Call it the ultimate escape for the weary city dweller. When city life drags me down, I head straight for Sliding Rock, a swimming hole deep in the North Georgia Mountains on Wildcat Creek, where a cool sheet of water flows down a flat expanse of stone, forming a natural water slide. Part of the Lake Burton Wildlife Management Area of the Chattahoochee National Forest , Wildcat Creek offers opportunities for swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, and camping.
Nearby Lake Burton provides other watery recreation if you own or want to rent a boat. Just down the road is Moccasin Creek State Park, where marked trails for hiking and biking connect to the more remote trails around Wildcat (grab a Lake Burton WMA map from the state park office).
The two camping areas on Wildcat Creek, separated by a mile of road, have attractive wooded campsites with large boulders set amid them. There are no showers and you must bring your drinking water, but the location can't be beat. Just up the road from the two Wildcat camping areas is the Appalachian Trail. It's a short mile up to Addis Gap on the AT and the Tray Mountain Wilderness, 9,000 acres of untamed Southern Appalachia.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication