Looking for a way to cool off in the hot Georgia summer? Hit the ‘hooch for the ultimate summer spots and outdoor adventures.
Shoot the Hooch in Helen
For those who may not know the lingo, “shoot the ‘hooch” means tubing down Chattahoochee. An activity so popular, it has its own slang. Take a trip up to Helen Georgia to catch some river rapids while relaxing on your tube. At Cool River Tubing, you can spend one to two hours and you can bring your pooch along.
Location: 590 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen; Website: coolrivertubing.com
Zip line on the Screaming Eagle course
Just 20 miles north of Atlanta, this aerial adventure flies you across the Chattahoochee where you will be dangling at least 50 feet up in the air. On the zip line tours, you will explore the eco systems of the hooch, soar alongside birds and see the river from a whole new perspective.
Location: 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell; Website: cncziplines.com
Reconnect at Serenbe
If you’re looking for a serene experience, visit Serenbe. Located in Chattahoochee Hills, Serenbe is a sustainable farm-to-table community that offers plenty of activities after a day by the river. You can go for yoga, enjoy a spa, and go on a wellness retreat at Serenbe. This community is focused on arts, culture, fresh food, nature and sustainability. Visitors can also shop, dine, enjoy a horseback ride or stay on the property.
Location: 9055 Selborne Ln, Chattahoochee Hills; Website: serenbe.com/visit
Hike into the bamboo forests
If you’re looking an escape from the bustling city life, then you should visit the East Palisades trail. Just across the river from Truist Park, these trails take you into the secluded bamboo forests, offers beautiful skyline city views and spots where you can cliff jump and swim.
Location: 1425 Indian Trail NW, Sandy Springs; Website: npplan.com
Picnic at Morgan Falls
Morgan Falls Overlook offers beautiful river views while you enjoy a packed lunch. You can find fire pits, swings, picnic pavilions, hiking trails and more at Morgan Falls. One reviewer said that Morgan Falls has a “beautiful park, swings and amazing overlook!! Hidden treasure in the middle of a crazy city like Atlanta. The hiking trail is about 0.6 miles and it’s safe to run and great for a healthy dog workout! Fun place to hang out and have a cute little picnic or cookout.”
Location: 200 Morgan Falls Rd, Sandy Springs; Website: visitsandysprings.org
Grab a brew at Reformation (Smyrna)
There’s no better way to enjoy the river than with a beer in your hand. Located right on Chattahoochee, Reformation serves 16 different beers on tap for you to try. You can bring your brew and take a stroll by the river.
Location: 6255 Riverview Road, Building 4000, Suite 200, Smyrna; Website: smyrna.reformationbrewery.com
Camp on Florence Marina State Park
Whether you prefer to camp using a tent, RV, cottage or trailer, Florence Marina State Park has options for all. While you’re camping, take a trip to Providence — also known as Georgia’s own little Grand Canyon — which is just 8 miles away from the state park. This site offers much more than just campgrounds. Campers often enjoy water sports on the river, rent a boat, go fishing or play mini golf in the area.