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Magnolia Midlands
Come visit the Magnolia Midlands Region of Georgia – where life is “Back to Basics”

This Magnolia Midlands Tourist Guide will introduce you to the agricultural, southeast part of the state. Experience a simple, more laid back lifestyle along the back roads that connect the small towns of this region. The region provides good tourism opportunities if you love outdoor adventures or small town atmospheres. There are plenty of local festivals and beautiful gardens to enhance your visit. Let our Guide help you plan your trip to this area.

Magnolia Midlands Travel Association
Phone: 912-489-1869
Website: http://www.magnoliamidlands.org/
Events: Calendar of Events for Magnolia Midlands Region
County Map: View Map of Georgia Counties

Local Convention and Visitor Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Organizations
Baxley/Appling County Board of Tourism City of Douglas - Coffee County



Hawkinsville Opera House

If you love bass fishing in small lakes or ponds, then you will enjoy several Department of Natural Resources public fishing areas where you can get away from the boating crowds found on the big lakes. Right smack in the middle of this region the Oconee and Ocmulgee Rivers join together to form the Altamaha River, which provides abundant opportunities for fishing, boating, and hiking along the shores. Dubbed one of the Nature Conservancy’s “75 Last Great Places”, the Altamaha affords you the opportunity to experience more than 130 rare and endangered species of plant and animal life. Local outfitters and guides are available for a lazy trip down the river.





Scenes from the Altamaha River
If you like to play golf, there are twenty public courses in the region for you to choose from. Try one of the state parks in this region that have terrific courses and very reasonable prices (Wallace Adams Golf Course within the Little Ocmulegee State Park near McRae, Brazell’s Creek Golf Course within the Gorgonia-Alatamaha State Park near Reidsville). These state parks are also favorites for boating, swimming, camping hiking and just enjoying the great outdoors. General Coffee State Park in Nicholls features Heritage Farm, where park visitors can observe pioneer life firsthand. Also the park offers Seventeen-Mile River, which winds through a cypress swamp teeming with rare and endangered plants and various species of reptiles. You will find a sampling of information about Georgia’s state parks in our articles. But there’s much more! Use the “Quick Links” feature of the Magnolia Midlands Tourist Guide to link to all of the information about Georgia’s award-winning state park sites.


Wallace Adams Golf Course: Courtesy of the Georgia Department of Economic Development

While visiting Statesboro, the home of Georgia Southern University, be sure to visit the Georgia Southern Botanical Garden and get a glimpse of the local culture and heritage. You can take in a show at the David H. Averitt Center for the Arts located in the vibrant, historic downtown. The Center is home for the Emma Kelly Theater, a venue for arts and performances. There are several neat restaurants and shops in this college town to enjoy as well. On the campus of Georgia Southern University, visit the Center for Wildlife Education and the Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center and take a self-guided tour around the acres of wetlands and forest and perhaps experience an up close encounter with a bald eagle. For family fun visit the Splash in the Boro water park in Statesboro. The Meinhardt Vineyards and Winery near Statesboro is the region’s first winery, but don’t miss out on this little gem. There is much to enjoy – both outdoors and indoors – and you’ll find lots of ideas here in the Magnolia Midlands Tourist Guide. Be sure to use the Guide’s “Flag This” feature to add items of interest to your “My Travel Ideas” folder.


Splash in the Boro Water PArk in Statesboro

In Metter you can enjoy a relaxing tour of the Guido Gardens that boasts waterfalls, fountains, brooks and a prayer chapel. Adjacent to the Garden is the Sower Studio which broadcasts its evangelical message worldwide. You can catch shows throughout the area, including: the Martin Centre in Douglas, and the Theatre Dublin, and the Hawkinsville Opera House. At the Blue Marquee Theater in Lyons you can catch a local favorite, Tales from the Altamaha, a Georgia folk-lore play.


Guido Gardens in Metter (Photo by Fred Passmore)

We would be remiss if we did not have something about south Georgia barbecue. One of the best known festivals in the area is the National Barbecue Festival in Douglas, which features “The Best of the Best” competition for the best BBQ – and this is truly a national competition. Speaking of festivals, Dublin celebrates “a wee bit of Ireland in Georgia” with its annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, and the internationally known Sweet Vidalia Onion is celebrated at the Vidalia Onion Festival each spring. As for famous foods, the world-famous Claxton Bakery in Claxton produces millions of pounds of fruitcake each year. The bakery is open for free tours. Near the town of Irwinville you can visit a very important Civil War site. It was here in 1865 that the Federal troops captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis and the Confederate States officially collapsed. The 13-acre historic site also features a Civil War Museum. If you’d like to read more about central Georgia’s activities, lodging, restaurants, attractions, etc., please explore the “Magnolia Midlands Tourist Guide”.

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