On every UGA Bucket List, you will find visiting the Iron Horse at the top of the list. The Iron Horse, which sits along the county line of Oconee and Greene on Hwy 15, was moved in the 1950s from the University of Georgia’s campus to its current location on an open farm field. With a long history with the university, the iron sculpture makes for an awesome photo spot for students crossing one more thing off their bucket list before graduation. During your 18-mile trek from Athens to the Iron Horse, stop by these three iconic places to add even more memories to your UGA experience:
1. Tour the Eagle Tavern Museum
Did you know Watkinsville was considered as a location for the University of Georgia to be built? Allegedly, the controversy concerning alcohol during the 1800s threw away those chances as Athens became the home of the Dawgs. Explore the ins and outs of the tavern and learn more about its influence and history that dates back to more than 200 years ago. Located in Downtown Watkinsville, tours begin across the street at the Oconee County Welcome Center.
2. Take a photo at the Elder Mill Covered Bridge
Just off of Hwy 15 (Greensboro Hwy), take Elder Mill Road less than a half-mile to the historic Elder Mill Covered Bridge. The bridge is one of ONLY 13 functional covered bridges in the state of Georgia. Drive across the 1897 bridge that once connected Watkinsville and Athens above Calls Creek. The historic beauty built by Nathaniel Richardson now sits above Rose Creek, and also makes for a great photo spot.
3. Grab a bite to eat at Hot Thomas Barbeque
Getting hungry? Hot Thomas Barbeque has you covered with classic BBQ sandwiches and satisfying sides. The barbeque place is a popular restaurant among residents, and was the winner of the 2016 Georgia Barbeque Bracket! The restaurant is located on Hwy 15 a little over 5 minutes from your destination.
Tackle the UGA bucket list and a little bit of Watkinsville with this itinerary. Click here for a map marking these spots in Watkinsville-Oconee County.