Sometimes life calls for a spontaneous road trip every now and then, whether that be by yourself or with a group of friends. Not sure where to go? Well, throw your suitcase in your trunk because we have the best road trip destination for your next adventure--Milledgeville, Georgia! Between the jaw-dropping scenery and fascinating history, Milledgeville will be a trip you won’t forget.
Why is Milledgeville the best place to road trip in Georgia? Let us give you the rundown...
Milledgeville was once the capital of Georgia in 1804, sitting smack dab in the middle of the state. It is easily accessible to everyone in The Peach State and proves to be a great middle man with an easy commute to cities like Atlanta, Savannah, Macon and Athens! Whether that be 2 hours from Atlanta or 2 hours and 45 minutes from Savannah, it gives you just enough time to throw on some good ol’ tunes or a podcast, buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Not only does Milledgeville have major cities neighboring it, the trip to our little town offers beautiful scenery you don’t want to miss out on--seriously keep your eyes on the road! If you’re coming from Atlanta, Highway 441 features rural acrylic-like scenery with pecan orchards, produce stands, and farm fields full of cows. (Check out the highlights you'll see on this scenic route here!) You simply can’t beat crossing Lake Sinclair at golden hour, the sun glistening on the lake and boats zooming by. Highway I-16 from Savannah is just as picturesque with wildflowers hugging the country roads and towering pine trees that kiss the sky.
With Milledgeville, you get a memorable location with years and years of history, dating back to the early 1800s. A vacation in Milly will simultaneously fill your heart and not burn a hole in your pocket. Although it may be small, Milledgeville can not be judged by its size. It has everything from outdoor recreation to historic tours to shopping and dining at restaurants and bars on Mainstreet--all for reasonable prices! Who said a big city is the only place to vacation? We think small towns have something to say about that! Stay a night in a historic home or enjoy lakeside sunsets with an overnight in a vacation rental. If you want a place that’s more modern, check out one of Milledgeville’s hotels!
One of Milledgeville’s greatest attractions is the 15,300 acres of refreshing fun at Lake Sinclair. Lots of fishing, swimming, and boating are available for all water lovers! There are a handful of marinas in the area that make renting boats and/or jet skis a breeze. Have a picnic at Lockerly Arboretum, roam through Bartram Forest or Selma Erwin Nature Trails on your bike, or walk amongst the sound of rushing water at The Oconee River Greenway. It’s all fun in the sun here in Milly!
This small town is overflowing with culture and it is what makes Milledgeville…well… Milledgeville. Greek Revival and Victorian-style homes line the streets and our Historic Walking Tour gives a glimpse of each of their pasts! Georgia’s Old Governor's Mansion, owned by Georgia College & State University, welcomes you into its breathtakingly beautiful pink walls to learn more about its history. The famous American author, Flannery O’Connor, lived in Milledgeville on Andalusia Farm, now owned by Georgia College & State University. The beautiful property is home to the preserved historic farmhouse and a modern museum that is filled with literary pieces and exhibits that convey the life of O’Connor. Peacocks still live on the property in memory of O'Connor's favorite feathered animal.
So pack your swim trunks, fill up the gas tank and take the open road to Milledgeville.