Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Georgia and Florida State Parks - part 1

Georgia and Florida State Parks - part 1

I am now an unofficial spokesperson for the Georgia State Parks and Florida State Parks, and will show the splendor and beauty of these amazing places through photo and video I have taken over the past year.
Enjoy the wonders that nature has provided us, and travel safely and with an open mind and heart!


One of several communities in Georgia where the Mississipian moundbuilding culture once thrived, prior to European settlement.

Panola Mountain State Park in nearby Stockbridge/Lithonia, GA.
Suburban development has been happening all around this pretty little spot just southeast of Atlanta. There is a granite outcrop similar to Stone Mountain and Arabia Mountain, as well as a preserved woodland area with many Piedmont-native plants, including some once-burnt pine trees.

(photo: Billy Gilbert)

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn, GA.

This is the first waterfall at the bottom of the canyon. I was here at Sunset and it was a spiritual experience.
The park is on the Tennessee Valley side of Lookout Moutain, which is a long ridge going from Chattanooga, through Georgia, into Alabama. Rock outcroppings here are shades of reds and greys over two creeks that join to create a canyon 1000 feet deep.

Another amazing canyon, this one is more well-known and right beside a major road to North Carolina in the NE corner of the state. It used to be several waterfalls until Georgia Power dammed the Tallulah River, but still totally beautiful!

VOGEL State Park, between Blood Mountain and Blairsville, GA
Lake TRAHLYTA, the main feature of this park, is named for the woman who lived and bathed on the other side of the mountain (actually in a spring on the next mountain), but who cares when you're now in the company of Sidney Lanier and Nancy Hart?

AMICALOLA FALLS SP, between Dawsonville and Dahlonega, GA
I visited Georgia's tallest waterfall the same day as Vogel, and I would describe this place as a total release of energies.
water comes through rock in shapes that reflect emotion, this one a microcosm of the moment.

a curious wall of stones meanders for almost 1000 feet near the top of this mountain, which you get to on a road that rises about 1000 feet in 8 miles from the valley. the wall of stones was built more than 1000 years ago...

PROVIDENCE CANYON and FLORENCE MARINA, in the lower Chattahoochee Valley south of Columbus, GA
"white chalk sat against time" -PJ Harvey

All photos by Arianna Sykes unless otherwise noted!!!

more coming soon...

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