Georgia’s self-proclaimed Seven Natural Wonders are visual marvels but initially narrowing them down to the magic number reportedly took some doing. The Peach State, after all, is among the most geographically and geologically diverse. It encompasses quiet beaches, soaring peaks of the Blue Ridge, swamplands, farmlands, marshlands, small towns, big cities, mountain villages, and coastal plains.
RVers are drawn to beautiful scenery, outdoor activities, exciting sights, and of course, camping, all of which are easily recognized in Georgia’s Natural Wonders. The following are just some of these natural masterpieces RVers ought to visit and take time exploring!
Tallest Cascading Waterfall in the Southeast
The 729-foot magnificent waterfall is the most treasured feature of the state park of its namesake. While the falls are only a short walk from the visitor’s parking lot, to reach the very top, hikers must ascend about 600 stairs and a mildly steep quarter-mile incline.
Visitors can explore the rest of the 829-acre state park for the day or opt to stay for a while at the lodge, cabins, or campground, featuring RV sites with electric and water hookups. Amicalola Falls State Park is a haven for hikers, with 10 trails spilling from the park. The most sought-after one, the 8.5-mile Approach Trail, runs from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the famous Appalachian Trail.
But beyond trekking through the woods, the park offers many other outdoor activities and educational programs throughout the year. These include ziplining, the Birds of Prey Meet and Greet weekend program, GPS scavenger hunts, and much more.
Spectacular Canyon in Eastern U.S.
The sublime two-mile-long and nearly 1,000-foot deep Tallulah Gorge is one of the most impressive canyons in Eastern U.S. Visitors can take in the site’s sheer depth, enormity, and picturesque views of the river and waterfalls from several vantage points:
- Hiking rim trails to various overlooks.
- Hiking the gorge floor (must have a permit).
- Crossing a 200-foot long suspension bridge 80 feet above the rocky bottom.
Tallulah Gorge State Park is a perfect place for RVers to set up camp in one of the many electric and water sites and explore the surroundings for days. Adventures abound for folks of all ages and skill sets, from hiking and mountain biking to swimming and fishing. In addition, Ranger Programs are offered throughout the year as an opportunity to educate the public on park features.
On rare occasions, visitors may be treated to an aesthetic water release. With the help of its hydroelectric dam, “The aesthetic release restores the gorge’s historic brilliance by increasing the water flow to 200 cfs (cubic feet per second), over 5 times its current normal flow. By bringing the water flow back to more historic and natural levels, visitors get a rare chance to experience the park’s sites and sounds as visitors once did.”
“Little Grand Canyon”
Dubbed “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon,” Providence Canyon resulted from poor agricultural practices and is still changing due to continuous erosion of the sediments. The erosion gullies reach as deep as 150 feet, exposing the soil’s pink, orange, red, and purple hues. The canyon is also home to the rare Plumleaf Azaleas, which grow only in this region and bloom during July and August.
RV camping is not an option at Providence Canyon State Park, but there are nearby campgrounds. Visitors can come to the park for the day to hike, view wildlife, capture amazing landscape shots, and stay after dark to stargaze for a while. Backpacking is another popular activity. The park also offers astronomy and geology programs for eager learners to attend.
North America’s Largest Blackwater Swamp
The shallow, 438,000-acre Okefenokee Swamp straddles the Georgia–Florida line. A large portion of the swamp is protected by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wilderness. It is home to numerous creatures, including alligators, turtles, raccoons, black bears, deer, ibis, herons, wood storks, and red-cockaded woodpeckers. And fish like warmouth, bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel, and bowfin thrive below the surface.
Stephen C. Foster State Park resides within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wilderness and offers many amenities and activities from day-use to overnight visitors. Folks can opt for boat tours, canoe/kayak rentals, boat rentals, fishing, RV/tent camping, and lodging. Foster State Park is also a Certified Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky, so stargazers will appreciate the view after sundown.
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About The Author: Natalie Henley
Levi Henley and his wife, Natalie, have been full-time RVers for over 5 years. They have also been Coach-Net customers for the same amount of time. They travel and work camp around the U.S. in their 26-foot Itasca Sunstar motorhome with their two cats. They write for multiple RV-related publications and recently co-wrote “Seasonal Workamping for a Living: How We Did It.” You can follow their adventures on the road at henleyshappytrails.com