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Best location for nature photography in Georgia?

Ethan Adler , Feb 19, 2003; 10:57 a.m.

Does anyone know a good place for nature photography in Georgia? I am from the northeast and go to school down here.

Thanks in advance for any responses.


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Christian Deichert , Feb 19, 2003; 01:38 p.m.

<center><img src="http://members.aol.com/torgophile/dukes.jpg"><p><i>Falls on Dukes Creek, Georgia</i></center><p>Go north, young man, to the Chattahoochee National Forest. For starters, you might want to drive Georgia Highway 348, also known as the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway, which runs from just north of Helen to just south of Blairsville. The Falls on Dukes Creek, pictured above, are off this road, as are the Raven Cliffs Wilderness and Raven Cliff Falls. One of my favorite drives in my home state.

Ryan Taylor , Feb 19, 2003; 02:09 p.m.

Try to be a little more specific; "nature" is a pretty broad topic. Are you interested in landscapes, birds, macro, wildflowers, general wildlife, etc.?? If you can narrow it down a bit, you might get some answers that are more useful.

Sm. Alec , Feb 19, 2003; 02:09 p.m.

Christian is right, particularly if you're in the Atlanta area. No more than 1.5 hours away. Once up there you can generally find some of the N. GA scenic maps. There are abundant, waterfalls, scenic lakes in the "mountains", lots of countryside. South Ga is an entirely diffent, flat, spacious, and of course the Tybee/Savannah area on the coast is fabulous.

Ethan Adler , Feb 19, 2003; 05:42 p.m.

Thanks, those are both great answers.

Ryan, good point, I guess I left it general, because I don't have one specific area of nature that I prefer. I was thinking of landscapes and animals. My glass isn't too large, so birds would be hard. I might have enough glass to catch some land animals, but, that too would be tough. Some macro photography would be nice too, like butterflies and flowers. Also, I am not just interested in it for photography, but I also intended to use the answers to find some good spots for hiking, but I didn't want to explicitly mention that because this probably isn't the right place for that.

Ken Dunn , Feb 19, 2003; 07:13 p.m.

Cumberland Island is a wonderful place. You have to make reservations well in advance to camp there in the spring as it is very popular. I have been twice and the photo opps were good and the camping was the best I have ever done.

dunes at Cumberland Island

Ryan Taylor , Feb 19, 2003; 10:07 p.m.

For landscapes, I would second Ken Dunn's recommendation of Cumberland island... really a beautiful area.

James Wingo , Feb 20, 2003; 04:42 a.m.

The Okefenokee Swamp in the southeast corner of Georgia is also a great location.


James Wingo , Feb 20, 2003; 05:14 a.m.

If you are interested in hiking, I recommend buying a copy of Tim Homan's book "The Hiking Trails of North Georgia". It covers the Appalachian Trail, Benton MacKaye Trail, Duncan Ridge Trial, and Bartram Trail and over 100 others. The third edition that I have covers 532 miles of trails.

david moreland , Feb 22, 2003; 11:22 p.m.

Check out Calloway Gardens for Butterflys and scenics. David

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