7 Great Day Trips from Cherokee County
While we are obviously big fans of Cherokee County here at Ursula & Associates—Cherokee County real estate is our specialty and nearly our entire team lives in Towne Lake or Woodstock—we realize some other areas offer great things to do. So here are some fun day trip suggestions for you and your family to take advantage of this summer.
1. Lake Winnepesaukah – known by many simply as Lake Winnie, is an amusement park located in Rossville, Georgia, just south of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Amazingly, this park has been open since 1925 (and yet many in metro Atlanta don’t know about it). Lake Winnie features 35 rides, including four roller coaster and four water rides as well as a water park.
2. Stone Mountain Park – located east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park has more to do than ever before. Besides hiking trails, miles of sidewalks and the ability to climb Stone Mountain (or take the tram), you can take a train ride, a duck ride (vehicle takes you on land and in the water), learn a great deal about American history, or stay through the evening to check out the Lasershow Spectacular (nightly through August 6). With the Crossroads area that offers many fun activities for kids, it’s easy to forget Stone Mountain Park also has camping and a golf course as well as festivals and special events throughout the year.
3. Callaway Gardens - Callaway Gardens is a 6,500-acre resort complex located in Pine Mountain, Georgia, just outside Columbus. The destination draws over 750,000 visitors annually. The grounds include a lodge, butterfly center, paved walking or bike paths, beautiful gardens that change with the season, Robin Lake which includes the world’s largest, man-made white sand beach, two golf courses, a zip line and obstacle course, and special events throughout the year. AREA BONUS – one of those drive-thru wildlife sanctuaries, featuring giraffe, zebras, buffalo, several types of goats, and about 55 other types of animals. Wild Animal Safari may end up being the highlight of your trip! A recommendation, however, rent a vehicle and don’t drive your own through the 500-acre park.
4. Providence Canyon State Park – while this is a good 2 ½+ drive southwest from Cherokee County, you will feel like you have been transported to Utah or Arizona. It’s known as the Little Grand Canyon, with over 1,000 acres of deep, rocky canyons caused by poor farming practices in the 1800s, and native wildflowers and vegetation. It looks totally out of place in Georgia.
5. Chattanooga - located about 90 miles north on I-75, this little city packs a lot of fun, so much so that you may want to stay overnight or go up a couple times for the day. With museums (including a children’s museum), river cruises, the amazing Tennessee Aquarium with two large buildings and their own free, downloadable app, Harrison Bay State Park (no admission fee), Rock City, Lookout Mountain incline railway, Ruby Falls, Bluff View Art District, the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo (and hotel), a minor league baseball team, the Chattanooga Nature Center, and farmers markets that are some of the best rated in the South. The city’s Riverwalk is also not to be missed. Chock-full of shops, parks, restaurants, bars, and more, we’d say it’s endless fun, but it’s actually 13 paved miles.
6. Athens – while it is best known for being the home of the University of Georgia, Athens has a lot to offer visitors. There are many eclectic shops, great local music, a surprisingly varied and global restaurant scene, and a variety of city tours as well as galleries. The area hosts several festivals, including a BBQ Festival in August.
7. Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary – if you’re looking for an exotic adventure, this place is home to more than 1,500 exotic, domestic and wildlife other animals. Admission is free with donations appreciated as their monthly food and vet bill is outrageous. Note that they are closed on Mondays and have rather limited hours on other days so check out the website and plan to arrive near the opening time. Some of the youngest residents right now include two adorable bear cubs.
We hope this gives you some new and different ideas for outings this summer and beyond. But as always, there’s no place like Cherokee County!
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