moving to Georgia during the summer months, you’re going to find that the summer weather is almost unbearable. While there are still some fantastic things to do and see this summer in Georgia, escaping to the water can seem like the only way to beat the heat.
You’ll find that the area around Atlanta boasts some incredible rivers and lakes where you can cool off and enjoy many exciting recreational activities, such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and jet skiing. So, when you are feeling the need to beat the heat this summer, pack your swimsuit and explore the rivers and lakes around Atlanta.
Atlanta was built on the ridge of this breathtaking river for a good reason. The Chattahoochee River flows down from the Blue Ridge Mountains through the northern metropolitan area of Atlanta and entices visitors with everything from gently bubbling stony brooks through to rushing rapids ideal for kayaking.
There are plenty of other activities to enjoy along the river, accessed through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. When the heat gets too much, spend your days paddleboarding down miles of gentle glassy river above Morgan Falls Dam, observing the wildlife and taking in the view. Below the falls, the Chattahoochee picks up speed and, so, has become a popular destination for tubing and kayakers.
If water sports don’t appeal to you, try hiking some of the shady trails along the river and catching the spray from the spectacular waterfalls.
George Sparks Reservoir at Sweetwater Creek State Park
About 30 minutes north of bustling Atlanta lies George Sparks Reservoir located in Sweetwater Creek State Park. This incredible park is steeped in Civil War History and natural beauty (and for movie buffs—the ruins of the textile mill appeared briefly in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay).
Although swimming is not allowed along the reservoir, there are still plenty of ways to cool off during the summer. Throughout the season, the state park rangers organize events such as the “Twilight Creek Paddle” where visitors can hire canoes or kayaks and paddle the reservoir led by a ranger (adult guests and children over six years are also allowed to swim at this event). There is also the “Full Moon Paddles” and the “Ruins to Rapids Full Moon Hike” where guests can enjoy the wildlife and park scenery in the comfortable, balmy summer night air.
Yellow River stretches 76 miles, flows along the eastern edges of metro Atlanta to Lake Jackson, and is a fabulous summer destination for kayakers and canoeing. The caretakers of the river have created environmentally friendly launching and landing places, and put-in and take-out points are located every 4-6 miles. The river is mostly gentle, flat water, making it ideal for beginners and casual boaters. The river is bordered by tranquil forest, as well as stone ruins and Native American settlements. There is also the opportunity to see a huge variety of local wildlife.
For some serious summer fun, head down to Lake Lanier. Lake Lanier is one of America’s favorite lakeside destination. The placid lake has over 50 parks, with a huge variety of summertime activities on offer.
This lake is the ideal place for a family day trip, reunion, camping trip with friends, or just a leisurely swim at the lake beach. A few different agencies and organizations manage the lake, so no one pass will allow you access to all the parks. However, each park has access to the shoreline, so there is ample opportunity to swim, canoe, or paddleboard.
For those guests with a boat or jet ski, there are several full-service marinas available, as well as boat shops and places to hire boating and fishing equipment. If you prefer a more luxurious weekend getaway, try the Lake Lanier Resort for superb golfing and dreamy spa treatments.
Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens
About an hour out of Atlanta in Pine Mountain are the Callaway Gardens. While there are plenty of attractions to entertain guests, the best place to be during the hot, humid summer is down by Robin Lake Beach.
Basic admission to the Gardens gets you all-day swimming and sunbathing privileges, as well as access to the mini golf course, table tennis, shuffleboard, and the amazing Florida State University High Flying Circus. But, for a little extra cash, you can enjoy an exciting array of inflatable playgrounds and water slides (sure to keep the kids occupied for hours). Or you could rent some boat time (including the driver and the gas) and show off your water skiing or wakeboarding skills.
Just outside of Atlanta, you will find the perfect place for a quick day trip: Lake Allatoona. The lake boasts 270 miles of shoreline, which includes swimming beaches, the launch point for boats, playgrounds, picnic areas—pretty much anything you need for a fantastic day enjoying the sunshine.
If you are interested in staying longer than the day, there are camping grounds available, but you may need to consider docking your boat in a boat slip rather than at the marina, which is only for day use.
home moving service has you all moved in and you’re ready to beat the Georgia heat, head out to one of the remarkable lakes or rivers located just outside the city. With so many activities available, there is sure to be something to please everyone. Remember, if you are out in the sun this summer, slather on the sunscreen and wear a cap so you can enjoy the refreshing, cool waterways around Atlanta all summer long.