Just about 30 minutes east of Atlanta you’ll find the fun town of Covington, Georgia. This town may be most well-known for being home to vampires (the Vampire Diaries was filmed here) and the Duke family (Dukes of Hazzard was filmed here too!) — but there is more to this picturesque town than just being a great filming location.
With a fun lake, golf courses, great shops and restaurants, and plenty of great film tours — this is one Georgia city you’ve got to visit. We’ve got a list of the best things to do in Covington GA, along with some things you can do in nearby Conyers as well.
Ready to get started? Here are 11+ things to do in Covington GA and Conyers too!
THINGS TO DO IN COVINGTON GA
MYSTIC FALLS TOURS
All eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries was filmed in Covington GA, and you can see many of the iconic places from the show on the Mystic Falls Tour.
Take this guided tour that will take you to see locations like the Clocktower, the town square, the Gilbert House, Caroline Forbes’ house, the Lockwood Mansion, and more. Fans of the spin-off show Legacies will also love this tour, as it includes places like Malivore’s portal and scenes from the famous 80s episode.
This is a tram tour with moderate walking. Tours run every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are now offered seasonally.
Note: The same company also offers an Originals tour, but it’s currently on hiatus. Check their website for updates.
ON LOCATION MUSEUM
While you’re there to get your Mystic Falls Tour tickets, make sure to stop by the free On Location TV & Film Museum. Here you’ll find the largest collection of memorabilia from The Vampire Diaries, Originals, and Legacies.
On Location showcases the largest display of TVD Originals and Legacies memorabilia anywhere in the world!
The screen-used items from these shows was gifted to the Vampire Stalkers from the CW and Warner Brothers — so it’s really neat to see for any fan.
In addition to all things vampires, you’ll also find memorabilia from other productions filmed here or nearby, like Heat of the Night and Dukes of Hazzard.
COVINGTON GHOST TOURS
Let’s move on from vampires and head right to ghosts!
Covington Ghost Tours takes you on walking tours around some of the amazing historic sites and filming locations. Many of the locations on the tour have been investigated by paranormal experts, and you’ll witness video accounts from people who have experienced paranormal happenings first-hand.
In addition to haunted sites, you’ll also get a taste of the “Hollywood of the South” with stops at filming locations from In The Heat of the Night, Dukes of Hazzard, and The Vampire Diaries.
Tours are available on the weekends, and private tours are offered on additional days. The walking tours are approximately 2.5 hours.
MAIN STREET TROLLEYS
Take a trolley tour of Covington and learn more about this amazing town. Main Street Trolleys offers several different trolley tour options — from filming locations and The Vampire Diaries hot spots to private tours and fun seasonal tours — like the South Pole Express during the holidays.
The guided tours are full of fun stops and plenty of information, and a ride on the trolley is a great experience.
Looking for some outdoor adventures in Covington GA? They’ve got it! With city parks, hiking trails, and a wildlife center, you’ll find plenty of ways to get outside and into nature.
The Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center offers a variety of activities and programs throughout the year. All programs are designed to be hands-on and explore the nature world.
The Eastside Trail is a paved 5-mile out-and-back trail that’s perfect for walking, bike riding, and jogging.
When it comes to parks, there are plenty to choose from. Porterdale’s Yellow River Park is perfect for kayaking, hiking, or taking in a round at their 18-hole disc golf course. The Cricket Frog Trail is a 15-mile rail trail running through central Newton County, along the route once travelled by the Central of Georgia Railroad.
Turner Lake Park has hiking and biking trails, a playground, sports fields, and fishing. And Denny Dobbs Park has a ball field, two basketball courts, a splash pad, a skatepark, and two playgrounds for 2-5 year olds and one playground for 5-12 year olds.
EXPLORE DOWNTOWN COVINGTON
In addition to seeing their Clocktower and meeting up for a tour, downtown Covington is worth a visit on its own. Here you’ll find great shopping and wonderful restaurants.
Makes sure to stop by the Mystic Grill — which has rooftop seating that overlooks the Historic Covington Square. You’ll love the modern twist put on traditional southern food found here. Located in a former pharmacy, the aptly named City Pharmacy is a chef-driven restaurant that features reimagined classics and awesome drinks.
Stop by some of the amazing shops while you’re visiting! Revolution Casual Living, Pace & Poppy, The Soap Box, and so many more! You can make a day of just exploring this area.
TWELVE OAKS BED & BREAKFAST
If you love Gone with the Wind, you’re going to love Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast. This historical home inspired Twelve Oaks in the novel, Gone with the Wind.
Named one of the top antebellum sites to see in Georgia, you can take a tour of this home, or you can stay in one of their immaculately-decorated suites. This mansion was renovated in 2012, so it features modern amenities while still maintaining everything that made it amazing in the first place. You’ll find private luxury bathrooms, remote control fireplaces in every room, and more.
Stay Here: Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast
THINGS TO DO IN CONYERS GA
GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL HORSE PARK
The Georgia International Horse Park is located in Conyers, GA and has a lot of events that are open to the community. You’ll find a variety of events here, including hose shows, festivals, rodeos, concerts, mountain bike races, and more.
In addition to the many events, you’ll also find bike trails, horseback riding trails, a nature center and an arboretum on the property.
The horseback riding trails are especially popular here. You’ll find more than 15 miles of horse trails which offer scenic views of the former Olympic Endurance Course, along with wooded areas, streams, and open land.
MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
If you are looking to renew your spirit or just find some peace, make sure you check out the Monastry of the Holy Spirit.
The monastery is home to Cistercian monks for over 65 years, and you can admire the beauty of Bonsai specimens all while gaining some peace of mind in the process.
OLDE TOWN CONYERS
You can’t visit Conyers without exploring their historic district, Olde Town Conyers. Here you’ll find vibrant buildings that grew up alongside the railroad tracks. Now this downtown area is where you’ll find seasonal events, amazing dining options, shopping, and more.
While you’re here, stop by to see the Dinky 104 steam engine! And you’ll love the variety of murals that brighten the historic buildings. The Lewis Vaughn Botanical Gardens can also be found here.
Another awesome activity to take part in during your visit is a bike ride on the PATH Trail. Six miles of the PATH Trail travel through Olde Town Conyers, so you can use a bike to see many places of interest. Bicycle rentals are available at C Town Bikes on Center Street.
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