In the last two months all of our lives have been impacted by Covid-19 in one way or the other. For the first time in many of our lives we have been asked to slow down, stop going out, and to stay at home. As shelter in place orders and quarantine orders begin to lift many of us are walking out of our houses into what feels like a whole new world. One thing that has been important for me to keep constant for my kids is finding places to spend time out in nature. Nothing is better for our moods, or a better boost for our immune systems than some fresh air and sunshine. I thought I would share a few of the places we have found during this time to enjoy the outdoors but to also continue social distancing.
1. Unicoi State Park-hiking, lake, small beach area. For more informations click here.
2. Etowah Indian Mounds-hiking, Etowah River, picnic area. For more information click here.
3. Chattahoochee River Recreational Area-hiking, biking, river access, and more. For more information click here.
4. Stone Mountain Park-15 miles of wooded trails, climb the mountain, fishing, picnic areas. For more information click here.
5. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia-all areas open except for the children’s garden and buildings. Free admission. For more information click here.
6. Strawberry Picking at Southern Belle Farm-check their website before you go to make sure it’s a U-pick day. Go early because the later it gets the more crowded it gets. For all information click here.
7. Olde Rope Mill Park-hiking trails, paved walking trail, mountain bike trails, canoeing/kayaking, fishing. Gets very crowded on weekends so if you can’t go on a weekday go early on the weekends. For more information click here.
8. Historic Banning Mills-12 miles of hiking with 10 unique bridges, zip lining, suspension bridge over 550 feet in length and 120 feet high over Snake Creek, and more. To just hike it is $5 per person and is paid in the main building. For more information click here.
9. Line Creek-3 miles of nature trails, picnic tables, creek. Does get busy on the weekends so go early or on a weekday. Rocks in the creek area are slippery so be careful walking on them. For more information click here.
10. Hahn Woods and Lullwater Preserve-Lullwater preserve is tucked away on the Emory University campus. Limited parking is available at the Hahn Woods trailhead. Hiking/walking/jogging trails, Candler Lake, ruins of an old powerhouse, and more. Lullwater has signs that it is for faculty and student use only but I’ve lived here my whole life and have never known that to be the case. Hahn woods has miles of trails as well. For more information click here.
I hope if you’re local you have found a new place to go visit when you’re ready to venture out!