Georgia is one of the most diverse states in America. Although it is home to several modern cities, it is rich with history being that it is one of the original 13 colonies. From quaint little towns to flourishing wildlife, Georgia is home to many hidden gems. To ensure you get the full experience the Peach State has to offer, we’ve gathered the best small towns in Georgia to visit below!
Best Small Towns in Georgia to Visit
Lakemont, GA, is an absolute paradise for nature lovers! This quaint little “art town” is located in the southern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is home to the beautiful Lake Rabun. Here, you will find a wide variety of outdoor activities to entertain every member of your family. From kayaking to zip-lining to exploring nearby waterfalls such as Tallulah Falls, they truly have it all. If you are looking for activities a little more laid back, Lakemont is also known for its unique shops like Ol’ Alley’s Luncheon and Gift shop! Some other noteworthy activities include the Lakemont Gallery, Yoga and Meditation Center, Lakemont Cycle Studio, Mind & Body Haven, Old Hall’s Boat House, and a delicious farm to table restaurant.
With all these activities to choose from, a day trip is simply not long enough. Extend your stay and spend the night at Lake Rabun Hotel! By staying in this boutique hotel, you will have full access to their concierge and front desk staff who are happy to book all your activities during your stay. The best part? It is at no extra cost to you. Check their availability and let them help you experience the best Lakemont and the North Georgia mountains have to offer.
Most famously known as the backdrop for “The Vampire Diaries,” Covington is one of the most picturesque towns in Georgia. In fact, it is often referred to as the “Hollywood of the South,” being that it served as the setting for several famous films like “Dukes of Hazzard.” If you are a film buff, you can’t miss the On Location Self-Guided Tour. This tour will give you the opportunity to explore several famous sets at your own pace. After you’ve finished your tour, be sure to check out the bustling downtown community. Complete with local boutiques and antique stores, you’ll find the perfect souvenir for everyone on your list.
Helen is one of the most unique towns in Georgia. This alpine town is a recreation of a traditional Bavarian village, and it is a very popular tourist destination. Visitors can enjoy a variety of specialty shops offering imports like cuckoo clocks and the finest blown glass. After a day full of shopping, treat yourself to a wonderful meal at a traditional German tavern. To really get the full experience, don’t forget to grab a beer at one of their many local pubs!
For those looking for a full German experience, plan your trip during their annual Oktoberfest event!
This list would not be complete without a great beach destination! Tybee Island is around a 4-hour drive from Atlanta, but it is definitely worth the journey. This beautiful barrier island has over three miles of white sandy beaches, a great marine science center, and of course, some fantastic seafood. If you are looking for an authentic country broil, these restaurants are sure to satisfy your cravings.
Pro Tip: Be sure to visit from May to October to catch the Loggerhead sea turtles during their peak nesting season!
Next time you are looking to escape Atlanta, consider these best small towns in Georgia to visit! With so much diversity and beauty to offer, how could you settle for staying in the city? If you find yourself planning a trip to Lakemont, don’t forget to book your stay with Lake Rabun Hotel—we would love to show you around!