There are so many options of wonderful places to visit in Georgia. Now that spring has sprung, you might be considering that it could be the perfect time to hop in your car and enjoy the magic of our state. Here are some suggestions should you decide to take that well-deserved vacation.
Helen - Better known as "Georgia's Alpine Village, " Helen is considered the “Bavaria” of the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Tourists visit this “replica” to take advantage of the great outdoors. Some of the popular activities include horseback riding trout fishing, hiking, biking, water tubing, and taking rides in hot air balloons. Are you a beer lover? The longest Oktoberfest in the South that starts in September and lasts through November takes place in the“Alpine Village” of Helen.
Atlanta - This road trip, we admit, is for the brave ones who like sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, is notorious for heavy traffic. But it has become a popular tourist destination because of it’s a tapestry of old-fashioned Southern charm, high-end shopping, a thriving art scene, and incredible restaurants. There are many attractions for visitors to enjoy. Some suggestions include going to the beautiful High Museum of Art, experiencing the wonders of the ocean at the world's largest aquarium, and seeing the renowned plant displays at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Cumberland Island - The biggest of Georgia's coastal isles, Cumberland, is 18-miles of unspoiled treasure. Visitors can enjoy the dunes, forests, marshes, beaches, ponds, and lakes. You might even catch some wild horses roaming freely on the clean beaches. If you're into sea life, you’re in luck! This island is home to otters, otters, sea turtles, wood storks, and more than 300 species of birds. Many people visit Cumberland just to seek a peaceful sanctuary.
Coleman River Wildlife Management Area - When it comes to day trips with your car, the Coleman River wildlife management area is about two hours from us up US Highway 441 near Clayton Georgia. The Tallulah River which ultimately forms the Savannah River, and our state’s boundary with South Carolina. I have found it fascinating since the first time I saw it about 30 years ago. Here is a very brief description of the high point of the trip:
First, drive north from Athens to Clayton. Travel west on U.S. Highway 76 from Clayton, Georgia for 8 miles. Turn right on Persimmon Valley Road. There will be a Fire Department on the northeast corner. Continue down Persimmon Valley Road to Tallulah River Road on the left and is marked with signage for both the Tallulah and Coleman River. This road is paved at first but turns into a gravel road shortly. Coleman River Trail is about 2 miles from the start of the road on the right-hand side, just before the first bridge.
The Tallulah River Road, which continues north over the bridge is one of the finest scenic drives in the state. It continues north to Tate City, a mining and lumber town that died out in the 1920's. When you return to Persimmons Valley Road you can turn right. The road continues to Patterson Gap, a beautiful, but little known area of Rabun County. This then comes out on Highway 441 north of Dillard. Most of this is forest service road, and is easily passable in anything Subaru has ever built. Lowered and sports cars- not so much! I've seen 2 wheel drive passenger cars make this trip without any trouble.
The team at Japanese Motor Works encourages our clients to get their car inspected before they leave for their getaway. Every vacation deserves to be free and clear of car hassles. To schedule an appointment, call us at 706-549-5222. Japanese Motor Works is located at 200 Firefighter Court in Athens, GA 30607.