From the Golden Isles to the Chattahoochee National Forest, from small-town main streets to the Atlanta skyline, Georgia is home to a remarkably diverse scenic heritage woven together by an extensive system of roads and highways. The Georgia Scenic Byways Program is a community-driven effort which seeks to preserve this legacy of treasured places in a way that enhances economic development.
There are 15 corridors that have achieved Georgia Scenic Byways status as designated by the Georgia DOT.
Following State Route 99 and US 17, the Altamaha Historic Scenic Byway runs for 17 miles through McIntosh and Glynn Counties and the City of Darien. Traveling from the Sapelo Island Visitors Center to the historic Needwood Church and School, the Byway passes Fort King George, Butler Island and Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantations, the Darien waterfront, sweeping marsh views, and majestic Live Oaks draped with Spanish Moss. This Byway lets visitors explore both the rich cultural heritage and the diverse marsh ecosystems found along Georgia's coast.
Beginning at historic Prater's Mill in Whitfield County, the Cohutta-Chattahoochee
Scenic Byway follows State Route 2 past rolling pastoral lands into Murray County.
Breathtaking views of the Cohutta Mountains emerge as the route continues along
US 41 and quiet county roads into the Chattahoochee National Forest. The 54-mile
route skirts the town of Chatsworth before traveling up State Route 52, passing
Fort Mountain State Park and ending at a beautiful mountaintop overlook. Spurs
off the route take visitors to the Cohutta Fish Hatchery and to a Forest Service
camp site along Holly Creek.
The Enduring Farmlands Scenic Byway showcases routes through the historic towns
of Hawkinsville, Pineview, Rochelle, and Abbeville as well as the surrounding countryside.
In viewing the peaceful rural character and pastoral landscapes of this 65-mile
byway in Pulaski and Wilcox Counties, travelers can observe the small town agricultural
heritage still prevalent in this region of the state, and appreciate the efforts
these cities and counties have made to maintain the character of their rural lifestyle
while allowing a viable future for their residents.
Attractions of the byway include scenic pecan groves, horse and cattle pasture lands
and farmland (corn, cotton, peanuts, soybeans, peaches, blueberries, and grapes),
farmers markets and festivals, civil war heritage sites, and the Ocmulgee River,
along with the historic architecture of Hawkinsville’s Old Opera House, the Lawrence
Bennett Harness Horse racetrack, and several notable churches.
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The Historic Dixie Highway stretches through Dougherty, Mitchell and Thomas Counties, at a length of 62 miles. It passes through the towns of Albany, Baconton, Camilla, Pelham, Meigs, Ochlocknee and Thomasville, all of which contain sites of historical significance to the State of Georgia.
Natural attractions of the byway include scenic views of the Flint River, Live Oak trees, and Pecan Groves. Other points of interest include Radium Springs, the Bridge House and Riverfront Park in Albany, historic train depots, historic buildings spanning industrial uses, personal homes, and the Flint RiverQuarium.
Traveling South from Macon/Atlanta
The Historic Effingham-Ebenezer Scenic Byway, a 60-mile journey on state and local
roads through the communities of Ebenezer, Guyton, Springfield, and Rincon,
celebrates the beauty and history of one of Georgia’s eight original counties and
of Ebenezer, founded by German Lutherans seeking religious freedom. Travelers
may recreate George Washington’s Southern tour of 1791, visit the sites of taverns
dating back to the American Revolution, view ferries along the Savannah River, retrace
General Sherman’s March to the Sea, explore the University of Georgia’s Forest Education
Center, or visit the numerous historic churches of Effingham County, among many
other sites and activities to be found on this southeastern Georgia Byway.
Traveling through Putnam and Hancock Counties, the Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway
stretches for 82 miles, following State Highways 15, 16 and 77, and rural county
roads which link the county seats of Eatonton, Sparta and the communities of Linton,
Culverton, and Jewell.
From the Rock Hawk effigy, built by Native Americans thousands of years ago, to
Glen Mary Plantation and other antebellum homes, this route reveals a region of
Georgia that is rich in historic and cultural qualities. The scenic and natural
beauty of the Piedmont is also on display as the byway travels through the Oconee
National Forest, across the Oconee and Ogeechee Rivers, and past acres of rolling
The I-185 Scenic Byway provides travelers with a view of gently undulating, mixed
pine forest terrain as well as numerous opportunities for exploration of the intrinsic
qualities found in the local region beyond the limits of the interstate route.
Rich cultural and natural attractions may be found in the vicinity of the Byway,
such as Pine Mountain and Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park.
The I-185 Scenic Byway consists of 38 miles of Interstate 185 in Troup, Harris,
and Muscogee Counties, from I-85 to Exit 12, Williams Road, just north of the City
This 55-mile route begins at Warm Springs, Georgia on SR 85. It continues
north to Gay and then moves west on the SR 109 spur back to Gay. From Gay,
the route extends eastbound along Flat Shoals Road across the Flint River and turns
southwest on SR 18 to Molena. The route follows SR 18 back to SR 85 south
of Woodbury to Manchester and proceeds to follow SR 190 back to Warm Springs.
The Meriwether-Pike Scenic Byway celebrates the unique legacy of President Franklin
Delano Roosevelt. During the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, President Roosevelt
came to Warm Springs in hopes that the therapeutic warm springs would help improve
his polio-stricken legs. He built a home in Warm Springs, the Little White
House, which is now operated as a state historic site.
The Meriwether-Pike Scenic Byway offers several other attractions including the
Red Oak Covered Bridge, the Oakland Baptist Church, and Jones Mill, where a large
grist mill and mill pond are the only reminders of a once-thriving farm community.
In May and October, the Cotton Pickin' Fair and the Great Gay Marketplace attract
thousands from around the Southeast.
This 35-mile Scenic Byway begins in the Downtown Millen Historic District. Its
railroad depots date from the early 1900s. The Millen-Jenkins County Museum features
local histories, Native American Indian artifacts, tools, and cotton mill equipment.
Proceeding to SR 23 and Perkins Green Fork Road, scenic character is exhibited by
woodlands, pasturelands, and historic farmhouses in small and scattered communities.
Varied and distinctive viewsheds are found on Herndon Road, along with several historic
churches. SR 17, heading back to Cotton Avenue, is characterized simply by
wide-open farmland stretching for miles.
Magnolia Springs State Park is located three miles from the intersection of
SR 17 and US 25. It features crystal clear springs, hiking/biking trails,
and the Historic Fort Lawton-- an 1864 prisoner-of-war camp. The Fort Lawton
Historic Trail and the Bo Ginn Aquarium are also found in the park.
Pine forests and rolling pastures dominate the views along the Monticello Crossroads
Scenic Byway as it runs through Jasper County. This 29-mile Byway emphasizes
the rural and historic qualities of the area as it follows State Highways 11 and
83 heading north from the town of Monticello.
Native Americans as well as evangelical Methodist Circuit Riders once used these
routes as they crossed the state. Highway 83 was also part of the Seven Island
Stage Coach Road that ran from Augusta to New Orleans and the Natchez Trace.
Several individual structures as well as the central business district of Monticello
have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Ocmulgee-Piedmont Scenic Byway begins in downtown Gray on Highway 11.
The route continues north on Highway 11 for approximately nine miles, where it passes
through the communities of Bradley, Wayside, and Round Oak. It next turns
west on Round Oak – Juliette Road, proceeding for approximately 12 miles before
ending at the Ocmulgee River in Juliette.
The Ocmulgee-Piedmont Scenic Byway traverses 200 years of Jones County history as
well as the pre-historic and historic sites of the Creek Indians that lived there
in the 17th and 18th centuries. What is now SR 11 was formerly an Indian trail
and a major north-south route between Hillsboro in Jasper County and Clinton, Jones
County’s 19th century county seat.
In 1864, during the Civil War, opposing forces met along this road at the Battle
of Sunshine Church and later that year General Sherman followed this route through
Jones County on his “March to the Sea”.
The Round Oak-Juliette Road portion of the Byway was originally an Indian trail
and now travels through the pristine pine forests of the Piedmont National Wildlife
Refuge, which is inhabited by several species of endangered wildlife. East
Juliette, the endpoint of the byway, is a small late 19th/early 20th century mill
village community located on the Ocmulgee River. The town of Juliette, on
the other side of the river, was the setting for the 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes.
As the name implies, the Ridge & Valley Scenic Byway provides a chance
to experience the varied terrain of northwest Georgia. Mountain overlooks
and fertile farmlands border the 51-mile Byway as it travels US 27, State Highways
156 and 136, and rural county roads.
Enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, picnicking, fishing, and hunting
at the Keown Falls Scenic Area, the Pocket, and John's Mountain Overlook and
Wildlife Management Area. The surrounding countryside holds the histories
of the native Cherokee Indian Nation, Civil War battles, and early settlers whose
1800's farmhouses still stand.
Located within the Chattahoochee National Forest in northeast Georgia, the Russell
Brasstown Scenic Byway is a 41-mile loop revealing some of the most dramatic scenery
in the state.
The Russell-Brasstown route was awarded National Scenic Byway Designation on June
This route includes Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest mountain. Located
near the byway is the Bavarian-themed town of Helen. Following State Highways
348, 180, and 17/75, the loop encircles Wildlife Management Areas, the headwaters
of the Chattahoochee River, and a section of the Appalachian Trail. Nearby
Vogel and Unicoi State Parks offer numerous recreational opportunities in addition
to the camping, fishing and hiking facilities found along the Byway.
This 29-mile loop in south Fulton County highlights the rural character and lifestyle
of the surrounding area. Situated among rolling hills, forested ridges, and
serene pastures, the South Fulton Scenic Byway uses Cochran Mill Road, Hutcheson
Ferry Road and State Highway 70 to guide visitors through this quiet corner of metropolitan
In addition to the historic communities and farmhouses found along the Byway, visitors
can enjoy Cochran Mill Park, Cochran Mill Nature Center, and the nearby Chattahoochee
River, which provide many recreational opportunities.
The Warren County-Piedmont Scenic Byway Extension serves as a continuation of the
Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway (located in Putnam and Hancock counties). The route
was once part of the old Native American Okfuskee Trail, which connected what is
now Augusta with the Mississippi River.
The Byway traverses eleven miles of gently rolling hills on State Route 16 from
the Hancock/Warren County line to the intersection of State Route 12 in the City
of Warrenton, passing a wildlife management area, farmland, rivers, and historic
properties. This Byway includes the cities of Jewell and Warrenton, both listed
as districts in the National Register of Historic Places. The Byway has been featured
on the Tour de Georgia race route two times and offers ample opportunity for recreation
such as cycling, golfing, boating, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, and equine
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