By Kim Hatcher
Nestled in rolling hills north of Athens is Victoria Bryant State Park, one of north Georgia’s best kept secrets. You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities in this 502-acre green space. A pretty stream flows through the park, inviting you to take an after-picnic stroll and enticing children to wade among rocks. If you enjoy hiking or biking, choose from eight miles of trails that travel through hardwood forest. Be sure to keep an eye out for deer and other wildlife that sometimes visit food plots along the way.
Victoria Bryant State Park’s swimming pool will be open through Labor Day, then it will close for the season. Admission is $5 per person. If you enjoy golf, check out Highland Walk Golf Course. The course is built on steep, rolling hills with broad Bermuda fairways leading to sloping Bermuda greens.
For a quick staycation, reserve one of their RV or tent campsites for $25 to $28 per night. (For September, the park is offering a reduced rate of $19.99 per night.) You’ll fall asleep to the sounds of crickets and wake to a chorus of songbirds. By staying a few nights, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy fishing ponds, playgrounds, an archery range, and the nature center as well.
Victoria Bryant State Park is two miles north of Franklin Springs on Ga. Hwy. 327. Parking is $5 and many activities are free. To learn more, visitwww.GaStateParks.org/VictoriaBryant or call 706-245-6270.