Top 5 Unique Places In Georgia

Everyone knows about Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia's Farmlands, our little bit of the Appalachian mountains.  But there are wonders tucked away in the hidden and not so hidden corners, so here are the Top 5 Unique Places (and things to do) in Georgia.

1. Ellison's Cave - Northwest Georgia

Photograph by Willie Hunt, used with permission

Ellison's Cave is located under Pigeon Mountain in Northwest Georgia.  This cave (image taken in “Fantastic Pit”) features the two tallest pits in the continental US and is a wonder to behold.  Be warned though: this cave has tragically claimed several lives, and is only suitable for expert cavers, particularly those experienced in single rope technique climbing.  For regular folks interested in caves, we recommend Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain.  It may be for experts, but Ellison's cave is a wonder.  THIS Gatekeeper is glad they took photos!

2. Wild Horses - Cumberland Island

Photo Courtesy: Linda

Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island, is a place of pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches, and wide marshes.  Cumberland Island is also home to a heard of feral horses numbering between 150 and 200, often seen around the Dungeness ruins area.  Ferries conduct day visitors to the island, as well as overnight visitors to camping facilities or the luxury hotel Greyfield Inn.

Cumberland Island National Seashore Official Website

3.  Providence Canyon-South Of Columbus

Photo: Ga State Parks

Forget about Arizona, have you visited "Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon"?  This picturesque natural wonder is a testament of how a “mistake” can turn into something amazing.  Poor farming practices during the 1800s eventually cause massive gullies as deep as 150 feet to form.  That human error created a beautiful natural wonder, which is home to rare foliage such as the Plumleaf Azalea that only grows in this region.  Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views, and can explore some of the deepest areas of the canyon.  Camping, and cottages are available in Florence Marina State Park, or you can make it a day-trip for the next family visit.

Ga State Parks Official Providence Canyon Website

3. SkyView Atlanta - Centennial Park

This isn't a fairgrounds Ferris wheel!  Towering nearly 20 stories above Centennial Park, the SkyView Ferris wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondolas providing guest with breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Atlanta.  Located near many of Atlanta’s most popular attractions, SkyView is a great way to start or end your daytrip to Atlanta.

SkyView Atlanta Official Website

5. SAM Shortline Excursion Train

Traveling Between Cordele, Americus, & Archery Ga.

Travel scenic Southern Georgia, all while riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage cars.  This trip into yesteryear travels from Cordele to Archery Georgia with stops (depending on schedule) in Plains, Americus, Leslie, and the Georgia Veterans State Park.  There are also special holiday trips, as well as trips with Thomas the Tank Engine.

Official Website

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