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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge: The largest blackwater swamp in North America, Okefenokee has a lot to explore. Discover the secrets of the swamp paddling these waterways to remote campsites under the starry skies. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge offers seven platforms and three islands for wilderness camping. Campers pack a canoe or kayak and paddle up to 12 miles before setting up camp in the swamp. Wilderness camping gives us the opportunity to see the nocturnal swamp come to life and experience the mysteries of the trembling earth.

Little St. Simons Island, a barrier island just off Georgia’s coast, is a privately owned sanctuary with seven miles of undeveloped beach. Accessible only by boat, Little St. Simons Island’s private beaches, acres of legendary moss-draped live oaks, glistening tidal creeks and shimmering salt marshes provide the setting for exciting activities or relaxation. The Lodge at Little St. Simons accommodates 32 guests on the island a time. Guests can choose to reserve a single room, an entire cottage or the full island. Stays are all-inclusive of accommodations; boat transfers to and from the island; three prepared meals daily; all activities, including naturalist-led excursions; and use of all recreation equipment.

Len Foot Hike Inn: From the experienced Appalachian Trail “thru-hiker” to the family seeking a unique weekend getaway, the Hike Inn’s secluded location allows a wide range of people to enjoy the peace and beauty of the mountains without the trappings of modern life. The Inn — open year round — is a sustainably designed Georgia State Park facility nestled in the Chattahoochee National Forest, just a few hours north of Atlanta. Its four main buildings offer twenty private guest rooms, hot showers, fresh linens and home-cooked meals.

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area lies within four counties, north and northeast of downtown Atlanta. It consists of the Chattahoochee River and 15 land units along a 48-mile stretch of the river. In addition to providing recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, picnicking, and boating, the park contains a wide variety of natural habitats, flora and fauna, 19th century historic sites and Native American archeological sites.

Cumberland Island National Park is one of the largest undeveloped barrier islands along the Georgia coast. The National Park Service protects almost 36,000 acres of the island, including miles of unspoiled beaches. The most intriguing part about Cumberland is its history. Once a working plantation, followed by a winter retreat for the wealthy Carnegie family, Cumberland Island is now home to the descendants of slaves and aristocrats, as well as wild horses with bloodlines that trace to the royal stables of the King of Arabia. The stories of the people weave a captivating tale of wealth, poverty, privilege and sacrifice.

Mistletoe State Park is located on 71,100-acre Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta, this park is known as one of the finest bass fishing spots in the nation. During the summer, guests can cool off at the sandy beach or on miles of shaded nature trails. Many programs are hosted throughout the year, such as astronomy programs, concerts and nature walks. Bike riders who explore this park can join the Muddy Spokes Club. Mistletoe State Park has 10 fully equipped cottages on the lake, five of which are log cabins. The campground is situated on a peninsula, offering spectacular views of both sunset and sunrise over the open water. A four-bed camper cabin with electricity and water faces the lake. Overnight guests may rent canoes to explore the large lake.

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