Sure, hiking's nice on its own. But in our book, there's nothing better than turning regular old exercise into a treasure hunt. And a hike that ends in sweet cascades of water, rushing over the rocks is our metaphorical pot of gold. That's right, we're talkin' waterfalls and Georgia is full of 'em. And even in this concrete jungle of ours, there are plenty of ways to explore and admire them, so pack your hiking boots, a thirst for adventure and extra water, we're chasin' some waterfalls.

Check out three of our favorites, all within a two-hour drive of the ATL.

Cloudland Canyon State Park

Distance from ATL: 2 hours

This large state park has a rugged landscape, a couple waterfalls and (you guessed it) an impressive canyon. Views along the trails are postcard-worthy, if you want your friends and family to be jealous, that is. There are several trails to choose from. For longer hikes, the 4.8-mile West Rim Loop is impressive, but if you're in it for waterfalls, there's a nice 2-mile trail that will do quite nicely. There, you'll find two waterfalls, with water cascading over rough sandstone and shale. Word to the wise: stop by after a heavy rain (like next weekend, maybe?) and the falls will be (even more) breathtaking.

Amicalola Falls State Park

Distance from ATL: 1.5 hours

The trails at Amicalola State Park mark the beginning of the Appalachian Trail. But they also lead to the tallest waterfall this side of the Mississippi, Amicalola Falls. Appropriately enough, Amicalola is Cherokee for tumbling waters. From 729 feet, the water tumbles down a series of step-like cliffs. And though they look tempting, we strongly recommend not climbing up or down them. Just pop by during the week to avoid some of this spring-fever rush, and for a few hours, forget that you're a mere hour-and-a-half from the Midtown bustle.

High Shoals Falls

Distance from ATL: 2 hours

Once ensconced by the lush vegetation of this park, it's easy to forget you just spent time on the road. As you saunter along the nearly 3-mile trail, you'll first pass Blue Hole Falls. This 20-foot waterfall flows gracefully into a deep blue pool, which looks ethereal and almost jungle-like. (Never fear, there are no lions to be found.) Then, at the end of the trail, sits High Shoals Falls, a double waterfall with over 50 feet of the wet stuff cascading majestically downward, per gravity's requirements. Full disclosure: the hike back is going to be an intense, uphill battle. With more uphill than battle. But it's worth it.