Lake Blackshear Resort sits in Middle Georgia, with beautiful views of the lake created from the Flint River. Cypress trees and Spanish moss dot the edges of the lake, creating a spectacular view from the resort. With the proximity within Ga Veterans State Park and the SAM Shortline, this is a relaxing and memorable place to bring the family for vacation.
Water adventures. Love the water like we do? Our boys could not get enough of the outdoor pool – with Jacuzzi! It was a relaxing way to wind down each evening, and it also sits on the back of the property giving you the perfect view of the sunset on the lake.
Want something more adventurous? Take advantage of the on-site marina by bringing your own boat to explore the 8,700-acre lake, or rent equipment while you are there. The marina offers pontoon boats, jet skis, and kayaks! Rentals are very affordable, too.
Finally, if you don’t have your sea legs, enjoy Lake Blackshear from the shoreline by fishing for bass, bream, crappie and catfish. Beautiful cypress flats offer a beautiful experience you won’t forget. You still need a fishing license, but you can grab that at the Visitor Center.
Recently renovated Lodge rooms. Our family stayed in the Lodge, where the rooms were recently renovated. We loved the charming resort feel, with shutters opening out to gorgeous views of the sun setting on Lake Blackshear.
Our room included a king bed with fold-out sofa (double beds are available,) a mini-fridge, desk, and plenty of space to relax. Families can also enjoy a stay in one of the villas with a balcony or two-bedroom cabin with full kitchen. Pets are welcome for a small fee.
Free bike usage. The resort charges a small Resort Fee ($10 as of this writing) that incluces free usage of the bicycles – kids’ bikes are available- as well as free Internet in the Lodge, a Ga State Park Pass and more. There are miles of trails for exploring, including paved trails along the lake, which make adventuring fun and beautiful.
Dine without leaving. We ate at the resort for most of our meals, which was yummy and convenient. The Cordelia’s breakfast buffet includes eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and other delicious treats to get you started off right.
We also ate dinner here each evening, enjoying steak, pasta and more. It was relatively affordable especially considering the generous servings. Kids meals included a burger, hot dog, PB&J, chicken tenders or pasta – with a drink – for only $5.50. Perfect!
Cypress Grill is another restaurant primarily servicing the marina, but is an easy walk from the Lodge. We didn’t eat here but we secured a few adult beverages for the poolside. Food here was typical pub fare with burgers and sandwiches. We did notice that it was only over-21 in the evenings.
GA Veterans Park. Lake Blackshear Resort sits within the Ga Veterans State Park. This park as established in 1946 as a memorial to U.S. veterans. The 1,308-acres pays tribute to veterans from the Revolutionary War through the present day.
We love the Military Museum and Disc-golf mentioned below. There is also a sandy beach- perfect for playing in the lake, four miles of trails, boat ramps, a campground and more.
SAM Shortline. The SAM Shortline is Georgia’s only rolling state park! While the SAM isn’t part of GA Veterans Park you can catch a ride from here to explore many of Middle Georgia’s most historically important places – all from within a train that holds its own amazing history. This is how we spent our Saturday afternoon, and I can’t wait to share more.
Airplanes and tanks. GA Veterans State Park is home to a large model airplane-flying field. We were lucky enough to see some gentleman prepping their airplanes Sunday morning – what a treat!
You’ll also find an indoor and outdoor museum with aircraft (including a Boeing B-29A), armored vehicles, uniforms, weapons, medals and other items from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War. The boys couldn’t get enough of the tanks and Huey helicopter!
Golf two ways. The State Park is also home to an 18-hole golf course and pro shop. It’s open seven days a week throughout the year from 8 a.m. through dusk, and ranked by Golf Digest as a four-star course. You will be challenged by mounds, water hazards, and plenty of sand bunkers. Don’t miss the full-service clubhouse.
If your idea of a putter is flat and round, then consider the park’s 18-hole Disc golf course. You’ll catch glimpses of the lake, the airplane field and more as you make your way through it.
Perfect Packages. Of course, you can experience all of this “a’la carte” but Lake Blackshear Resort’s packages make it more simple. We loved the Family Affair package starting at $199, which includes breakfast for the family, and two choices from activities like taking out the pontoon boat or jet skis.
If you’re visiting during the week, the Experience It All package is an absolute must. $169 per night includes accomodations, unlimited pontoon boating, unlimited use of the kayaks and water toys, unlimited jet skiing, and unlimited golfing. WHEW!
Disclosure: Thanks to Lake Blackshear Resort and SAM Shortline for hosting our family. Opiniosn here are my own.
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.