We Asked, You Answered: State Parks

Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, Georgia. Photo by John Creek.

Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, Georgia. Photo by John Creek.

Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are the perfect for a picnic lunch,  frisbee match, first date, birthday party and, well, just about anything else you can think of! We asked our Explore Georgia Facebook fans which Georgia State Park was their favorite – here are their top 5 answers!

  1. Vogel State Park in Blairsville
  2. Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn
  3. Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville
  4. Unicoi State Park in Helen
  5. Black Rock Mountain State Park in Mountain City

See all of our fan responses here.

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10 Must-Dos in Georgia’s Magnolia Midlands

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The Vidalia Onion Museum, Vidalia, Georgia

1. Get your sweet onion fix in Vidalia: Explore the history of “America’s favorite onion” at the Vidalia Onion Museum. Adults can discover the economic impact of this famous Georgia vegetable, while children can learn to sort onions and even color their own picture of Vidalia’s mascot, Yumion the Onion. Don’t forget to pick up a bag of onions during the Vidalia onion season (April through July).

2. Experience “Southern Fusion” dining in Lyons: What began as the first movie theatre in Lyons, Georgia, is now home to Elements Bistro & Grill, a unique fine dining experience in the middle of small-town South Georgia. The menu is full of mouth-watering dishes, but I highly suggest that you order the buffalo quail. Your taste buds will thank you.

3. Buy local in Statesboro: Like fresh produce? Then you’ll love the Mainstreet Farmers Market in Statesboro! Open every Saturday from early April to the end of November, this market is the place for fresh local fruit and vegetables, meats and dairy, preserves and baked goods. Be sure to stop by the Garden Table, where you can watch local chefs prepare dishes made with produce from the market.

Little Ocmulgee State Park

Little Ocmulgee State Park, Helena, Georgia

4. Go just around the riverbend in Uvalda: Experience not one, not two but three rivers when you visit the Magnolia Midlands. Kayak or canoe along the Oconee, Ocmulgee and Altamaha rivers with the help of Three Rivers Outdoors, Inc. They can help you plan any river trip – whether you want it to last two hours or two weeks!

5. Spend the night in a barn loft in Brooklet: On the hunt for an authentic farm experience? Look no further than Hunter Cattle Company in Brooklet. Feed the animals, collect eggs, swing on the front porch and spend an evening in a comfortable barn loft when you visit this family-owned and -operated farm.

6. Get a green thumb in Metter: With its cascading waterfalls, shimmering streams, flowering plants and quiet paths, it’s no wonder that people often visit Guido Gardens to find peace. Guided tours of the gardens are offered Monday through Friday, and admission is always free!

7. Discover natural wonders in Douglas: Located within Georgia’s sandy, coastal plains, the Broxton Rocks offer more than 500 species of rare plant life, cave-like crevices and a roaring waterfall. Keep your eyes peeled for unique wildlife, including flying squirrels, the threatened indigo snake and gopher tortoise.

8. Sip wine at sunset in StatesboroDoes the idea of sipping a delicious glass of Muscadine wine as the sun sets over rural Georgia appeal to you? If you said yes, then you need to plan a trip to Meinhardt Vineyards in Statesboro. Whether you prefer red or white, Meinhardt has a wine to suit all tastes. My personal favorite? The peach Muscadine — it tastes like Georgia in a bottle!

9. Fly high in DouglasVisit the site where 10,000 young men learned how to fly in the PT-17 Stearman at the WWII Flight Training Museum in Douglas. It’s the most intact, complete and original school left in the United States with 13 original buildings still standing, including one that houses the WWII Flight Training Museum, which tells the important and often unknown story of wartime aircrew training.

10. Feed the animals in Nicholls: Kids (and adults) will love the opportunity to feed the animals at General Coffee State Park’s Heritage Farm. Animals on the property include sheep, goats, chickens, donkeys and more! Insider tip: Be sure to buy some farm-fresh eggs while you’re at the park.

Photo Credit: Photojenik Photography

Photo Credit: Photojenik Photography

Lauren Cleland is the voice of Explore Georgia on social media. She loves ice cold sweet tea, anything peach flavored, channeling Scarlett O’Hara in her daily life and sharing the wonders of her beloved Georgia with all of you!

5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

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Spend Mother’s Day on the river with Savannah Riverboat Cruises!

Show mom how much she means to you at one of these unique Mother’s Day events:

  1. For the sporty mom: Celebrate Mother Nature this Mother’s Day! Take a guided 4-mile hike of Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, Georgia. Water and trail snacks are provided. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. Learn more here.
  2. For the mom with small children: Join Barnsley Resort’s famous Fairy Godmother for an afternoon tea in honor of Mom. This event is perfect for mothers and children ages 12 and under. Learn more here.
  3. For the artsy mom: Create birdhouses out of gourds at Mistletoe State Park in Appling, Georgia. Learn more here.
  4. For the animal loving mom: Moms get in free at North Georgia Zoo & Farm on Mother’s Day! Take a tour and learn all about being a mom in the animal kingdom: how moms take care of their young, what it is like to be a surrogate mom to animals at the zoo, and meet some of those special animal “moms.” Learn more here.
  5. For the Coastal mom: Sit back, relax, and let Riverboat Cruises do all of the work. This two-hour cruise includes a buffet dinner, live entertainment and an unforgettable evening! Learn more here.

10 Things to Do at Atlanta Motorama

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Sure, there’ll be a lot of vehicles at Atlanta Motor Speedway April 26-27 during an event that will celebrate anything with a motor in it, the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama presented by Classic Collectors Insurance & zMAX. But that’s only the beginning of everything that’ll be taking up the entire AMS infield during this inaugural event!

Here are ten things that you’ll need to be sure to see and do at Motorama!

1. Celebrating anything with an engine!

Classic and modern cars, boats, motorcycles and planes, some which are rarely seen by the public, will be on display! Rare vehicles in the Speedway Salon, set aside for the most valuable vehicles, will include a 1939 Packard convertible sedan and a Dusenburg Some of the ars from Truett Cathy’s Collection will also be on display in the Show area.

2. Car-crushing exhibition by BIGFOOT®

That’s right! One of the world’s most famous monster trucks will be putting on two demonstrations of destroying cars twice each day! The exhibitions, presented by Summit Racing Equipment, are scheduled twice daily near turn three of the Speedway Saturday at 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. and at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

3. Hot Rodders of Tomorrow.

See high school-aged students show off their engine-building skills as they take apart and rebuild engines in timed competition. The event will take place in Atlanta Motor Speedway’s victory lane.

4. Massive Vendor Midway

The Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama midway will rival any collection of vendors seen at America’s biggest car shows with nearly 200 vendors signed up so far!

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These aren’t your everyday landscaping machines! Racing among lawn mowers will take place multiple times during the two day event near turn three of the Speedway.

6. Classic Vehicle Auction

Have you watched vehicle auctions on TV and wanted to see one for yourself? You’ll have that chance at Motorama as Four Seasons Auction Gallery will be conducting one of the largest vehicle auctions in the Southeast!

7. American Street Car Series Autocross Presented by AARP

What would a car event be without some autocross? Scheduled for twice each day, autocross is open to all car show entries, including seasoned autocross veterans or first timers!

8. Seminars

Auto enthusiasts of all types can obtain a wealth of information on varying topics through the Motorama seminars.

9. Pull-A-Part Swap Meet

Here is your chance buy, sell, trade or just search for parts for your vehicle or for one that you’re dreaming of!

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Each car show entry at Motorama is eligible to take part in the Speedway Cruise each day, enabling each vehicle to drive on the Atlanta Motor Speedway’s racing surface! Car show entry for the entire event is $50. For more information, visit www.atlantamotorama.com

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33 Places to Pick Strawberries in Georgia

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Springtime in Georgia means warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, Braves baseball and…strawberry season! The official strawberry season can stretch from late April to July 4th in Georgia, with the best picking from May to mid June. Due to climate differences, some farms will be open before others. We highly encourage you to call a farm to confirm that they’re open before visiting.

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