Hiking the Indian Seats Trail at Sawnee Mountain Preserve (Near Atlanta)

Indian Seats at Sawnee Mountain Preserve by Jason Dominy

For many metro Atlanta residents, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains can often mean a full-day commitment once you factor in driving times. But hiking at the Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming GA offers numerous opportunities for hiking near Atlanta, all within 40 miles of Downtown.  The other benefit of Sawnee Mountain hiking is that … Read more

Visiting the Dahlonega Gold Museum in Dahlonega GA

Dahlonega Gold Museum in Dahlonega GA

Located in the mountain town of Dahlonega, the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site chronicles the discovery of gold in Georgia and the pivotal role it played in the history of Georgia.  Gold was first discovered in Lumpkin County in 1828, and it triggered the first major gold rush in the country by 1829. (There … Read more

Hiking the Yonah Mountain Trail in Helen GA

Yonah Mountain in Helen GA

On a recent “Moms Only” weekend getaway to the Sautee-Nacoochee Valley in North Georgia, I convinced my girlfriends to join me on a morning excursion, which included hiking the Yonah Mountain trail.  We had all celebrated my 40th birthday a few years ago at the nearby Yonah Mountain Vineyards. But none of us had ever … Read more