8 Top-Rated Georgia Tourist Attractions
1 Okefenokee Swamp
The Okefenokee Swamp, known to the Indians as the "Land of the Quaking Earth", is an area of swampland in southern Georgia, covering over 770 sq. miles. It is a maze of watercourses, cypress swamps, and swamp grassland. Interesting features are the "floating islands", which quake under foot but nevertheless support whole forests and in the past provided protection for Indian settlements. The swamp is home to many endangered species and is home to an estimated 10,000 alligators. From the little town of Waycross there are boat trips into the swamp.
2 Forsyth Park
Savannah is known for its many beautiful parks and squares. Forsyth Park is the largest park in the city and is a good example of a well designed mid 1800s Southern park. Central features include a period fountain, walking trails, and lovely old trees that drape over the landscape creating much needed areas of shade.
3 Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta includes the birthplace and grave of this famous civil rights leader. Also found here are the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Freedom Hall Complex.
4 Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, in southwest Georgia, includes the Carter's home and Jimmy Carter's boyhood home and farm. The site also includes the Plains Train Depot and Plains High School. Visitors can get a glimpse of this president's upbringing and social influences which may have influenced his ideas.
5 Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island is also known as "millionaires island". It was bought by a group of East Coast millionaires who named themselves the Jekyll Island Club. In 1947 the island was sold to Georgia for use as a state park. Today the island is a resort area with beaches, nature trails, golf facilities, and camping areas.
6 Chattahoochee National Forest
The Chattahoochee National Forest covers almost 750,000 acres in northern Georgia. This scenic area, with lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, is a great place for camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, picnicking, and more.
7 Ocmulgee National Monument
The Ocmulgee National Monument is dedicated to the 12,000 years of human habitation in the Macon area. Earthen mounds and a ceremonial lodge are available for viewing. Visitors can learn about the Native American Indians who inhabited this area and the Civil War battles that took place here.
8 Callaway Gardens
North of Columbus, on Pine Mountain, is a popular leisure center established by the industrialist Cason Callaway, with artificial lakes, gardens of magnolias and azaleas, and a butterfly house. Robin Lake, which hosts the annual Masters Waterski and Wakeboard Tournament, offers a great opportunity to participate in watersports. Also on the grounds are two excellent golf courses and numerous walking trails.