Thomson-McDuffie County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Thomson-McDuffie County CVB
Contact: Elizabeth Vance, Executive Director
Office: 111 Railroad Street, Thomson, GA 30824
Phone: (706) 597-1000
Website: Thomson – McDuffie County Website
Events: Thomson – McDuffie County Calendar of Events
Welcome to Thomson-McDuffie County, land of outdoor adventure and festival fun in east-central Georgia. Surrounded by natural beauty, this historic area is classic and Southern from its antebellum homes to its homespun music to its small-town festivals and lends itself to a variety of recreational pursuits: fishing, horseback riding, golfing, geocaching, hiking, hunting, camping, cattle driving, boating, picnicking and more. And with some two dozen festivals and events crowding the annual calendar, you can be sure there is always something fun going on in Thomson.
Have lunch at Ivery’s Restaurant
Southern buffet eating at its best with fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, squash casserole—all those down-home delicious dishes that are everybody’s comfort food favorites.
Search for the oldest graves in the Wrightsboro Cemetery
Several veterans of the Revolutionary War and some who died at Gettysburg, Shiloh and Fredericksburg in the War Between the States are buried in this historic churchyard cemetery.
Hiking the easy yet surprising beautiful boardwalk Beaver Trail at the McDuffie Public Fishing Area
A variety of trails await the avid nature lover. Paths such as Blackwater Swamp Trail, Beaver Pond Trail and Longleaf Pine Trail offer a variety of geographic characteristics for their followers to enjoy. Spectators frequently see wildlife such as whitetail deer, fox squirrels and Canada geese.
Discovering new places and learning a bit of local history while geocaching
Grab your GPS and go on a treasure hunt! There are now over 60 caches hidden in and around McDuffie County, some at historical sites.
Wakeboarding and water skiing on Clarks Hill Lake
Covering more than 70,000 acres of water, Clarks Hill Lake is the largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project east of the Mississippi River and one of the largest inland bodies of water in the South.
Fishing one of the ponds at the McDuffie Public Fishing Area
McDuffie PFA ponds are managed for bass, bream and catfish angling, some ponds are supplementally stocked in the fall with harvestable size channel catfish. Click here for a map.
Wagon rides across the countryside during the Belle Meade Hunt
Ride along on a Tally-ho wagon through historic sites and beautiful rolling countryside of McDuffie County, following scarlet-coated hunters and well-trained hounds on a simulated fox hunt. This is truly an unforgettable McDuffie County tradition!
Pick up some spicy, cheese straws from Chinaberry Foods
Taste a Southern tradition: spicy, cheddar-rich cheese straws, freshly baked wafers that simply melt in your mouth, are a must at any Southern gathering.
Antiquing at Aunt Tique’s and Uncle Junks
Specializing in unusual antiques, stained glass, iron fencing and lots more. We welcome everyone to come to our store and enjoy southern hospitality while antiquing in the heart of Downtown Thomson.
Take an African American History Audio Tour of the area
Self guided audio tour will take you through sites of historical note in McDuffie County with particular emphasis on the stories of African-Americans who lived and worked here, making McDuffie County the fascinating place it is today.
Thomson is a great hub from which to explore the East Central Georgia region. Our area is a convenient 20 to 45 minute drive to several picturesque small towns, vast lakes, scenic rivers and historic state parks. Here are suggestions for a Classic South adventure!
Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
Enjoy history, recreation, & wildlife-viewing along this 160- year-old National Landmark waterway. Augusta Canal boat tours depart from the Interpretive Center located in picturesque 19th Century Enterprise Mill. Outdoor activities include hiking and biking trails, fishing and paddling.
Augusta Museum of History
Augusta Museum of History was established in 1937 for the purpose of preserving and sharing the material history of Augusta and the region. From a 10,000 year-old projectile point to a 1914 locomotive the collections chronicle a rich and fascinating past.
Laurel & Hardy Museum & Festival
See memorabilia of the comedy duo at this museum in the small town of Harlem Ga., where Oliver Hardy was born. On the first Saturday in October, Harlem balloons to more than 20 times its size when 40,000 people arrive for the annual Oliver Hardy Festival, which has become one Georgia’s best known events.
Beautiful Downtown Washington
Even shopping and dining in Washington seems to be from another era - you’ll find timeless treasures, shopping with a personal touch, and all at a nice small town pace. Amble around the town square - tree shaded, brick-paved, walker friendly - and you’ll find gift stores, antique stores, art galleries, specialty shops, and unique dining experiences.
While in Washington do make sure you drop in at the Callaway Plantation which is a history museum with a difference. Rather than walk around reading tiny plaques which don't really tell you much anyway, here you get to relive a page of history. You get to tour plantation houses and actually experience plantation life as it used to be.
Georgia’s Lake Country
A truly unique area rich in offerings for both residents and guests. With award-winning golf courses, pristine lakes, historic towns, southern art and entertainment, fabulous shopping, antiques and world renown accommodations.
Elijah Clark State P