Georgia will always be a state that's thought of with charming Spanish moss-lined streets and beaches for miles. While this is true of many towns in the state, some of the lesser-known towns also have plenty to offer. You might not find as many dramatic trees or a coastline that features a boardwalk and cottage-lined dunes, but you will find all of the charm that's needed to fall in love with a small town.

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Georgia is also home to the Blue Ridge Mountains, marshes, farms, and more, and to avoid exploring all of it would be to deny yourself of all there is to love about this gorgeous state. Its small towns are hidden gems full of history and nature havens, and you don't need to start in Savannah to see Georgia's beauty for what it truly is. The next time you're planning a trip to the south, these small towns might just have you changing course if only to appreciate their charm and elegance.

Brunswick

The town of Brunswick was settled in 1738 when the first European settlers arrived. From that point on, the town has maintained its dated (in the best way possible) architecture, making it seem as though everything has been frozen in time.

With a combination of classic Victorian architecture that dates back to the 1800s, just walking around Brunswick is an experience. For nature lovers, there's plenty to do in nearby parks from hiking to lakeside retreats.

Blue Ridge

Named after the mountains surrounding it, Blue Ridge is a great place to rent a cabin in the woods or stay at a historic hotel in town. While you're there, you can catch a movie at one of the only remaining drive-in movie theaters in the region, or check out its craft breweries downtown.

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is also a great way to pass the time and see all the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains while someone else steers for a while.

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Madison

Madison's Historic District truly encompasses all of the elegance and charm that people love so much about Georgia. While it's not Savannah, this town exudes the same vibes that you'd expect from its larger city.

Each building and home is more unique than the last, featuring grand architectural details that are dripping with Georgia's history. It's also a budding art hub and the Madison Morgan Culture Center is the perfect place to see some incredible artwork.

Tallulah Falls

If Tallulah Gorge is the only reason you seek out the town of Tallulah Falls, it'll be worth it. This gorge gives way to an extraordinary waterfall that's considered one of the 'Seven Wonders of Georgia.'

Hurricane Falls, the most impressive of the waterfalls in the gorge, can be viewed from above thanks to a scenic viewing platform. Those seeking adventure from below will enjoy kayaking over rapids and hiking through its surrounding woodlands.

Darien

When Scottish Highlanders settled in the area in 1736, they named this area New Inverness. By the time it became known as Darien, the town had already built up a long history, all of which is fascinating to learn about.

The reconstruction of Fort King George is a great place to do this, before heading down to the riverside area for some delicious food and drinks.

Dahlonega

If you were under the impression that the first gold rush happened in the west, then you'd be wrong - it actually happened right in Dahlonega! It became known as the first real gold rush boomtown in 1828, paving the way for the Georgia Gold Rush.

Those wanting to learn the extensive history of this former boom town can check out the Consolidated Gold Mine and the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site. This town is also known for another reason, though: it's the heart of North Georgia's wine country.

Helen

Visitors to Helen, Georgia know that it's different from the moment they step foot on its streets. This entire town has been built in a way that would make you think you've hopped on a plane to Bavaria. While the town has a history of logging, its architecture has nothing to do with its history.

Helen was remodeled after a significant dip in the industry kept its tourism rates down, and the classic Bavarian alpine village style was adapted in its revival. Now, visitors would be hard-pressed to find any buildings that don't look as though they belong in Germany, giving the entire town a charming and old-world feel.

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