Places to See in Henry County
Located “Comfortably South of Atlanta,” Henry County offers a mix of history, contemporary attractions and plenty of homegrown fun. Located just 30 minutes from the Atlanta metropolitan area, Henry County, GA gives you easy access to Atlanta attractions, while offering its own mix of relaxing, family-friendly shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Make Henry County the destination of your next day trip, weekend getaway or family vacation.
Located in northern Henry County, Stockbridge comprises historic spaces and a wealth of outdoor attractions. Home to fitness trails for hiking and running and two fishing lakes, Panola Mountain State Park offers bike, kayak and boat rentals, archery, geocaching, birding and tree-climbing programs. Golfers will enjoy working on their swing at Rum Creek Golf, home to a driving range and a nine-hole Par 3 golf course. Those looking for something a little different can play through the 18-hole, championship-caliber J.P. Moseley Park Disc Golf Course.
Family fun awaits you at the agritourism farm, Yule Forest Hwy 155, where in October you can enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, a U-pick pumpkin patch and Fear the Woods, one of the top-rated haunted attractions in Georgia. Then, head west to Clark Community Park to have a picnic, go for a walk on the 7-mile paved trail, let the kids play in the playground area or take Fido to get some exercise at the dog park.
In Henry County/McDonough, you’ll be able to visit Southern Belle Farm, a wholesome family farm with plenty of fun activities that include hayrides, pig races and U-pick seasonal fruits. Novice and pro golfers alike can test their skills at the 18-hole course at Cotton Fields Golf Club, which also offers a pro shop, a snack bar, practice greens and an outdoor pavilion.
Located just east of the McDonough downtown district, the Heritage Park Veterans Museum features vehicles, uniforms and artifacts from WWI to the present. Tours are guided by military veterans, and the Veterans Wall of Honor is just a short walk across the bridge from the museum.
Located in the southwestern region of the county, Hampton is home to JailHouse Brewing Company, suitably named after the building’s former tenant, the city jail of Hampton, GA. Tours and tastings are available, so patrons can try small-batch brews and seasonal beers. Also in Hampton, the Atlanta Motor Speedway offers track tours, and motorsport enthusiasts can enjoy the NASCAR events and family-friendly car shows that take place certain times of year.
The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation & Flying Museum provides a historical glimpse into air travel from a military point of view, and families can book military-veteran-piloted helicopter rides by phone. From the museum, history buffs can take the seven-mile drive north to embark on a self-guided tour of Nash Farm Battlefield – a 204-acre public park that was once the site of the largest cavalry raid in Georgia’s history.
Locust Grove is home to the Locust Grove Train Watching Platform. Grab the family and head out to this historic downtown location, where you can watch more than 40 trains pass by daily. Right across the street, the French Market & Tavern offers a blend of Southern and New Orleans cuisine, as well as country-style décor and other gift items.
Open during the summer months, Gardner Farm offers seasonal fruits and vegetables, including sweet Georgia peaches and tomatoes. Families can even pick their own blueberries and blackberries when in season. At Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, animal lovers can view over 1,500 exotic, domestic and wild animals. This nonprofit sanctuary also offers nature trails, a playground and a picnic area for visitors.