Georgia is filled with road trip destinations and this summer is the perfect time to visit them. North Georgia might be filled with mountains and waterfalls, but the southern part of the state has enchanting forests, mossy trails, and once-in-a-lifetime attractions.
Before going back to school or work after the summer, you need to road trip to South Georgia and hit all of these attractions. The best part about these 10 destinations is that they are all under $20 each, some are even free to visit.
Providence Canyon State Park
Price: $5 parking
Address: 8930 Canyon Road, Lumpkin, GA 31815
Why you should go: This is Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon" and it lives up to its name. It has gullies that get as deep as 150 ft. There are many different trails you can take and you will see the multiple colors of the sediment as you hike.
Lane Southern Orchards
Address: 50 Lane Rd., Fort Valley, GA 31030
Why you should go: This 6,000-acre orchard has fresh peaches and pecans during the summer season. You can shop in the market they have on-site which has various produce. You can also eat at the cafe and bakery that have options like pulled pork sandwiches, buffalo chicken wrap, peach pie, and peach cobbler.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd. Waycross, GA
Why you should go: At this 500,000 acre refuge, you can go kayaking in the swamp, hike the many forest trails, canoe and boat. They also have onsite camping options.
Chehaw Park & Zoo
Price: Park $3.50, zoo $8.80
Address: 105 Chehaw Park Rd. Albany, GA 31701
Why you should go: This zoo is a conservation and preservation center for endangered animals and many different species. You can also camp at this park and be right down the road from the zoo.
Price: $15 ferry
Address: Cumberland Island, GA 31558
Why you should go: This is a secluded island off the coast of Georgia and you can only get there by boat. The island is occupied by wild horses that roam the island. There are miles of hiking trails that have huge, beautiful trees that provide shady coverage. You can even explore old ruins.
Skidaway Island State Park
Price: $5 parking
Address: 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411
Why you should go: Located near Savannah, Skidaway offers hikes through its marshy forest, boardwalks and even an observation tower to look over the marsh. You can also paddleboard, kayak and boat in this area.
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
Address: 2 Canebrake Rd. Savannah, GA 31419
Why you should go: There are multiple different gardens here where you can see rare plants and trees. People also refer to this location as "The Bamboo Farm" because there are massive stalks of bamboo that came from East Asia.
Little Saint Simons Island
Address: 1000 Hampton River Club Marina Dr. St. Simons Island GA 31522
Why you should go: Just like Saint Simons, but smaller. This island can only house 36 guests overnight, but you are more than welcome to explore the island during the day. There are seven miles of beaches and filled with enchanted hikes that will make you feel like you are in a tropical destination.
Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island
Address: South Of North Loop Trail On N. Beachview Drive Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Why you should go: This secluded beach has natural driftwood that covers the beach and looks like jungle gyms. It is a popular destination for photoshoots and weddings.
Wormsloe Historic Site
Address: 7601 Skidaway Road Savannah, GA 31406
Why you should go: The front of this estate is so picture-perfect you will not think it is real. Huge oak trees with Spanish moss surround this entire location. There are nature trails and you can explore the estate that used to be occupied many years ago.
There is something for everyone to enjoy at each of these locations. Each destination has something different to offer, and trust us, your Instagram is going to be everyone's feed goals.