1701 Gresham Road Marietta, GA 30062 +1 770 977 1997
Georgians know how to golf, and this is where many of them learn to perfect the art. Located just north of the city in ritzy Marietta, this facility offers lessons for everyone from the devotee to the true greenhorn. A driving range featuring 50 grass and 20 covered tees, all of which are lighted to provide golf well into the night. Two chipping greens, two putting greens, and two sand bunkers are also available. Whether you're looking to improve your all-around skills or perfect that one aspect that's holding you back, the Marietta Golf Center has the cure you seek.
371 George L. Smith State Park Road Twin City, GA 30471 +1 478 763 2759/+1 800 864 7275(Reservations)
Whether you enjoy rugged tent camping, RV-trailer life, or comfortable cottage living, the accommodations provided at George Smith Park near Twin City will welcome you with open arms. A lake with a boating ramp and rental boats allows for fishing and plenty of water sports, and miles of nature trails and hiking routes are laid out for the more adventurous visitors. 60 picnic sites are distributed evenly throughout the park, lakeside, riverside, and in some remote areas.
46 John Coffee Road Nicholls, GA 31554 +1 912 384 7082/+1 800 864 7275(Reservations)
Options for nature lovers abound in Georgia, both in the Atlanta area and in more remote spots. Just one such setting is General Coffee Park, an unlikely-sounding name for one of the state's most bucolic retreats. Boaters, swimmers, and fishermen are attracted by the park's respectable lake, and the well-laid-out trail system is a delight for serious hikers and casual nature strollers alike. Picnic shelters, cottages, and camping sites for RVs and tenters are all also available.
3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway Mountain City, GA 30562 +1 706 746 2141 / +1 800 864 7275
All visitors to Atlanta must opt for an excursion to the scenic hills of North Georgia; Black Rock Mountain being a great choice for just such an adventure. With ten cottages and four primitive, secluded backpacking sites, you'll have plenty of chances to take in the remote beauty. Picnic sites and a recreational lake are also available, plus day hiking trails for the less adventurous. The park is located 120 miles (194 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta. Take US 441 to Black Rock Mountain Parkway into Clayton, Georgia to get here.
2509 Bobby Brown State Park Road Elberton, GA 30635 +1 706 213 2046
The beauty of Georgia's soft-rolling hills and deep pine forests, Bobby Brown Park has it all. It is located just a few hours east of Atlanta in some of Dixie's prettiest countryside. With more than 60 trailer sites and 40 picnic spots, there's plenty of room for large group outings, so corporate picnic planners have plenty of space. Canoes and paddle boats are available for rent at the small lake, and more cautious bathers will enjoy the swimming pool.
5 Hard Labor Creek Road Rutledge, GA 30663 +1 706 557 3001/+1 800 864 7275(Toll Free)
Just a short hour's drive to the east takes locals to one of their favorite country retreats in Hard Labor Creek Park. Despite the name, leisure is more the order of the day, with day-trippers and overnight guests taking advantage of the park's four picnic shelters, 20 cottages, 46 trailer and RV sites, and miles of nature, hiking, and equestrian trails. A small boating lake is on hand for water sports and fishing, plus a fishing stream and golf course for more casual outdoor enthusiasts.
Head east out of Atlanta for some outdoor fun and recreation. Take Interstate 20 to US-378, and find the park seven miles (12 kilometers) east of the town of Lincolnton. Twenty cottages, 165 tent and trailer sites, and plenty of rugged camping facilities are available, plus 121 picnic sites, five shelters, and a beautiful lake with a full-access boating ramp. Lounge on the beach, try your hand at water skiing, or simply stroll the miles of nature trails and enjoy the fresh air.
1065 Canton Street Plum Tree Village Roswell, GA 30075 +1 770 587 0978
As Atlanta pushes its borders north, so too does the metro area's art scene. The SLM Studio/Gallery in downtown Roswell leads the charge, featuring the original figurative paintings and sculpture by award-winning artist Sandra Milton. This popular artist has garnered a loyal following in Georgia, and her Roswell studio serves as the focal point of her expanding national reputation.
1000 Chastain Road Joe Mack Wilson Building, Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA 30144 +1 770 499 3223
Located on the campus of Kennesaw State University, this impressive gallery is just a short trip up Interstate 75 from downtown or Buckhead. Featuring fine art from noted Atlanta collections, national and international artists, and ethnic and multicultural artists, the gallery also displays a nice collection of the photographic and artistic efforts of the university's talented students and faculty. While you're there, stop by the Sturgis Art Gallery located within the Sturgis Library, housed in the same building.
1000 Chastain Road Sturgis Library, Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA 30144 +1 770 499 3223
Located in Sturgis Library's ground floor, The Art Gallery focuses more strongly on the works of local as well as international artists. Featuring rotating exhibitions from Africa, France, Mexico and more, and permanent collections of art students, the gallery is a foray for these young artists into the world of art. With contemporary fine art that displays a fine mix of media, influences, and artist backgrounds, this is a fine place to get a peek of various artistic impressions.
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