Highways, Byways and Trails of Georgia

Highways, Byways and Trails of Georgia

Georgia’s Country Roads

Georgia has many places that are slightly off the beaten paths of its main interstates of 85, 285, and 75. Here are a few of the roads one should explore.

Georgia has many places that are slightly off the beaten paths of its main interstates of 85, 285, and 75. Here are a few of the roads one should explore.

If one looks at a topographical map of Georgia a wide variety of “paths” crisscrossing the state will be noted. Matter of fact, there are over 40 scenic byways, and trails as well as a plethora of quiet roads and busy interstate. However, for those interested in discovering the roads less traveled, here are a few to consider.

Georgia’s “Country” Roads

  1. Andersonville Trail- Just off Interstate 75 one can follow this trail to a variety of historic sites. Along the way, be sure to check out the National Historic Site for the POWs.
  2. Appalachian Trail- No list of Georgia trails would be complete without listing this famed trail. Beginning in the Appalachian Mountains of north Georgia and extending 2,174 miles to Maine, there are 75 miles of hiking along this renowned trail in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
  3. Blue and Gray Trail- A 150 mile trail that runs from Lookout Mountain to Whitesburg. Along the way, take some time to visit the 60 Civil War battlefields, museums, and national parks.
  4. Chattahoochee-Flint Heritage Highway-Extending from Roscoe to St. Marks, this 155-mile trail passes through the original land of the Creek Indians and has a number of historic locations and architectural delights.
  5. Dixie Highway- Approximately 90 miles, this is America’s first planned roadway. It goes from Ringgold to Marietta.
  6. Georgia’s Heritage Highway 441- Travel from Dillard to Forge (approx. 371 miles) and enjoy views like the mountains in the north to the murky waters of the Okefenokee Swamp of the south. Along the way there are a number of interesting towns and communities.
  7. Monticello Crossroads Scenic Byway-This 29 mile trail was originally frequented by Methodist circuit preachers and the Indians. While traversing the 29 miles between Monticello and Shady, there are many historic locations that can be visited.
  8. Scenic 197- A beautiful scenic trail that connects Clarksville to Batesville. Be sure to take some time to explore the areas along the Soque River and Lake Burton.
  9. The Atlantic Heritage Coast/Southern Passages- Enjoy the beach and explore at the same time by following this 107 mile trail from Savannah to Kingsland. Along the way one will discover the people and places of Georgia’s Low Country.
  10. Treasures along I-20- Whether one is looking for unique shopping experiences, historic sites and homes, a wide range of activities and attractions or recreation opportunities, this is is just the “path. Simply follow I-20 from Conyers to Greensboro. The 60 mile trip is sure to have something for everyone.

So plan a trip and set off on a Georgia roads experience. While this is but a small selection, the highways, byways and trails mentioned here will get one-pointed in the right direction. Remember, every journey begins with a single step…so, get ready to enjoy the roads of Georgia!

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