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Old 05-21-2011, 09:06 AM
 
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I know about the Atlantic and Gulf coast beaches in Florida, South Carolina and Savannah area. But where are some nice, family-friendly lakeside beaches I can take my family for a quick one-day getaway. The beaches on the coast are at least 3+ hours away. I am on the northside of the perimeter and would like to find a nice, clean beach area within 2 hours at the most, where we can run to for a quick Saturday swim. Thanks!
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Lake Lanier Islands. I believe there is a beach and a small waterpark.

Georgia Lakeside Resort: Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Georgia
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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Lake Lanier Islands is expensive, and not worth the money IMO, unless you are into the water rides.

I can't say if this is the "best" lake beach, but it is an alternative:

Buford Dam Park - Lake Lanier
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Old 05-21-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain (hour and a half southwest of Atlanta) has one of the largest man made beaches in the country. The rest of Callaway Gardens is a wonderful day trip from Atlanta as well. Would provide a link, but at work where such stuff is blocked (for some reason this site has come unblocked, couldn't get here for a while).

Perhaps some good soul will provide a link.....
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Old 05-21-2011, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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Is Sun Valley Beach in Powder Springs still around? Not as grand as Callaway or Lake Lanier Islands but closer in and a fun day for the kids. Seems there was a drowning tho a few years back and if my memory serves me right, thought I read that it shut down after that. Anyone have any more updated news on this?
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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Here you go

Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens | Georgia Vacations: Georgia Resort Spa & Golf - Family Vacation

Sun Valley Beach

http://www.sunvalleybeach.com/

Last edited by lorilove; 05-21-2011 at 02:36 PM.. Reason: Add Sun Valley
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Old 05-21-2011, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Smoke Rise
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Hard Labor Creek State Park has a beach. It's not the greatest, but it's cheap and not too far.

A fun day trip would be to go to Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle for lunch:
Blue Willow Inn - Southern Buffet Restaurant - Social Circle Georgia

Then go for a swim at Hard Labor Creek:
Georgia State Parks - Hard Labor Creek State Park

Then swing through Madison, a super quaint historic town with a number of antebellum homes:
- Home Page
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Old 05-22-2011, 05:30 AM
 
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3 North Georgia parks come to mind and they are also good day trips as well. They are Unicoi state park in White county ( Just above Helen , Ga ) and Vogel State park and Winfield Scott which are both in Union county.
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Old 05-22-2011, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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What about Lake Allatoona? We live not too far from there but have yet to explore it. I know several parks that list a beach, but have no idea if the beaches are any good: Red Top Mountain, Galt's Ferry, and Victoria Park. Anyone been to these and can comment?
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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To be honest, if you're not opposed to driving 2 hours, you should try Lake Martin in Dadeville, Alabama. It's right beside Auburn (about 25 minutes).

www.lakemartin.com

At one time, it was the country's largest man-made lake. It boasts over 750 miles of shoreline, and is the cleanest and most beautiful lake I've ever seen.

And plus, it's by Auburn............who couldn't love that
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