The biggest tourist attractions to Upson County are outdoor activities. The Flint River is a beautiful place to
canoe and fish in season. Call the
Flint River Outdoor Center, located
at the GA highway 36 bridge at the Flint, for river conditions, canoe
rentals, and shuttle services (706-647-2633). One river location that
has beautiful views and easy car access is
Sprewell Bluff State
Park. One of the best known Boy Scout camps in the country,
is located in Upson County near the Flint River. Many people come to Upson County for
the exceptionally good
whitetail deer hunting. Public hunting and fishing access
can be found at Big Lazar (Liza) Creek WMA located on Po Biddy road just across
the Talbot County line. Area golf courses are
Ridge and the three courses operated by
Mid-Georgia Golf (The Pines, Cedars &
Airport is a well run facility with a modern 6350 foot runway. It is
a popular stop for private pilots. A courtesy car is available. Just
north of the airport, between Thomaston and Barnesville, is the town of
The Rock. Here you will find
The Rock Ranch, a
1250-acre working cattle farm owned by S.
Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A.
The Rock Ranch is a wonderful facility that often hosts local events. It
can also be rented for private functions. Refer to the
Rock Ranch website for more information and a calendar of events. Also of interest
in Upson County is the Auchumpkee Creek covered
bridge, located in sparsely settled south Upson County on Allen road off US Hwy 19S.
Only a short ride away from Thomaston, a visit to nearby
Callaway Gardens in
Pine Mountain is a
must. Pine Mountain is a quaint place that has nice shops without the
tourist trap feel. History buffs will enjoy
Roosevelt's Little White House in Warm Springs.
also offers unique dining and gift shops.
Less than an hours drive away, Macon, Georgia
offers "big city" shopping without the "big city" stress of Atlanta.
Macon also has many historic attractions like the
Indian mounds at the Ocmulgee National
Monument and the
Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Civil War and
architecture buffs will like the
House and the Cannonball
Cotton Pickin' Fair in nearby Gay Georgia is a local favorite. It is
held twice a year usually on the first weekends of May and October. True
handmade crafts, local food and local entertainment can be found there.
50 miles southwest of Thomaston, Columbus,
Georgia has a
Civil War Naval Museum and the
Infantry Museum at Fort Benning.
Located 60 miles north of Thomaston, nearby Atlanta is a world of its
own. Thomaston is just 40 miles south of the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport can actually be reached easier
from Thomaston than from some of the north metro Atlanta areas.