Forgotten cemeteries, old buildings and strangely bent trees are just a few of the historical treasures waiting to be discovered.

Although the forests may still look rather bleak, now is the perfect time to explore Lumpkin County and see things you can’t see at any other time of the year – when these treasures are covered up with leafed out trees and dense shrubbery. There is much to be seen and discovered along the back roads and trails of the area before the trees begin to blossom. If you might be turned off to the idea of a hike in the woods because of bugs, snakes and other annoying critters,fear not. While the temperatures remain fairly cool, insects are still dormant.

Whether you're on foot, a bike or even a car, you'll want to take things a little slower when you're in Lumpkin County. You never know what you may find just around the bend.

Wanderings in the wilds of Lumpkin are not limited to the hiker either. Many canoe and kayak enthusiasts can also enjoy the challenge of finding a man-made mining tunnel and the remains of old dredge boats in the Chestatee and Etowah rivers. The sharp-eyed adventurer may also catch a glimpse of the former town of Jay on the Etowah or the stone pilings from an old mill or bridge. All are reminders of Lumpkin County's rich past.

Don't wait. The daffodils have made their reappearance so spring can't be far off. If you are looking for a great way to spend a day, or even a weekend, make plans to visit Lumpkin County soon.

The kudzu waits for no one.