For some, Stockbridge, Georgia brings to mind the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Sr. and the site where the well-known pastor, missionary, and early-Civil Rights Movement figure gave his first sermon at Floyd Chapel Baptist Church.
Beyond the city’s rich history, though, visitors will find an inviting destination brimming with outdoor activities galore, artisan shops, and some of the Peach State’s most popular seasonal attractions.
As you gear up for a visit to the area, keep the following suggested itinerary handy for a memorable trip.
Sweet and Savory Breakfast Spots in Stockbridge
With a full, exciting day ahead, it’s important to prep with a delicious, filling breakfast. Whether you’re craving savory or sweet, Stockbridge’s local eateries have just what you’re looking for.
Rise and shine with a Southern-style breakfast at Country Cooking Depot, a Stockbridge staple located on N. Henry Blvd. For a light meal, enjoy the classic Henry’s Cream Gravy Biscuit or biscuits topped with Darlene’s Sausage Gravy. The restaurant’s huge, homemade cinnamon rolls, omelettes, and toasted breakfast sandwiches are also fantastic choices!
If you find you need a bigger spread to satisfy your morning hunger, you can’t go wrong with their Breakfast Platters, which include your choice of protein; two eggs; grits or gravy; and a biscuit or toast.
Need a little sugar to start the day? Head over to Holey Sweet Donuts on Hwy 138 E. for mouth-watering, made-from-scratch donuts in a variety of unique flavors, from classics like original glazed and old-fashioned cake, to specialty options, like Reese’s- and Fruity Pebbles-covered donuts.
If you’re anxious to get the day started and want a quick but satisfying meal to jumpstart the day, swing through Drip-Thru Coffee’s drive-thru for a cozy cup of specialty coffee and a homemade donut from Holey Sweet Donuts.
Outdoor Adventures at Panola Mountain State Park
The post-breakfast fun starts at Panola Mountain State Park, a 1,635-acre natural wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts.
Take your pick of hiking, trail running, biking, birding, paddling, tree climbing, archery, and more.
Hiking, biking, and birding
Hikers, mountain bikers, and birders will love the state park’s trail options, which include:
- The Outcrop Trail, a 0.75-mile, heavily wooded trail that offers stunning views of the 100-acre, granite mountainside
- The Watershed Trail, a 1.25-mile trail that runs along a small creek
- The PATH Foundation Trail, a paved, 31-mile trail connecting Panola Mountain with Arabia Mountain, Stonecrest Mall, and other scenic stops.
If you’re wanting to blaze the trails via bike but didn’t bring your own, don’t worry—you can rent them from the state park’s Nature Center. Bike rentals are available from 8:00am-3:30pm; they rent for $10 for 1 hour; $20 for 2 hours; or $25 for 4 hours.
During the warmer months, paddlers can look forward to kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding Alexander Lake. You can bring your own watercraft or rent one on the weekends. Kayaks can be rented for $10 per hour or $25 for four hours; paddle boards can be rented for $10 for one hour or $20 for two hours.
Archery and tree climbing
For those wanting a more unique adventure, look no further than Panola Mountain State Park’s archery and tree-climbing experiences.
The park’s archery course includes both traditional static targets and realistic, 3D renditions of woodland animals. You can also opt for one of their cosmic archery classes (for adults only) and test your skills using glow-in-the-dark bows and arrows or sign up for a Basic Archery class for the whole family.
If you love heights and are looking for a sky-high thrill, sign up for one of the park’s Intro to Tree Climbing classes and harness up to scale 60-feet-tall, 100-year-old majestic oaks.
All classes require advance registration.
Energy-Boosting Lunch Options in Stockbridge
The outdoor fun at Panola Mountain is sure to burn off the morning’s robust breakfast. And Stockbridge offers a number of wonderful lunch spots to enjoy before embarking on your afternoon adventure!
If you didn’t experience Country Cooking Depot’s breakfast, they also offer a delicious lunch menu featuring all your favorite Southern Comfort foods, like fried chicken, fried green tomatoes and pickles, country fried steak, fried catfish, and hearty sides, like mashed potatoes, collard greens, cream corn, and coleslaw.
To replenish your lost carbs from exploring Panola Mountain, check out the yummy menu at The Italian Oven, a casual eatery dishing up American-Italian favorites, including more than 20 pasta dishes, fresh seafood, specialty salads, brick-oven pizzas, calzones, and strombolis, in addition to a full dessert menu featuring a range of Italian desserts.
After Lunch Fun: Exploring Local Shops, Artwork, and Trails
Your midday meal was just what you needed to gear up for a leisurely afternoon taking in the unique Stockbridge attractions.
Shopping handcrafted goods made in Georgia
Before delving into more outdoor hot spots, let your lunch settle while you peruse the rustic decor and Georgia barnwood creations at BarnBeautiful, one of the many stops along the Henry County Artisan Trail.
This local shop is known for its handcrafted furniture and home decor made of reclaimed barn wood that come with a well-documented story of the barn woods’ origins. But there’s even more! BarnBeautiful also has an eclectic gallery on site, filled with a wide array of locally crafted goods, from art, jewelry, and soap, to home furnishings and lighting fixtures.
With your Stockbridge souvenir in hand, it’s time to take the fun back outdoors for more exploration.
Scoping out local artists’ works
Whether you love a scavenger hunt or have an appreciation for local art, you’ll enjoy following along the Henry County Bushy Tail Art Trail, a route featuring cute, artistic, tiny squirrel dining tables. Stockbridge is home to five of the tables on this growing trail.
Take a selfie with each table—and if you’re feeling extra adventurous, find the others located throughout Henry County. Use the hashtag #BetterExplored for a chance to be featured on Visit Henry County GA’s social media channels.
Hitting the links
Got a golfer in your group? While the shoppers and art-lovers enjoy BarnBeautiful and the Bushy Tail Art Trail, the avid golf player(s) will enjoy teeing off at Rum Creek Golf, which features a par-3, 9-hole executive golf course, complete with a driving range and putting green.
For a new experience, head over to the 9-hole footgolf course on site and give footgolf—a sport that’s like a cross between soccer and golf—a go. The rules are simple and can be found here.
Taking a leisurely walk or ride in the park
Wind down before dinner with a relaxing stroll or bike ride along the Reeves Creek Trail which starts in Memorial Park (where you’ll also find one of the Bushy Tail Art Trail squirrel dining spots). This 3-mile, scenic trail is pet-friendly and winds visitors through beautiful, wildflower-filled woodlands as they make their way to the cool waters of Reeves Creek.
Fine Dining in Stockbridge
When the evening comes and hunger strikes, satisfy your appetite with a wholesome feast at Serafino’s Italian Restaurant or Silver Bay Seafood.
Serafino’s has been serving Stockbridge locals and visitors for more than two decades and is known for their fine Italian cuisine. Their extensive menu features a broad selection of choices to fulfill every palate and craving.
Visitors can look forward to enticing appetizers, like freshly sauteed Brussels sprouts, stuffed mushrooms, and the Serafino Sampler for Two, which includes oysters, calamari, mozzarella sticks, and fried shrimp.
Main entrees range from pasta, chicken and duck dishes, and seafood specialties, to veal plates, chef’s specials, and more. Fan favorites include the Tour of Italy, Red Snapper dishes, Veal Chop, and Chicken Eggplant Parmigiana.
Top off your indulgent meal with one of their 12 amazing desserts, all made fresh in-house. Treat yourself to a slice of homemade cake or cheesecake, or enjoy a cannoli with an espresso or cappuccino.
A top-rated restaurant in Stockbridge, Silver Bay Seafood is a go-to for fresh seafood, as well as succulent steaks.
Fried, broiled, or grilled—however you like your fish and shrimp cooked, they’ve got plenty of options for you to choose from. Fan favorites include the snow crab legs, jumbo shrimp, fried shrimp, scallops, catfish, and fried fish.
For the steak-lover, Silver Bay has savory sirloins and ribeyes that many diners love to pair with crab legs, lobster tails, or scallops.
Finish your seafood and steak feast with a scrumptious dessert—take your pick of the eatery’s diverse cake selection for the perfect ending to your meal.