Mother Nature Isn’t Cancelled
Social distancing due to the pandemic doesn’t mean you can’t go outdoors and enjoy the beautiful spring days we are having right now. In fact, science has proven that being outside not only helps our mental well being, but generates hormones that make you feel better too.
There are many ways you can get outside and take in the scenery without putting yourself or others at risk. As we begin to self quarantine and stay at home with our families, the most likely disease we’ll come down with is “cabin fever.” With the options below, you’ll have the perfect medicine to treat the feelings of depression that can come along with prolonged stays at home.
Of course, we insist that everyone follow established public safety guidelines from the CDC when you are out in a public space.
Take a Hike
Our parks and trails are still open. There is plenty of room for safe and healthy distancing on a trail hike. With nearly 2,000 acres of public parks, our Hall County Parks & Leisure department has trails and green space fit for a nice walk or just sitting on a blanket and enjoying the sunshine.
Elachee Nature Science Center’s trails are open daily from 7am until dusk. They’ve even put together this helpful guide with Trail Tips to help you in planning your visit.
Lanier Islands Resort offers a variety of trails including naturalized paths that run along the shoreline.
Ride a Bike
Bicycle rides are a great way to keep your distance and spend time outdoors. From 20+ miles of mountain biking trails at Chicopee Woods to the rolling hills of the Highlands to Islands Trail you can find a place to bike that’s safe and away from traffic.
Paddle a Boat or Hop in the Saddle
Own your own kayak or canoe? The peace and tranquility of a paddle on the lake may be what the doctor ordered during this time of self isolation. Our favorite places to put in and paddle? Don Carter State Park has 4 kayaking trails Dog Cove, Flat Island, Lost Cove and Whale Tale to go along with their 14 hiking trails and 10 equestrian trails. Check out their Trail Map HERE.