DAY TRIP: High Falls State Park and High Falls Lake
High Falls State Park and High Falls Lake is less than an hour from Macon and located off of Interstate 75 but offers beautiful and peaceful views as well as an excellent opportunity for fishing.
High Falls State Park is 1,050 acres of places to play, picnic or even get married at, trails to hike on, and scenic views of the "tallest cascading waterfall south of Atlanta". High Falls State Park also has a miniature golf course and rents out kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and aquacycles.
If you want to camp in unique style, there are 6 yurts, which feature furniture, picnic tables, grills, a ceiling fan, and electrical outlets. If you would rather camp in a tent or RV there are more than 100 other camping sites available at High Falls State Park. There is even one primitive campground that is only accessible by water.
There is a swimming pool that you can swim in for a fee when it is open. Unfortunately, it is closed for the 2021 season according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
There are plenty of opportunities if you like to hike, with over 4 miles of trails along the Towaliga River. You can even hike to see picturesque remains of a hydroelectric power plant station that points to the rich history of this area. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, there was also once a shoe factory, cotton gin, hotel, and multiple stores that did not survive to this day.
High Falls Lake is a 650 acre lake right next to High Falls Park. This lake has a well deserved reputation as a great place to fish, particularly for hybrid and white bass. There are 2 boat ramps that for easy access to the lake. The lake stays quiet due to the 10 horsepower limit placed on the boats allowed.
Nearby there are many other interesting places to visit, including Ball's Ferry, Dauset Trails, Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, the small town of Pine Mountain, and the expansive 14,000-acre Callaway Gardens.
The parking fee at High Falls State Park and High Falls Lake is only $5.00 per day.