How does a family keep it cool in these hot summer months? No worries, we’ve got some ideas!  Netflix® isn’t going anywhere and nothing should be stopping you.  We’ve only got six weekends during summer break to make memories before the kids go back to school and life gets busy again.  Let’s make it a summer to remember! Get out of the house and embrace the land, water, and fresh air around our community.

Pitch a Tent on New Stomping Grounds                   

Journey through the winding, blissful mountain roads and gaze upon the green, scenic mountains of North Georgia; you will feel relaxed and ready to explore by the time you reach your destination.

If you like the comforts of home, camping may not top your list of things to do, but it’s worth a try.  It’s a wonderful, fun family activity that everyone will be talking about for years to come.  There are many options for campers of all experience level, taste and preference.

Before you set up your site and pitch your tent, don’t forget to try “glamping”; no tent to pitch or sleeping bag to roll.  That’s camping in style! North Georgia Canopy Tours (NGCT) offers a truly fun and easy way for the entire family to enjoy camping in the North Georgia Forest.  NGCT is located in Lula, Georgia and also offers opportunities for those wishing to zip line.

Pack your suitcase lightly and get ready to be amazed when you see the Teepee you will call home for the weekend.   Each style of Teepee is unique in design and amenities to satisfy many different tastes.  For the camper with more refined needs, you can choose a Teepee that comes complete with linens, electricity, beds of different sizes, and much more. On display are the captivating details of its distinctive native-American history. There is no better way for your family to learn about the cherished culture of the Cherokee Indians than what can be captured throughout the camp grounds, with separate camp-sites named after the Seven Clans of the Cherokee Indians.

For traditional style camping and expectation, check out Sawnee Campground, located just north of the Buford Dam.  This camp is part of our beloved Lake Sidney Lanier in Buford.  It is thriving with many campsites and surrounded by the beautiful nature of Georgia.   This camp is perfect for a relaxed family-camping experience and provides breathtaking views of the stars in the sky and the sunset over the still lake. There is ample space to set up camp, grill out, and enjoy time around the campfire.  Nearby boat access allows for kayaking, swimming, wake-boarding, and other family-friendly activities.

Relax, In or Out of the Water

Every sunny day has something new to offer, and you can soak it up while cruising down the lazy river in Helen, Georgia.  Cool River Tubing is the perfect way to float about the day. This slow-paced, relaxing ride down the river is a crowd pleaser and provides safe, quality time together.  The cool water on your toes makes the heat of the day fade away as you drift into relaxation. Tubes and lifejackets are provided by the Service so all you need to bring is some water-safe shoes, and get set for fun!

If you love the water, but would rather be standing on the banks with a fishing rod, Unicoi Outfitters is your destination for fly fishing.   Located in Helen, they offer a variety of classes such as The Gilligan Special, Fly Fishing Classes, and Fly Tying Classes for beginners. Starting from the basics and progress to your personal level of skill, Unicoi Outfitters provides a committed and experienced staff to teach any level of fly fisher, small group, or family.  So mark your calendars and challenge yourself while enjoying a new sport.

The Buford Trout Hatchery is located in Forsyth County, on the banks of the Chattahoochee River just downstream of Lake Lanier and Buford Dam.  Visitors can enjoy a walk along the hatchery, the bird trail and a whole lot more.

Get Ready for Lift-off!

What could be more exhilarating than soaring along 10-miles of zip lines?  This summer you cannot miss the experience of Screaming Eagle Zip Line Tours at Historic Banning Mills in Whitesburg, GA. Certified by the Guinness World Records this is the World’s longest and largest zip lines (just under 10 miles).  There are six levels to choose from to get your adrenaline pumping.

If you’re like me and are comfortable closer to the ground, hop up on horseback and explore the inviting forests of Dahlonega.  Gold City Corral is an excellent place to take the family horseback riding. I love to ride and believe getting to know my horse before going on a ride is essential for my and they encourage just this! Before every ride, they allow time for you and your horse to interact by grooming and feeding it.  The unique are designed for beginners, intermediate, and experienced riders so everyone can enjoy.

For the more spontaneous folk, spend your day high in the sky and go for a hot air balloon ride. Balloons over Georgia is located right here in Forsyth! Get inspired and glide through the clouds as you venture through an experience of a lifetime. Don’t be afraid to look down because this ride gives you and your family the unique opportunity to view Lake Lanier, Stone Mountain, and Kennesaw Mountain at a birds-eye view!

Embark on new adventures with your family and friends close to home.  Less than an hour away in the lush beautiful North Georgia Mountains, there are opportunities at your fingertips that are well worth the reach!

 

North Georgia Canopy Tours

www.northgeorgiacanopytours.com

Sawnee Campground

www.recreation.gov/camping/sawnee/

Cool River Tubing

www.coolrivertubing.com

Unicoi Outfitters

www.unicoioutfitters.com

Screaming Eagle Zip Line Tours

http://historicbanningmills.com/

Buford Trout Hatchery

www.georgiawildlife.org/Hatcheries/Buford