Summertime is almost upon us and things are looking up . Many people have spent the last two summers cooped up at home and are finally ready to go on that postponed vacation .
So , where to go ? Sometimes , we ’ re so focused on the “ getaway ” that we forget about the vacation spots in our neck of the woods . There are plenty of destinations in South Georgia and North Florida areas where you can plan your next trip . The best part ? All these spots are less than four hours from Valdosta .
Some Like It Hot : Madison Blue Spring State Park Madison , Florida
This cool , crystal blue spring surrounded by picturesque woods is only 40 minutes away from Valdosta . Voted the No . 1 swimming hole in the nation by USA Today , the spring flows into a sparkling pool that discharges into a 150-foot bank that runs to the Withlacoochee River . The spring is also sprawling with wildlife like catfish and turtles and has a scenic nature trail alongside the water that lets you take in its beauty . This spot is perfect for a swim on a hot day or going on a cave dive if you ’ re feeling adventurous .