#OptOutside for a Peaceful Black Friday

Visit Waterfalls Instead of Online Malls

November 20, 2020

This Black Friday, chose waterfalls over online malls by joining the #OptOutside movement. Created by retailer REI, the national initiative encourages Americans to improve their well-being through outdoor experiences. Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites have plenty of trails and lakes to provide inspiration. An added bonus is working off that pumpkin pie, plus state parks are open Thanksgiving Day as well. Below are five ways to #OptOutside and breath in fresh air.

Victoria Bryant State Park

Hike up to eight miles through beautiful forests and along a rushing stream at this quiet park in northeast Georgia. Small ponds are open for fishing, and an 18-hole golf course offers challenging play.

Etowah Indian Mounds State Park

Get your heart pumping as you climb to the top of an ancient earthen mound, imagining life more than 1,000 years ago. 

Panola Mountain State Park

Panola Mountain is a 100-acre granite outcrop similar to Stone Mountain, but smaller and much more pristine.

Elijah Clark State Park

Bundle up to go boating on one of the largest lakes in the Southeast, or take a nature walk through this small, quiet park.

High Fall State Park 

The Falls Trail is 1.2 miles and follows along a series of waterfalls, which makes for beautiful scenery and family photo opps.

Don Carter State Park

More than 14 miles of trails are open for hiking, biking and even horseback riding, with plenty of choices for long or short outings. If paddling is more your style, explore the northern coves of sparkling Lake Lanier.

Amicalola Falls State Park

Hike to a magnificent 729-foot waterfall that’s the third-highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River!

Most Georgia State Parks offer rental cabins, modern campgrounds and “glamping” yurts for extended visits. Park rangers recommend making reservations far in advance, particularly for holidays.

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