an interesing side trip from columbus is providence canyon state park. providence canyon is nicknamed georgia's "little grand canyon". providence canyon was formed by erosion by poor farming practices in the 1800's. providence canyon state park offers camping, hiking, and backpacking. see the attached web site for more information.
providence canyon is a 45 minute drive south of columbus. from downtown columbus take US 280 east to US 27 south to lumpkin georgia. providence canyon is seven miles west of lumpkin on GA 39C.
In the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center where 1,000 tropical butterflies, representing more than 50 different species, flutter freely through the air. Tropical plants and birds, including enchanting hummingbirds, reside peacefully with the colorful winged jewels in North America's largest, glass-enclosed tropical conservatory. The award-winning film, On Wings of Wonder, plays continuously in the Center's orientation theater, explaining the life cycle of butterflies
Well if you have time you might want to check out a few of these places... Warm Springs,GA is about 30 minutes from Columbus by way of Warm Springs Rd just off of I-185 or an hour using the scenic route that takes you through FDR National Park. Warm Springs was the site of the train departure that President Roosevelt would take when visiting his home known as the Little White House. Warm Springs is a small town that doesn't look like much when you get there, but it has awesome novelty shops that offer everything from Christmas year round to Thomas Kinkade Pictures. There is also a small courtyard located behind the buildings that allow for live entertainment and small fairs and it opens up to a few more shops off the main street. Another place as mentioned above is the 'Little White House' where you can view photgraphs and other personal items and info about FDR. You will reach this site prior to entering Warm Springs. Also, the home of President Jimmy Carter is about an hours drive from Columbus going south on SR 280. There will be signs directing you.