A Day of Play
Nature’s call is growing louder with the arrival of spring and summer just around the corner. So grab the family and go out for a walk in the park. Oh but wait… why stop there? Henry County’s various parks and recreation facilities offer a wide variety of family-oriented activities ranging from biking to remote control car racing.
Bike like you mean it..
Sandy Ridge Park is home to the Sandy Ridge BMX track, which was recently sanctioned as a premiere racing facility by the USABMX association. The track features a 50 ft. starting hill with 3 paved high-banked turns connected by 800 feet of jumps, whoops, rollers, and step-ups…talk about air time. Throughout the year, the track hosts 40 sanctioned races. When racing is not taking place, the track is available for any other recreational use.
Looking for more ways to enjoy the outdoors? Check out some of the options listed below:
With 5 paintball fields, a paintball pro shop, and remote control car racing, Windy Hill Park keeps the fun rolling…literally! Suit up for the ultimate paintball experience on one of the most advanced fields in the southeast. Or set out to become a champion in one of the parks monthly races hosted by the Henry County Remote Control Racing organization.
Looking to keep the fun rolling? Come out for a game of hockey with the family at Avalon Park’s Roller Hockey rink. If not everyone is up for skating, there are also two playgrounds on site.
JP Moseley Park’s Disc Golf Course is one of the many hidden treasures in Henry County parks just waiting to be discovered. The park’s 18-hole disc golf course has been recognized by the Professional Disc Golf Association as a championship-caliber course. However, don’t let this accreditation deter you if you consider yourself to be a rather inexperienced player because the park caters to all players regardless of their skill level. In the end, it’s all about having fun and making memories with those you love.
Become a pilot for the day with Red Hawk Nature Preserve’s remote control airplanes. Fly with the Henry County RC Club, which is a part of the world’s largest model aviation association. Or pick up the remote and race with the family to see who’s washing dishes tonight! Guests are welcome, but flying at Red Hawk does require an Academy of Model Aeronautics membership.
With all of this fun and cheer, we wouldn’t want anyone to miss out, not even the family dog. In fact, bring the dog with you. The dog parks of North Mt. Caramel Park welcomes all dogs both big and small. And what a great way to end the day with a nice stroll in the park after all of the day’s festivities.
A Walk to Remember
Nash Farm Park and Nash Farm Battlefield Museum offers both indoor and outdoor excursions through history. Go outside to walk on the grounds that were the scene of the largest cavalry raid in Georgia during the Civil War and even traverse Confederate General Stephen D. Lee’s campsite. Then, head inside to the museum for a glimpse at some of the original artifacts excavated from the battle site and surrounding area and learn the unique stories behind them.
Heritage Park also offers a chance to soak up some history surrounded by natural vistas as well as a chance to duck into the AC for a “cooler” view of history. Visit Heritage Park to view the 181-Year-Old Settlers log cabin which is one of the oldest buildings in the county, and also walk across the bridge that connects the future generations to the sacrifices of past generations. On the other side of this bridge stands the 80 foot long Veterans Wall of Honor that depicts battle scenes and famous quotes that honor the bravery of the United States Veterans. Back at the entrance to the park, you will want to stop by the Heritage Park Veterans Museum to hear the stories behind the various artifacts, uniforms, and war vehicles on display, recounted by military Veterans who bring the stories to life.
Don’t settle for less this summer, get out and explore the hidden surprises at Henry County Parks. To find more information on these and other parks in the area visit the Parks page.