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WA­TER­FALL HIKES

One of the most pic­turesque ways to en­joy Ge­or­gia’s nat­u­ral beauty is a hike to one of the many wa­ter­falls grac­ing the land­scape. For those less keen on the ex­er­cise and more about the photo opp that awaits, short hikes are easy to come by—such as the half-mile trek to Min­nehaha Falls in Clay­ton, where cas­cades tum­ble over multi-tiered rock for­ma­tions. Se­ri­ous hik­ers fa­vor the 7-mile jour­ney to Pan­ther Creek Falls in Chat­ta­hoochee Na­tional For­est—well worth the rig­or­ous hike thanks to the deep pool and sandy beach where you can cool off. Then there’s the mid-level Amicalola Falls Trail (near El­li­jay) at 2 miles, which leads to Ge­or­gia’s tallest falls.

WINE COUN­TRY

The foothills of the North Ge­or­gia Moun­tains play host to the largest con­cen­tra­tion of winer­ies in the state. Find va­ri­etals of the Euro­pean, French and Amer­i­can per­sua­sion thanks to the fa­vor­able grow­ing con­di­tions of the re­gion, which foster many wine grapes. Sip at the Tus­can villa-es­que Mon­taluce Win­ery & Es­tates, en­joy vin­tage Ge­or­gia-grown es­tate wine at Three Sis­ters Vine­yards & Win­ery, or sa­vor award-win­ning va­ri­etals Wolf Moun­tain Vine­yards & Win­ery. At the cen­ter of it all, the town of Dahlonega boasts mul­ti­ple tast­ing rooms down­town and of­fers many wine coun­try tours. With so many bot­tles to un­cork, it may take more than one out­ing to sat­isfy your in­ner vino. Luck­ily, many charm­ing B&Bs scat­ter the land­scape, such as the eco-friendly Cedar House Inn & Yurts or the lux­u­ri­ous Moun­tain Lau­rel Creek Inn & Spa

Amicalola Falls

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