16 Reasons to Visit Oconee

16 Reasons to Visit Oconee in 2016

16 Reasons

 Watkinsville, GA is located a short drive from Athens (8 miles), Madison, (21 miles), and Atlanta (70 miles)


1. Antiques & More

Come spend the afternoon finding treasures in the local antique shops. Stop in at Attic Treasures in downtown Watkinsville then Reed’s Odds & Ends as you head down 441 to Bishop, GA where you will find Back in Time Antiques, The Frosted Lion, Crossroads Antiques, and more. Just make sure you have enough room in your car to carry home your finds.


2. Fresh Berries & a Corn Maze

Visit Washington Farms to pick strawberries and blueberries in the summer. In the fall, pick your own pumpkins and get lost in the corn maze. There are tons of games and activities for kids of all ages. Make sure to check their website/Facebook Page for hours as they can vary.


3. Did someone say “Homemade Peach Ice Cream”?!

Enjoy homemade peach ice cream at Thomas Orchards. They have a unique gift shop with gourmet food items and greenhouses to wander through with exciting new plants you can purchase.


4. Luxurious Accommodations in a Victorian Style Manor

Relax and unwind during a stay at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast located in downtown Watkinsville. Built in 1893 this Victorian style manor is full of character.  Each room has a different theme. Perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. (It’s a great event/wedding venue too)


5. “Georgia Grown”

Spend your Saturday mornings at the Oconee Farmer’s Market (April-Nov) picking out the best locally grown products. Vendors are set up in front of the Courthouse on Main Street.


6. Fireworks!

Bring your friends and family to Oconee Veteran’s Park for the Oconee 4th of July Firework Spectacular. This free event hosts thousands each year with music performances, food vendors, and a beautiful fireworks show to cap off the night.


7. Clydesdales, yes we said Clydesdales.

Take a tour and see the Clydesdales up close at Classic City Clydesdales in Bishop, GA. Make your appointment for a tour directly via the number on their website. It’s a unique experience you will not soon forget.


8. Georgia’s Antebellum Trail

Watkinsville, GA is one of the communities that comprises Georgia’s Antebellum Trial. The Antebellum Trail is a 100 mile trek through seven historic communities that escaped Sherman’s burning march through Georgia. You can spend your days on Georgia’s Antebellum Trail enjoying history, shopping and dining. It is a wonderful trail but make sure to allow yourself enough time to see all there is to do. (Tip: Spend the night in Watkinsville at  Ashford Manor or the Springhill Suites by Marriott and explore some of the other nearby trail communities Athens (8 miles) and Madison (20 miles).


9. Make a stop at the Depot

Farmington Depot Gallery located on US Hwy. 441 in Farmington, GA hosts a variety of art exhibits in the gallery, music, and kids’ activities year round including Festifool, Festiboo, and Holidaze.


10. 1801 Stagecoach Stop 

Step back in time on a tour of the Eagle Tavern Museum which was built in 1801, operated as a stagecoach stop, and was the political and social center of the town. With artifacts and stories throughout the tour you’ll love stopping in. Note: Large groups are welcome – call in advance to book a tour with your group.


11. A 119 Year Old Covered Bridge You Can Drive Through

Take a ride, or a walk, through Elder Mill Covered Bridge. The 100 foot long wooden bridge was built in 1897 and is one of only a few left in the state that is still operational. (It’s a great photo spot too). After seeing the bridge stop by Hot Thomas BBQ right around the corner for some delicious southern food.


12. Follow the Blue Signs

Head on out to Happy Valley Pottery and spend time with the resident artists at work creating some of the beautiful pieces of art you’ve ever seen, including pottery and glass work. (Just follow the blue signs). Also make sure to visit Chappelle Gallery in downtown Watkinsville where you can buy some beautiful local artwork.


13. Bike “The Trail”

Grab your bike and enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful countryside. The new Antebellum Trial Bike Route passes through Oconee County, including right by the Clydesdales at Classic City Clydesdales. If you prefer a little more adventure Heritage Park has several miles of mountain bike trails.


14. Annual Fall Festival (Funnel Cake and Kettle Corn, too)

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 18, 2016 and the Oconee Chamber Fall Festival. This premiere one day outdoor event draws thousands of people who purchase local arts & crafts, spend time with friends/family, and of course enjoy the food!


15. Largest Pottery Show & Sale in the Southeast

Attend Perspectives at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) August – September 2016. This regional multi-week showcase of pottery is one of the largest in the Southeast. OCAF also host numerous art exhibits and art classes throughout the year. Make sure to check the calendar for all their events.


16. Delicious Local Food

Speaking of food, when you get hungry come and enjoy one of the many local restaurants that offer just about any type of food you might be craving from Italian, Mexican-Mediterranean Fusion, to fresh pastries at the local bakery downtown.  Check out our local Dining Guide or pick one up at the Welcome Center.



We couldn’t fit all the great things there are to see and do here on the list. We want you to add to the list. Tell us what you enjoy best in Oconee County. Share your experiences and photos with us on Facebook (/VisitOconeeGA) and Twitter (@VisitOconeeGA) and post reviews on TripAdvisor. 

When planning future trips for your group, family, or just an afternoon out, we would love for you to consider visiting Oconee County, Georgia. If traveling with a group we offer customizable group itineraries to fit your group’s needs and interests. Whether it’s touring the Eagle Tavern museum or visiting art galleries, we’re happy to help!

Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions. Visit our website at www.visitoconee.com or call the Oconee County Welcome Center at 706-769-5197. Happy 2016 and safe travels!