Three New East Georgia Arts Trails


…from the coast to the heartland, from shrimp to grits…

Three new self-guided driving arts trails have been created across the I-16 corridor between Dublin and Statesboro. You’ll recognize the stops along the driving tours by the dragonfly logo above.

Downloadable information is on the website www.artstrail.net

The River Roots Trail starts in Milledgeville and loops to its southernmost point, McRae, with I-16 bisecting it.

The Pinetree Pathway Trail begins in Dublin, travels thru Swainsboro, then loops from Twin City to I-16 just east of Statesboro.

The Rural Renaissance Trail‘s northernmost point is Louisville. At Wadley it loops through Wrightsville and Soperton to Vidalia/Lyons, then up through Swainsboro.

Dublin and Swainsboro seem to be in two Trails each.

Studios & galleries, museums, murals, classic collections, visitors centers and special events are represented in these driving tours. Go to the website, read about the stops along the routes, and take some time to explore East Georgia. Be sure to call ahead to each business to make sure they are opened.

SOME NOTES ON VIDALIA AND THE AGRITOURISM TRAIL:

When you get into Vidalia, onion country,  stop by the Visitor’s Center. They’ll be able to tell you if its onion harvest season; and where to go to see how the onions are processed, if it is.

And they will give you the scoop on what’s happening, then share a copy of their Agritourism Trail brochure with you. Douglas Gay’s Fishing Hole, horseback riding at Coleman Horse Farms, and the Yamassee Bicycle Trail are a few of the stops in Montgomery and Toombs counties.

I had a ball at Buckhorn Creek Ranch on a wagon tour of their exotic animal collection. I was lucky enough to be with  Aiden Harvill and his parents. That young boy thoroughly enjoyed feeding the animals and petting the giraffes.  His excitement infected us all.

Spend a night or two in Vidalia, so you’ll have some time to take a few tours and visit the Tumi outlet. Ask anybody in town, they’ll be able to show you where it is. Don’t miss the local eateries. And save room for a luscious dessert.

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