Exploring the Georgia Outdoors 3 Local Spots to Visit This Fall
It’s no secret that fall is the best season to get outdoors in Georgia, and not just for hayrides and pumpkin picking. Between the muggy summers and dull winters, this time of year is a temperate oasis tailor-made for exploring all of the mountains, rivers, and valleys our beautiful state has to offer. If you can get away from the city for the weekend or even a day trip, these three destinations within an hour’s drive of Atlanta are all worth the mileage. THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA Located just half an hour from Atlanta proper, this beautiful riverside spot is one of Kevin Patrick’s favorite places to take his young family. The recreation area encompasses 48 miles of the Chattahoochee river and 15 land units. Spend the day walking or biking nature trails; rafting through the shoals; fishing for trout, bass, or catfish; having a waterside picnic; or just enjoying all of the native plants and wildlife as you soak in the sound of the river. RED TOP MOUNTAIN STATE PARK A short 45-minute drive will take you from Atlanta to Red Top Mountain State Park, which is home to a 12,000-acre lake, more than 15 miles of tree-lined hiking trails, and ample opportunities for tent, cottage, and yurt camping. The park was once a vital mining area and gets its name from its iron-rich red soil. It encompasses the Civil War-era Allatoona Pass Battlefield, and
biking, swimming, boating, fishing, geocaching, waterskiing, tennis, pickleball, archery, and miniature golf are all popular attractions. KENNESAW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK Drive just 40 minutes outside of Atlanta and you’ll arrive at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, a nearly 3,000-acre spread memorialized as the spot where the Civil War’s Atlanta Campaign was fought. In addition to plenty of historic sites, among them the famed Cheatham Hill and Kolb Farm, visitors can check out 22 miles of interpretive trails, excellent bird-watching opportunities, and the views from Kennesaw Mountain, which is accessible by car on weekdays or shuttle bus on weekends.
Leftover Candy Snack Mix
This recipe from Momofuku Milk Bar chef and “Master Chef” judge Christina Tosi makes great use of those extra Halloween goodies. It’s a quick and easy way to both elevate and get rid of unwanted leftovers.
Ingredients • 2 cups mini pretzels, coarsely broken • 1/4 cup light brown sugar • 2 tbsp granulated sugar • 1/3 cup dry milk powder
• 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted • 12 oz mini candy bars, such as Snickers, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
Directions 1. In a large saucepan, bring 1 inch of Heat oven to 275 F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, fold together pretzels, sugars, milk powder, and butter. 3. Spread mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes. 4. Let cool for at least 30 minutes and mix in candy bar pieces before serving.
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