Sights & Flavors of Southwest Georgia’s Small Towns


 

Ben Bruce, the owner of the Honey Shack, prepares local hones in Homerville, part of Georgia Grown Trail 37. Photo contributed.

Whether you have a few hours to explore or want to create a scenic road trip weekend, the Georgia Grown Trails offer travelers of all ages a glimpse into small-town living, along with unique sights and flavors found throughout the state.

Georgia’s series of agritourism trails feature a variety of u-pick farms, vineyards and wineries, country markets selling homemade jams and jellies, quaint bed and breakfasts, farm-to-table restaurants, unique shops, historic sites, state parks, and much more.

Stretching 160 miles from Clinch to Clay counties, Georgia Grown Trail 37 includes more than 25 stops, including The Honey ShackNashville Farmer’s Market, Reed Bingham State ParkJoe Kem’s Market, Still Pond Vineyard and Distillery, and George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge.

Venture off the beaten path and enjoy nearly 20 agritourism sites along Trail 41, which run parallel to Interstate 75 from the Georgia-Florida line to just below Atlanta.  A few top stops include the Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Carroll’s Sausage and County Store, Calhoun Produce, and the Historic SAM Shortline Excursion Train. If farm stops are on your list, take a short detour on Trail 341 and visitGreenway Farm and Dickey Farms.

In Ware County, you can join Trail 1 and head north to Augusta. With more than 40 stops, there is a lot to see, but be sure to make time to visit the Okefenokee Swamp Park, Okefenokee Heritage Center, Blueberry Barn, Georgia Pecan House, and the Vidalia Onion Museum.

Plan your trip with the free Georgia Grown Trails app, available to download on the Apple App Store and Google Play. In addition, visitors are encouraged to contact individual trail stops to verify hours due to the pandemic.

 

 

 

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