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Seven Wonders of Georgia

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FC: Seven Wonders of Georgia | By: Michael Mathis

1: Amicalola Falls | Amicalola is a Cherokee word meaning "tumbling waters" and is a good name for these 729-foot falls, the highest falls in Georgia. At the base of Amicalola, right off the parking lot is the reflecting pool, a popular place for fishing. Amicalola has 4 playgrounds, 6 picnic shelters, 17 tent and trailer sites, and 14 rental cottages. Its 57-room lodge overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains.There also is an 8-mile trail that leads from Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain, the bottom end of the Appalachian Trial a 2,150-mile long trial that runs down the Appalachians.

2: The Okefenokee Swamp lies mostly in southeastern Georgia. A small part of it extends into northeastern Florida. The Okefenokee Swamp is a marshy, subtropical wilderness. Most of it was bought by the United States government in 1937. The government has set aside about 460 square miles (1,200 square kilometers) of the region as the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The name Okefenokee comes from the Indian word Owaquaphenoga, which means trembling earth. It refers to the trembling of small bushes and water weeds that float on the lakes of the Okefenokee. | Okefenokee Swamp

3: Providence Canyon is near Lumpkin, Georgia. It has beautiful gullies formed by erosion 150 years ago. This park is part of Georgia's East Gulf Coastal Plain region. People call it Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon." There are 16 canyons altogether. Some canyons are 1 mile long and 300 feet across. An ancient ocean formed all the canyons. The pinnacles are formed when two canyons meet and the walls separating them erode away. Pinnacles will eventually fall into a talus cone. The talus cone will then gradually wash downstream.Providence Canyon State Park is open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily. It's a 1,108 acre park. There are 150 varieties of flowers. For a small fee visitors can fill glass bottles with beautiful sand from the canyons. There are 65 picnic tables and 2 picnic shelters. In 1971 it became a state park. | Providence Canyon

4: Radium Springs | Radium Springs has rare sapphire-blue waters. The blue waters of the spring flow through a crystalline pool. This beautiful crystal clear water gets as cold as 16 degrees. The springs first opened in 1927 and just recently closed. It closed because it didn't have enough people to support it like any other business. Many people in the area want Georgia to buy it and turn it into a state park. It was where everybody went when it was open. They even had a band playing on Sundays. It was a beautiful sight.Some of the purest water in the world can be found in caves hundreds of feet below Albany, Georgia. This same pristine water flows from every faucet in the city. Its purity and plentiful supply are why many large manufacturers have chosen to build and expand in Albany.

5: Stone Mountain | Stone Mountain is a rounded mass of light gray granite about 16 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia. It is the largest stone mountain in North America. The mountain is about two miles long and one mile wide. In 1923 an ambitious sculpturing project was underway on Stone Mountain. It was designed as a memorial to the heroic struggle of the south during the Civil War. In 1958 Georgia bought 1,613 acres including Stone Mountain to establish a state park. DeKalb County donated another 400 acres. The park now totals 3,200 acres. The park has a lake at the bottom and a skylift that can carry people to the top. Other attractions include a beach, golf course, museums, and a restored plantation.

6: This state park was made possible through a friendship between the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia Power Company. Tallulah Gorge is one of the coolest gorges in the eastern U.S. The gorge is two miles long and almost 1,000 feet deep. The park has many breathtaking views. Tallulah Gorge's natural beauty attracts tourists a lot. They come to watch the glory and beauty of this state park. People love to watch the water wash up against the quartzite wall. Tallulah Gorge's nature trail has seven major observation points. A brochure tells what you will see from each spot. As you walk the self-guided nature trail you're apt to spot several of the gorge's rare and endangered animals. | Tallulah Gorge

7: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt first recognized Warm Springs when he visited the town's naturally heated springs to soothe the aches and pains of his polio-related paralysis. The springs maintain a constant 88 degrees Fahrenheit temperature year round. Warm Springs is now a state park and rehabilitation center. Most of the pools are empty. A touch pool still exists where visitors can feel the actual spring and listen to the history of Warm Springs. Warm Springs State Park is located 1 hour south of Atlanta, Georgia. Warm Springs is the most famous of Georgia's seven known warm springs. This park takes its name from the springs that flow beneath the north slope of Pine Mountain. The springs are 88 degrees Fahrenheit which is almost body temperature (which is 98.6 degrees F). The water is heated by geothermal energy which is estimated to range from 95 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. | Warm Springs

8: Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge.” Georgia State Parks. N.p., 21 Sept. 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2011. . - - -. “Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area.” Georgia State Parks. Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 21 Sept. 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2011. . - - -. “Tallulah Gorge.” Georgia State Parks. Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 21 Sept. 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2011. .

9: Georgia Traveler. “Radium Springs (Albany).” GPB. Georgia Public Broadcasting, 21 Sept. 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2011. . Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Fish and Wildlife Service. US Fish and Wildlife Service, 20 Sept. 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2011. . Warm Springs Village Mall. “Warm Springs, GA.” Warm Springs Georgia. Warm Springs Georgia, 21 Sept. 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2011. . Wikipedia. “Stone Mountain.” Wikipedia. N.p., 21 Sept. 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2011. .

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