Eat like a southerner, camp in the trees, and meet the gators on their turf

Georgia Road Trip

Cumberland Island, Georgia    Photo: courtesy, Georgia DEC

In the city, catch fish from the Chattahoochee, the country's southernmost brown trout river (

MACON Grits, collards, and sweet-potato pie; load up on Mama Louise's soul food at H&H Restaurant (

BAXLEY Blackwater and expansive cypress swamps make the Altamaha River a spooky classic of a deep-South canoe trip (

FOLKSTON Though not as spooky as the eyes glowing back at you on a night paddle of the Okefenokee (

JACKSONVILLE Clean sets roll into the Poles surf break, at Katheryn Abbey Hanna Park, after northeasterly storms from the Atlantic (

ST. MARYS A twice-daily ferry runs to Cumberland Island, with its grown-over plantation ruins ( Farther up the coast, Jekyll Island's pristine driftwood beaches lie tangled in live oaks and windrows (

ST. SIMONS The classic seafood shack: the Crab Trap (

HILTON HEAD Late-night turtle watchers await the emergence of loggerhead hatchlings (

CANADYS A paddle-to treehouse adds a novel approach to canopy living (

OUTER BANKS Tailing red drum are the bonefish of Pamlico Sound. Sight-cast to them with a fly, or surfcast for bluefish and pompano (

KITTY HAWK Fly a glider like the Wright brothers (

CHAPEL HILL Remember college, no matter where it was (

ASHEVILLE The Green River Narrows is the most notorious Class V kayak run in the Southeast, but just upstream it's mellow Class II ( After boating or riding Laurel Mountain (, locals get their swill on at Jack of the Wood (

HOT SPRINGS River-board the French Broad (

CLAYTON If Burt Reynolds and his ill-fated Deliverance posse had gone with Wildwater Ltd., they might have made it down the Chattooga River's Section IV (

TALLULAH FALLS And if they'd known how to climb, they might have made it out of Tallulah Gorge (

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