LOCATE IT: Middle Georgia

Middle Georgia: The Heart of Georgia’s Trails, Gardens, & Lake Activities

Stretching from Macon, the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World, in the southwest to Athens, the Classic
City, in the northeast, Middle Georgia intrigues visitors with three state parks, flowing rivers,
sparkling lakes, country roads for cyclists, and lots of wildlife.

In the Macon area, hike the 11-mile Ocmulgee Heritage Trail along the Ocmulgee River, explore ancient Indian mounds at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, and boat, fish, and water ski on Lake Tobesofkee. You can also rent a kayak or canoe in Macon to paddle down the Ocmulgee. Just northwest of Macon, hike the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Trail through the 35,000-acre Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge;with luck, you may catch a glimpse of this endangered bird.

A little south of Macon, Fort Valley introduces you to the peach industry through a small bus tour of Georgia peach and pecan orchards at Lane Packing, the state’s largest peach grower. Or walk among acres of grasslands, ponds, roses, camellias, and azaleas at Fort Valley’s Massee Lane Gardens.

Enjoy Perry’s network of trails and parks or come for one of the area’s signature events, the Dogwood Festival or the Georgia National Fair. Stop at Brannen Outfitters to pick up the outdoor gear you’ll need to hunt and fish in this area. Play a round of golf at Warner Robins’ International City Golf Club or take a walk on the Wellston Trail. Stroll through Milledgeville’s Lockerly Arboretum and its exhibit of 100 bonsai trees. See the bobcats, bison and farm animals, a woodland garden, and enjoy hike-bike-horse trails at Dauset Trails Nature Center in Jackson. Nearby, camp and swim at America’s first state park, Indian Springs, which pays homage to Chief William

McIntosh and Georgia’s Creek Indians.

In addition to Indian Springs, parks in the area include Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, which provides one of the state’s best golf values; and High Falls State Park in Jackson, where you can enjoy the scenic waterfall on the Towaliga River, hike to the ruins of a bygone grist mill, then camp, picnic, and canoe.

Discover Big Haynes Creek Nature Center, a protected 173-acre wildlife preserve within Conyers’ Georgia International Horse Park, just a few miles outside of Atlanta. Minutes from the Horse Park is Black Shoals Park, a 650-acres reservoir and recreational facility offering fishing, canoeing, boating, picnicking, and hiking. Or enjoy public fishing, hiking, biking, and interpretive programs at the 6,400-acre Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Covington and at the Georgia Wildlife Federation/Alcovy Conservation Center’s 115 acres along the Alcovy River, surrounded by native plant gardens.

Outside the cities, much of Middle Georgia is rural farmland filled with peach orchards, berry patches and farm stands. Stop and fill a basket while you’re in the area.

With all there is to see and do, it’s no wonder visitors stop to smell the flowers, or hike through Middle Georgia’s beauty.

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Middle Georgia - Locations

Wellston Trail

Historic Heartland
309 Corder Rd.
Warner Robins, GA 31088
478-929-7258

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Caboose, Southern Railroad #530

Historic Heartland
99 Armed Forces Blvd. N.
Warner Robins, GA 31093
478-922-5100

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The Creeks Recreational Trail System

Historic Heartland
955 Brownlee Rd.
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-4839

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City of Forsyth CVB

Historic Heartland
20 N. Jackson St.
Forsyth, GA 31029
478-974-1460

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Charlotte Weaver Rose Garden

Historic Heartland
1834 Hwy. 42 S.
Flovilla, GA 30216
770-775-5350

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Ridgeway Christmas Tree Farm

Historic Heartland
2964 High Falls Rd.
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-3120

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Oconee Joe

Historic Heartland
Oconiee River
Watkinsville, GA 30677
706-614-8928

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3rd Street Mural

Historic Heartland
100-160 U.S. Hwy. 23
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-4839

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Meadows Clay Sports

Historic Heartland
1064 Rumble Rd
Forsyth, GA 31029
478-994-9910

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Museum of Aviation

Historic Heartland
GA Hwy 247 and Russell Pkwy.
Warner Robins, GA 31088
478-926-6870

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Lake Jackson – City of Jackson

Historic Heartland
180 Dam Rd.
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-4753

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International City Golf Club

Historic Heartland
72 Play Golf Dr.
Warner Robins, GA 31088
478-322-0276

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High Falls State Park

Historic Heartland
76 High Falls Park Dr.
Jackson, GA 30233
478-993-3053

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High Falls State Park – Forsyth

Historic Heartland
76 High Falls Park Dr.
Jackson, GA 30233
478-993-3053

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Heritage Park

Historic Heartland
2543 Macon Hwy.
Watkinsville, GA 30677
706-769-3965

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Hamlin Hills Farm

Historic Heartland
477 Dames Ferry Rd.
Forsyth, GA 31029
844-FUN-FARM

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Dauset Trails Nature Center

Historic Heartland
360 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Jackson, GA 30233-5926
770-775-6798

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Butts County Visitor Center

Historic Heartland
25 Third St.
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-4839

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Classic City Clydesdales

Historic Heartland
4190 Price Mill Rd.
Bishop, GA 30621
706-424-1889

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Butts Aglow Hot Air Balloon Show

Historic Heartland
The Rivers Ranch, 1959 Hwy. 42 N.
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-4839

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Deloris Toliver Park

Historic Heartland
116 Wallace Dr.
Warner Robins, GA 31088

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Walker’s Pond

Historic Heartland
205 Woodlawn Dr.
Warner Robins, GA 31093
478-293-1070

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Ted Wright Park

Historic Heartland
2841 Moody Rd.
Warner Robins, GA 31005
478-293-1070

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Ada Lee Park

Historic Heartland
203 Scott Blvd.
Warner Robins, GA 31088
478-293-1070

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Wellston Dog Park

Historic Heartland
110 Olympia Dr.
Warner Robins, GA 31093
478-929-7258

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Tanner Park

Historic Heartland
200 Carl Vinson Pkwy.
Warner Robins, GA 31088
478-293-1070

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Memorial Park

Historic Heartland
800 Armed Forces Blvd. N.
Warner Robins, GA 31088
478-293-1070

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Mildred’s Country Store

Historic Heartland
99 Armed Forces Blvd. N.
Warner Robins, GA 31093
478-922-5100

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The Walk at Sandy Run

Historic Heartland
1119 S. Houston Lake Rd.
Warner Robins, GA 31088
478-293-1070

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Little League Southeast Park

Historic Heartland
439 Snellgrove Dr.
Warner Robins, GA 31095
478-987-7227

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