Looking to take a short and affordable road trip through the Southeast, but aren't sure where to make your stops? Well, look no further! We’ve compiled a list of the five must-see sites on any road tour and, even better, all of the stops are completely free to visit! (Well, besides the gas and snacks of course.) We’ve even put them in the best driving order for you, though feel free to go backward or mix them up in order to suit your needs.
This stretch of land is known as “America’s Favorite Drive” and it will not disappoint! The first stop on the journey will keep you captivated all day long with miles of beautiful roadside scenery and an abundance of hiking paths to stretch your legs out. Better yet, the hiking trails and views are all free for you to take in at your own pace.
Ready for stop number two and a quick dip? Then you’re in luck! Lake Hartwell State Park boasts campgrounds and cabins, as well as boating and fishing if you need someplace to stay for a few nights. However, you can also feel free to just take a scenic hike and a splash in the lake if you’re only looking for a nice day trip.
Next up is Lake Acworth: it may be an artificial lake, but the fun is not! There’s fishing, boating, and a picnicking area offered as well as a beach and a golf course. There’s a little something fun for the whole family at this destination.
Ready for a great hike and a marvelous waterfall? Then this fourth stop is where you want to be! There are some excellent hiking trails
in the area, but it’s important to note that the trail to the falls is quite steep. Also, access to the waterfall is only available on the first and last weekends of the month, so be sure to plan accordingly.
The last stop, but most certainly not least, is Fall Creek Falls State Park. It’s the largest recreation area in the state of Tennessee and boasts a large inn, cabins, campsites, and wilderness camping for those who want to stay overnight. There are also plenty of hiking trails, a golf course, and a canopy challenge course. Once all of that gets you hot and tired out, then you can take a refreshing dip in the lake. What more could you ask for?