Power splash through the ‘Wild & Scenic’ beauty of the mighty
Chattooga River on a thrilling Georgia whitewater rafting trip. Or play at
Columbus, Georgia’s section of the Chattahoochee River where you can raft the
longest urban whitewater course in the world. Follow that thrill with a
35mph zip line ride 100 feet above the river from Columbus to Phenix City,
Zip lines, canopy tours and ropes courses can be found all over
the state including those at the Adventure Lodges within Amicalola Falls and
Unicoi state parks. Feel your excitement build as the air whistles past you at
up to 60 mph. Or try the hair-raising freefall on a giant swing at Nacoochee
Adventures near Helen, Georgia. What a rush!
Lake Lanier offers all sorts of water sport thrills with the
Wake the Lake Cable Park. You can wakeboard, waterski, wakeskate, kneeboard or
tube while being pulled by a cable (no boat required). And on Georgia’s coast,
plenty of outfitters can teach you to surf, windsurf and kiteboard in the
breaking waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Climbers and cavers flock to Georgia’s rappelling and
climbing locations. Push your personal and lofty limits from the heights of
LaFayette’s Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Area or from Talullah Gorge’s
steep cliffs above its raging river. Or go ‘down under’ into the state’s
Release your inner daredevil during one of the internationally recognized motorcycle rider training classes at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in Alpharetta. Take a basic training class, learn to maneuver an ATV, or dive into the elements of dirt bike riding.
Soar with the eagles from Lookout Mountain with a hang-gliding
rush or parasail on ocean breezes on the coast. For a different kind of aerial
excitement, check out a falconry course at Sea Island, Historic Banning Mills,
or in the North Georgia Mountains. Enjoy the thrill of having a raptor fly to
your gloved fist.
If you’re more of a water sprite, Georgia has plenty of opportunities
for SCUBA diving and snorkeling. At Kraken Springs in White, Georgia,
dive into a 20-acre spring-fed lake. Or head to the coast to explore the many
natural and artificial reefs and shipwrecks of southeast Georgia. You can even
swim with whale sharks and manta rays in the Ocean Voyager exhibit at the
Many residents and visitors satisfy their passion for extreme sports by
combining adventure disciplines and skills. Georgia’s varied topography
challenges adventurous types to compete by hiking, biking, running,
paddling, traversing, rappelling and climbing, whether against themselves,
or against teams in a “down and dirty” adventure race.