By Cowgirl Candace | Photos by Trarell Torrence/@torrencestudios
Georgia is always on my mind. After all, it’s my birth home and playground for creating memorable content that has now spanned the globe.
As a former community newspaper journalist, I’ve traveled to some of the less obvious nooks and crannies of North, Middle, South and Coastal Georgia. These places are so splendid that I sometimes forget I’m still in the state during creative projects.
For travel bloggers vacationing or temporarily posting up in the Peach State, add the following locations to your backpacking plans:
Banning Mills, Carroll County: Southern sunsets and breathtaking bird’s eye views await at Historic Banning Mills. This Georgia getaway is only 45 minutes west of Atlanta and features rich foliage, an old paper mill, ziplining through treetops, and comfy cottage and cabin living. The rural retreat also offers horseback riding along its flora and fauna-filled nature trails and water raceway systems.
Cataula Community, Harris County: Located in the Coca Lake area, the unincorporated community features horse-grazing hayfields that stretch for miles and Antebellum homes of Southern charm. Along U.S. Highway 27, Cataula combines vintage barns and cabin life into landscapes worthy of any American West movie scene.
Dahlonega, Lumpkin County: The mountain escape resides in the Heart of Georgia Wine Country. Merely an hour north of Atlanta, Dahlonega is credited as the site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush as well. The city serves as an ideal destination for outdoor adventurers who fancy wildlife, waterfalls, wineries and country Western lifestyles.
Stephensville Community, Wilkinson County: This area just south of Toomsboro on Georgia Highway 112 is laden with rich, emerald green pastures, rolling hills and historic homes. Farmland galore, Stephensville Community also is nicknamed Lickskillett. Native Americans gave this neck of the woods this moniker because wildlife came to lick salt down by its creek. Most of the homes model scenes from Old Western films — log cabins, rustic barns and split-rail fencing.
St. Marys, Camden County: St. Marys is the coastal gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore — Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island. It’s situated just across the St. Marys River from Amelia Island, Florida. St. Marys includes seafaring forests, undeveloped beaches and marshes. Cumberland Island is home to industrialist era estate remains, wild horses and preserved wilderness.