So this information is considered WOTP (way outside the perimeter) but there is just something so calming about driving away from the hustle and bustle of downtown traffic — especially when the result is arriving at a beautiful state park.

Did you know that Black Rock Mountain State Park in Rabun County is Georgia’s highest park? It has an altitude of 3,640 feet. The roadside overlooks provide 80-mile vistas of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. There is also a 2.2 mile Tennessee Rock Trail that is perfect for families.

At Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville, you can hike to the top of the Southeast’s tallest waterfall. There is also an easy stroller-friendly shortcut on a boardwalk. I have visited this site twice and it is beautiful. The most amazing part of doing a short hike is meeting the dedicated Appalachian Trail hikers. While my kids were whining that they were hungry two minutes into the hike and are asking about using the potty, these serious hikers are non-stop and focused on reaching their goal.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United State. It extends from Georgia to Maine and is approximately 2,184 miles long.

There are so many great state parks in OTP, check them out!