Hiking our state’s beautiful trails to fight off varicose veins and spider veins
Though Georgia’s recent record-breaking, triple digit temperatures may have scared you back inside, summer is still the best season to get out, active and healthy. With bright blue sunny skies and so much to do in and around Atlanta, you shouldn’t let the lingering fear of those 106 degree temperatures keep you from enjoying some fun in the sun.
Unfortunately, heat isn’t the only thing that can ruin your summertime fun—unsightly varicose veins and spider veins can cause embarrassment or discomfort enough to send you sprinting for the A/C. Treatments like sclerotherapy may be the most effective way of solving these troublesome issues, but you can also do many things in your daily life to keep your spider veins and varicose veins from worsening or coming back.
Regular exercise will help you improve your circulation, manage your weight and strengthen your veins—all factors that contribute to the treatment and prevention of vein issues. Among the myriad forms of exercise available, walking stands out as a cardiovascular exercise that is accessible and low-impact for all, letting you get a great workout on your own two feet without the stress of running or the price of a gym membership.
With winding rivers, gently rolling foothills and majestic mountains, Georgia’s natural environments are truly a hiker’s paradise. If you’re looking for a great place for a stroll, lace up your hiking shoes and grab a big bottle of water—it’s time to hit some of the state’s most scenic locales.
Located a mere 16 miles east of Atlanta, this 3,200-acre park’s namesake is the world’s largest slab of exposed granite, a 1,683-foot towering mass of stone surrounded by an oasis of greenery and recreation. With mini-golf, adventure courses, laser shows and an incredible view of the Atlanta skyline from Stone Mountain’s peak, the park boasts more visitors each year than any other Georgia attraction, but many who come for these attractions may be missing out on the park’s 15 miles of hiking and walking trails.
The easy to moderate Cherokee Trail will take you on a 5-mile walk around the base of Stone Mountain, giving great views of the wooded areas and lakes that surround the gargantuan piece of granite, while the Muscogee Trail is a 1.5-mile moderate loop dedicated to the remembrance of the tribe that once inhabited the region. But perhaps the most popular trail is the roughly 1-mile Walk-Up Trail, which, as its name suggests, takes you to the very peak of Stone Mountain. On a haze-free day, you can see up to 60 miles from the peak of the mountain, giving you a look at Georgia from a beautiful and unique vantage point.
Though it may not be as close as Stone Mountain, this massive park’s 430 miles of trails make it well worth the 2-hour drive from Atlanta. The first 79 miles of the world-famous, 2,178-mile Appalachian Trail are here in Chattahoochee, giving hikers a taste of a path that has taken many an intrepid explorer all the way to Maine.
With stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the 4,784-foot Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak, there is no shortage of incredible views to drink in. As the hyphenated name suggests, this park actually comprises two separate National Forests that together make up over 800,000 acres of preserved wilderness. The high peaks of the Chattahoochee are coupled with the low woods of the Oconee, giving the area no shortage of unique places to explore.
With numerous rivers and lakes like Lake Conasauga, Georgia’s highest lake at 3,000 feet above sea level, this park offers tons of opportunities for watersport as well. Regardless of your wilderness recreation interests, these forests are places of natural diversity and rich history, where armies clashed during the Civil War and modern Georgia residents have found a great place to reconnect with nature.
Don’t let unsightly veins ruin your summer. Getting a workout in the great outdoors can help you de-stress and prevent the pain of varicose and spider veins all season long. Georgia has tons of cool places to check out, so use these two as a starting point to your exploration of our great state’s beautiful wilderness.