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9 Epic National Parks In Georgia You Need To Check Out This Spring

By Jack Rattenbury

The days are getting longer and brighter, so why not head to one of Georgia’s National Parks?

There’s no shortage of natural beauty in Georgia. Beautiful scenery and landscapes paint the state by everchanging numbers as the seasons come and go. Abundant with nature and wildlife, Georgia’s National Parks are certainly worth visiting. Some are even home to some significant historical landmarks and exhibits.

It’s time to start planning your springtime hike, or family day out to the park. So we’re breaking down the best National Parks on offer in the state of Georgia.

Here are 9 incredible National Parks worth checking out:

1. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

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Where: Sandy Springs

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area preserves a series of sites between Atlanta and Lake Sidney Lanier along the Chattahoochee River. It encompasses 6,500 acres and 14 separate park units on a 48 mile stretch of gorgeous river. You can swim, kayak, or raft, making it the perfect place for lovers of watersports.

2. The Augusta Canal

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Where: Augusta

A National Heritage Site, The Augusta Canal was originally built as a power source fueled by the Savannah River. The open airboat available for tours is a must if you’re ever in Augusta!

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3. Appalachian National Scenic Trail

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Where: Springer Moutain (multiple states)

Known as the A.T., this long-distance hiking route in the East of the United States has a length of about 2,180 miles. Starting at Springer Mountain, it extends all the way to Mount Katahdin in Maine.

4. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Miltary Park

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Where: North Georgia/Tennessee border

If you’re a history buff then this is the National Park for you. This beauty is a historic playground with many monuments and exhibits from the Civil War. You can’t leave without checking out the Lookout Mountain Battlefields.

5. Camp Sumter

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Speaking of history, the Andersonville National Historic Site is another great option if you’re interested in the Civil War. Otherwise known as Camp Sumter, it was formerly a military prison but is now a touching tribute to prisoners of war.

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6. Martin Luther King Jr. National Park

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Where: Atlanta

Martin Luther King Jr NHP is located in downtown Atlanta. The park is open year-round and offers the opportunity to learn more about the civil rights pioneer. You can even visit the house he grew up in.

7. Cumberland Island National Seashore

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Where: Cumberland Island

If you’re looking for complete seclusion on some of Georgia’s most gorgeous coastline, then you’re in luck. Cumberland Island National Seashore is almost completely untouched by civilization. However, you can explore ruins of early wealthy settlers of the island. You will need to take a ferry from the mall town of St. Marys, Georgia.

8. Fort Pulaski National Monument

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Where: Savannah

Now that we’re on the topic of coastal Georgia, 15 miles from Savannah is theFort Pulaski National Monument. Although not officially a park, this monument and its surrounding areas make it a great place to hike.

9. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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Where: Marietta

Just half an hour outside of Atlanta is the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park. Another Civil War battleground, there are tons of walking trails you can explore along with a large visitor center.

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