Enjoy outdoor pursuits at the luxe Foxhall Resort in Douglas County, Georgia.
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DOUGLAS COUNTY, GEORGIA–OCTOBER 2019–Think outside the OTP (outside the Atlanta Perimeter) and think Douglas County, Georgia. Located less than 30 minutes west of Downtown Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Douglas County is the perfect midpoint stop for all things Atlanta as well as an escape from the big city lights. Home to the world’s largest cuckoo clock and the official Hydrangea Capital of the South, Douglas County offers visitors one-of-a-kind pursuits in addition to myriad parks and the Douglas County Film Trail. Get out a brush and paint with broad strokes an adventure that comes with the expected conveniences of metropolitan proximity while maintaining its own rich color palette.
Get back to nature
Hearts flutter while communing with Mother Nature along the Douglas County Butterfly Trail. This self-guided tour includes 10 public butterfly gardens and is officially recognized and registered with the National Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. Take it slow, breathing in the bright scented blooms while the world’s prettiest pollinators flit about, Arcgis.com.
Continue outdoor escapes at Sweetwater State Park. This oasis offers 15 miles of hiking trails, fishing docks and a 215-acre lake. A wooded trail follows a steady stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs and provides stunning views of the rapids below. Additional trails wind through fields and forest, boasting magnolias, wild azaleas and hardwoods. In the warm months, rent paddleboards, kayaks and pedal boats. Upgrade the quest by staying in one of the park’s 10 yurts for a night to remember, GAStateParks.org.
If adventure is calling, follow the sound to Clinton Nature Preserve. This 200-acre park delights with natural splendors. Kick into high gear with over 10 miles of mountain biking trails, or saddle up the horses and take in the views. Visit “The Old Carnes House,” a pre-Civil War area residence, or take the youngsters to the ADA accessible playground. ExploreDouglasCountyGa.com
Ready, set, action!
Trivia question: Which state is the most popular for film locations? No, it’s not California. It’s the Peach State! Use the free, self-guided Douglas County Film Trail and delve into more than 700 significant sites where productions have taken place throughout the area. Keep things weird on the old film site of “Stranger Things,” get spooked while tiptoeing through the remnants of the “The Walking Dead,” and rev up with a classic while visiting the location of “Driving Miss Daisy,” DouglasCountyFilmTrail.com.
Celebrating over 30 years of service, the Cultural Arts Council presents a sophisticated and diverse mix of programs. Peruse monthly exhibits, free outdoor concerts, hands-on workshops, classes for children and adults, gallery talks, book signings, literary festivals and seasonal beer and wine tastings, ArtsDouglas.org.
Time’s a tickin’ for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Champ’s Clock Shop. Recognized most often for their enormous Clock Showroom, this unique establishment has thousands of clocks of all different shapes and sizes, colors and tastes, cheerfully chiming and ready for new homes. In addition to Grandfather Clocks and vintage wonders, Champ’s Clock Shop also houses the world’s Largest Real Cuckoo Clock. ChampsClock.com
Find your playground
Tee up for a relaxing day on the links. Douglas County is home to some of the most popular golf clubs in Metro Atlanta. Mirror Lake Golf Club boasts 36-holes with some of the area’s most spectacular views. Top off the experience by dining in the grill overlooking the lake with table-side and walk-up service, ClubCorp.com. Put your game face on for a challenging day at Chapel Hills Golf Club in Douglasville. With some of the fastest and well-kept greens in the area, pay particular care to the undulating double greens on holes 9 and 18, ClubCorp.com. Surrounded by the trees that give it its namesake, West Pines Golf Club features a stunning 18-hole course in Douglasville. Enjoy practice facilities, a pro shop and some of the best service in the industry, WestPinesGC.com
Foxhall Resort is a refined retreat for outdoor pursuits. This celebrated estate sits on over 1,000 acres of sprawling Georgia countryside and offers luxe lodging, farm-to-table-cuisine and over 40 recreational endeavors. Take aim, Foxhall is home to one of the world’s esteemed Beretta sporting clay courses and also has hunting and archery opportunities. Make a splash in the 16 on-site freshwater lakes open to guests for trophy bass fishing, kayaking, paddle-boarding or canoeing. Go off-roading with a guided ATV tour or play to win (or just for fun) on the golf course and tennis courts. Cool down in one of the four beautiful swimming pools on the property or warm up in the Jacuzzi. Foxhall perfectly combines relaxation and adventure, creating endless possibilities. FoxhallResort.com
Nearby, explore Boundary Waters Park’s 500 rolling acres. With athletic fields, nature trails, swimming pools, aquatic center, fitness room and more, there’s fun around every corner. Hit a home run on one of the eight baseball diamonds, score big on two regulation-sized soccer fields, throw to win on the 18-hold Disc Golf courses or do a touchdown dance on the regulation-sized football field. Drop a line in the 10-acre fishing pond, saddle up on the 12+ miles of multi-use trails for equestrian, running, mountain biking and hiking. Boundary Waters Park also features the Chattahoochee Hill Country Regional Greenway Trail, a 3/4-mile stretch of paved path that connects to the current “natural” trail segment of Boundary Waters to complete a 98-mile greenway corridor. CelebrateDouglasCounty.com
With one-of-a-kind enticements, infinite outdoor options and charming hospitality, Douglas County is more than a pit stop on the way to Atlanta. Color outside the lines of a big city vacation and paint the canvas with every color in Douglas County, Georgia.
If you go
Rest easy in familiar favorites without the big city price tag. Between Hilton, Marriott and Fairfield hotel options, comfort and budget-friendly options offer something for everyone, ExploreDouglasCountyGA.com.
Mark the calendar! Don’t miss Douglas County’s special events, such as June’s annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival, October’s Chili Cook-off and December’s Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade, ExploreDouglasCountyGA.com