5 outdoor adventure destinations near you


Blue Heron Adventure Park: Cross the Chattahoochee from Georgia to Alabama, then back on the only double zipline that connects two states. Along the way, you’ll travel 12 stories above the water.

For a girls trip… Savannah, GA

About a four-hour drive from Atlanta

Slow walk in the savannah: Take your group of girlfriends on a 15-person bike for a fun workout while taking in the sights of Savannah. You’ll have a professional guide who doubles as your DJ for your ride, and you can choose a tour that suits your group’s interests, including bar hopping, a tour of historic sites, and a ghost story tour” Boos Cruise”.

River Street: Half a mile long River Street is paved with cobblestones and a walk along it is full of things to do and see. You’ll find plenty of landmarks along the way, like the Waving Girl statue, based on Florence Martus, a Savannah native who for 44 years greeted ships as they entered port. Many shops, galleries and restaurants are located across the street when you’re ready to take a break.

For a romantic weekend… Asheville, North Carolina

About a three-hour, 45-minute drive from Atlanta

Biltmore Gardens: The historic Biltmore House, built in 1895, has thousands of acres of gardens and grounds. Take a walk and enjoy their natural beauty, which is especially evident in spring. For an even more romantic experience, snuggle up on a 1-hour horse-drawn carriage ride through the estate.

Chimney Rock State Park: Enjoy spectacular mountain scenery at Chimney Rock State Park, which boasts a 315-foot spire overlooking Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. Pack a romantic picnic and enjoy some quiet time in the park, or pop the question at the top of the spire. In addition to creating fabulous memories, you can also hire a photographer or ask a friend to meet you afterwards to take beautiful engagement photos.

For families… Greenville, SC

About a two-hour and 40-minute drive from Atlanta

Falls Park on the Reedy: Located on the Reedy River in downtown Greenville, Falls Park offers beautiful views of the river and waterfall and has been named one of the best parks in the United States by Tripadvisor. It’s the site of dozens of small gardens as well as many family events, including the Upstate Shakespeare Festival and screenings of classic films. Along the way, you’ll cross the 345-foot Liberty Bridge, which is curved and supported by cables. Before you leave, download a helpful guide which also contains activities for children.


Kids love exploring Falls Park on the Reedy River in Greenville, SC.

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Kids love exploring Falls Park on the Reedy River in Greenville, SC.

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Kids love exploring Falls Park on the Reedy River in Greenville, SC.

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Mouse on Hand: Take the kids to downtown Greenville, which is full of shops and restaurants, and look for the nine bronze mice on Main Street. Each has its own look and character and hides in a surprising place. Kids will love looking for them, and you can get advice online on the website if you need help.

For hikers… Chattanooga, TN

Big Daddy Loop on the Bluff Trail: The 10-mile Big Daddy Loop consists of seven trails on Lookout Mountain and, according to, it’s one of Chattanooga’s most popular trails. You’ll be able to see great views of the valley hills, and RootsRated recommends hiking in the late afternoon for the best lighting.

Cumberland Trail: An 8.3 mile stretch of the North Chickamauga section of the Cumberland Trail is challenging but worth it. You’ll traverse steep inclines but see waterfalls, rapids, pools, and interesting rock formations along the way.