For metro Atlanta residents searching for the solidarity and peace of the country life, living on the Southside may be the ticket! Henry County is home to Hampton, McDonough, Stockbridge and Locust Grove and gives residents a convenient 28-mile drive into the city while allowing them to enjoy the slower pace of suburban living.
Families and young professionals will enjoy the many green spaces, small towns and parks found in the area and will find the perfect spot to unwind, spend time with friends, enjoy a meal and take in local events and attractions. Along with the popularity of suburban living, Henry County hosts several attractions, local shops and restaurants for visitors and residents to enjoy.
Living in the Southside is a convenient location to grow up. The proximity to Atlanta is ideal while maintaining the small-town feel. Each city offers a unique way to combine unforgettable memories for you and your family. There are fun things to do in the area as well. Close to I-75 and Highway 155, there are many things to do. Shopping, dining and recreation are just miles away from this sought-after community.
Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary
Home to more than 1,000 abused, neglected and surrendered animals, Noah’s Ark Sanctuary is a nonprofit educational sanctuary located in Locust Grove. This sanctuary sits on 250-acres and provides a beautiful, park-like setting all families can enjoy as they embark on a free self-guided tour or a paid behind-the-scenes tour. Noah’s Park was also home to the famous BLT trio – Bear, Lion and Tiger – who lived together since they were cubs. Unfortunately, Leo the Lion and Shere Khan the Tiger have passed away, but Baloo the Black Bear remains.
Heron Bay Golf Course
Located on the outskirts of Locust Grove, this 18-hole golf course has been serving the community since 2004. Boasting more than 7,000 yards of beautiful fairways, this golf course is perfect for a full day of relaxation. After a day spent on the green, stop in the beautiful clubhouse to enjoy delicious food and drinks. Heron Bay Golf Course also features picturesque views of the Cole Reservoir, a 1,100-acre freshwater lake. Kayaks and non-gasoline, electric motor boating vehicles are permitted to enjoy the lake. Fishing is also permitted in designated areas during certain times of the year.
Panola Mountain State Park
Located in Stockbridge, this 1,000-acre state park is home to the 100-acre granite outcrop. Enjoy the many trails and the 31-mile paved PATH Foundation trail that connects Arabia Mountain, Stonecrest Mall and other stops to Panola Mountain State Park. To access the mountain itself, visitors need to reserve a ranger-led hike. During this hike, you will learn firsthand about the rare plants and animals found in this unique habitat.
Southern Belle Farm
Situated in McDonough, Southern Belle Farm is a 330-acre, family-run agritourism farm. Open seasonally, the farm offers many U-pick options, including strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and peaches. In the autumn, visitors enjoy a four-acre corn maze and two acres of pumpkins.
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Located in Hampton, the Atlanta Motor Speedway offers year-round fun for avid motorsport fans! The 850-acre, three-lap track is home to the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and holds several special events, including the Atlanta Air Show, Georgia State Fair and various music festivals. The track was the site of Richard Petty’s last race and Jeff Gordon’s first race, both occurring in 1992 at the same event. The venue is open year-round and is available for track tours.
Take a visit to Henry County and find out why its residents and visitors fall in love! To find out more about living in Henry County, explore www.VisitHenryCountyGeorgia.com!