By Annie Wimbush
As fall draws near, it becomes the perfect time to head outside and enjoy activities and locations you may have never known about. With the heat of summer backing off and the cooling breeze of the fall sweeping in, the outdoors is just where you want to be.
As a student, it can be hard to find time to look for new places to explore or even visit the same fun places you’ve been before. To make it a little easier for you, we’ve found some hot fishing spots, beautiful trails and parks in and near Athens that you won’t want to miss this fall.
Sandy Creek Park, located right off of Martin Luther King Parkway, has three major trails adding up to over ten miles of beautiful hiking land. The entrance fee for adults is only $2 with access to Lake Chapman, picnic spots, an abundance of open land and more. Because of the large size of the lake, there are many quiet spots for fishing. The most common fish caught at this park are large-mouth bass, channel catfish, bullhead catfish, crappie and bream. Sandy Creek Park is the perfect place to visit in the fall because of the beautiful trees that will surround you in any activity at the park. This is not a location that you will regret visiting.
Another hot fishing spot that you won’t want to miss this fall is Crow’s Lake and Catfish Farm. Although this location, right outside of Jefferson, is a little further from campus than Sandy Creek Park, it is well worth the drive. The hours of operation are more limited but the amount of fun you can have is limitless. There is such an abundance of catfish in this lake that you are almost guaranteed a catch with every cast. Aside from the fishing opportunities, a 5k, 10k and obstacle course routes are drawn out for those interested. Weaving through trees and along the water, there are wonderful views of nature to enjoy while taking on these trails.
Lastly, Fort Yargo State Park, located between Atlanta and Athens, is another pay by day location where guests can enjoy quiet fishing spots and 18 miles of scenic trails. This location is a perfect weekend getaway, with 52 campsites, 13 camper cabins and other rentable housing. People are able to kick back and enjoy the many amenities offered from the park as well as quiet spots for that much needed alone time.
Along with all of these beautiful locations, Athens has many more hot fishing spots and trails with views that will take your breath away. The university itself is covered with rivers and trails that you could probably find easily by taking a quick stroll outside. There are so many places that just need to be discovered by you, and what better time to explore these locations than in the perfect mix of warmth and coolness the fall brings?