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Friday-Sunday, April 18-20, 2008

Four More Escapes in Georgia

Part two of a two-part series on Georgia’s seven natural wonders)

Georgia’s phenomenal geological makeup has created some wonderful areas to explore. Yesterday we looked at Amicalola Falls, Okefenokee Swamp and Providence Canyon. Here are the rest that make up the state’s seven natural wonders.

Radium Springs - Located on the southern outskirts of Albany, Radium Springs is the largest spring in the state, rushing from the earth at 70,000 sapphire-blue gallons per minute and maintaining a constant temperature of 68 degrees. The sparkling spring water contains trace sources of radium, which have many health benefits. In fact, some of the purest water in the world can be found in caves and caverns hundreds of feet below Albany. Plan your visit to this Georgia natural wonder to include camping at The Parks at Chehaw, where RV camping includes hook-ups with electricity and water at each site for just $15/day, or tent camping for $10/day. There's a bathhouse, washers and dryers, picnic areas and other amenities, but the real "Wow Factor" is the Chehaw Wild Animal Park, originally laid out by noted naturalist Jim Fowler of TV's Wild Kingdom. Stroll the boardwalks to see native and exotic animals like rhinos, cheetahs, zebras and bald eagles. At the Children's Farm there are miniature horses, alpacas, pigs and goats. Wild trails, BMX bike tracks and a Play Park, too.

Stone Mountain is one of the largest masses of exposed granite in the world.

Stone Mountain - Probably the best known of all of Georgia's natural wonders, Stone Mountain is one of the largest single masses of exposed granite in the world, a rounded mass of light gray granite about 16 miles east of Atlanta. This largest stone mountain in North America is about two miles long and one mile wide, rising 650 feet above the Piedmont plateau. The lower slopes are wooded; there's a lake at the bottom and a sky-lift carries visitors who don't want to walk the steep trail up to the top, where a surreal landscape of bare rock provides views of the surrounding area, including Kennesaw Mountain and even the Appalachian Mountains on very clear days.


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