If the city hustle has you feeling a bit stressed, then just take a short drive north of Atlanta and you can get to a real Georgia Gem, Cartersville. Cartersville is the gateway between the Atlanta Metro area and the north Georgia mountains. Cartersville has access to I-75 meaning that it has access to tons of attractions in the area and a chance to get some culture and fun in your life while avoiding the city crunch. Here are 4 must-see things you need to do in Cartersville Georgia
Just a short drive east of Cartersville lays one of the biggest lakes in the state, Lake Allatoona. When it’s full the lake covers more than 12,000 acres and has 270 miles of shoreline for the water enthusiast to explore. There are 25000 acres of public land surrounding the lake and its all maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. The lake offers boating, swimming, fishing, camping, and even Scuba Diving. There’s even a local place called Dive Haven that offers equipment rentals and instruction.
The Etowah Indian Mounds
Home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 to 1550 A.D. this 54-acre historic site protects 6 earthen mounds, a village site, borrow pits, and a defensive ditch. Etowah mound is the most intact Mississippian culture site in the Southeast. The Museum houses artifacts showing how the political and religious lives of the Native Americans were a thousand years ago. Only 9 percent of the site has been excavated so far, so researchers and constantly unearthing new finds.
Pine Mountain Recreation Area
For the nature lover, there’s almost no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains. The sun, the fresh air, the wildlife, and even a hike to the scenic Pine Mountain summit make for a complete nature lovers dream. The Pine Mountain Trail winds around Lake Allatoona, Stone Mountain, and Kennesaw Mountain and it’s all just 40 miles outside of downtown Atlanta.
Petit Creek Farms
This 80-acre farm was opened in 1945 by the Allen Family. It all began with an expansion of Lake Allatoona and in the beginning, it was cotton rows, corn crops, mules and kids. The farm has passed down through the generations, and while they don’t grow many crops anymore, the selection of animals sure has expanded over the years. Now you’re able to interact with Camel, Zebra, Patagonian Cavey, Emu, Ponies, Buffalo and a lot more.
Central Georgia is a wondrous place, there’s an amazing mix of city culture and country sensibility. Check it out for yourself this year.