One of the greatest things about Georgia is that there are so many places to explore and so many hidden gems just waiting to be uncovered. From nature trails to secret destinations, it has it all. There are also many ancient ruins in Georgia that you can try and find to really bring out your inner Indiana Jones for an exhilarating adventure.

Some of these spots are eerily beautiful and some of them are allegedly haunted by spirits that used to live there during their human lives.

No matter what pieces of the past you're in the mood to find, this history-laden Peach State probably has whatever you're looking for or want to experience.

Most of these spots are either free or have a small parking and entrance fee to visit, so many of these adventures are just as affordable as they are exciting.

Whether you trek them alone or grab your bravest buddies to tag along, these six Georgia ruins are waiting to take you back in time and unlock your inner explorer.

Sweetwater Creek State Park 

Price: $5 for parking

Address: 1750 Mt Vernon Rd., Lithia Springs, GA 

Why You Need To Go: Taking the Red (History) Trail will take you through a wooded forest and to Civil War era ruins. This abandoned mill is blocked off by a fence, but you can explore the surroundings and take pictures. It was even featured in The Hunger Games.

Cumberland Island 

Price: $10 for a week pass; Ferry fees may also apply

Address: 113 St. Marys St., St. Marys, GA to board the ferry

Why You Need To Go: This secluded island has wild horses roaming around, miles of wooded trails, and ancient ruins. Dungeness Ruins was a 35,000 square foot mansion but it burnt down in 1959.


Horton House State Historic Area

Price: $8 for parking on the island 

Address: Jekyll Island, GA — this bike map will help you navigate the trails

Why You Need To Go: Take a cheap biking adventure through Jekyll Island and you'll end up at the Horton House. This house was built in the 1700s and is surrounded by oak trees with Spanish moss. There's even an eerie cemetery right next to it.


McIntosh Sugarmill Ruins

Price: Free

Address: McIntosh Sugarmill Park, Charlie Smith Sr. Hwy., St. Marys, GA

Why You Need To Go: The tabby ruins are what's left from the old sugar mill that used to be located at this park. They're believed to have been built back in the 1800s and there are huge oak trees that surround it that make for a great picnic destination.


Scull Shoals Experimental Forest

Price: Free

Address: Watkinsville, GA

Why You Need To Go: This creepy forest has ruins of 200-year-old mills where factories were in the early 1800s. It was also used for research in the 1930s and local legend says it's very haunted.


The Old Gaol Jail

Price: Free

Address: The Old Gaol, N East St., Greensboro, GA 

Why You Need To Go: Said to be one of Georgia's oldest and most murderous prisons, it's located on the outskirts of Oconee National Forest and is also said to be haunted by thousands of spirits.


Get yourself an adventurer's hat, a backpack, and head on your way to these old beauties.


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.


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