6 Adventurous Challenges that Explore Georgia’s Greatest Places

Mix and match these incredible outdoor challenges for an exciting adventure through Georgia in 2016.

Hiking

GA 4000 – Presented by Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, GA 4000 challenges hikers to reach the summit of 32 Georgia peaks that rise to over 4000 feet in elevation. Individuals receive a commemorative patch for completing the challenge at their own pace, and GATC offers a series of group hikes to help participants reach more remote summits.

GA 4000 - Springer Mountain

Hike Springer Mountain as part of the GA 4000 challenge.

Canyon Climbers Club – Georgia State Parks invite hikers to earn a souvenir t-shirt by exploring beautiful canyons and waterfalls. The challenge includes four fascinating hikes around Georgia. Join the club for $10 at any of the participating parks: Cloudland Canyon, Tallulah Gorge, Amicalola Falls and Providence Canyon.

Hike 40 – American Hiking Society celebrates 40 years with the Hike 40 challenge. Outdoor enthusiasts across the nation resolve to tackle 40 miles or 40 trails between New Year’s Day and the organization’s birthday, October 13th. As hikers log their miles, they earn prizes and raise funds for Trail Outreach and Advocacy.

FDR 400 – Georgia State Parks is challenging FDR State Park visitors to hike, bike, walk or run 400 miles within a year. Participants choose a $10-$65 souvenir pack and record mileage from the park’s 42 miles of scenic trail.

Paddling

Park Paddlers – Water enthusiasts are invited to join this club and earn a members-only t-shirt for paddling 22 miles at six different state parks. Scattered throughout Georgia, the Park Paddler waterways include a breathtaking blackwater swamp, gentle lakes and flowing rivers.

Park Paddlers - Sweetwater

Sweetwater Creek State Park is one of the adventurous challenges provided by the Park Paddlers Club.

Biking

Muddy Spokes – Grab a membership to the Muddy Spokes Club and conquer 11 trails in scenic State Parks around the state. Trails range from easy, paved paths to heart-pumping thrill rides. Members earn their trophy t-shirt after completing the 68 miles of biking.

Three Gap Fifty/Six Gap Century – Start training for the official Six Gap Century Bike Ride on September 25, 2016. This incredible test of endurance challenges cyclists with the toughest climbs in the southeast covering 11,200 feet of climbing over 104 miles in the North Georgia mountains.

Geocaching

GA State Parks – Nearly 50 geocaches are waiting to be discovered in Georgia State Parks. These special containers can be hidden at historic markers, scenic overlooks, and beautiful trails. Each cache contains a special stamp collected in a GeoChallenge Passport that earns souvenir geocoins after 15, 30, and 40 finds. Can you find them all in 2016?

Canyon Climbers Club - Providence Canyon

Join the Canyon Climbers Club in southwest Georgia’s Providence Canyon.

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