots you’ve been to or want to go to? Let me know about them so I can add them to my summer bucket list!
– GET OUT, GET LOST –