The two national forests in Georgia contain numerous recreational areas, many of them with facilities for swimming, picnicking, and camping. Chattahoochee National Forest is a scenic area of mountains, lakes, and forests in northern Georgia. Within the park lies Brasstown Bald Mountain, which is the highest peak in the state. Oconee National Forest is situated in central Georgia.
Georgia has 59 state parks and historic sites. Most of the parks have been developed as recreational areas with picnicking sites, cottages, bathhouses, and playgrounds. The largest state parks, each with an area of more than 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres), are Hard Labor Creek State Park in north central Georgia and Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in western Georgia. Vogel State Park, which is within Chattahochee National Forest, is crossed by the Appalachian Trail.
It lies in a scenic area of the Blue Ridge that was once inhabited by the Cherokee. Indian Springs State Park in north central Georgia is the site of a mineral spring once used by the Creek and from which people still collect water daily.
Alexander H. Stephens Memorial State Historic Park, in north central Georgia, was named in honor of a famous Georgian statesman who was vice president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Among other state parks are Magnolia Springs State Park, and Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park. Kolomoki Mounds State Park centers on a huge Native American mound and is the site of other mounds. There is also a museum in the park. "Georgia" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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