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Want a friendly place that is economical, enjoyable, and easily accessible?
We have the answer - Naturally Douglas County!
Located only 25 miles west of downtown Atlanta on Interstate 20, Douglas County offers many opportunities for a quiet getaway in the great outdoors. We are your lure for outdoor adventure!
We are your lure for outdoor adventure!
Naturally Douglas County welcomes you!
Sweetwater Creek State Conservation Park contains 2,549 acres of conserved space that is dedicated to remain so. It is an outdoor person's dream! There are 12 miles of trails, a 215-acre lake for fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and aqua cycling. Admission to the Park is $5 per vehicle, but all Park features are free. The Park staff conducts numerous classes, hikes, photography sessions, birdwatching events, lake paddles, and more that have small fees (usually less than $10 per person).
Overnighters can reserve one of five campsites, or enjoy one of 10 Yurts (furnished circular eco-friendly big tents) at a nominal cost.
Sweetwater Creek State Conservation Park was built around the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War, and a wooded trail leads walkers and hikers to the site. Multiple trails of varying difficulty go throughout the Park. For more information, visit the State Park website by clicking here.
Clinton Nature Preserve
8720 Ephesus Church Road, Villa Rica, GA 30180 - Click Here for Map
Clinton Nature Preserve is 200 acres of former farmlands and woodlands that is permanently preserved for outdoor enjoyment. The Preserve features a lake, nature trails, picnic shelters, a disabled-accessible playground, walking tracks, a disc golf course, and hiking trails. Cross country runners will enjoy the Preserve, as will mountain bikers who can follow marked trails. The Preserve also contains a pre-Civil War cabin and outbuildings deep into the woods (listed on the National Register of Historic Places).
Admission to the Preserve and its features are free. A small amphitheater and picnic shelters may be reserved. For more information, visit the Clinton Nature Preserve web page by clicking here.
Chattahoochee Hill Country Regional Greenway Trail and Boundary Waters Park
5000 Georgia Highway 92 North/166 East, Douglasville, GA 30135 - Click Here for Map
The Chattahoochee Hill Country Regional Greenway Trail is a multi-purpose trail system along the Chattahoochee River, and its pilot section is inside the Boundary Waters Park. This first section is a 0.75-mile, 12-foot-wide paved/hard surface pathway that is 100% disabled-accessible, is perfect for walkers, runners, hikers, and cyclists, and winds under and around the natural tree canopies of the park. In addition to the Greenway Trail, the Boundary Waters Park boasts an additional 12 miles of marked multi-use natural trails for equestrian, running, mountain biking, and hiking.
Boundary Waters Park is a 492-acre park that hosts a multitude of scheduled, active and passive recreational activities for children and adults. Visitors are invited to enjoy the children's playground, a 10-acre fishing pond, 18-hole disc golf course, and open areas for equestrian rides.
Admission to the Greenway Trail, the Park, and its features are free.
The Boundary Waters Park also houses an aquatic center that features an 8-lane, 25-yeard heated competition pool and a 4-lane, heated therapeutic/teaching pool. There is a nominal charge to use the aquatic center.
Dog River Reservoir Recreational Complex
7101 Georgia Highway 166, Douglasville, GA 30135 - Click Here for Map
The Dog River Recreational Complex is seasonally open (March - November), and may be used by Douglas County residents, property owners, business owners and their guests. During the open season, the Complex offers fishing, a boat dock, fishing pier, johnboat rental, a pavilion (rental), picnic tables, grills, and gazebo. The Complex is owned and maintained by the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority. Admission is by a nominal daily fee. For more information, visit the Recreational Complex web page by clicking here.
Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club
8000 Capps Ferry Road, Douglasville, GA 30135 - Click Here for Map.
Foxhall is a 1100-acre planned community that includes an unprecedented collection of land- and water-based sporting activities. Novice visitors can learn countryside sports in a safe environment, and avid sportsmen can enjoy outdoor pursuits. The sporting club's collection of activities are centered on five main categories: outfitter, adventure, fishing, shooting and hunting.
Foxhall is privately owned but an unique experience for visitors. For more information, visit the Foxhall web site by clicking here.
Douglas County Butterfly Trail
The Douglas County Butterfly Trail is a continuously growing number of gardens on public grounds that feature host and nectar plants necessary for the survival of the Monarch butterfly. The Trail was formalized in 2016, and its gardens are registered with the National Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. All of the Douglas County Butterfly Trail gardens have free admission. They are at their best flowering during warmer temperatures, and butterflies visit these gardens most often during mid- to late summer.
A brochure and map of the Douglas County Butterfly Trail is available on the right-hand side of this narrative.
The public gardens on the Douglas County Butterfly Trail include the following:
Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival
Old Douglas County Courthouse/Douglas County Museum of History and Art, 6754 Broad Street/Bankhead Highway, Douglasville 30134 - Click Here for Map
The Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival is an annual event held the first weekend in June, and showcases the "Hydrangea Capital of the South". The Festival features garden tours in public spaces and at private homes; a Nationally-award winning Standard Flower Show; artist, craftsman, and garden market; and other exhibits. Admission to most features are free. For more information, visit the Festival web site by clicking here.
and lots more!
Douglas County has two more outdoor parks under development that will feature more hiking and walking trails, campsites and more! Both the new Dog River Park and the Punkintown Preserve will come on line in 2017 for more for you to explore in Naturally Douglas County!
Please drop by our Visitors Center located in the Old Douglas County Courthouse, 6754 Broad Street/Bankhead Highway in downtown Douglasville for information, maps, and other items to make your visit to Naturally Douglas County a trip that you will remember. Call or e-mail us for more information.
Douglas County Butterfly Trail Brochure (.pdf format)
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