Including Stone Mountain, Providence Canyon & Radium Springs
The Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia are among the most scenic tourist attractions in the state, and among them are the Tallulah Gorge and the Okefenokee Swamp.
The seven natural wonders of the state of Georgia will likely keep any visitor or tourist in awe, whether you are there for the state’s top golfing or for vacation. These natural wonders were formed in the state’s pre- and modern-history and include some of the top tourist attractions in the region. Known for their scenic appearance and scope and size, the seven wonders were first described in the Atlanta Georgian magazine in 1926, and updated to include these current seven in the Georgia Voyager magazine in 1997 and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2001.
Located near the city of Dawsonville, the Amicolola Falls are the largest set of waterfalls in the state of Georgia. At nearly 730 feet over the rapids which they splash, these falls have a Cherokee name that means “tumbling waters.” The falls feature an eight mile trail up to the top of the cliff and a lookout over the falls into the river and wilderness below.
The youngest of Georgia’s seven natural wonders, Providence Canyon is estimated to be only around 150 years old. The canyon is situated in the western-central part of the state near the city of Lumpkin, and is commonly known as “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon.” Though the canyone features gorges of only around 100 feet, it is famous for its natural colors and scenic landscapes.
The largest of the seven natural wonders, the Okefenokee Swamp is situated in the southeastern part of the state over four separate counties. Occupying nearly 700 square miles of land, including the 18 hole Okenenokee Country Club, the swamp area features some of the state’s most exotic wildlife and plantlife, and was named after the Seminole word for “land of trembling Earth.”
Named for the natural element radium contained in its waters, Radium Springs is located on the southern border of the city of Albany. The springs border one of Georgia’s oldest casinos, prominent in the 1920s, and feature over 70,000 gallons of flowing water evey minute. The water, at 68 degrees, maintains its temperature throughout the warm Georgia summers and colder winters.
Like the Providence Canyon, the Tallulah Gorge cuts a valley through the Georgia countryside, and also like the canyon, was formed by manmade devices instead of the erosion normal for such landmarks. The Gorge is nearly three miles long and around 1,200 feet deep. It was created by waters dammed by the Georgia Power Company in the early part of the 20th century, and has been one of the top tourist destinations in the state for nearly a century.
Made famous as a healing resort used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940s, Georgia’s Warm Springs are situated in Meriwether County along the slopes of Pine Mountain. The springs, with a constant temperature of 88 degrees, are among the warmest in the country and were used in the past as a healing spot for the region’s Native American inhabitants.
Located in a more populated area than any of the other wonders, Stone Mountain is situated in an area of metropolitan Atlanta. It rises to over 600 feet over the Piedmont Plateau, is a natural granite form and has an area of about seven miles at its base. A memorial to the Confederate armies and soldiers of the civil war began in 1914 on the northeastern war of the mountain, and was finished in 1970.
These attractions combine to make the state of Georgia one of the top tourist attractions in the Southeast of the United States.