Autumn is in full swing, with vivid reds, greens and golds painting the landscape. Here are a few places in the county to enjoy the turning of the season.
By Car or Motorcycle
For those wanting to hit the road and feel the wind in their hair, here are a few roads to explore:
- Jeff Cook Road in Mansfield (A), by Burge Plantation
- Any road by Burge Plantation (A)
- Blackwell Road in Newborn (B)
- Factory Shoals Park (C), approximately 10 miles south of Covington off of Ga. Highway 36, makes for some scenic viewing
- Ga. Highway 81, going north
- Ga. Highway 142/Covington Bypass Road heading north, right on Cornish Creek Road, cross the Cornish Creek Reservoir in Walton County.
- Ga. Highway 11 going south from Interstate 20, to Mansfield
By Foot, Bicycle or Horse
- The Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (D) – The Center offers hiking trails for a wide range of abilities, from the occasional walker to the regular outdoorsman. A six-mile trail loop of compacted earth winds through the center’s lands and can be explored by foot, bicycle or horse, but not by motorized vehicles. Maps can be found at www.gohuntgeorgia.com Keep in mind it is small game hunting season and the trail is not in a safety zone, but hunters should be aiming at the ground or the trees.
For trails that are in a safety zone, hikers can start at the Visitor’s Center for one-mile paths that can be traveled only by foot, not by bicycle. The trails are open sunrise to sunset, and maps are available at the trail head at the Visitor’s Center. For more information, call (770) 784-3059
- The Oxford Trail (E) - Walkers are encouraged to take advantage of the Oxford Trail, recently completed by the Newton County Trails – PATH Foundation and the Oxford Tree Board. The trail, which starts at the “Old Church” and winds through parts of historic Oxford and Oxford College, allows pedestrians and bicycles, but no motorized vehicles. For a map (right), go to www.thecenter-newton.org/projects_trails.htm
- Conyers Street/Floyd Street (F) – For autumn beauty closer to the Covington square, take a stroll down Conyers Street and Floyd Street to take in the generous canopy and historic homes.