The perfect time to experience places in your own backyard and hidden spots in your state is when the weekend hits. Leaving the hustle and bustle of the city, not to mention the traffic, behind is what many may want to do after a long work week. Becoming one with nature, getting some fresh air, and just exploring Georgia's outdoors could be a great plan for your free time.

The best part about these seven spots? Their prices! Most of them are free or require a small admission fee, which is great for those wallets.

These destinations can take you on an adventure across the entire Peach State. From the tippy-top of the state's mountains to the coastal views, no matter where you are, there's sure to be at least one spot close or just a few hours' drive away.

Whether it be a day escape or a full-blown weekend warrior road trip with the besties, spending the rest of your summer hitting up these spots will help you escape the hustle and bustle of the city life.

Edge of the World - Amicalola Falls 

Price: $5 for a Georgia State Parks Pass

Address: 7000 GA-53, Dawsonville, GA

Why You Need To Go: From ancient ruins and trails to waterfalls and swimming holes, this spot has it all. Pick a boulder by the waterfall and relax.

Hogg Mine

Price: $35

Address: Directions to the meeting destination 

Why You Need To Go: You can actually dig for your own unique gems and crystals here. Everything you find, you get to take home.


Shirly Miller Wildflower Trail 

Price: Free

Address: 299 Pocket Rd., Chickamauga, GA

Why You Need To Go: This trail that's a little less than a mile out and back consists of a wooden boardwalk that'll take you to a tall cascading waterfall. You'll also see nearly 50 varieties of wildflowers.


Ossabaw Island 

Price: Varies depending on which day trip you take and how you get to the island. Multiple charters are available.

Address: Ossabaw Island, GA

Why You Need To Go: This is a secluded island that has miles of beaches you can lay and relax on. It's only reachable by boat or kayak, too. Fun fact: there are free-roaming donkeys that live here as well.


Driftwood Beach 

Price: Free with a $6 admission to get onto Jekyll Island

Address: Directions to this beach 

Why You Need To Go: This beach has old driftwood that's been bleached by the sun lining its shores that create an otherworldly sand-scape. This spot is great for photos and to hang a hammock while you listen to the waves.


Red Oak Lavender Farm

Price: Free

Address: 2882 Red Oak Flats Rd., Dahlonega, GA

Why You Need To Go: This is the state's largest lavender farm that's open to the public. You get to walk through the many acres of blushing stalks and take in the amazing scents of herbs and flowers.

Whimsy Flower Farm

Price: Free to visit, though you can also purchase flowers

Address: Whimsy Flower Farm, Lower Trackrock Rd., Blairsville, GA

Why You Need To Go: With over 700 different types of blooms at this location, you can frolic and take photos for the perfect summer adventure. You can pay extra to pick yourself a bouquet of flowers.

Which place will you make your escape to first?


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.


 

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