Locate It: Gainesville

Gainesville, Georgia: Gardens, Golf, Parks and a Boaters’ Paradise

Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, Gainesville is perfectly located an easy half hour from Atlanta. A magnet for outdoor activities, the home of Georgia’s famous Lake Lanier is open for skiing, boating, wakeboarding, picnics, fishing, and more water sports, as well as hiking and camping along the shore.

Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, Gainesville is perfectly located an easy half hour from Atlanta. A magnet for outdoor activities, the home of Georgia’s famous Lake Lanier is open for skiing, boating, wakeboarding, picnics, fishing, and more water sports, as well as hiking and camping along the shore.

Gainesville’s Lanier Island Resort has a stunning view over 1,500 acres and has accommodations to match any vacation style from campgrounds to lake houses, villas and luxurious legacy lodge rooms. With eight on-site walking trails, horseback riding, and golf, you are just getting started on the outdoor activities available. At the newly opened Margaritaville at Lanier Islands you can slip down a water slide, catch some rays on the sandy beach, pick up an energizing game of beach volleyball, rent a boat, and even fly up into the air on a flyboard. After all the awesome activities, eat at a great restaurant or enjoy a cool drink at the tiki bar.

Nearby Don Carter State Park also offers a beautiful sandy beach for swimmers, boat ramps for quick access to the lake, and 12 miles of beautiful hiking trails meandering through the woods along the lake. There are eight cottages to rent and a large camping area with more than 50 sites settled in the beautiful pines. Perfect for biking through the 1,300 acres, the state park also offers kayak, paddleboard and aquacycle rentals for the lake.

While visiting Gainesville, plan to include three hours for one of the state’s longest zip line tours at North Georgia Canopy Tours. This

tour flies over three ponds, the North Oconee River, and you can even race a friend on the dual zip at the end.

The 1996 Olympics legacy lives on at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park and today even the amateurs can kayak and canoe on this phenomenal championship outdoor facility. You can rent a kayak or canoe through the Lake Lanier Rowing Club or the Canoe and Kayak Club.

Golfers can enjoy premier golf experiences at Lanier Islands Resort and the public Chattahoochee Golf Course which was touted by Gary Palmer as one of the best public golf courses he has ever played.

With more than a dozen gardens in Gainesville, everyone can enjoy the options. The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville is nationally recognized with a phenomenal array of plants, whimsical plant sculptures, a model train garden, and events such as cocktails and concerts in the gardens. There are also easy hiking trails and, of course, flowers galore.

A fun walk in downtown Gainesville is the Solar System Walking Tour, a scale model of the solar system where you can walk from the Sun to each of the planets. The tour, once completed, is 1.8 miles and goes from the Downtown Square to Rock Creek Park, the Rock Creek Greenway, Ivey Terrace Park, Wilshire Trails Park and Longwood Park.

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