Spring is the perfect time to get back to the mountains. We took on Unicoi State Park and Lodge for the weekend for Kevin’s family reunion and got to see what adventures the “Georgia Adventure Lodge” had in store.
Unicoi State Park
Unicoi State Park and Lodge is situated on 1,050 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The focal piece of the park is the 53 acre Unicoi Lake. The park has 12 miles of hiking trails, 8 miles of mountain biking trails, fishing in one of Georgia’s most famous trout streams, and plenty of adventure from zip lining to archery to stand-up paddle boarding.
Georgia’s Adventure Lodge
The Unicoi Lodge is the hub of all things happening at the state park. The lodge has 100 rooms, and plenty with a mountain view, as well as the Smith Creek Tavern and the Unicoi Restaurant, which has an excellent buffet. When you stay at the lodge, a state park pass is included in your fees, but Kevin and I already have our pass thanks to our Year of Georgia State Parks adventure. The Unicoi Adventures Gift Shop is where you can book your adventure excursions, which depart from the lodge.
Kevin and I opted for the zip-line adventure, coasting across the canopy on 11 zip lines and 7 bridges. (Quick tip: if you lean on a tree and get sap in your hair, hand sanitizer helps loosen up the knots.) The guides are fun, often armed with an arsenal of corny jokes and puns. If you master the first course, you can upgrade for $30 extra for the second and more scenic course. (Another quick tip: to zip faster, pull your legs up into a cannonball position.)
- The Alpine village of Helen – great for getting dinner and feeling like you’ve been transported to Germany.
- Anna Ruby Falls – two gorgeous waterfalls accessed by Unicoi State Park, however your Georgia State Park Pass will not count toward Anna Ruby as it is part of the Chattahoochee National Forest, so you’ll have to pay for the separate pass.
- The Appalachian Trail – the southern start point of the AT begins at Amicalola Falls State Park.
- Dahlonega – pan for gold at the Consolidated Gold Mine or get close to exotic animals at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve.
What’s your favorite Georgia State Park? Let me know in the comments!