Calhoun, Ga and all of Gordon County are home to a rich Native American and Civil War history and are filled with an array of outdoor adventure, making it an ideal spot for adventurous families. Here’s everything you need to know to fill a wonderful weekend in Northwest Georgia.
The ROCK Garden – This adorable and FREE folk-art garden will put your kids’ imaginations in overdrive. From Notre Dame to Cinderella’s Castle, there is an entire world to explore here.
Chattahoochee National Forest – Visit The Pocket recreation area, named for the steep wall of ridges surrounding it, or hike Keown Falls or the Pinhoti Trail, all accessible from Gordon County and within the Chattahoochee Forest.
Carters Lake – Carters Lake is one of our favorite places to hike, but did you know it is fed by the Coosawattee River? Not familiar? It’s where Deliverance was filmed! But don’t be scared – this is one of the most beautiful parts of Georgia!
Oostanaula, Coosawattee and Conasauga Rivers – The Conasauga Rover might sound familiar, as we wrote about snorkeling there just a tad north of Gordon County. The rivers here are perfect for exploring on a hike or kayak. Try the boat ramp at Brookshire Park for access to the Oostanaula.
Camping and Beach Play – Head to Salacoa Creek Park, where you can camp (RV or tent) and play on the beach of Defoor Walters Lake. It also includes two playgrounds, john boat rentals and a nature trail.
New Echota – The capital of the Cherokee Nation and where the Trail of Tears legislation originated, this State Historic Site is a must-see. The site features twelve original and reconstructed buildings, including, the Council House, Court House and print shop
Roland Hayes Museum – Roland Hayes was a child of former slaves who became the first African American vocalist to achieve international acclaim. The Roland Hayes Museum, a tribute to this native son, is located inside the Harris Arts Center.
Resaca and the Civil War – Do you know where the first major battle of the campaign was fought? Not in Atlanta, but in Gordon County – Resaca to be exact. You can visit the third weekend in May for the annual reenactment of the battle of Resaca. The Fort Wayne Historic Site here boasts the last known entrenchments built by the Georgia Militia, and the Resaca Confederate Cemetery is the oldest Confederate military ground in Georgia and the resting place of over 400 soldiers.
More Exciting Things To Do
Calhoun GEM Theatre – An historic theatre, this restored treasure sits in downtown Calhoun and is rented for various events by the community. BUT, it’s also home to weekend flicks and a few fun concerts. When family movies are playing, the price is only $5 for adults. Kids under 10 are FREE.
Calhoun Premium Outlets – If shopping is your thing, then don’t miss the outlet mall here.
Paradise Drag Strip – The drag strip was built from a cotton field in 1961, originally 1/4 mile long. It’s since been shorted to 1/8 mile and updated with new restrooms and more. Come watch the Sunday races and see if the track record of 4.43 seconds can be beaten.
Where To Eat
Bowman’s Restaurant – Slow-cooked home cooking like Grandma used to make. Ingredients come right from their farm!
Dub’s High On The Hog – BBQ the way you like it.
Calhoun Coffee Company – GREAT coffee, plus an extensive breakfast and lunch menu (including a fun kids menu)
July – Star-Spangled Celebration
Sept – NW Georgia Regional Fair
Oct – Harvest Fest; Fall Family Fun at local farms; Antique Engine & Tractor Show
Dec – Christmas Parades Concerts, Plays & Movies at theaters
And since there is so much to do in Calhoun, you may just want to spend the night. Our partner Hotels.com has some great discounts on hotels in Calhoun.
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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.