Stay Cool this Summer at Georgia's Hidden Waterfalls, Lakes and Beaches

When the temps rise, head to these hidden gems for a respite among the beauty of Georgia's natural wonders

The Most Unspoiled Beaches on the Georgia Coast

Travelers weary of overdeveloped beaches will find the perfect remedy on Georgia's Atlantic coast. There are multiple places where the shore is calm and uncrowded. Come along as we discover the charms of Georgia's quiet beaches.

Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

The otherworldly spot known as Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island presents a whole new perspective on beach vistas. The erosion of the island's northern point has resulted in downed trees left to bleach and dry along the sand. It's a stunning sight and a favorite of photographers. Enjoy the whole Jekyll Island experience by visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and touring the historic district, where fabulous island "cottages" were once part of the Jekyll Island Club, a private retreat for the wealthy.

Mid Beach, Tybee Island

The most northern of Georgia's barrier islands, Tybee Island is known as Savannah's Beach. With its legendary fort, lighthouse, beach resorts and almost endless outdoor recreation, this island is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. Amid all that island activity, however, it's still possible to enjoy uncrowded beach time, thanks to family-friendly Mid Beach. Walk the wide stretch of shoreline in search of shells and sharks' teeth, and keep an eye out for dolphins in the waves.

3 Georgia Waterfalls Worthy of a Walk in the Woods

The beauty of Georgia's waterfalls can lure even the not-so-outdoorsy types off the beaten path and into picture-perfect wilds.

DeSoto Falls

Located in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Cleveland, the DeSoto Falls Recreation Area is named after the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who traveled through the region in the 16th century.

Helton Creek Falls

If you're visiting Vogel State Park stop at Helton Creek Falls in Blairsville to see these family-friendly falls. In the summer, wear your swimsuits and splash around in the pool at the bottom of the falls.

Holcomb Creek Falls

Holcomb Creek Falls in Clayton rewards your hiking efforts with double waterfalls. First, find the 120-foot drop of Holcomb Creek Falls and then continue to the viewing deck at the foot of Ammons Falls.

Lesser-Known Georgia Lakes

There is nothing quite like sitting on the banks of a lake, taking in the subtle breeze and watching the sun set. Sure, you can visit Lanier or Allatoona -- and you won't be disappointed -- but why not explore one of these lesser-known Georgia beauties?

Lake Yonah

Lake Yonah is a snake-like lake run by Georgia Power, but it is still open to the public for boating, fishing and more. Camp at nearby Tugaloo State Park in order to start your fishing trip early, and don't miss the short drive to Tallulah Falls.

Lake Chatuge

Lake Chatuge is run by the TVA, but it extends down from North Carolina into Hiawassee, a gorgeous North Georgia town filled with outdoor fun. The lake is great for boating, skiing, swimming and more, and offers several coves and camping areas for exploring.

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