It's an exhilarating adrenaline rush: floating on a raft with a group thrill seekers, rounding a river's bend and spotting churning whitewater rapids ahead. The thrills of navigating boulder-strewn rivers, plunging over falls and taking a drenching from the river make whitewater rafting one of the most exciting (and refreshing) adventure sports in the Southeast.
A waterfall's tumbling water, soothing sound and cool, misty breeze are beautiful, mesmerizing and rejuvenating.
Longing for the tranquility of a waterfall, but can't commit to a long hike? Georgia offers a wide range of fantastic waterfall trails that range from dozens of miles to dozens of feet.
More than 2,000 acres, two monadnock mountains, three lakes and many historic sites. The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, located just outside I-285 perimeter on Atlanta's east side, is full of opportunities for outdoor adventure close to the metro area.
Those epic, long distance hikes on the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia might seem beautiful but intimidating, especially if you're new to hiking. That's fine! It's easier to start local, on beginner-friendly trails, and work up to the more challenging hikes when you're ready. Luckily, metro Atlanta offers many trails that are easy enough for beginners, but still packed with scenic beauty.
For the adventure-bound, Blue Ridge offers close access to a multitude of outdoor activities. Book a long weekend in Blue Ridge to hike, paddle and bike some of north Georgia's most scenic landscapes, unwind in a cozy cabin and nosh on some seriously delicious local fare.
Running is a great way to stay in shape and keep active. Sometimes, though, the daily grind of the treadmill or the all-too-familiar neighborhood route can make running a challenge.
Take a run on a trail for a break from the monotony of your every day route.
The dog days of summer are here – but don't let the scorching temperatures and high humidity keep you from enjoying the outdoors. Beat the heat and explore the metro area's scenic outdoors in a new way: kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) at one of Atlanta's nearby lakes or rivers.
It's no secret that Sweetwater Creek is one of Atlanta's most loved outdoor destinations. It's a great natural getaway near the city; the park's rugged outdoor beauty will make you feel like you're in a rocky, wild river valley in North Georgia, despite the short drive from Atlanta.
North of Atlanta, Georgia's terrain rolls, tumbles and climbs over the southern stretches of the Appalachian Mountains. Streams, creeks and rivers wind through the mountainous landscape, falling over rocky cliffs to create some of this state's most popular hiking destinations: waterfalls.
There's just something simply beautiful, and beautifully simple, about a waterfall.
Gear up before you go! Shop local and soak up some expertise at these locally-owned outdoor stores in metro Atlanta, each with a different specialty.