The Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia are the most physically spectacular or unusual sites in the state. These landscape formations resulted from powerful forces of nature during geologic time—probably more than 60,000,000 years ago—and, with the exception of Providence Canyon, predate human activity in Georgia.
The first list of natural wonders was compiled by the state librarian, Ella May Thornton, in response to an inquiry by a journalist. Her list, which appeared in the Atlanta Georgian magazine on December 26, 1926, included Stone Mountain, Okefenokee Swamp, Amicalola Falls, Tallulah Gorge, Warm Springs, Jekyll Island Forest on Jekyll Island, and the marble vein in Longswamp Valley in Pickens County. Thornton acknowledged that some items on her list were arguable and “there are a number of others of equal rank.” Two that she selected and that the Atlanta Georgian described—Jekyll Island Forest (“wild life flourishes there almost as it did before the white men came”) and marble deposits in Pickens County (“the largest single vein of marble known to the world”)—have not made recent lists.
Two later lists of Georgia’s natural wonders appeared in Georgia Voyager magazine in 1997 and in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2001. This collection describes the generally recognized Seven Natural Wonders of the state.