Saturday, February 13, 2016

3 Hidden Treasures Near Atlanta


It is no secret that Atlanta, GA is a destination filled with immense opportunities for family fun and excitement.  When one thinks of Atlanta, places like Stone Mountain, Six Flags and the Coca Cola Museum immediately come to mind.   However, did you know that just 10-30 minutes from the city center there are 3 beautiful places for outdoor adventure and relaxation?  Our Frugal Family Travelers recently paid a visit to the area and not only enjoyed some of the typical tourist attractions, but also soaked up the nature to be found at the locations reviewed below.

Whether you are planning a winter or summer trip to the area, consider adding one of these places to your list of things to do!  You won't be sorry!


Sweetwater Creek

Directions:  1750 Mt Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122

Nestled in a wooded area just miles from the city, Sweetwater Creek is a Georgia State Park not to be missed. With an amazing hike next to a white water stream and the ruins of an old textile mill, this trek is certain to rejuvenate your spirit.  If you enjoy camping, the newly installed Yurts may be something you and your family investigate.  Fans of the Hunger Games films may recognize the scenery at Sweetwater Creek, as it was featured in the film.



F. D. Roosevelt State Park 

Directions:  2970 GA-190, Pine Mountain, GA 31822


Just a short drive from the city, in Warm Springs, GA, is F. D. Roosevelt State Park.  It is home to some amazing views, cabins, camping and the liberty bell shaped swimming pool created by the Civilian Conservation Corp.  Being that the Pine Miuntain hiking trail is quite expansive, we highly suggest visiting the park office for maps and directions before embarking on an adventure.   There are beautiful waterfalls on the trail but it is important to know on what stretches of the trail these are located! The park rangers give great directions!

Warm Springs is also home to President Roosevelt's "Little White House".   As you may know, he traveled here to take advantage of the warm spring waters for therapeutic polio treatments. His home is open for tours as well as the swimming pool facility where he received therapy.

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

Directions: 2852 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

Another amazing place just a few miles from the city is the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve.  If you are looking for a quick "get-away" while visiting the city of Atlanta, then look no further.    This place features a beautiful waterfall, within a short walking distance from the parking lot.  The hike is very easy for the young and old alike!



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