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Dive into Sterling on the Lake

Great Smokey Mountains

27 August . 2018

Explore Atlanta-Area National and State Parks

Sterling on the Lake is ideally situated just a road trip away from many natural gems. What parks are nearby?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is less than 2.5 hours away by car, so a weekend adventure is easy to plan! Beyond the thousands of miles of hiking trails and scenic drives to see the amazing diversity of plant and animal life, the Smokies boasts over 90 historic structures – such as barns, schools and churches – that have been preserved or rehabilitated in the park. Whether you enjoy viewing waterfalls along wooded trails or getting your adrenaline pumping with a strenuous climb, there is something for everyone to enjoy! It is easy to see why this is America’s most visited National Park.

Nantahala National Forest

The Nantahala National Forest, about 80 miles from Sterling on the Lake, is the largest of North Carolina’s four National Forests. “Nantahala” is a Cherokee word meaning “land of the noon day sun,” which is fitting as the sun only reaches the floors of deep gorges in the forest when it is high overhead at midday. There are over 600 miles of trails to enjoy, and from world-class whitewater rafting to camping, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities in the national forest.

Chattahoochee National Recreation Area

The Chattahoochee National Recreation Area is located only 45 miles from Sterling on the Lake. The Recreation Area allows visitors access to a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River. Relax as you raft along the river, cast a line into the shimmering water or enjoy a picnic with family or friends. The Chattahoochee National Recreation Area is the perfect place to explore the river valley – and it’s practically in our backyard!

Amicalola Falls State Park

Amicalola Falls State Park is about an hour drive from Sterling on the Lake. The park is comprised of 829 acres of the lush North Georgia landscape and home to the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. There are many trails weaving through the grounds to choose from, and the park welcomes friendly, leashed pets to explore the grounds as well. At only 50 miles from Sterling on the Lake, it is easy to see why this is a favorite day trip destination!