Georgia Family Explorers! A Group that Gets Outdoors to Explore Georgia!

Georgia Family Explorers


Founded by Val Joiner, roadschooling mom of Val In Real Life, Georgia Family Explorers , “is dedicated to connecting adventurous families across the state through outdoor activities and educational opportunities.” Families of all ages and types are encouraged to get out and explore with us. GFE is welcoming to experienced travelers and adventurers as well as those just starting out.


Some of the most recent meetups with GFE have been camping at State Parks like George L Smith and Fort Mountain and hiking around the metro Atlanta area.

To keep up with the latest from Georgia Family Explorers, it’s best to join the Meetup Group. You can keep an eye on our calendar here, but it’s always a good idea to RSVP with the meetup group if you plan on participating in an event.

Some of the upcoming events:

  • Kennesaw Mtn Junior Rangers – April 17th, 10:30 AM
    RSVP Here
    We are meeting at Kennesaw Mtn to climb to the top and back (2 mi round trip.) It’s a chance for the kids to work on their Jr Ranger or Wee Ranger badges. Bring your own packet (you can find it on the site – at the Visitors Center at 10:30…Hike group leaves promptly at 10:45 (just trying to be respectful of everyone’s time.) Bring a lunch and hang out after the hike – there is a large field that is fun to play in…Parking is free here.
  • Sope Creek Afternoon Walk/Hike – April 18th, 2:00 PM
    Let’s meet at Sope Creek for a casual walk/hike. All ages. All ability levels.
    $3 parking fee unless you have the National Parks Pass.
    We’ll group up and be on trail by 2:10.
  • Whitley Gap Hike – Mon May 5, 10:30 AM
    RSVP Here
    The entire length of this trail is 2.8 miles (1.4 each way,) but luckily you don’t have to follow it the entire way to enjoy the best part. At about .5 miles in you will reach the top of Wildcat Mountain with great views and fairyland growth on the trees, making it a special place for kids. Go in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming en masse.”Here are the Sherpa Guide directions….we’ll meet in the parking lot. Call me if you get lost (678-595-0936) although I might also get lost, as I have never done this trail. hehe. Between now and then, I’ll look for better directions to the trail head.Check out the Whitley Gap section of the Sherpa Guide here:

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