Atlanta. Home of Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, OutKast, TLC, and The Walking Dead, this southern hub has so much to offer among its vibrant neighborhoods and endless trees, with a longstanding presence in music, cinema, sport, commerce, and transport represented by over six million. This famous destination also boasts a wealth of nature and outdoors activities, between the heights of the Southern Appalachians, length of the Chattahoochee, and of course, bountiful forests. Whether you’re exploring travel plans as a visitor, returning home to visit friends and family and are searching for something to do or a local curious about what’s near home, Atlanta has something for everyone. Read on for some of our favorite places to sleep under the stars here around the city in a forest.
For a catch-all option sure to satisfy everyone in your party, set your sights on Arabia Mountain, offering canoeing, hiking, sightseeing, animal watching and camping opportunities- all in one place! Aside from the diversity of scenery, the breathtaking colors and forms on the rock surface are reason enough to bring the whole group here to stay for a while. Over 400 million years in the making from Native Americans to Immigrant miners, freemen and even Trappist Monks, this site is rich in history as it is in natural beauty.
This historic battlefield has returned to the public and to nature, today a location imbued in verdant seas, views over Northern Georgia and an almost snapshot likeness to its past some two hundred years ago. History buffs and hikers alike will enjoy both the ample trails and the regular reenactments on the fields. Here, visitors can tour trails spanning hills and streams, and spectate reenactments complete with uniform and cannons.
Camp in a tent of your design, or in a large, stylish yurt equipped with all the modern amenities! Whether you’re fond of marshmallows, cooking over the fire, and sleeping bags, or high-tech outings with four-wheelers, jet skis and RVs, Fort Yargo has it all. Fort Yargo has since left it’s frontier past, now a popular hotspot for outdoor recreation, nature and overnight stays under the night sky just a one hour drive out of the city.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park
Georgia’s largest state park is commonly celebrated as a hiker’s and backpacker’s heaven- and with good reason. Trails over forty miles span pine forests, picturesque creeks, serene waterfalls, and a number of different picnicking and camping areas suitable for RVs, trailers, tents, and cottages alike. For a surefire outdoors spot with an emphasis on size and escape into nature, F.D. Roosevelt State Park is a great option for your party.
For a getaway on the stunning Chattahoochee but not too far from home, The Palisades Trails is a great option for those daytime trips and visitors on a tighter itinerary but still want to experience the natural beauty of the Atlanta area.
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