Gainesville, GA
Did You Know?
Gainesville is located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Travel north to the mountains or find your way on a heartland leaders trail or head south to resort of Lake Lanier Islands and on to the hustle and bustle of Atlanta.

Day Trips from Gainesville

Northeast Georgia Mountains

Head north on Georgia's Heritage Trail into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest. Recreation, nature, and heritage meet beautifully, with world class trout fishing, stress-free canoeing on peaceful mountain lakes, whitewater rafting on rushing rivers, horseback riding, and hiking. From Anna Ruby Falls (White Co.), to Tallulah Gorge (Habersham and Rabun Co.), to the quaint Bavarian village of Helen (White Co.), adventure is easy to find and hard to forget!

North Georgia Canopy Tours (Lula, GA)

Georgia's Ultimate Zip Line - A Treetop Adventure.
Both Eco-Tours begin “low and slow,” but you’ll soon find yourself zipping at greater heights and speeds through the lush canopy. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the North Oconee River, ravines, ponds, pastures, and wildlife. Soar through the air attached to a steel cable—which will soon disappear from your consciousness. Two certified eco-trained guides lead up to eight participants on each Tour, which include ziplines, sky bridges, moderate hikes through a natural beautiful area, and a dual zip over the Hilltop Pond in front of our Tour Observation Deck.  (770) 869-7272 www.northgeorgiacanopytours.com
Sky Bridge Tour (2 hr) $69; Adventure Tour (3hr) $89.
If you are coming from out of town plan to stay in Gainesville. At the Hilton Garden Inn you will receive the speciate rate of $89 per night.  Just mention North Georgia Canopy Tours when making your reservation!

Heartland of the Confederacy Trail: Leaders, Life, Legacy

Over four dozen sites around Gainesville reveal the many stories of the lives and legacies of the men and women who shaped the Confederacy. Visit the fascinating Crawford W. Long Medical Museum in Jefferson. Then head to Washington to experience a working plantation and hear the legend of the lost Confederate gold. Self-guided regional tour maps are available for download, or pick up a brochure and map at Gainesville Tourism & Trade.

Georgia's Antebellum Trail

Head east toward Athens - the northern gateway to the Antebellum Trail, which winds south on the Hwy. 441 Heritage Corridor through Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Old Clinton, and Macon. Each community is renowned for antebellum architecture, beautiful gardens, and Southern tradition. Lake Oconee offers great water recreation and the state's best golf courses. One of Georgia's most popular tourist routes, the 100-mile Antebellum Trail offers an important glimpse of life in the South before the American Civil War.

Lake Lanier Islands

Forty-five minutes from northeast Atlanta, Lake Lanier Islands Resort is situated on the shores of Lake Sidney Lanier and is Georgia’s most visited lakeside resort destination. This breathtaking site encompasses natural beauty in a private setting that encompasses an impressive list of accommodations and amenities sure to exceed the expectations of the most discerning traveler.

Whatever your interest, Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Georgia ensures you a truly memorable experience.
 

Wildlife Wonders and Paradise Valley Farms

Only 40 minutes away, you can meet some famous animals which have been featured in television shows Dirty Jobs and Wild about Animals!   Have fun feeding a variety or rare, mini and unique farm animals.  Join them for  Wildlife Walks a hands-on experience you won't forget  Most popular is the Camel encounter, a ride through the zoo to view animals such as camels, zebras, water buffalo and more. Pony rides and bottle feeding are always a favorite with the kids. (706) 348-7279