Day Trips from Athens
Athens is perfectly positioned for quick and easy excursions to nearby areas that showcase the best of Georgia's natural resources, attractions, and Southern culture and heritage. Extend your stay in Athens by a day or two, and take time to explore the surrounding area!
Georgia's Antebellum Trail (South)
Athens is the northern gateway to the Antebellum Trail, which winds south on Hwy. 441 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.
Oconee County (South)
In neighboring Oconee County, downtown Watkinsville features quaint specialty shops and galleries and is the proud home to the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, which hosts a continuous schedule of exhibitions in a restored 1902 school building. Elder Covered Bridge is one of only 10 covered bridges left in Georgia. The Oconee Welcome Center (706-769-5197) and Eagle Tavern Welcome Center, an early Georgia stagecoach stop with late 18th-century furnishings, are great stops for visitor information.
Northeast Georgia Mountains (North)
Head north on Georgia's 441 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!
For more ideas on Georgia vacations, visit:
- ExploreGeorgia.org, Georgia's Official Tourism Website
- Historic Heartland travel region