As for local rides, the nice part is I can go North towards Tennessee in short order, West into Northern Alabama, or East into Northern Georgia. Many people completely ignore West of I75 but there is very good riding out that way and back roads up through Rome to Chickamauga is a great ride. (NW Alabama has that "mini Grand Canyon" park whose actual name escapes me at this moment)
That would be Little River Canyon, just east of Ft. Payne, AL, and excellent area.
For the best and biggest area of excellent riding; northeast GA, starting around Dahlonega, up thru the Smokies and Appalachians into Virginia. All the little state highways, like 215, crossing the BRP are riding heaven.