By Jamison Guice, Campus Carrier features editor
Kelsee Brady, Campus Carrier asst. features editor
Outdoor Recreational Locations
Rocky Mountain Recreation and Public Fishing Area: 23 minutes from Berry College
The Rocky Mountain PFA requires a $5 parking fee per vehicle. On the property, there are two lakes where fishing, kayaking and canoeing are permitted. Keep in mind that rock climbing, rappelling and caving are not allowed. If fishing, be sure to read the rules and regulations set forth for public fishing areas (https:// georgiawildlife.com).
Rolater Cave: 25 minutes from Berry College
Rolater Cave is located in Cave Spring, Georgia. The cave allows people to walk in and see where stalactites have formed at the top of the cave. The cave is open to everyone and there is no admission to enter. However, there are specific hours that it is open to the public.
The Rock Garden: 27 minutes from Berry
Behind the Calhoun Seventh Day Adventist Church is a rock garden that cannot be seen from the road. A miniature sized village has taken over this garden and over 50 structures have been built over the past 12 years, and more are being added every day. Notable buildings such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the village of Bethlehem and the Collessuem are featured in the garden. The age and progress of the garden can be seen in the different colors of the rocks and buildings.
Etowah Indian Mounds: 44 minutes from Berry College
The Etowah Indian Mounds is a historic site located in Cartersville where three Native American ritual mounds remain. A museum and gift shop contain artifacts found on-site and a miniature replica of what life was expected to be when the mounds were first built. General admission is $6, and there is not a student discount.
Cloudland Canyon State Park: 1 hour 15 minutes from Berry College
Cloudland Canyon State Park features many different tourist attractions such as caving, hiking and scenic waterfalls. Also, the state park is a location for many different breeds of wildflowers. Located in Rising Fawn, Georgia on Lookout Mountain, there are cottages, yurts and campsites if an overnight stay is needed.
Amicalola Falls: 1 hour and 42 minutes from Berry College
Amicalola Falls is located on Springer Mountain between Ellijay and Dahlonega, Georgia. There are four trails available to get to the waterfall at the top of the mountain: East Ridge Trail, Mountain Loop Trail, West Ridge Trail and New Appalachian Trail. Each trail has different difficulty and accessibility ratings.
Indoor Recreational Locations
Tellus Science Museum: 42 minutes
The Tellus Science Museum, located in Cartersville, features many different exhibits such as dinosaur fossils, rocks and minerals, technology and gem panning. Throughout the year, the museum also features a planetarium that has stargazing shows and astronomy programs. General admission is about $16 and college students get a discount which makes the price $12.
411 Twin Drive-In: 49 minutes from Berry College
Located in Centre, Alabama, the drive-in has two available movie screens where the viewer can park their car and watch from their vehicle or the area around it. Double features are shown on the weekends, the viewer is able to get more bang for their buck. Audio for the movie is played through the car’s radio or a separate radio, and movies are shown in the rain or shine.
Bowlero: 1 hour and 3 minutes from Berry
Bowlero is located in Kennesaw, Georgia. Decorated with neon lights and vintage cars, Bowlero offers different opportunities for players to show-off their skills in games such as bowling, billiards, arcade games and laser tag. The admission varies depending on the days of the week, the size of the party and which activities are being played. However, there is a “College Night” on Thursday nights after 9 p.m.
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum: 1 hour and 16 minutes from Berry College
Take a train ride in Chattanooga and learn about the history of the railroad and the many train cars that have travelled on it. The train rides vary in length, destination and style. The daily train ride tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for kids and include an hour-long, round-trip, which features many sightseeing locations as well as a demonstration of the train car turning on the tracks. The schedule varies by month so be sure to check the website, tvrail.com, before you go.
Tennessee Aquarium: 1 hour and 22 minutes from Berry College
The Tennessee Aquarium is located in downtown Chattanooga. The aquarium features two sections: river animals and ocean animals. The River Otter Falls is just one of the many exhibits that is designed after a river with its very own waterfall and underwater viewing windows. Island Life is a new exhibit that explores various islands found across the globe. Also, there is an IMAX 3D theater. The admission prices vary depending on general admission and IMAX 3D viewing. A traditional ticket is $34.95, but the aquarium sometimes offers discounted college days.