Leave the city to go to beautiful Lake Burton in Georgia — you’ll feel like you’re a million miles from the hustle and bustle. The breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains cradle the lake in majestic splendor, and you can explore 62 miles of shoreline as well as plenty of activities nearby. Your biggest task is deciding what to do first! You will have plenty of excellent options for finding the perfect Lake Burton vacation rental for you and your family. Here is a list of some of the best activities in the area to help get you started.

1. Go Fishing

Some serious anglers insist that it’s all about that bass. Whether you and your family are seasoned pros or fishing for the first time, Lake Burton’s smooth, clear waters give you a great place to wet a hook. Bring your own bait and tackle or pick up rods, reels, hooks, and bait at LaPrade’s Marina for an adventure that’s sure to light up the kiddies’ eyes. Release the fish or enjoy frying up your catch of the day.

2. Take a Boat on the Lake

Feed your need for speed or cruise the lake at a leisurely pace. Bring your own boat or rent one at the marina and do the day on the lake any way that suits the group. Make sure that everyone wears their life jackets, including the fur kids. Fish, swim or float as you while away the hours drinking in the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

3. Fly Through the Air

Feel the adrenaline rush as you glide freely through the Georgia forests on a zip line. Alpine Helen Mountain Rentals, about 23 miles northeast of the lake, makes your zip line activities exciting for the family. Age-appropriate activities for the little ones keep the whole family entertained. For once, you don’t have to keep your head out of the clouds and two feet on the ground.

4. Go Horseback Riding

Meet some new friends and experience sightseeing from a new vantage point: from horseback. Thrill the kids with a ride that amusement parks cannot match for duration and delight. At Sunburst Stables in Clarksville, ages seven and up ride alone while kids under seven ride in a small seat behind parents. Horses trot on the trail except when small children join the ride. At Equus Mountain Meadow in Clayton, the age minimum is 10 and up for trail rides.

5. Jump in the Lake

Shake off all of your cares, throwing yourself into this vacation with abandon when you jump off the dock of your rental cottage and slip into that cool, clean water of Lake Burton. The lake also features beautiful white sand at the Timpson Cove Beach. Get a great workout or splash around with the kids at your own pace. They will have the most fun with some water games and toys when you bring along water wings, beach balls, and boogie boards.

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6. Take Your Dog on the Water

All of the kids love the water, as do their four-legged friends, and they can amuse themselves endlessly with a rubber raft. Rent rafts, paddles, and life jackets at LaPrade’s Marina. Bring Fido’s life jacket from home to keep him safe, too. Provide adult supervision for a fun-filled afternoon.

7. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

Sometimes you need to slip away for a few hours to recharge your batteries in the privacy and serenity of a spa. Book a visit at the Amara Center for full-body massages, facials, or hair salon services. Meet your family at the end of your spa session refreshed and ready to enjoy your evening.

8. Picnic in the Park

Moccasin Creek State Park recreation area offers picnic areas, playground equipment, more swimming and a refreshing encounter with nature that combines groomed acres with wilderness access for your enjoyment. In the cool depths of the forest, sounds echo in an enchanted, unexpected way as you look for birds and animals that live there. This is all part of the park experience.

9. Sink Your Teeth into Some Southern Cooking

Small towns around Lake Burton beckon visitors with a variety of modern and local cuisines. Experience the fine indoor/outdoor dining at LaPrade’s Chophouse at the lake, or relax for a casual meal at Lakeside Bar and Grill located dockside at the marina. These venues serve up southern hospitality in a breathtaking mountain lake setting.

10. Cache in on Billy Goat Island Cast Away

Who could miss the chance to take a boat to a place as quaintly named as Billy Goat Island? It is partly private and partly public, and clearly marked. Visitors are more than welcome, you are encouraged to drift over there to take part in a GPS scavenger hunt called geocaching. Take something from the cache, leave something in its place, and sign the log sheet. It is mysterious and fun for kids and adults alike. The Billygoats haven’t weighed in on it yet with their opinions.

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