By Alli Hill
When it comes to natural beauty, Georgia’s got the best of both beach and mountains to satisfy anyone who appreciates the great outdoors. Just looking at Georgia’s state park system you’ll realize that this state is full of natural wonders just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. One of the most incredible wonders is Tugaloo State Park. With its nearly 400 acres of space, beautiful lakeside views, and plenty of opportunity for recreation, it’s among the best. Here’s how to enjoy an adventure at Tugaloo State Park.
It doesn’t get more family friendly than Tugaloo State Park. Step inside and you’ll find a place reminiscent of decades’ past. The park offers activities for all ages, including swimming, geocaching, mini golf, grilling, camping, and sports. It’s the perfect spot for families looking to truly get away from it all while unwinding to the sounds of natures.
There are over four miles of hiking trails throughout the park, all of which the average hiker can easily trek. The Sassafras and Muscadine trails take visitors through forests of cherry, oak, mulberry, and walnut trees. You can also expect some of the best views of sparkling Lake Hartwell.
Given the park’s location on its woody peninsula, just about every angle offers sprawling views of beautiful Lake Hartwell. As one of the most visited lakes in the state, Lake Hartwell offers prime fishing opportunities, boating, and other watersports. The park offers boats and a dock so you can experience the lake up close.
There’s a campsite to suit just about every camper. Choose from traditional RV or tent sites, or opt for a yurt or camping cottage. Much of the park remains shaded to help keep you cool on sweltering Georgia summer days, plus nearby picnic shelters make it easy to enjoy a meal in the great outdoors.
While you’re in the area, consider venturing beyond the park and head to Toccoa Falls, one of the tallest free-flowing waterfalls this side of the Mississippi. Entrance to the path that leads to the falls is tucked away on the Toccoa Falls College campus, and is quite popular for weddings, events, and was even featured in a made-for-TV movie.
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For an epic hiking experience, head to Toccoa’s beloved Currahee Mountain, 800 vertical feet of beauty. The standalone mountain is a local icon, having been an important training site for American Paratroopers in World War II and Andrew Jackson’s battle site during the Battle of Currahee. Visitors can hike to the peak for amazing views, or enjoy a day of rock climbing and rappelling.
Just minutes from the park lies one of the area’s most hidden gems: Gumlog Bar-B-Q. This middle-of-nowhere joint is dishing out the best barbecue and catfish around, all at reasonable prices. The restaurant is only open Friday through Sunday, and the place fills up quickly. That’s how you know there’s good eatin’ waiting inside!
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This large historic inn once played a crucial role in Toccoa’s economics, serving as a rest top for travelers along the newly built Unicoi Turnpike. Visitors can tour the home and grounds, thanks to careful preservation efforts that showcase original furniture and artifacts. It’s also a popular photography site for locals and travelers alike.
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The Traveler's Rest State Historic Site in #Toccoa is the only surviving traveler's rest along the Unicoi Turnpike (a once busy thoroughfare over the Appalachian Mountains). The stagecoach inn and plantation was built in 1805. Extremely well-preserved, you can just imagine weary travelers doing everything from tying up their road-weary horses for the night to gunfights breaking out over the last swig of whiskey by the fireplace à la Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight. The inn includes many original artifacts and furnishings, many crafted by renowned Massachusetts cabinetmaker Caleb Shaw. #lpingeorgia #lp #lonelyplanet #georgia #travelersrest #travel #northgeorgia #exploregeorgia