Best location for nature photography in Georgia?

Discussion in 'Nature' started by ethan_adler, Feb 19, 2003.

  1. 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.
  2. [​IMG]
    Falls on Dukes Creek, Georgia
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. For landscapes, I would second Ken Dunn's recommendation of Cumberland island... really a beautiful area.
  8. The Okefenokee Swamp in the southeast corner of Georgia is also a great location.
  9. 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.
  10. Check out Calloway Gardens for Butterflys and scenics.
  11. Providence Canyon is also fantastic! Often called the Mini Grand Canyon of Georgia, the dark red cliffs riboned with pure white kaolan (sp?) make for fantastic color and right now the trees will be coming out so it should be beautiful. It is also les crowded as fewer people know about it.

    It's in east central Georgia around Pine Mountain area down I-85 and about 2 hours from downtown Atlanta.

    Have fun... think I might actually take a trip there this weekend... was reading this post for possibly new ideas :)

    jen tenney
  12. I know these are very old posts, but if anyone can direct me to a link that will help us find the best nature photography sites in or near Savannah, I would most appreciate. We are headed that way for a weekend in the fall, and would like to do some photography. Thanks,
  13. Be prepared for steamy heat and mucho bugs.
  14. Since we live outside of Charleston, we are familiar with bugs and the heat, although in October, it can be very nice and much better on both accounts. Would still appreciate any ideas.

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