Outdoor Adventures Around Atlanta


Summer is here. Kids are out of school. The weather is begging you to go out and enjoy the outdoor activities. We are, by no mean, an outdoor type family; however I do appreciate that where we live has so many activities to offer. I will feel so bad not to try them out.

Here are the list of outdoor adventures in or around the Atlanta area (mostly the North part of Atlanta). Get out and enjoy!

1) Amicalola Fall : Less than an hour north of Atlanta, this waterfall is our family favorite. It has a hiking trail to go up to the top of the Falls. But you can also drive up and park and do a relatively short trail at West Ridge Falls trail. Best of all, this trail is paved with recycle tire that family with stroller can enjoy the same view as well.

2) Tallulah Gorge State Park : Boasted the most spectacular canyon in the Eastern US, this park has various trails with varied degree of difficulty. A novice like us probably aims for NORTH/SOUTH Rim Trail or the SHORTHLINE Trail. If hiking is your hobby and you would like more challenge then you can obtain the permit to hike down the Gorge.

3) Sawnee Mountain Preserve : Another perfect park that less than an hour from Atlanta and literally in my neck of the wood. And yet, we haven’t been there. So this year I made a mental note that I will have to visit this well-praised preserve to check out the hiking trail. If hiking is not your thing, there are other activities like Rock Climbing or simply just sightseeing the view from the mountain.

4) Unicoi State Park & Anna Ruby Falls : Our last visit to Helen during the Fall was amazing. But there are other things that we didn’t do because of the season. We have visited Unicoi State Park briefly but we didn’t hike up to the Anna Ruby Falls. We couldn’t go River Tubing. So this year, I am determined to go back and enjoy River Tubing and hiking up the waterfalls.

5) Water Adventures on Chattahoochee River : I have driven by Up The River Outfitters countless times and I have yet to stop by and do it. Up The River provides water adventures ranging from tubing, whitewater rafting and kayaking along the Chattahoochee River. Again, another fun outdoor adventure in my neck of the wood that I can’t pass on. This might have to be mommy and daddy adventure at the Q family because Mr. Z is a tad too young. But giving a couple more years we can have a fun family adventure together.

There are also other fun things on the other side of the town. But I will not be an overachiever and will try to accomplish this list in my nearby area first.

What fun adventures you have planned this Summer?

About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.


  1. These all sound wonderful! I wish the weather were a bit warmer (and dry) here so we could enjoy the outdoors. We hope to make it to some state parks and trails this summer too around the Boston area :)

  2. I didn’t know they had gorges in Atlanta too!

    I want to let you know that I just gave you a One Lovely Blog award: http://www.travelogged.com/travelogged/2009/06/one-lovely-blog-award.html

  3. what a great article! i haven’t been to atlanta in years – this is intriguing. thanks!

  4. I drive through Atlanta to see my parents in Florida every couple of years. With your posts showing me how great it is, I will have to stop rather than just driving through on my next trip. Thanks

  5. Hi, what is it with waterfalls and parks that make us soooooooo happy!!!
    You guys look like you live in a great area to enjoy such nature.

  6. Impressive. And I didn’t know there was so much nature in that part of the U.S.

  7. An inexpensive activity while hiking is to pick up a couple of books on plant/wildlife identification. Kids or yourself will enjoy getting to know what all is around you and why!

  8. Bear Lake cabins says:

    Nature has truly blessed us with many breath-taking scenery and how else to do this but to have a vacation with your family or friends – go fishing, hiking, skiing or even long walks as you take a breath of fresh air.

  9. River Bend says:

    We can do so many things outdoors, if we want out of the ordinary. Staying indoors watching the television of accessing the Internet can be worthwhile but it should be the only kind of activity that we can do with our loved ones.
    There are so many things that we can do outdoors – hiking, fishing, camping. Depending on what the majority will agree on – your free time with your family or friends will be truly worthwhile as you catch up with each others’ lives and just relax.

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  11. Yes! Finally something about hobbies that pay.

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