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Located just off the coast of Savannah and Tybee Island, the Cockspur Island Lighthouse used to welcome ships to this major commercial region of Coastal Georgia before closing down in 1909. While still preserved and open to the public, access to the lighthouse is dependent on shifting tides and access to the solitary islet on which the lighthouse stands.
The easiest way to access and tour Cockspur Island Lighthouse is by visiting Fort Pulaski National Monument. While no officially sanctioned tours are available, the Cockspur Island Lighthouse is, in fact, open to the public. One of the more convenient ways to see this impressive structure is with a hike along Lighthouse Overlook Trail.
Located in central Georgia, McDuffie Fish Hatchery provides ample fishing and outdoor recreation year round. The hatchery houses seven different ponds, each an anglers delight, offering up ample largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish.
McDuffie features several concrete boat ramps as well, making boating, canoeing, and kayaking a must. Other attractions include covered picnic shelters, pet friendly accommodations, and of course, scenic views.
Originally known as the Oglethorpe Plan, the Squares of Savannah are found in and around downtown Savannah. On your next visit into coastal Georgia, explore these squares – there are 22 in total. The squares themselves are public areas, similar to little parks, each similar in size; about 200 feet north to south, and east to west no more than 300 feet long. Each Savannah Square is named after a person of prominence from the area – Pulaski Square, Crawford Square, Madison Square, just to name a few
As you explore downtown Savannah and the numerous squares, you'll discover a wide range of iconic and historic sites. The Monument to General Nathanael Greene is a highlight of Johnson Square, while many people enjoy the Statue of John Wesley within Reynolds Square. You'll want to check out Chippewa Square, which was laid out in 1815 and is named in honor of American soldiers who were killed in combat during the Battle of Chippewa in the War of 1812.
On your next trip to Atlanta, be sure to visit the King Center. Technically called the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the center is found on the grounds of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, one of the most widely visited attractions in northern Georgia. Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, the King Center has sought to inspire, educate, and pay respects to the legacy of Dr. King.
On your tour of the King Center, be sure to check out his Dr. King's birth home, and the reflecting pool at Freedom Hall. Centrally located in downtown Atlanta, the King Center is easily accessed from nearby cities like Hapeville and College Park. Each January, the King Center hosts the Salute to Greatness Award Dinner. Many guests at the King Center find time to explore the expansive collection of literature and history at the King Library & Archive.