So you’ve decided to visit beautiful Georgia this year, the Peach State. Where should you go? What mountain should you hit? Is the area near Macon worth travelling for? Is there something specific you want to do? These are all questions you need to ask yourself before you begin planning your trip. There are so many different areas in Georgia that you could visit, and each one is a completely different experience. You could spend a week exploring the coastal Georgia area near the Florida panhandle, go for a hike in the Chattahoochee National Forest or even go on a boat tour around Tallahassee. You could stay on the southern coast near the Gulf of Mexico and catch some rays by the beach – it’s really up to you!
Depending on what you’re looking for, you should definitely consider the mountains. Georgia is home to some great ski resorts, with the largest one, located in North Georgia, Fairmont Cranborne. If you visit during the winter, you’ll have one of the best experiences of your life. Just check out this YouTube video to see what I mean:
Even better, the area around Fairmont Cranborne is growing, with new chairlift and restaurant openings every year. There are also plans to build a new mountain, Dollywood, which will become the largest ski resort in North America when it’s completed.
The northern part of the state is also home to the Hiawassee National Forest, where you’ll find the picturesque Tuckahoe Resort. Narrow Gauge Railway, a historic train that traverses the forest, runs throughout the year, and the views from the ride are magnificent. Tourists often flock to the area to ride the rails and take a stroll through the forest. Many people who visit this area stay in the historic village of Toccoa, located deep inside the forest. For more information about Tuckahoe and the surrounding area, visit their website. You can also follow them on social media to stay up-to-date with their news and events.
There are a number of other places in Georgia where you could go for a ski adventure. Just outside of Atlanta, the tiny town of Cartersville is home to one of the best ski resorts I’ve ever been to, with four incredible trails that wind around the town and lead to a quintessential Atlanta nightlife. If you’re looking for a completely different vibe, head to Jesup, Georgia, and ride a cable car up to the top of Mount McBride for some alpine views. The resort itself is older and more rustic than most others, but it has that old-school charm that makes it special. It doesn’t get too crowded, either, so you’ll always have the peace and quiet you need to get your ski on.
One of the best things about Georgia is that there’s so much to do outside of the skiing realm. You could go on a hike, ride a horse, visit a winery, or even catch a baseball game. When the season is over, you can go on a riverboat ride down the Ohio River or tour a distillery in Nashville. There’s something for everyone!
When it comes to planning a ski trip to Georgia, you’ll need to have a few things in mind; whether you’ll end up skiing or not, what resorts will be open, and what the conditions will be like. If you have your heart set on skiing, then the best place to start is in the northern part of the state, where the snow usually stays on for a longer period of time and the temperature is more predictable. If you have the budget, I would suggest going whole hog and paying a bit more for the better restaurants and accommodation at the top resorts.