There is still a month of summer left. Fall will soon trickle in and the college semester is just around the corner. You might as well live it up, go on a few road trips and pack in as much sun and adventure as you possibly can.
During the summer, you should always throw your swimsuit and sun block in the backseat, because in Georgia, you never know when you might run into some cool water you want to jump into. With temperatures reaching into the high 90s, a dip in some natural wonder will do just the trick.
Most of Georgia’s natural water wonders require a little bit of a drive and maybe a hike to get to if you live in Atlanta, but it's worth it once you get to your destination and see the streaming waters and feel the cool air from the rush of it. Here are the seven best natural springs in Georgia to make the rest of your summer amazing.
Cherokee Falls at Cloudland Canyon
Address: 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738
Why you should go: Cherokee Falls is a 60-foot waterfall that falls into a pool of turquoise blue water that you will want to jump right into. The hike round trip is only 2.1-miles, so you can cool off in this pool during your trek.
Helton Creek Falls
Address: US Hwy. 129 S. Blairsville, GA 30512
Why you should go: Helton Creek Trail is only a short .3 mile walk to the falls and once you get there you will see two waterfalls and one huge pool of water you can climb in. The rocks are very slippery around the waterfall, so take extra precautions when walking.
High Shoals Falls
Address: 1333 Indian Grave Gap Rd, Hiawassee, GA 30546
Why you should go: High Shoals Falls Trail is a 2.4-mile round trip hike that will lead you to two waterfalls. The first one, Blue Hole Falls has a blue pool at the bottom. The second one is High Shoals, being 50 feet tall and drops into an even deeper pool at the bottom for the more adventurous.
Edge of the World - Amicalola Falls
Address: 7000 GA-53, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Why you should go: Located in Dawsonville, GA, this great spot is filled with trails, ancient ruins, and even spots to get in the water. In under 3 miles, you'll make it to the area named "Edge of the World" that has swift running water, many rocks to relax on, and different elevations of the creek you can explore.
Dick's Creek Falls
Address: Off Dick's Creek/Sandy Ford Rd. Clayton, Georgia 30525
Why you should go: There are three levels to these falls so you have multiple options on which one you want to swim in. This is also a very short walk from the parking lot, so you will literally park and walk a few hundred feet to your destination which is nice on a hot day. There are even a few rock slides here that you are more than welcome to go on and slide down.
Panther Creek Falls
Address: 3995 Old Historic 441Turnerville GA 30523
Why you should go: Even though this is a longer hike (almost 7 miles round trip), it is only 3.5 miles to the falls and 3.5 miles back so you have a nice break in the middle of your trek. The waterfall is not a massive one, so you will not get too much splash from the falls. There is a nice sandy beach for a cute picnic or just relaxation after your swim.
Tallulah Falls at Tallulah Gorge
Address: 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
Why you should go: This is the only place at the famous Tallulah Gorge that you can swim in, and they only allow 100 people a day to travel down to the gorge’s floor so you know it will not be too crowded. There is a huge natural rock slide that leads into a clear pool of water that you will want to get in. You will also be able to walk over the swinging suspension bridge on your way to your swim.
Be sure to always bring some water, a towel, and of course, some snacks. Be sure to check out all of these spots in Georgia and enjoy the rest of the summer months.
Disclaimer: We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.