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Plan Your Central and North Georgia Vacation

It is often said there are two Georgias: Atlanta and the rest of the state. While Atlanta offers bright lights and big-city action, the regions to the north and southeast are filled with farms, lush forests, sleepy hamlets, and larger towns boasting vibrant arts and cultural scenes. In either direction, there is no shortage of beautiful scenery from the mountains to the north to the rolling hills and rivers to the south.

North Georgia is known for its abundant natural wonders and its cool mountain air. The region is home to the 750,000-acre Chattahoochee National Forest, where several bold rivers, including the Chattahoochee, Oconee, Toccoa, and Chattooga, have their headwaters. Rabun, Burton, Nottley, and Chatuge lakes offer recreational opportunities and camping. To the northwest are quaint river towns like Rome, as well as two important Georgia historic sites: New Echota State Historic Site and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

Whether planning a day trip from Atlanta or a longer exploration, there is plenty to do and see in Central Georgia. Head down U.S. 441—the Antebellum Trail—from Athens to Macon, and you'll quickly see that the elegance of the Old South is new again, with many historic buildings returned to their original splendor. Athens, home of the University of Georgia, pulses with college life, especially when the Bulldogs are playing. For a taste of old Georgia, Macon's historical architecture is unmatched. Farther east, Augusta is home of the Masters Tournament. Even if you're not drawn to the tees, this city—like so many in Georgia—is undergoing a renaissance of its waterfront and historic districts.


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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Antebellum Trail Traveling this picturesque trail between Macon and Athens will cast you back in time and introduce you to the elegance of the Old South.
  2. Surround yourself in Civil War history The second-bloodiest battle of the Civil War was fought for two days at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
  3. Take a hike The starting point of the more than 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail is at Springer Mountain, a few miles north of Amicalola Falls, the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi.
  4. Lovely lakes Lake Oconee, Lake Allatoona, Lake Hartwell, and Lake Rabun provide numerous recreational opportunities.
  5. Explore the Native American past Visit New Echota, the former capital of the Cherokee Nation, which offers tribute to the proud tribe. Nearby is the historic Vann House, a beautiful three-story residence of Cherokee Chief James Vann.

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