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.
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