A Note from the Richardson Tribe:
Welcome to PB&J Adventures. We are an extremely curious family of six that enjoys exploring, playing, and learning. We have always made an effort to go somewhere and do something as often as possible, leaving the house, chores, and everyday worries behind.

Initially our adventures lasted only a day, so we would pack a lunch, often PB&J sandwiches (which inspired the name of our adventures). Sometimes the adventures were framed by an event like a fair or festival, however, most adventures were based on local places, their unique history or features, and any available activities at that location or in the immediate area (we do, after all, have children).

The Richardson Tribe - Hosts of PB&J Adventures


Eventually the adventures became a major part of our lives, sometimes lasting several days at a time. In 2007, we began documenting our adventures on a family website. Much to our surprise, many friends and family members wanted to experience their own adventures or join us for ours. Such was the inspiration for this website.


Our mission is to make the planning of your adventures easy and predictable. We have done the research and have personally visited and reviewed all listed sites. The PB&J Adventures website features detailed information about places to go and things to do. Destination reviews include lots of pictures, campground or lodging details, fun and educational things to do in the vicinity, dates of local events, maps for directions, links to official websites and reservations, and most importantly, a personal account of a local adventure by a real family.


We hope you enjoy the website, and we sincerely hope your family experiences the same benefits we have. If you have questions about any of the sites or events we recommend, please contact us

Thanks for visiting PB&J Adventures.

Places to Go Quick Links

Amicalola Falls State Park
Beaches of South Walton
Berry College
Big Kahunas Water Park
Biltmore Estate
Blairsville, town of
Callaway Gardens 
Cataloochee Ski Area
Cave Spring, Georgia
Cedar Creek Park
Charlestown State Park 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Chattanooga Zoo 
Chehaw Park
Cherry Hill Park Campground 
Chester Frost Park
Chieftains Museum
Cloudland Canyon State Park
Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort
Cohutta Wilderness
Consolidated Gold Mine
Cumberland Island
Dauset Trails Nature Center
Desoto State Park
Disney's Fort Wilderness
Doll Mountain Campground
Dunnaway Gap
Enota Mountain Retreat
Etowah Indian Mounds
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Florala State Park
Fort Mountain State Park
F.D. Roosevelt State Park
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Georgia Veterans State Park
Gold N Gem Grubbin'
Helen, Alpine Village
Heritage Park Bike Path
Hillcrest Orchards
James H.Floyd State Park
James Island County Park 
Jellystone Park
John Tanner Park
Lake Allatoona
Lake Sidney Lanier
Lake Winnepesaukah
Little River Canyon Center
Live Oak Landing
Lula Lake Land Trust
Mammoth Cave National Park
McIntosh Reserve
McKinney Campground
Moto Mountain ATV Park
New Echota Cherokee Capitol
Old Stone Fort State Park
Noccalula Falls Park
Pine Mountain RV Park
Red Top Mountain State Park
Ridge Ferry Park
Rock Town - Pigeon Mountain
Rocky Mountain Rec. Area
Rolater Park
Rome, Georgia
Salt Springs Recreation Area
Silver Springs, Florida
Stone Mountain. Park
Tannehill  State Park
Tellus Science Museum
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
The Southern Museum
Townsend KOA
Townsend, town of
Up The Creek RV  Camp
US Space and Rocket Center
Vogel State Park
Wild Animal Safari
World of Coke
Zoo Atlanta




Destination/Event of the Week:
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, Georgia
Mountain Music Series - Saturdays through July.

Come spend the evening, day, maybe the entire weekend!
Every Saturday night through the month of July, Red Top Mountain will host a variety of bands performing traditional mountain music.

Bring a lawn chair, sit back, relax, and listen to the beautiful sounds of stringed instruments like mandolins, dulcimers, guitars, and fiddles. The park is on Lake Allatoona, and has a top rated campground if you're interested in making a weekend of it.  Great fishing and great music go together!  $5 parking fee.

More about Red Top Mountain State Park...

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A different band will perform each Saturday evening
at Red Top Mountain State Park through July.


Featured Destinations:
New Echota Historical Site - Calhoun, Georgia
New Echota, founded in 1825, was the first and final capitol of the "unified" Cherokee Nation. The park, now a Georgia Historical Site, is located just off Interstate 75 on highway 225, about an hour north of Atlanta. Here, in what quickly became a bustling little town, hopes of a sovereign government for the Cherokee were both nurtured, then extinguished. Here is where the leaders of a nation of proud immigrants signed a treaty that surrendered their land to a new breed of immigrants.


Yes, you read that right; the Cherokee were immigrants. Cherokee migrated from the north and nudged the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to the south and west. The Cherokee migrated south for the same reasons so many other northerners do: a warmer climate, and seemingly abundant natural resources (and a retreat from the European invasion). In 1825, the well armed and aggressive European immigrants were moving south at a rapid pace.  

The landscape and structures of New Echota capture a key period in the history of the Cherokee. A place where they almost overcame (or assimilated). They had a government very similar to the United States: a constitution, a written language, and, as a nation, a relative amount of wealth. There were those that opposed their "progress" and newly adopted European characteristics. The opposition came from the newly-formed state of Georgia, the US government,  and a good number of the Cherokee themselves. When the "friendly" European visitors discovered gold within Cherokee territory, the onslaught began. The end to any hope of peacefully coexisting with the white settlers was near.  

To make a long story short, the Cherokee leaders signed a treaty that either forsook their brethren, or the chieftains sacrificed their own lives for the sake of their people. They were outnumbered and outgunned. What choice did they have? President Andrew Jackson had ignored the Supreme Court's decision to let the Cherokee keep their land, and it would be taken either by force or coercion.

New Echota was the capitol of the sovereign
Cherokee Nation prior to the Trail of Tears

The first newspaper in the region was one
published here in both Cherokee and English.


Cumberland Island features a canopy of live oak trees that provide an almost mystical environment.

Cumberland Island - Georgia
Cumberland Island is Georgia's Southern-most barrier island. Once privately owned, most of the island is now a National Seashore managed by the National Parks Service. The only way for the public to access the island is by a single ferry that departs from the dock in St. Marys 2-3 times a day, six days a week. 

The ferry stops at two locations on the Southwestern side of the island. The first stop includes a very informative history lesson in the form of an interactive tour. The guide has spent most of her life on the island studying its unusual history. The second stop is for campers, but if you want a bike, this is the place (good luck).

The 17 mile-long island is almost completely undeveloped, and there are no automobiles available for rent. If you come to the island and want to cover it from one end to the other, plan on tent camping for no less than 2-3 nights. It's a half-day hike to the interior of the island, but well worth it I'm sure (we never made it).

If you want to visit this pristine island in comfort, the Greyfield Inn bed and breakfast can accommodate, but this is no low budget inn. You'll have to call for current rates

Toll Free 866-401-8581
(904) 261-6408
Email: seashore@greyfieldinn.com


There is NEVER a crowd and wildlife abounds!


Sunset from the ferry on our return to St. Marys


Choccolocco Mountain ORV Park - Jacksonville, Alabama

Choccolocco Mountain Off Road Park is located in Jacksonville, Alabama just minutes from Jacksonville State University. Choccolocco Mountain is a differnt kind of destination. It's dirty, dusty, and muddy (all at once). The campground isn't much to admire, but it gets the job done. The playground is just so-so but features a kiddy size zip-line. The facilities are minimal. But hey, it's AWESOME!!! 

People that come here don't come for the luxury of an RV resort. People come here to play in the dirt. Choccolocco Mountain is covered with off road vehicle (ORV) trails, some easy, some treacherous. It's not a place to take your family sedan, that's for sure. Many of the trails require full roll cages and recovery gear. They all require a signature from each participant, driver and rider alike, releasing the owner of all liability. If you go to the park, make sure to pay close attention to the maps. If possible, get in with a group of other off roaders that are familiar with the trails. It is possible to go somewhere that's hard to get out of. 

Now, with that said, we did observe a wide variety of off road vehicles playing there - from hard-core rock crawlers to stock Jeeps. There's a little something for everyone. Be aware that the trails are not one way, so you will meet other rigs. Fortunately, most off roaders here are moving quite slowly.

The campground is basically the perimeter of a large rock parking lot on top of a hill. There are electric and water hookups, fire rings, and the view is beautiful, but don't expect an RV resort. It can be dusty when people are coming and going, but not terribly bad.

Will we be back? Well duh! Click here for more details and dozens of trail and campground pictures.



Choccolocco Mountain ORV Park is a popular gathering place for off roaders.


The view from our Polaris Ranger occasionally made our adrenaline pump!

 JC Whitney





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