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Historic Heartland: 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, Georgia’s Historic Heartland intrigues visitors with three state parks, flowing rivers,
sparkling lakes, country roads for cyclists, and lots of wildlife.

Stretching from Macon,the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World, in the southwesttoAthens,the Classic City, in the northeast, Georgia’sHistoric Heartland 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’sMassee 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, campandswim 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.

Athens has a wealth of parks to enjoy along with bike trails galore. The new Firefly Trail is a multi-use rails-to-trails project that will extend 39 miles from Athens to Union Point.

Outside the cities, much of the Historic Heartland region 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 the Historic Heartland’s beauty.

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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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International City Golf Club

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

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Rigby’s Family Entertainment Center

Historic Heartland
2001 Karl Dr.
Warner Robins, GA 31093
478-287-6465

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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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Lake Tobesofkee Recreation Area

Historic Heartland
6600 Mosely Dixon Rd.
Macon, GA 31220
478-474-8770

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Indian Springs State Park

Historic Heartland
678 Lake Clark Rd.
Flovilla, GA 30216
770-504-2277

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Perry Trails and Parks

Historic Heartland
Perry Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Perry, GA 31069
478-988-8000

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Perry Area Golf Courses

Historic Heartland
Perry Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Perry, GA 31069

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Dogwood Festival

Historic Heartland
Perry Area CVB
Perry, GA 31069
478-988-8000

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Brannen Outfitters

Historic Heartland
106 Ag Village Boulevard
Perry, GA 31069
478-224-1616

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Al Haslam’s Marina

Historic Heartland
100 NW Meriwether Point Rd.
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-968-5461

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Alcovy Conservation Center

Historic Heartland
11600 Hazelbrand Rd.
Covington, GA 30014
770-787-7887

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American Camellia Society – Massee Lane Gardens

Historic Heartland
100 Massee Lane
Fort Valley, GA 31030
478-967-2358

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Amerson Water Works Park of Macon

Historic Heartland
2600 Riverview Road
Macon, GA 31204
478-722-9909

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Arrowhead Park & Bike Trails at Lake Tobesofkee

Historic Heartland
Columbus Road near U.S. 80
Macon, GA 31220
478-474-8770

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Ashton Hills Golf Club

Historic Heartland
10400 Covington Bypass SE
Covington, GA 30014
678-224-8586

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Athens Corn Maze

Historic Heartland
1035 Cleveland Rd.
Bogart, GA 30622
678-753-5234

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Barrington Hall Golf Club

Historic Heartland
104 Stoney Creek Dr., Barrington Hall subdivision
Macon, GA 31220
478-757-8358

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Bartram Forest

Historic Heartland
2892 U.S. Hwy. 441 S.
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-5164

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Bass Boat House Shop

Historic Heartland
140 Bass Rd.
Milledgeville, GA 31210
478-452-5112

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Bear Creek Golf Club

Historic Heartland
4125 Lakeside Blvd.
Monroe, GA 30655
770-207-5511

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Bear Creek Marina

Historic Heartland
60 Bear Creek Marina Dr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
770-787-9621

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Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail and Memorial Park

Historic Heartland
293 Gran Ellen Dr.
Athens, GA 30606
706-613-3616

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Berry’s Tree Farm

Historic Heartland
70 Mt. Tabor Rd.
Covington, GA 30014
770-786-5833

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Big Haynes Creek Nature Center

Historic Heartland
1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy.
Conyers, GA 30013
770-860-4190

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Black Shoals Park

Historic Heartland
3001 Black Shoals Rd.
Conyers, GA 30012
770-761-1611

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Bolands-Perry Overnight Park

Historic Heartland
800 Perimeter Rd.
Perry, GA 31069
478-987-3371

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Bowden Golf Course

Historic Heartland
3111 Millerfield Rd.
Macon, GA 31201
478-742-1610

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Brush Creek Farm

Historic Heartland
1459 Johnny McElroy Rd.
Colbert, GA 30628
706-788-3797

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