Georgia’s Magnolia Midlands Region is brimming with
stunning scenery, natural and cultural history, local festivals and outdoor
sports. Explore the simple, earthy treasures of the ‘back roads’ through this
beautiful part of the state.
the mighty Altamaha
River, designated by the Nature Conservancy as one of the 75 “Last
Great Places” in the world, from a kayak or canoe, aided by knowledgeable
outfitters. Watch for 130 rare and endangered species in this river area.
miss thelog cabins, a corn crib,
tobacco barn, cane mill, and barnyard animalsat General Coffee State Park’s Heritage Farm,
and slide your canoe through the calm waters of the Seventeen-Mile River as it winds
through a cypress swamp that is home to rare and endangered plants; camping and
more refined lodging is available at this Nicholls area park. Whether you fish,
hike or golf, find your challenge at Little Ocmulgee State Park
near McRae with its 265-acre lake, miles of the Oak Ridge trail, and 18-hole
Wallace Adams golf course. Tee off as well near Reidsville at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park, which also is a favorite for
picnicking, family reunions, and fishing.
Montgomery County’s 17-mile Yamassee Trail, offering a chance to enjoy
the countryside of southern Georgia. This path is “billboard free” and filled
with beautiful farms, historic churches, and huge hardwood and pine forests.
Hunt, camp, fish, hike, bird watch,
and picnic at Horse Creek Wildlife Management
Area between Jacksonville and Lumber City on Hwy. 117, where the world record large-mouth bass was caught.
Vidalia is a favorite place to pick up a basket of
the world’s sweetest onions. In nearby Uvalda, you can put the canoe or kayak
in near the confluence of the Oconee, Ocmulgee and Altamaha rivers and follow the Altamaha all
the way to the sea.
Spend a weekend camping in Hazlehurst’s
Towns Bluff Park along the Altamaha River. Or, if
you’re closer to Fitzgerald, there’s a space by the lake for your RV at the Paulk Park RV Campground. You can troll the lake for bass, bream,
and catfish or just relax in the cool breeze.
eagles take flight and explore the habitats of numerous raptors, reptiles, and
mammals through tours of wetlands and old growth forest, and the ever-popular
raptor demonstrations at Georgia Southern University’s Center for Wildlife
Education and the Lamar
Q. Ball Jr. Raptor Center. Just a few miles down the road is the
state’s first winery,Meinhardt
Vineyards & Winery, with its scenic views, sunsets, and award-winning
wines. The entire family will want to cool out at Splash in the ‘Boro,
Statesboro’s water park and aquatics center.
prettiest way from Macon to coastal Georgia’s Golden Isles cuts right through
the Magnolia Midlands area on the Wiregrass Trail along GA 57, which passes scenic rivers,
Revolutionary War sites, and family farms. ‘Real’ Georgia awaits you on the
historic Woodpecker Trail from Augusta along U.S. Hwy 25/GA 121 to the
Okefenokee Swamp, through historical, nature-based and cultural sites and
attractions. And U.S. Highway 341 is the home of Georgia’s largest yard sale, “Peaches to the Beaches.”