Sweetwater Creek State Park
(Lithia Springs, GA)
To the west of Atlanta is Sweetwater Creek State Park, a large area where you can rent boats and canoes to go on the lake or walk down trails along creek. Along the way on the trail, you find the remains of an old Confederate cotton mill that was destroyed during the war.
Fort Yargo State Park
Fort Yargo State Park is an enjoyable area in Winder, GA that I’ve been able to go to with friends several times for a nice barbecue picnic out on the lake. It has a beach area, kayaks and paddleboats to rent, fishing spots, and of course the old historic fort that gives the park its name.